Sithara is a veteran Indian actress known for her work in the South Indian film industry. She was part of more than 100 films over a career spanning more than thirty years.
Sithara Nair was born on Saturday, June 30, 1973 (age 49 years; as of 2022) in Kilimanoor, Kerala, India. She completed her schooling at the Lourdes Mount School, Vattappara, Trivandrum. In 1986, while studying for a pre-university degree at Sree Shankara Vidyapeetom college, Kilimanoor, she made her debut in the Malayalam film industry with Rajeevnath’s directorial ‘Kaveri’ starring Mammootty and Mohanlal.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Sithara belongs to a Malayali family in Kilimanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Parameshwaran Nair, was an engineer at the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), and her mother’s name was Valsala. She has two younger brothers, Pratheesh and Abhilash.
She is unmarried. In an interview, she revealed that from a young age, she had no plans to get married; Sithara was very close with her family, especially with her father, and the fear of moving far away from them was one of the reasons she never got married. She said that, even after her father passed away, she did not feel the need to marry someone and that she was happy living alone.
Sithara made her debut in the Malayalam film industry in 1986 (Kaveri) and became one of the most successful actresses in the South Indian film industry and became a part of more than 100 films in different languages such as Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. In an interview, she said K. Balachander, the famous Tamil director who introduced Sithara through Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, remained the biggest influence on her as an actress, and she became serious about her career in cinema after working with him. In 2000, Sithara took a break from the film industry and later returned to the film industry. In an interview, she revealed that it was her decision when she took a break from the film industry in the early 2000s. Sithara made her comeback in 2004; been present in the entertainment industry since.
In 1986, Sithara made her debut in the Malayalam film industry with Rajeevnath’s family drama, ‘Kaveri.’ She was part of various Malayalam films, like the Mohanlal starrer Naduvazhikal (1989); she was the lead heroine of ‘Mazhavilkavadi (1989), a comedy-drama film directed by Sathyan Anthikad. In 1993, Sithara was cast as the lead heroine for Bharathan’s directorial Chamayam, and her performance as Liza received a positive reception from the public. She was part of Rajiv Anchal’s fantasy drama Guru (1997) and played the role of Vaidehi. The movie was India’s official entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 70th Academy Awards. Sithara marked her return to the Malayalam film industry in 2009 with Rajasenan’s directorial, ‘Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu.’ In 2015, she was cast as Sujatha in Saigal Padukayanu, directed by Sibi Malayil.
In 1989, Sithara made her debut in the Tamil film industry with K. Balachander’s Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal. The musical drama film Pudhu Vasantham, released in 1990, was a milestone in her career; the movie was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. Pudhu Vasantham put her on top as one of the leading heroines in South Indian cinema. Sithara was cast in the Rajinikanth starrer Padayappa, released in 1999, where she played the role of Rajnikanth’s sister; the movie became Tamil cinema’s highest-grossing film during the early 2000s. Sithara appeared in many other movies, including Thirunelveli (2000), Mathapoo (2013), Munnodi (2017) and Nagesh Thiraiyarangam (2018).
Sithara made her debut in the Kannada movie industry in 1994; she was cast in D. Rajendra Babu’s ‘Halunda Tavaru,’ where she played the role of the lead heroine opposite Vishnuvardhan; the movie was a commercial hit. Sithara has since appeared in different Kannada films such as Kavya (1995), Ganesha I Love You (1997), Mr. Airavata (2015), and Amma I Love You (2018).
She made her Tollywood debut with ‘Manasu Mamatha,’ released in 1990. Sithara was cast in ‘Srivari Chindulu’, released in 1991, and played the role of ‘Madhuri’. In 1999, she played the role of ‘Gowri’ in ‘Sneham Kosam’. Later she appeared in many more films, including Samba (2004), Brindavanam (2010), Chinnadana Nee Kosam (2014), Janatha Garage (2016) and Sammathame (2022).
Sithara became a popular name among the television audience after she appeared in many operas across different languages, such as Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. She made her Tamil television debut with Ganga Yamuna Saraswati, which aired in 1998; the show was a massive hit among the television audience. Sithara has also been part of serials, including Sindhooram (1999), Parasparam (2000), Eetharam (2006), Aarthi (2005), Swathi Chinukulu (2013) and Intinti Gruhalakshmi (2020).