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Diana Mariam Kurien born in 1984 in Kerala, India), popularly known as Nayanthara (Tamil : நயநதாரா), meaning "Eyes like Stars", is a south Indian actress and has acted in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. Nayantara has completed her BA Literature. She was doing her CA when she got an offer to act in a Malayalam film "Manasinakkare" directed by Sathyan Anthikkad in which she paired opposite to Jayaram. The film was a great hit in Kerela. This paved the way for her entry into Tamil Cinema She is a self confident person and is always found calm. Her hobbies are reading books and listening to music. Her favorite color is Black. She loves North Indian food. She is comfortable working with all the heroes and fully involves herself in whatever role she does and this obviously is the reason for her success in the field.
She was born as a Syrian Malabar Nasrani Christian in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. She did schooling from North India (Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Punjab and Karnataka)as her father was an Air Force Official. She joined Balikamadom High School, Thiruvalla for +2, then joined Marthoma college in Thiruvalla for her bachelors degree (English Literature). She became interested in acting after getting good exposure from college. She admits herself that the encouragement her friend Mahesh Kadammanitta gave, helped her a lot to improve. While at college, she was chosen by director Satyan Anthikkad and was cast opposite Jayaram in Mansinakkare. After that, she played a ghost who falls in love with the hero Mohanlal in Fazil's Vismayathumbathu. She played opposite Sarath Kumar in Ayya. She acted with Rajnikanth in Chandramukhi. Her later films are Natturaajavu (Malayalam), Thaskaraveeran(Malayalam), Vallavan (Tamil), Gajini(Tamil), Yogi (Telugu) etc... She is now busy in both Tamil and Telugu film industry.