Nayanthara’s ascendency to the stardom is a fascinating story. In fact, it could also make for a superb commercial biopic. She started as a small scale heroine in Malayalam. She then got a chance to play alongside superstar Rajinikanth as the role has not much importance but Rajini needed a heroine in Chandramukhi. Later she was trolled for her lack of sophistication in films like Ghajini etc. but now she has become a style icon.
No. Not just that. She rose to become the lady superstar - a tag which was last enjoyed by Vijayashanthi. Now, she has 5 films in hands - one among them is Annathe with Rajini. She’s easily the only actress to appear beside him in 5 movies in the current generation. Annathe also stars Kushboo, Meena, and Keerthi Suresh in prominent roles. That Nayan is the heroine in a film with such star cast shows her star power and the perceived value she adds to the projects she’s involved in. Yes. A lady superstar is needed to star opposite the Superstar.
Apart from this, she’s acting in Nettrikan, Mookuthi Amman, Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal, and okayed another female oriented film. Almost all the films are in different genres. Apart from these crazy projects, she's teaming up with star Mollywood actor Kunchacko Bobqn for a thriller titled Nizhal - the debut directorial of noted editor Appu Bhattathiri.
In a time when even the younger generation star heroines are struggling to get offers, that Nayan is still in a position to dictate terms (she made her debut 17 years ago all the way back in 2003) and is on high demand proves why she’s considered the actress of her generation. With a salary of more than Rs. 5 Cr. per film, she's the highest paid actress not just in South India but also across India. As per the latest estimates by industry trackers, she’ll be busy till 2023 with these projects.