Meera Nandan is an Indian actress who predominately works in the Malayalam cinema alongside Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada film industries. She also works radio jockey for Red 94.7 FM.
She did her schooling in Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara. While working in the films, she pursued a degree in Communicative English at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam. Rediff Then, she did her post-graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism through distance education, at Manipal University. In 2014, Meera moved to Dubai where she started working as a radio jockey. Thereafter, she juggled between her career in acting and radio.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Nandakumar, and her mother’s name is Maya. Her younger brother, Arjun Nandakumar, is also an actor.
She is unmarried.
Former Indian actress and classical dancer Divyaa Unni is Meera Nandan’s cousin.
In 2023, Meera Nandan got engaged to Sreeju, an accountant from London. According to the caption posted by their photographer, it is an arranged marriage. The two met through a matrimony site and after a few meetings, they decided to get married. After their parents came on board with the alliance, Sreeju flew from London to Dubai to meet Meera, and they hit it off instantly. The engagement was a private ceremony and only her family was present. On 13 September 2023, she announced her engagement when posted pictures with Sreeju on her Instagram handle.
She follows Hinduism.
Meera Nandan’s first appearance before the camera was in an advertisement for Mohanlal’s Taste Buds. A skilled singer, she auditioned as a contestant for the renowned reality show Idea Star Singer on Asianet in 2007 but was instead selected as an anchor for it. In the same year, she became a household name after appearing in Surya TV’s show Veedu. She appeared as a host on the Malayalam TV shows Manjil Virinja Tharam (2008) on Kairali TV and Onakkodi (2011) on Surya TV. In 2011, she was a Judge on the Malayalam TV show Vivel Big Break on Surya TV. In 2017, she appeared as an anchor on the Malayalam talk show Lal Salam with Mohanlal on Amrita TV.
In 2023, she started hosting the Malayalam TV show Cook With Comedy on Asianet.
She made her film debut in Lal Jose’s Malayalam film Mulla (2008) in which she played the role of Lachi. The film chronicles the story of Lachi who falls in love with a goon, Mulla, while taking care of an orphaned baby. Immensely appreciated, the role won Meera numerous accolades.
In 2009, she appeared in the popular action thriller film Puthiya Mukham in which she played the supporting role of Sreedevi.
Thereafter, she starred in the films Kerala Cafe (2009), Patham Nilayile Theevandi (2009), Pulliman (2010), and Elsamma Enna Aankutty (2010). She played the negative role of Lakshmi in the comedy thriller film Seniors (2011) and a journalist named Jane in the vigilante thriller film Lokpal (2013).
In 2013, she gained immense popularity for playing the role of a tribal girl in the national-award-winning film Black Forest, directed by Joshy Mathew. The film bagged the National Award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation /Preservation. Another prominent film under her belt includes the medical thriller Apothecary (2014) in which she starred as Daisy.
Other popular Malayalam films in which she appeared include Ven Shankhu Pol (2011), Madirasi (2012), Tourist Home (2013), Aattakatha (2013), Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale (2016), and Gold Coins (2017).
In 2009, she made her Tamil debut with the film Vaalmiki in which she played the role of Vandana. The film follows a pickpocket named Pandi who tries to reform himself after falling in love with Vandhana.
She played the role of Anitha in the action drama film Ayyanar (2010).
In 2012, she appeared in Sooriya Nagaram as Thamizhselvi.
In 2011, she made her Telugu debut with the historical drama film Jai Bolo Telangana in which she played the role of Sahaja.
In 2015, she played the role of a tribal woman named Abhilasha in the film Hitudu, earlier titled Gunde Ninda Gudigantalu. In the film, she portrayed three different stages of her character a 14-year-old teenager, a 23-year-old youngster, and finally a 35-year-old woman. The film went on to win the Nandi Award for Third Best Feature Film.
She made her Kannada debut with the film Karodpathi (2014) in which she played the role of a homely girl, Vidya.
In 2016, she appeared in the film Naanu Nam Hudgi.
She lent her voice to Taapsee Pannu‘s character, Saira Banu, in the Malayalam film Doubles (2011). She worked as a playback singer for the romantic number Mazhayude Ormakal for VK Prakash’s Mammootty starrer film Silence (2013). In 2014, she started working as a Radio Jockey at Radio Red 94.7 FM in Dubai. In 2018, she joined Gold 101.3 FM in Ajman as RJ, where she hosts the radio show Sunset Drive with Meera Nandan.
- Won Best Supporting Actress Award for the Malayalam TV show Veedu at Kerala State Television Awards (2007)
- Won the title of Best Female Debut for the Malayalam film Mulla at Filmfare Awards South (2008)
- Won the title of Best New Face of the Year (Female) for the film Malayalam Mulla at the Asianet Film Awards (2009)
- Won the title of Best Supporting Actress for the Malayalam film Puthiya Mukham at the AMMA Awards (2009)
- Actor(s): Hrithik Roshan, Mohanlal
- Actress: Manju Warrier
- In an interview, she revealed that a tarot card reader predicted that she’d be famous in her teens. Recalling the same, she said,
Would you believe it if I told you that a tarot reader saw me at my relative’s place and immediately said I’d be well-known? That she’d have to come to Madras to see me? Of course, we laughed it off then..”
- In childhood, she aspired to become a journalist.
- In 2010, Kollywood director Chellamuthu proposed to her. He openly expressed his love for her over the phone. The 19-year-old actress rejected the proposal saying that her parents had already fixed her marriage with someone else and that she was engaged. The New Indian Express However, later, she revealed that she lied about her engagement to get out of the situation. Meera was the lead actress in Chellamuthu’s directorial film Sooriya Nagaram (2012). Meanwhile, the director denied the allegations and said that Meera Nandan was trying to malign his reputation by spreading false stories about the incident. Chellamuthu said that when Meera told him that her parents had found another groom for her, he immediately dropped the proposal and that the actress was exaggerating the incident to spoil his image in the Tamil film industry. Later, during an interview, when she was asked whether she would mind working with him again, she replied,
I wouldn’t because I think he lacks professionalism.”
- She also narrated an incident she had with Chellamuthu while filming Sooriya Nagaram. She said,
When I was working with him, one day on the sets, to my surprise I was told to do a romantic scene which I wasn’t even aware about before. I asked him, ‘Which scene is this? I never came across one like this when I was going through the script or when we discussions the project.’ His shocking response was like, ‘Is it necessary to describe each and every scene in detail?’ That day I told to myself, ‘never again a movie with you.”
- In 2019, she was slammed by various conservative netizens for wearing “short dresses.” Hence, Meera took to Instagram and wrote,
It is truly disgusting to see the vulgar comments and judgments made by some people, over a dress I wore, which frankly is not even that small in size, nor a big of a deal. I’m a person who loves fashion and admires both Indian & Western wear. It is totally unreasonable that people in this generation should be targeted and judged by mere clothing. Once again, I’d highly appreciate it if I could live MY life as MINE, and not the public’s.”