Darshana Rajendran is an Indian actress and playback singer who works predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. She is known for her roles in the films Mayanadhi (2017), Virus (2019), and Kavan (2017).
Darshana Rajendran was born on Friday, 17 June 1988 (age 35 years; as of 2023). She graduated with a degree in mathematics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and pursued a master’s degree in financial economics at the City, University of London. Darshana worked in the field of Microeconomics at the Institute of Financial Management and Research (also known as IFMR), Chennai. She got interested in theatre and became a theatre artist, who worked in small plays, during the time she was in IFMR.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Weight (approx.): 50 kg
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements (approx.): 30-28-32
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Rajendran NV. Darshana’s mother, Neeraja Rajendran, is an Indian actress. She has a sister, Bhavana Rajendran, who is a theatre artist in Bangalore.
Darshana Rajendran’s maternal grandfather, late Dr N. Chandrasekharan Nair, was honoured with Padma Shri in 2020 as a recognition of his exceptional and distinguished service in the field of literature and education. Instagram- Neeraja Rajendran
Darshana used to work in Finance before she quit her job to pursue acting full-time.
Darshana made her acting debut with the 2014 Malayalam film ‘John Paul Vaathil Thurakkunnu’ in which she played the role of Dr Anna Paul.
She appeared in the romantic film ‘Mayaanadhi’ in 2017. Darshana appeared as Anumol Sebastian in the Malayalam film ‘C U Soon’ (2020), which was released on Amazon Prime.
In 2021, Darshana played the role of Archana Pillai in the Netflix film ‘Irul.’
Darshana Rajendran played the role of Jannath in the film ‘Dear Friend’ (2022).
In 2015, made her Tamil debut with the film ‘Moone Moonu Varthai.’ She appeared in the films Kavan (2017), Irumbu Thirai (2018), and Theeviram (2020). In 2016, she appeared in the Tamil web series titled Ctrl Alt Del.
Darshana also acted in the Hindi web series titled Unpaused: Naya Safar (2022).
In 2017, Darshana worked as a playback singer for the song ‘Bavra Mann’ from the film Mayaanadhi. She was also the playback singer in the songs ‘Kattuneerin Chaalilayi’ and ‘Darshana’ from the films ‘Sarcas Circa 2020’ and ‘Hridayam,’ respectively.
- Darshana was nominated for SIIMA Awards 2021 for best actress in a leading role for the film ‘C U Soon.’
- She won the SIIMA Critics Award for Best Actress (Malayalam) for the film ‘Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey’ at the South Indian International Movie Awards took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates in September 2023.
- The theatre groups in Chennai where Darshana Rajendran worked are Perch, The Little Theatre, Theatre Y, Stray Factory, Evam, and The Boardwalkers.
- In an interview, while talking about her interests, Darshana said,
I started to pick up calligraphy and the guitar, I learned to compost and make bio-enzymes recently, and to read and write Urdu over the lockdown.
- She once posted a picture on Instagram in which she expressed her gratitude to the producers of the films in which she got the chance to lend her voice and said,
Long before acting or theatre happened to me, it was always music. I sang as a child and in college and was part of cappella groups and choirs on the side while I started working. Long before I realized I wanted to act, I thought of music as my only connection to the arts and secretly garnered this tiny hope of being able to sing professionally someday. I’m certain that the little girl who dreamed that then impossible dream is very happy today.”
Darshana always liked singing since she was a child, she revealed in an interview. She also said,
Singing for me was always very personal. I enjoy singing for myself and for people close to me. After singing for a scene in Mayaanadhi and putting out a cover of the lovely ‘Bawra Mann’, it unexpectedly opened up to many more people. Singing for ‘Darshana’ (the song in Hridayam) was special. I was quite nervous about it, but Hesham and Vineethettan (Vineeth Sreenivasan) recorded me at Hesham’s home studio and tried to make it less intimidating for me. I enjoyed the process very much. I am hoping to invest a lot more time learning and singing.”
- Darshana Rajendran is fascinated by storytelling and has been invited by many schools to narrate stories to their students.