How Did Nayantara Change From Being An Ugly Duckling?
If there is an example of a country bumpkin crashing through the style barrier in the shortest amount of time it has to be Nayantara. Born in Kerala and raised under the name of Diana Mariam Kurian she made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film ‘Manassinakkare’ and then her debut in Tamil cinema with ‘Ayya’ and in Telugu cinema with ‘Lakshmi’. If you looked at her personality and dressing style and compared it with her personality now you could be forgiven if you think they are two different persons. The trick was in renaming herself as Nayantara. Once she shed her name and assumed a new one, she changed herself completely. She acquired a polish and evolved into a confident and sexy young woman. Those who laughed at her gauche presence in ‘Ayya’ were thunderstruck at her appearance in ‘Billa’ where she had become a beauty with a body to die for. She also shed her inhibitions and even felt confident enough to allow Simbu to give out pictures of the two of them kissing with abandon. After her disastrous affair with Prabhu Deva she has stormed back and is now being pursued by producers with money bags. Her manager says “No item numbers for her as she is the queen.”