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Oviyas of the past – Friday Spl. article by Naveen

Oviya, beyond any doubt, is the current darling of Tamil Nadu. And this state has always had the habit of showering love on a particular actress during a particular season.
This week, Mykollywood.com takes a look at such actresses, who won the hearts of Tamil people in the past, that too after the 1980s.

NADHIYA

Nadhiya’s craze was so much so that many young women of the 1980s dressed like her and there were Nadhiya bangles, pottu etc.
She predominantly appeared in Tamil and Malayalam films. She has also acted in a few Telugu films. She made her debut in a Malayalam movie named ‘Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu’, alongside Mohanlal and Padmini in 1984.
This movie was re-made in Tamil as ‘Poove Poochudava’ in 1985 with Padmini and marked her debut in Tamil. She has acted alongside most of the leading artistes in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. After her marriage in 1988, she settled in United States with her husband Shirish Godbole and daughters.
She made her comeback in Tamil with the 2004 blockbuster hit ‘M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi’, which also won her critical acclaim for her performance as Jayam Ravi’s mother.

KHUSHBU

Can we forget Khushbu idly and a temple that was built for the actress? Khushbu started her career as a child artiste in the Hindi film ‘The Burning Train’ (1980) in the song ‘Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman…’
She was introduced to South Indian screens through the Telugu film ‘Kaliyuga Pandavulu’ (1986) opposite Venkatesh. After that she moved her base to Chennai and started focusing on Tamil and other South Indian film industries. She has acted in more than 150 films after moving to South.
She mainly did Tamil films. She went to become a leading actress of Tamil cinema during her period, and has done more than 100 films in Tamil. She became the first Indian actress for whom her fans built a dedicated temple.

SIMRAN

Known for her scintillating dance moves and sensible performance, Simran delivered the best of both worlds. And there were many youngsters who shed tears when she entered wedlock.
Simran was born in Mumbai and spent most of her childhood there. Although Simran initially aspired to become a fashion designer, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her fame as an anchor in Superhit Muqabla show, making her Bollywood debut in ‘Sanam Harjai’ (1995)
She debuted in Tamil through ‘V. I. P.’ and was followed by string of commercial successes in her early career. In 1999, Simran received critical praise for playing a blind woman in ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’.
However the turning point of her career came with the success of ‘Vaali’ (1999) which made Simran the most successful actress in the industry. At the peak of her career she agreed to play the role of an antagonist in ‘Parthen Rasithen’ (2000) and a suffering woman from a premarital agreement in ‘Priyamaanavale’ (2000), both went on to become commercial and critical successes.

SNEHA

There were hardly any textile outlets, barber shops or beauty parlours in rural areas of Tamil Nadu without the picture of Sneha.
She is best known for her girl-next-door demure looks and appearing in female-oriented films. She debuted in the Malayalam film ‘Ingane Oru Nilapakshi’ (2000),  and was later signed for the Tamil film ‘Virumbugiren’, though it was only released two years later.
She started getting offers in Tamil and moved her focus to Kollywood, and the movie ‘Ennavale’, where she starred opposite R Madhavan, was released first in the same year.
She had her first commercial success with ‘Aanandham’ in the year 2001. She became one of Tamil cinema’s contemporary lead actresses in the 2000s, following appearances in several commercially successful films, and she has shared screen space with all the leading Tamil actors like Kamal Hassan, Ajith, Vijay, Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush and Madhavan.

NAMITHA

‘Machans’. This word was made popular by Namitha, who was the heartthrob of millions of Tamil youths.
Namitha was crowned Miss Surat during the year of 1998. She went on to participate in the 2001 Miss India pageant and ended up as the fourth runner-up, while Celina Jaitley was crowned Miss India.
This publicity opened up doors for her and she did a number of TV commercials. She made her acting debut in the Telugu film ‘Gemini’ but ‘Sontham’ directed by Sreenu Vaitla got released first.
Subsequent to that, she starred in the Tamil films ‘Engal Anna’ and ‘Aai’.  In 2006 she made her Bollywood debut in the Hindi film ‘Love Ke Chakkar Mein’. Standing 6’2″ tall, she is one of the tallest actresses. In 2010, there was an attempt to kidnap her by a fan at Trichy in Tamil Nadu.

By Naveen

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