Maheswari Chanakyan is an Indian actress and Video Jockey who predominantly works in the Tamil entertainment industry. In 2018, she hosted the Telugu game show Petta Rap, which aired on Zee Tamil.
Maheswari Chanakyan was born on Monday, 18 July 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022) in Chennai, India. Her Zodiac sign is Cancer. She did her schooling at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Chennai. Later, she did her graduation at The University of Madaras, Chennai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Maheswari Chankyan belongs to a Tamil family in Chennai.
Parents & Siblings
Maheswari Chanakyan’s father’s name is Sreenivasan. Her mother’s name is Devira Murthy. Maheswari Chanakyan has a sister named Lekha Sai.
Husband & Children
In 2008, Maheswari got married to Venkatachalam; however, owing to the problems they faced in their marriage, she filed for a divorce in 2010. Maheswari claimed that her husband and in-laws abused her mentally and physically. In an interview, Maheswari talked about the divorce and said,
My husband and his family tortured her mentally and physically and ordered me not to do anchoring or acting because the family name would be tarnished.”
Maheswari has a son named Keshav. In an interview, Maheswari Chanakyan talked about his son Keshav and said that she wanted to raise her son all by herself. She said,
In that, my first marriage ended in divorce due to some reasons. Then I never thought about second marriage. I don’t want to rely on anyone, my boy, my mother, and my work is the only thing I am focusing on right now. I could not choose a partner who understands me and accepts my boy. This makes me afraid that the second married life will be okay. Maheshwari spoke passionately that I am a single mother like my mother.”
Maheswari Chanakyan made her acting debut with the Tamil film Kuyil in which she played the role of Madhu. In the same year, she appeared in the Tamil film Mandhira Punnagai in which she played the role of Hemavathy. Subsequently, she appeared in various Telugu films like Chennai 600028 II (2016), Pyaar Prema Kadhal (2018), Writer (2021), and Vishamakaran (2022).
In 2022, she appeared in the Tamil film Vikram opposite Vijay Sethupathi and Kamal Hassan in which she played the role of Koushalya. In an interview, she talked about the film and said,
I got a call from Kamal’s sir office telling me about the film. I thought it was a prank call and kept listening. However, I realised that they were indeed interested in having me as part of the film. They checked for my dates and asked me to directly come for the shoot. There was no audition or character narration. Once I went to the set, I got to know about my role. They’re a young team and very smart. My portions are with Vijay Sethupathi sir and he helped me a lot with scenes. It was as if I had joined a new acting school. I play his pair in the film. It’s an emotional role and I am excited.” The Times of India
Maheswari Chanakyan made her television debut with the reality show Asatha Povathu Yaaru in which she appeared as a guest. In 2013, she appeared in the Tamil television show Puthu Kavithai in which she played the role of Kavya. Subsequently, in 2021, she appeared in the Tamil television show Amman in which she played the role of Sulakshana. In 2022, she participated in Tamil Big Boss Season 6.
As a video jockey
Maheswari Chanakyan has worked as an anchor and host in various Tamil television reality shows like Isai Aruvi (2015), Athirshta Lakshmi (2015), Comedy Khiladi’s (2018), and Petta Rap (2018).
In 2017, Mahesari Chanakyan started her career as a costume designer and worked for many Tamil television shows. In 2018, she worked as a costume designer for the Tamil film Pyaar Prema Kadhaal. In 2019, she worked as a costume designer for the film Sindhubaadh. In an interview, she talked about her career in costume design and said,
I don’t know how long I can go on as an anchor so I have been toying with costume designing as well. I have been designing the clothes of television fraternity and soon would start designing for film actors as well.” The Times of India
- In an interview, Maheswari talked about her career in the entertainment industry and said that when she was studying in class 11, she started her career as a host on a Tamil television show. She quoted,
I was studying in school (11th standard) when one of the channels was auditioning for anchors. I got selected in it and have been on television since then. I took a break after my son was born. I then made a comeback with the show Athirshtalakshmi. It’s been a great experience being in the media.” The Times of India
- In an interview, Maheswari Chanakyan talked about the entertainment industry and said that she wanted to quit working in the television industry. She said,
I don’t want to do serials anymore as it has become monotonous like a 9-to-5 job. Now, I have plans to take up some good roles in films.”
- Maheswari Chanakyan and her elder sister Lekha Sai own a unisex studio named Tanips, a bridal grooming service and rental jewellery shop. Facebook – Maheswari Chanakyan
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Maheswari consumes alcohol, and she is often spotted drinking alcohol on various occasions.