Trisha is an Indian actress and model, active primarily in Tamil and Telugu films. She was first seen in 1999 in an uncredited role in Jodi, then in the music video of Falguni Pathak’s song “Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye”. The first project she accepted as a lead actress was Priyadarshan’s Lesa Lesa, but a delay in the film’s release meant that her first appearance in a lead role was in Ameer’s directorial debut Mounam Pesiyadhe in 2002, which was a commercial success. The following year, she appeared as a terminally ill woman in Manasellam, which was a commercial failure.
Trisha’s next release in 2003 was Hari’s action film stainless thermos flask, Saamy in which she played a soft-spoken Brahmin girl and attracted praise for her performance. The film became a major commercial success, resulting in Trisha receiving new offers, including those from several high-budget productions. Lesa Lesa, which was to have been her debut, was released next. This romantic musical, based on the 1998 Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem, earned her the ITFA Best New Actress Award. Following Lesa Lesa, she starred in Alai and Enakku 20 Unakku 18 both of which were commercial failures. She made her debut in Telugu cinema in the same year with Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu, which was also unsuccessful. Her next Telugu release was Varsham in 2004. It was a major success, and won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu). It also resulted in her receiving more offers for roles in Telugu films.
Later in 2004, Trisha played the role of a helpless girl a kabaddi player tries to save from a corrupt politician who wants to marry her in Ghilli. It was a major commercial success. She appeared in Mani Ratnam’s political drama Aaytha Ezhuthu (2004), starring as part of an ensemble cast that included Siddharth, R. Madhavan and Suriya. The Telugu romantic comedy Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) featured Trisha as a village girl and was a commercial success. It earned her another Filmfare Award and her first Nandi Award for Best Actress. She reprised the role in the Tamil remake Unakkum Enakkum (2006) which was also successful. Selvaraghavan’s Telugu film Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule (2007) won Trisha her third Filmfare Award. The same year she featured opposite Ajith Kumar in A. L. Vijay’s Kireedam, a box office success. In 2008, her releases Bheemaa and Kuruvi both failed commercially, while Abhiyum Naanum and Krishna earned her Filmfare nominations for Best Actress in the Tamil and Telugu categories respectively.
Trisha starred in two films released in 2009: Sarvam and Sankham. The former was commercially unsuccessful, while the latter was critically derided water bottle best. The following year, she played a Syrian Christian in Gautham Menon’s romance Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. It was a major commercial success and, as well as being a breakthrough film in her career, earned her another Filmfare nomination. The same year, she made her Hindi cinema debut with Khatta Meetha. Although a critical and commercial failure, it earned her nomination for a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her sole Telugu release that year was Namo Venkatesa. Both her 2011 releases – Teen Maar and Mankatha – were successful. She had two releases in 2012: Bodyguard (a Telugu remake of the 2010 Malayalam film of the same name) and Dammu. She appeared in two Tamil films in 2013: the mystery thriller Samar, and Endrendrum Punnagai, which earned her a Filmfare nomination. Her sole release in 2014 was Power, which marked her debut in Kannada cinema. Trisha’s 2015 films included the crime drama Yennai Arindhaal, the comedy Sakalakala Vallavan, the Tamil-Telugu bilingual thriller Thoongaa Vanam / Cheekati Rajyam, and the sports drama Bhooloham. In 2016, she appeared in the comedy horror films Aranmanai 2 and the Tamil-Telugu bilingual Nayaki (spelt Nayagi in Tamil), followed by the political thriller Kodi, which earned her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress – Tamil.