Overview of Simran
Simran Bagga (born Rishibala Naval on April 4, 1976) Is an Indian actress who has acted in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films. She recently appeared in the 2008 Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon, costarring Surya Sivakumar
Personal Life And Background
Simran was born as the first daughter to Ashok Naval and Saradha Naval on April 4,1976. She has two sisters Monal(Actress who committed suicide) and Jyothi Naval and a brother Sumith. She finished her B.Com., in Mumbai and was doing modelling simultaneously. Then she came to film industry. She speaks Telugu Punjabi, Hindi, English, French.Simran is a versatile dancer and can perform Bharatanatyam with the same ease as she performs Salsa.
She married Deepak Bagga on December 2,2003. They have a son 'Adheep' born on June 11,2005.
Simran made her debut in the Hindi film Sanam Harjai directed by Saawan Kumar. Jaya Bachchan (ABCL Corp) who saw her in "Superhit Muqabla" on Doordarshan’s Metro channel offered her a leading role in "Tere Mere Sapne". But the movie only an average grosser and she was not recognized in Bollywood.
She later on moved south by acting first in a high budget Malayalam film, Indraprastham with Megastar Mammootty in the lead role and she tasted success too. Then she came to Tamil movie industry with Nerukku Ner opposite Surya in 1997 and the movie was a huge success and she was highly appreciated for her dancing in the song Manam Virumbudhe. Then she starred in several successful movies such as V.I.P, Natpukaga, Aval Varuvala and Kannethirae thondrinaal with leading actors Prabhu Deva, Sarath Kumar, Ajith Kumar and Prasanth respectively and then Simran was called as the Queen of kollywood. She got her first break through the movie Thulladha Manamum Thullum opposite Vijay in 1999. Her performance as a blind woman was well praised. In the same year she acted in blockbuster Vaali opposite Ajith Kumar and she won several awards for her acting in Vaali which includes a National Award, a Filmfare award, a Tamilnadu government award and a Kalaimaamani award. Later in 1999 she acted in Jodi which was commercially successful and she became the Lady Super Star of Tamil film industry and ruled kollywood till 2004. Her success streak continued in 2000 with the films Priyamaanavale and Parthen Rasithen in which she acted in a negative role and won a Tamil Nadu government award. She saw a new low in her tamil career in 2001,as she concentrated in telugu, and once again became the leading actress in 2002 with several successes such as Ramana opposite Vijaykanth, Panchathantiram opposite Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal opposite Madhavan. She won several accolades for her performance in Kannathil Muthamittal including a National Award, a Filmfare award, a Tamilnadu government award and a “Dinakaran Best Actress Award”. She left the Tamil Industry after her Marriage with her last movie New which was a blockbuster of 2004. She became the Highest paid south Indian actress by getting 75 lakhs for her last movie New in 2004.
She has acted in all kind of characters right from glam roles as in Vaali to family roles in Kannathil Muthamittal. Her character in Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi(2003) as a tribal girl is highly spoken.
She enjoyed an average success in Telugu movie industry as she acted with all the super stars of Tollywood such as Balakrishna, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna. Her notable Telugu films include Daddy opposite Chiranjeevi, Samarasimha Reddy,Seema simham and Narasimha Naidu,Okka Magadu opposite Balakrishna, Nuvvuvasthavani and Bava Nachadu opposite Nagarjuna and Yuvaraju opposite Mahesh Babu. She has received Nandi Award twice for the films Nuvvuvasthavani in 2000 and Narasimha Naidu in 2001 and Filmfare award twice for the same movies.