The dance floor of South Indian cinema was never complete without her either. Simranis one of the few actresses celebrated as a dance icon for effortlessly matching her steps with dance legends.
In 1999, she received the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actress for her role as the blind-but-spirited Rukmani in ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’. The same year, she also took home many more laurels for her role as the demure Priya in Vaali, one among her outstanding performances. She surprised audiences with her character of a jealous lover in ‘Parthen Rasithen’. She then went on to play a career highlightrole of an adoptive motherin Mani Rathnam’s ‘Kannathil Mutthamittal’; the film was nationally recognised and Simran’s act was appreciated; she followed this with the entertaining Panchathanthiram later that year. Her Malini Krishnan in Vaaranam Aayiram was yet another unforgettable character.
She is particularly recognised for the diverse range of characters she brought to life – independent young lady, loving wife, comical doctor, doting mother, menacing antagonist – each with a unique energy. Besides Tamil, her work extends to Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi cinema as well, and her performance in ‘Kalisundam Raa’ in Telugu is especially acclaimed. After a hiatus, her most noted comeback was in the box office succes‘Pettai’ this year, and in the cards is her next awaited film ‘Rocketry’, where she will appear as the wife of an aerospace engineer. For her phenomenal reign as a major league actress, we raise a glass to Simran, winner of the JFW Award for Excellence in Cinema.
“If today, I’am successful, remembered for my roles and have received all the support in the world up until my recent film petta, it is all because of my fans. They have loved me, they have cherished my versatality and they have supported me throughout. I will always be on top of my game as long as I have their love.” Simran