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Hansika Motwani

Hansika Motwani is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films. She made her film debut as a leading actress in the Telugu film "Desamuduru" (2007), winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. She then appeared in several high-budget Telugu films, including "Kantri" (2008) and "Maska" (2009). She started her career in Tamil cinema with "Mappillai" (2011) and then appeared in several commercially successful Tamil films including "Velayudham" (2011), "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi" (2012), "Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru" (2013) "Singam II" (2013) and "Maan Karate" (2014) establishing herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses of Tamil cinema.

Ms. Motwani, or Hansika as she's popularly known, began her television career as a child actress on a serial called "Shaka Laka Boom Boom." She later acted in the Indian serial "Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand," for which she received the Favorite Child Award at the Star Parivaar Awards, and appeared as one of the children in "Koi Mil Gaya" with Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan.

Hansika made her debut in a lead role in Puri Jagannadh's Telugu film "Desamuduru," opposite Allu Arjun, earning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for her performance. She made her debut as a leading actress in Bollywood with Himesh Reshammiya in "Aap Kaa Surroor" — a moderate hit. She next signed the Hindi film titled "He: The Only One," where she was to essay the role of a killer, hell-bent on taking revenge for her family, but the film was later shelved.

Her first 2008 release was "Bindaas," starring Puneet Rajkumar, her first and only Kannada film to date. Later that year, she was paired with Jr. NTR in the film "Kantri." She made her Tamil film debut in the unsuccessful 2011 film "Mappillai," opposite Dhanush. Her next Tamil film, "Engeyum Kadhal," opposite Jayam Ravi, was also unsuccessful. The 2011 film "Velayudham," in which she starred alongside Vijay, became a box-office success; this was her first time playing the role of a village belle.

In 2012, Ms. Motwani had two releases, one in Tamil and Telugu each. Her first release was M. Rajesh's romantic comedy "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi," which became her first runaway hit and earned her positive reviews from critics for her performance. In Telugu, she was featured in "Denikaina Ready," opposite Vishnu Manchu, which also earned a positive response from the public. She received her first Best Actress nomination at the 60th Filmfare Awards South for her performance in the film. In 2013, she played the lead roles in four Tamil films, "Settai," opposite Arya, Sundar C.'s "Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru," opposite Siddharth, Hari's "Singam II" starring Suriya and Venkat Prabhu's "Biriyani" with Suriya's brother, Karthi.

Her first 2014 release was the Telugu comedy film "Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda" and her first Tamil release was the fantasy film "Maan Karate" with Sivakarthikeyan which became a box office hit. She was selected to play Maya, a gangster, in Silambarasan's "Vettai Mannan," with whom she is also acting with in Vaalu. She started shooting for Sundar C's psychological thriller "Aranmanai" in October 2013 and apart from Aranmanai, she is also working on three other Tamil films "Romeo Juliet," "Meagamann" and "Uyire Uyire," the remake of the Telugu film "Ishq" under Jaya Prada's production. She has also signed a Telugu film, "Power," starring opposite Ravi Teja.

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