Nazriya Nazim (born 20 December 1994) is an Indian film actress who has mainly starred in Malayalam and Tamil films.

She started her career as an anchor on Malayalam television channel Asianet before pursuing a career as an actress. She made her debut as a child artist with Palunku (2006) and then as a lead actress in the 2013 Malayalam film Maad Dad. She has gone on to star in successful films such as Neram (2013), Raja Rani (2013), Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014) and Bangalore Days (2014). Following her marriage to actor Fahadh Faasil, she's been on a break from acting.[7]

Early life

Nazriya Nazim was born to Nazimudeen and Begum Beena. She has a brother, Naveen Nazim.[8] Her family lived in Al Ain, UAE, before moving to Thiruvananthapuram.[9][10] She studied in Our Own English High School, Al Ain, UAE and Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School, Trivandrum. She has stated that she wants to study something related to business and that she may take up either a Commerce or BBA course.[11] In 2013, she joined Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram,[12] but reportedly left the college, owing to her tight shooting schedules.[13]

Career

She started her career in television as an anchor in a Muslim oriented television quiz show named Punyamaasathiloode and the Orbit Digital vision production SHRUTHILAYAM on KAIRALI 2005, Produced by Sameer Glory. She then started her acting career in 2006 as a child artist by acting in the Malayalam film Palunku (2006), directed by Blessy, in which she played the daughter of Mammootty's character.[9] She went on to become an anchor on Asianet's music reality television show Munch Star Singer.[9] The Mohanlal-starrer Oru Naal Varum (2010) was her next venture, in which she played the role of Dhanya, the daughter of Sreenivasan's character.[5] She was cast in an album titled Yuvvh by Sony Music Entertainment, which became very popular among the youth.[9]

Nazriya finally landed in her first female lead role in the Malayalam film Maad Dad (2013). She again associated with the team of Yuvvh—director Alphonse Putharen and actor Nivin Pauly—for the romantic comedy thriller film Neram—which was simultaneously made in Tamil and Malayalam. The movie became a big success, and the lead pair was appreciated by both critics and audiences alike. The scene in which Nivin proposes to Nazriya acquired cult status among cinegoers.[15][16] She was then seen in Raja Rani, as an IT professional called Keerthana.[5] Gautaman Bhaskaran from Hindustan Times wrote: "the one person who caught my attention was Nazriya Nazim, who as Arya's lover Keerthana, is absolutely gorgeous with a face that is so expressive that we do not need her to speak".[5] Her next release was Naiyaandi, in which she played the role of a dentist.[19]

In 2014, she was first seen in Salalah Mobiles, which flopped despite having a strong star cast, including Dulquer Salmaan.[5] She has completed filming for Thirumanam Enum Nikkah in Tamil,[21] in which she acts as a Tamil Iyengar girl,[5] and Om Shanthi Oshaana in Malayalam. Om Shanthi Oshaana saw her sharing screen space with her lucky charm Nivin Pauly. As expected, the film became a big hit, and became one of the biggest blockbusters of the entire industry, running 50 days in almost all theatres.[5] Her most recent films are Bangalore Days and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram in Malayalam, Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum[6] in Tamil. Nazriya was signed to star in Nee Nalla Varuvada in October 2013.[6] However, in March 2014, Kajal Aggarwal was signed on and replaced Nazriya. In 2014, she received a Vijay Award in the category of Best Debut Actress for her acting in Neram (2013). She was also adjudged the best actress in the 45th Kerala State Film Awards. Nazriya will be making a comeback with the Untitled Prithviraj Anjali Menon Film after taking a break from films after getting married to Fahadh Faasil

Personal life

In January 2014, Malayalam film actor Fahadh Faasil announced to the media that he was set to marry Nazriya. The pair had gotten to know each other more on the sets of Anjali Menon's Bangalore Days (2014), in which they were playing a husband and wife. Fahadh and Nazriya revealed that their parents played a pivotal role in arranging the marriage.[6][6] The pair were engaged in February 2014, before having a wedding ceremony on 21 August 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram.[6][6]

Awards

Filmography

As an actress

YearFilmRoleLanguageNotes
2006PalunkuGeethuMalayalamChild artist
2010PramaniSindhuMalayalamChild artist
Oru Naal VarumDhanyaMalayalamChild artist
2013Maad DadMariyaMalayalam
NeramJeenaMalayalam
VeniTamil
Raja RaniKeerthanaTamil
NaiyaandiVanarojaTamil
2014Salalah MobilesShahanaMalayalam
Ohm Shanthi OshaanaPooja MathewMalayalam
Vaayai Moodi PesavumAnjanaTamil
Samsaaram Aarogyathinu HaanikaramMalayalam
Bangalore DaysDivya Prakash/KunjuMalayalam
Thirumanam Enum NikkahVishnu Priya / AayishaTamil
2018Untitled Prithviraj Anjali Menon FilmMalayalamPre-Production

As a singer

YearSongFilmLanguageNotes
2014"La La Lasa (Ummachi Rap)"Salalah MobilesMalayalamDebut as a singer
2014"Ente Kannil Ninakkai"Bangalore DaysMalayalam

Television

YearProgramShow typeRoleChannelLanguageNotes
2004PunyamasathiloodeMuslim quiz showHostCity channelMalayalam
2005ShruthilayamMusic showAnchorKairali TVMalayalam
2010-2012Munch star singer juniorReality showAnchorAsianetMalayalam
2012Star SingerReality showAnchorAsianetMalayalamGrand finale
2012/2013Asianet Film AwardsStage showHostAsianetMalayalam

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilmLanguageOutcome
2013Asianet Film AwardBest Star Pair (shared with Nivin Pauly)NeramMalayalamWon
Vanitha Film AwardBest Star Pair (shared with Nivin Pauly)MalayalamWon
Filmfare AwardBest Female Debut – SouthTamilWon
Asiavision Awards – New Sensation in ActingAsiavision Awards – New Sensation in Acting
Jaihind TV Film Awards for Upcoming TalentJaihind TV Film Awards for Upcoming Talent
Vikatan AwardsBest Debut Actress
Edison AwardBest Debut ActressTamilWon
Vijay AwardDebut ActressTamilWon
Filmfare AwardBest Supporting ActressRaja RaniTamilNominated
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Female Debutant3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Female DebutantNeram
2014Kerala State Film AwardBest ActressOhm Shanthi OshaanaMalayalamWon
Asianet Film AwardsMost Popular ActressMalayalamWon
Asianet Film AwardsBest ActressMalayalamNominated
Filmfare AwardBest ActressMalayalamNominated
Kerala State Film AwardBest ActressBangalore DaysMalayalamWon
Asiavision AwardsBest ActressMalayalamNominated
Vanitha Film AwardsMost Popular ActressMalayalamWon
2017Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special PrizeTamil Nadu State Film Award Special PrizeNeramTamilWon