It turned out to be a turbulent time of her life. Just a few months back she had announced that she wouldn’t act again in movies - she just completed SriRama Rajyam. She played Sita in that Bapu directorial which was created by the legendary duo of Bapu and Ramana. The film brought her much acclaim. But it turned out she needed to return to acting to sail through the darkest times of her life.
But what a comeback it was. The till then star heroine who’s banking on glamorous roles received a few good performance oriented roles in films like Maaya (Mayuri). Then started her era in South Indian Cinema. But it’s not just that. Her journey from where she had begun to the time she’s having nowadays, is nothing short of miraculous. She’s equally comfortable in carrying female centric films on her shoulders and playing lead lady roles beside top stars like Vijay, Ajith, and Rajinikanth.
At an age a majority of her peers have become secondary choices or forgotten divas, she started ruling the roost as the lady superstar. Now, this is even better to describe her role in the history of modern Indian cinema. She reached an age where none of the star South Indian heroines stood the chance to play lead roles (with the exception of golden era actresses)... forget about co-starring big stars in mass masala entertainers, she has a line up of films - that by the time these films will be finished, she’ll reach the age where her peers start to play mother roles.
Such star power and longevity for an actress who was at one time trolled for her rustic looks and inability to carry herself well. Nayanthara - the lady who co-starred with superstar Rajinikanth and Thalapathy Vijay most number of times (among the current day heroines) celebrates her 36th birthday today. She’s the style icon. She doesn’t care about fan adulation much. And doesn’t promote her films despite strong pressure. She’ll turn 40 by the time she completes her present commitments. Still her films are talked about by one and all.
No wonder, she’s the lady superstar.