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Meena Durairaj, mononymously known as Meena, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is a South Indian film and television actress. Meena debuted as a child artist in Telugu and Tamil films and has later starred in films produced by various regional industries.

She is one of the most established actresses in the southern Indian film industry. In addition to acting, Meena is also a top model, singer,dancer, TV host and occasional dubbing artiste.At one time,she was considered as the biggest south Indian actress by acting opposite Superstars of south India.Her pair along with Superstar Rajinikanth is considered as the most successful pair with Rajini

Meena started her career in 1982 as a child artist in the film Nenjangal, starring Dr. Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role. Since then, she has appeared in over 45 films as a child artiste. She is part of all the tamil films and malayalam films that needs a strong hearted heroine who can be bold and act well. She had been pairing in quite a few films with malayalam superstar mohanlal like varnapakittu, olympian anthony adam, mr. brehmachari, natturajavu, chandrolsavam, udayan annu tharam, etc.

She made her debut in Telugu beside the legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu.She made her debut in Tamil in Oru Pudiya Kadhai, and also stars in Telugu and Kannada films. Her first role in Malayalam that gained attention was in Santhwanam. Meena has expressed a wish to do more films in Malayalam.

She says of her transition from being a child star to being a heroine that "Memories as a child are really fabulous and I still cherish them. And it is still more special as that phase is over. Now, I am enjoying my stint as a heroine." She has played the role of leading heroines in Telugu and Tamil films since the early 90s, often playing characters without negativity or grey shades. She has generally avoided glamorous roles.

She had great hits with films like Bobbili Simham, Muthu, Mutamestri,Ejaman, Veera, Avvai Shanmughi . She acted opposite Vikram in Kadhaleesham. Meena has acted both as a child and as an adult opposite Rajnikanth. She has acted with almost all leading actors in South India.

Following the release of Muthu in Japan and its commercial success, Meena's popularity rose in Japan. A role in Kadha Parayumbol and in its Tamil and Telugu remakes, Kuselan and Kathanayakudu respectively, were well received by audiences. Meena has expressed regret about Kuselan, after her part was overshadowed.

Meena has said that her own favorite roles were in Bharathi Kannamma and Shock in Tamil, Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu in Telugu, Santhwanam in Malayalam and Swathi Muthu in Kannada, "though every film of mine is close to my heart."

Meena has been a playback singer for some albums with Manoj Bharathi. She sang a song for the Tamil film Kadhal Sadugudu. Meena has recorded two pop albums, 16 Vayathinile, and Kadhalism, which she began recording in 2001 with actor Vikram. Meena has been a playback singer in the music of D.IMAN in the movie sena and the song is "indru intha kalayil en nenjil echo aachu".

Meena and Prasanna had dubbed for Cheran's movie Pokkisham. Prasanna has dubbed for Aryan Rajesh, who has played Cheran's son in the film, while Meena has rendered voice for Padmapriya. Meena dubbed her voice for soundarya in ponnumani movie.

Films Acted

Nenjangal
Enkeyo Ketta Kural
Theerpugal Thiruthapadalam
Thandikkapatta Niyayangal
Sumangali
Thiruppam
Anbulla Rajinikanth
Paneer Nadhigal
Uyire Unakkaga
Lakshmi Vanthachu
Kettimelam
Rendu Rella Aaru
Sirivennela
Vasanthi
Prajala Manishi
Paape Naa Pranam
Oru Pudhiya Kadhai
Navodayam
Karthavyam
Seetharamayya Gari Manavaralu
Dharama
Indra Bhavanam
En Rasavin Manasile
Idhaya Oonjal
Idhaya Vaasal
Santhwanam
Jagannatakam
Chengalva Pudanda
Allari Mogudu
Parda Hai Parda
Allari Pilla
Sundarakanda
Chanti
President Gari Pellam
Pellam Chepte Vinali
Bangaru Maama
Moratodu Naa Mogudu
Sethupathi IPS
Yejaman
Muta Mestri
Rajeshwari Kalyanam
Abbaigaru
Ashwamedham
Muta Mesthri
Allari Alludu
Konguchatu Krishnadu
Veera
Thai Maman
Rajakumaran
Nattamai
Putnanja
Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam
Anga Rakshakudu
Bhale Pellam
Bobbili Simham
Maman Magal
Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari
Marumagan
Nadodi Mannan
Priya
Muthu
Cheluve3
Alu Magalu
Chilakapacha Kapuram
Senkottai
Avvai Shanmugi
Vallal
Porkkaalam
Pasamulla Pandiyare
Bharathi Kannamma
Varnapakittu
Alina
Muddula Moghudu
Panjaram
Ulavu Thurai
Coolie
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar
Kusruthi Kuruppu
Gilli Kajjalu
Surya Vamsham
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
Periyanna
Iraniyan
Manam Virumbude Unnai
Harichandra
Anandha Poongatre
Olympiyan Anthony Adam
Friends
Krishna Babu
Bobbili Vamsham
Sneham Kosam
Velugu Needalu
Vanathai Pola
Anbudan
Thenali
Pape Naa Pranam
Palayathu Amman
Vetri Kodi Kattu
Doubles
Rhythm
Dreams
Maa Annayya
Shahjahan
Citizen
Maayi
Rishi
Sivagami
Ayyan
Censor
Rakshasa Rajav
Sri Manjunatha
Ammayi Kosam
Dasu
Devan
Namma Veettu Kalyaanam
Ivan
Padai Veetu Amman
Muthu Maariamman
Villain
Angala Parameswari
Dhaya
Paarai
Swathi Muthu
Mr. Brahmachari
Simhachalam
Shock
Anbulla Latchumiye
Aalukkoru Aasai
Mallamma
Natturajavu
Kannamma
My Autograph
Chandrolsavam
Udayananu Tharam
Puttintiki Raa Chelli
Prayatnam
Karuthapakshigal
Kadha Parayumbol
Black Cat
Kuselan
Kathanayakudu
Magic Lamp
Manidhan
Mariyadhai
Katha, Samvidhanam: Kunchacko
kathaparayumbol
Vengamamba
Pattunool Unjal
Thambikottai
Hendtheera Darbar

 
Family Background

Meena was born in Chennai as the daughter to a Tamil father Durairaj and a Malayali mother Raj Mallika. Meena married Vidyasager on July 12, 2009 at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh. Vidyasagar is a Bangalore-based Software Engineer. Meena gave birth to a daughter Nainika on 1 January 2011 at 11.30am in Chennai.

Educational Qualification & Sports

She was enrolled in Vidyodhya schools in Chennai. Because of her busy acting schedule she had to discontinue schooling in the 8th standard, later taking up private coaching and completing the 10th standard. She went on to get her MA in History from the University of Madras through the open university system in 2006.

 
Awards & Titles

Kalaimamani (1998)

Kalai Selvam Award (South Indian Artiste Association)

TSR TV9 awards 2010

• Special jury award - Tarikonda Venkamamba(2011)[24]

Ugadi Puraskar awards

• Best Telugu Actress - Tarikonda Venkamamba (2009)[25]

Filmfare Awards South

• Best Tamil Actress - Bharathi Kannamma (1997)

• Best Tamil Actress - Ejamaan(1991)

• Best Kannada Actress - Swathi Muthu (2003)[26]

Nandi Awards

• Best Actress - Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu

• Best Actress - Rajeshwari Kalyanam

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

• Best Actress - Yejaman and Sethupathi IPS (1993)

• Best Actress - Porkaalam (1997)

• Best Actress - Ivan (2002)

Cinema Express Awards

• Best Actress - Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu (Telugu)

• Best Actress - Naattamai (Tamil)

• Best Actress - Muthu (Tamil)

• Best Actress - Avvai Shanmugi (Tamil)

• Best Actress - Bharathi Kannamma (Tamil)

• Best Actress - Puthnanja (Kannada)

• Best Janaranja nadigai award -Vanathai pola(Tamil)'

Dinakaran Award

• Best Actress - Avvai Shanmugi (1996)

Film Fans Associations 45th Annual Award

• Best Actress - Putnanja (1995)

Kala Sagar Award

• Best Actress - 'Chanti (1992)

Thumbs Up Awards

• Best Actress - Muthu (1995)

• Best Actress - Bharathi Kannamma (1997)

Lalitha Kalanjali Award

• Best Actress - Chanti (1992)

Screen Videocon South Awards

• Best Actress - Bharathi Kannamma (1997)