Simran (actress)

Simran Bagga
Born Rishibala Naval
(1976-04-04) 4 April 1976[1][2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1995–present
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Spouse(s) Deepak Bagga

Simran Bagga (born Rishibala Naval; 4 April 1976), known in films only as Simran, is an Indian actress who has predominantly appears in Tamil, Telugu and a few Malayalam films. She debuted in Bollywood and acted in Hindi films, before starring in her first Tamil film V.I.P and her first Telugu film Abbai Gari Pelli in 1997.

Having a string of successes in her early career, in 1999, Simran received critical praise for playing a blind woman in Thulladha Manamum Thullum. However the turning point of her career came with the success of Vaali (1999) which made Simran the most successful actress in the industry. At the peak of her career she agreed to play the role of an antagonist in Parthen Rasithen (2000) and a suffering woman from a premarital agreement in Priyamaanavale (2000), both went on to become commercial and critical successes. She received her first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), as the mother of an adopted 9-year-old daughter. Other than romantic dramas, Simran had also appeared in two blockbuster comedy films alongside Kamal Hassan; Pammal K. Sambandam and Panchathantiram, both released in 2002. In Telugu, Simran starred in a series of commercially successful films, Samarasimha Reddy (1999), Kalisundam Raa (2000) and Narasimha Naidu (2001), and for the latter, she received her first Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress nomination. With the success of the 2004 sci fi film New, Simran left the film industry following her marriage with her childhood family friend Deepak Bagga.[3] In 2008 she made a comeback to Tamil cinema with Vaaranam Aayiram, where she played the role of a mother and a wife to the characters played by Suriya and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1998, entertainment portal called her "one of Tamil cinema's top female draws".[4][5] In 1999, she was featured in Forbes Magazine as the most prolific actress with a diverse portfolio from the Indian sub continent.[6] Well noted for her dancing and acting skills in the Indian film industry, she won three Filmfare Awards South including Best Female Debut for Once More, V.I.P and Nerrukku Ner, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Thulladha Manamum Thullum, three Cinema Express Awards and was awarded twice with the Kalaimamani award in 1999 and 2003.[7][8]

Personal life and background

Simran was born as Rishibala Naval to Punjabi parents in Mumbai; her father is Ashok Naval and mother is Sharda. Simran has two sisters, Monal and Jyothi Naval, and a brother named Sumith.[9] She did her schooling from St. Anthony's high school, Versova and finished her B.Com in Mumbai and was modelling simultaneously. She speaks Punjabi, Hindi, English, Tamil Telugu.Simran is a trained dancer and can perform Bharatanatyam and Salsa.

She married Deepak, her childhood family friend, on December 2, 2003. They have two sons, Adheep and Aadit.[10][11][12]


1995-1997: Debut and breakthrough

Simran made her debut in the 1995 Hindi film Sanam Harjai directed by Saawan Kumar.It was the first Indian film to be shot in New Zealand and Simran stayed shot abroad for three months,[13] though the film was disaster at box office.[14] Jaya Bachchan saw Simran presenting the show Superhit Muqabla on Doordarshan’s Metro channel, and subsequently offered her a leading role in her production, the romantic drama Tere Mere Sapne (1996). She then starred in supporting roles in Muqaddar, Angaara and Daadagiri, Bal Bramhachari, Agni Morcha, Gunda Gardi opposite Aditya Pancholi, Ayub Khan and along with Dharmendra.[15] Meanwhile, she was acting in South Indian languages and was a huge star in Tamil and Telugu cinema.

Her first South Indian film was the Malayalam film, Indraprastham with Mammootty in the lead role. In 1997, she appeared in her only Kannada film till date, Simhada Mari opposite Shivarajkumar. Prior to her debut in Tamil films, Simran was associated with two projects which failed to materialize in 1996, Parthiepan's Soththukatchi and Bharathiraja's Siragugal Murivadhillai.[16] She then made her debut in the Tamil movie industry, Vasanth's multi-starrer Nerukku Ner, produced by Mani Ratnam, and she signed on to work on the film swiftly in order to work with the noted producer. Then Simran starred in several successful movies such as V.I.P (1997), Natpukkaga (1998), Aval Varuvala (1998) and Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998) with leading actors Prabhu Deva, Sarath Kumar, Ajith Kumar and Prasanth respectively. Her debut Telugu movie was Abbayi Gari Pelli in 1997 opposite Suman which opened to poor reviews.

1998-2003: Success and stardom

Following successful debut in Tamil and Telugu films, in 1998 she had her first release in K. S. Ravikumar's Kondattam opposite Arjun Sarja.[17] She also appeared in a supporting role with Akkineni Nagarjuna and Deepti Bhatnagar in Auto Driver. Both performed averagely at box office. She tasted her first success with Ajith Kumar in Aval Varuvala, a remake of 1997 Telugu film Pelli.[18] Her role was well received by the critics.[19]

In the same year she acted in blockbuster Vaali opposite Ajith Kumar and she won several awards for her acting which includes a Kalaimaamani award; she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She revealed that after working on the film, she became “alert in her choice of films”, only signing ventures which had big production banners.[20] In 1999, she acted in Jodi with Prashanth and Samarasimha Reddy opposite Balakrishna in 1999. Both the movies opened to positive reviews. The success continued with Tamil films Priyamaanavale with Vijay and Parthen Rasithen, in which she portrayed a negative role. She also starred in hit Telugu films Kalisundam Raa with Venkatesh and Nuvvu Vastavani with Nagarjuna.

In 2001, she concentrated on Telugu films and had a mixed year with Mrugaraju and Daddy with Chiranjeevi, Bava Nachadu with Nagarjuna becoming average grossers. Her movie Narasimha Naidu with Balakrishna became a blockbuster. In 2002, she again starred with Balakrishna in Seema Simham which was an average grosser. In 2002, she did several successful Tamil films Ramana with Vijaykanth, Pammal K. Sambandam and Panchathantiram with Kamal Haasan, Thamizh with Prasanth and Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal with Madhavan. She won several accolades for her performance in Kannathil Muthamittal including a Filmfare award. At the height of her career, Simran left the film industry after her marriage.

2008-present: Return

Simran made a return in 2008 with Okka Magadu opposite Balakrishna, John Appa Rao 40 plus and Seval. Her role in Gautham Menon's Vaaranam Aayiram was critically acclaimed and she won Filmfare and Vijay awards for the same. She starred in Tamil films TN-07 AL 4777 and Ainthaam Padai in 2009. She made a brief appearance in Aaha Kalyanam in 2014 and Trisha Illana Nayanthara in 2015.[21] In October 2015, Simran and her husband set up a production studio called Simran & Sons, and launched two new film projects.[22]

Television career

After her marriage, Simran took a break from acting in films and moved on to the small screen where she acted in Jaya TV's serial Simran Thirai which hosted of a series of mini-serials all featuring Simran in the lead role and included many popular stars like Ramji, Raaghav, Saakshi Siva and Abitha playing supporting roles. In 2009, she started acting in the Telugu serial Sundarakanda telecast on Gemini TV, where she did a guest role. The serial was dubbed in Tamil as Sundarakandam and telecast on Polimer TV. In 2002, she hosted Jackpot, a game show in Jaya TV which was earlier hosted by Kushboo and Nadhiya. She acted in Agni Paravai, a serial telecast in Puthuyugam TV. She serves as one of the judges in the reality show Dance Tamizha Dance in Zee Tamizh.


On March 2002, Simran was signed up to endorse Fanta, the tangy orange-flavoured drink from Coca-Cola. According to a company spokesperson, "Film stars cut across various segments to establish a direct connect with the brand." The ad has been conceived by the Lowe and directed by filmmaker Latha Menon.[23][24] On the same year, Jyoti Labs launched Jeeva soap with Simran to endorse the brand and the ad. [25] On June 4, 2008, PepsiCo announced Simran as the new brand ambassador for Kurkure for their first brand ambassador in the South Indian market joining the brand's long-standing endorser Juhi Chawla.[26] Simran was chosen as the brand ambassador for a low calorie sugar substitute Sugar Free Gold by Cadila Healthcare.[27][28] She is also tied with General Mills India for Pillsbury Atta and has appeared in several TV commercials.[29]



Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Sanam Harjai Tinu Hindi
1996 Muqaddar Pooja Hindi
1996 Indraprastham Chitra Malayalam
1996 Bal Bramhachari Seema Choudhary Hindi
1996 Angaara Pooja Pascal Hindi
1996 Tere Mere Sapne Pooja Mathur Hindi
1997 Abbai Gari Pelli Telugu
1997 Agni Morcha Hindi
1997 Gunda Gardi Hindi
1997 Simhada Mari Usha Kannada
1997 Once More Kavitha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South
(also for V.I.P and Nerrukku Ner)
1997 V.I.P Priya Tamil
1997 Daadagiri Uma Hindi
1997 Nerrukku Ner Asha Tamil
1997 Priya O Priya Telugu
1997 Poochudava Nandini Tamil
1997 Maa Nannaki Pelli Lahari Telugu
1998 Kondattam Lalitha Tamil
1998 Auto Driver Telugu
1998 Aval Varuvala Divya Tamil
1998 Natpukkaga Prabavathy Tamil
1998 Kannedhirey Thondrinal Priya Tamil
1998 Kodiesvaran Tamil Unreleased
1999 Samarasimha Reddy Sampangi Telugu
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Rukmani Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
1999 Kachche Dhaage Hindi Special appearance in song "Khali Dil Nahi"
1999 Edhirum Pudhirum Tamil Special appearance in song "Totthu Totthu"
1999 Anari No.1 Sona Hindi
1999 Vaali Priya Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1999 Sirf Tum Herself Hindi Special appearance
1999 Kanave Kalaiyadhe Amrita,
1999 Anthapuram Simran Tamil Special appearance in song "Mana Madurai"
1999 Jodi Gayathri Tamil
1999 Kannupada Poguthaiya Gowri Tamil
1999 Time Thulasi Tamil
2000 Annayya Telugu Special appearance in song "Aata Kavala"
2000 Kalisundam Raa Manga Telugu
2000 Khauff Ritu Pereira Hindi Special appearance
2000 Nuvvu Vastavani Indu Telugu
2000 Yuvaraju Srilatha Telugu
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Indhu Tamil
2000 Goppinti Alludu Sowmya Telugu
2000 Parthen Rasithen Banu Tamil
2000 Priyamanavale Priya Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2001 Mrigaraju Aishwarya Telugu
2001 Narasimha Naidu Sravanthi Telugu Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2001 Prematho Raa Geetha Telugu
2001 Bava Nachadu Kamakshi Telugu
2001 12B Priya Tamil
2001 Daddy Shanti Telugu
2001 Parthale Paravasam Simi Madhava Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Hema Telugu
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam Janaki Tamil
2002 Aakheer Suman Hindi
2002 Dhaya Tamil Special appearance in song "Thorakkaatha Pettiya"
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Indra Thiruchelvan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
ITFA Award for Best Tamil Actress
2002 Thamizh Meenakshi Tamil
2002 Ezhumalai Lakshmi Tamil
2002 Panchathantiram Mythili Tamil
2002 Youth Tamil Special appearance in song "Altothe Boopathi"
2002 Ramana Cithra Tamil
2002 I Love You Daa Priya Tamil
2003 Pop Corn Jamuna Tamil
2003 Arasu Meera Shastri Tamil
2003 Raghavendra Telugu Special appearance in song "Calcutta Pan"
2003 Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi Veeralakshmi Tamil
2003 Ottran Sudha Tamil
2003 Pithamagan Herself Tamil Special appearance
2003 Seetayya Bangaram,
2004 Jai Tamil Special appearance in song "Alek"
2004 Udhaya Vasanthi Tamil
2004 New Priya Tamil
2005 Kichaa Vayasu 16 Nirmala Tamil
2005 Inidhu Inidhu Kaadhal Inidhu Tamil Special appearance in song "Naan Puttam Pudiyai"
2007 Heart Beats Thangam George Malayalam
2007 Vijayadasami Herself Telugu Special appearance
2008 Okka Magadu Sharada Telugu
2008 John Appa Rao 40 plus Pravallika Telugu
2008 Seval Gayathri Tamil
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Malini Krishnan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Subhalakshmi Mani Tamil
2009 Ainthaam Padai Devasena Tamil
2014 Aaha Kalyanam Chandralekha Tamil Guest appearance
2015 Trisha Illana Nayanthara Simran Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Karai Oram Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Tamil Guest appearance (Filming)


Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2008 Simran Thirai Tamil Jaya TV
2008 Super Stars Main Judge Tamil Jaya TV
2010-2012 Sundarakanda Telugu Gemini TV dubbed in Tamil as Sundarakandam and telecast on Polimer TV & as Asoakavanam and telecast on Puthuyugam TV
2012 Jackpot Host Tamil Jaya TV
2013 Dance Tamizha Dance Season I Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh
2013-2014 Agni Paravai Madhavi Tamil Puthuyugam TV
2014-present DTD Little Masters Season II Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh
2015(April) Dance Tamizha Dance Season II Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh

See also


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  6. "Simran makes Hilary's acquaintance at IIFA". Mumbai: 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  7. Harshini Vakkalanka (2011-08-14). "Filmi crossing over". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  8. "Kalaimamani awards announced". The Hindu. 2003-10-11. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
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  12. Mum is the word for Simran. Times Of India (2011-03-18). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  13. "World film-makers court Bollywood". BBC News. 16 September 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  14. Surendra, Miglani (13 February 2005). "Hits and misses". The Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  15. Simran starring in The Murderer, Aakheer, Seethaiah, Anari No 1, Daadagiri, Gunda Gardi, Agnee Morcha, Tere Mere Sapne (1996). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
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  17. Velan. "Kondattam Movie Review". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  18. Velan (1 May 2006). "From Rs.390 to Rs.3.5 Crores. Ajith's journey of hardship, from nowhere to stardom!!". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
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  20. "Old Times' Sake: The Simran Interview -". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  21. "Simran's Re-Entry as a Heroine".
  22. Vishal Menon, Chitradeepa Anantharam. "I'm a 100 per cent Tamil girl: Simran". The Hindu.
  23. The Hindu Business Line : Simran to endorse Fanta. (2002-03-16). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  24. The Hindu Business Line : Coca-Cola may dump Life ho to aisi campaign &#151 Thanda matlab rural campaign top draw in urban areas too. (2002-12-19). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  25. Marketing Practice: Jeeva : The Complete Ayurvedic Soap. (2007-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  26. Cine Idol Simran appointed as the first brand ambassador for Kurkure in South India. PepsiCo India. June 4, 2008. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  27. Cadila ropes in Simran to endorse Sugar Free. (2008-07-31). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  28. ::Arigem::. (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  29. General Mills India. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
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