Hansika Motwani (born 9 August 1991) is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films. She made her film debut in Telugu cinema with Desamuduru (2007) and became the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Filmfare Award.
Motwani began her career as a child actor in Hindi films, and later went on to appear in lead roles in Telugu films, including Kantri (2008) and Maska (2009). She started her career in Tamil cinema with Mappillai and then appeared in several commercially successful Tamil films such as Engeyum Kadhal (2011), Velayudham (2011), Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013) and Singam II (2013) Aranmanai (2014) . She debuted in Malayalam cinema with Villain (2017).
Early Life and Career
Hansika Motwani was born to a Sindhi family in Mumbai. Her father, Pradeep Motwani is a businessman and her mother, Mona Motwani is a dermatologist.
Motwani attended the Podar International School and the International Curriculum School, Santacruz, both in Mumbai.
Hansika began her television career with a serial called Shaka Laka Boom Boom. She later acted in the Indian serial Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand and appeared as one of the children in Koi Mil Gaya with Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan.
Hansika made her debut in a lead role at the age of 15 in a lead role in Puri Jagannadh’s Telugu film Desamuduru and earned the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for her performance. She later appeared in the Hindi film Aap Kaa Surroor with Himesh Reshammiya.
Hansika’s first 2008 release was Bindaas, starring Puneeth Rajkumar, her first and only Kannada film to date. Later that year, she appeared in Kantri with Jr. NTR.
Hansika debuted in Tamil cinema with Mappillai. Her next Tamil film, Engeyum Kadhal was a successful one. The same year she went on to star alongside Vijay in Velayudham.
In 2012, Hansika had two releases, one in Tamil and another one in Telugu. Her first release was M. Rajesh’s romantic comedy film Oru Kal Oru Kannadi which became her first runaway hit and earned her positive reviews for her performance. In Telugu, she was featured in Denikaina Ready which also earned a positive response from the public. She received her first Best Actress nomination at the 60th Filmfare Awards South for her performance in the films. In 2013, she appeared in four Tamil films such as Settai, Sundar C.’s Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, Hari’s Singam II starring Suriya and Venkat Prabhu’s Biriyani with Suriya’s brother Karthi. She had five releases in 2014, two of them were Telugu films, the comedy flick Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda and the action-masala film Power. Her Tamil releases were the fantasy film Maan Karate with Sivakarthikeyan, Sundar C’s horror comedy Aranmanai and the action thriller film Meaghamann.
Aambala, her third collaboration with Sundar C, was her first 2015 release. Her second release that year was Romeo Juliet, which marked her second film with Jayam Ravi. She also appeared in Vaalu with Silambarasan.
In 2016, Aranmanai 2 directed by Sundar C. received mixed reviews. She had a list of flops later that year, including Uyire Uyire and Pokkiri Raja. Her last release in 2016 was Manithan in which she played a teacher’s role. She won praise for her depiction of Priya.
Bogan was her first release in 2017 and it was reviewed positively. Many critics praised Motwani for her performance in the introduction scene and the pre-climax scene. She also acted in a Telugu film Luckunnodu. Motwani debuted in Malayalam films with Villain in 2017.
Her first release of 2018 was Gulaebaghavali in which she played a con-artist’s role named Viji. Her other release of 2018 was Thuppakki Munai, starring Vikram Prabhu. In 2019, she appeared with Atharvaa in the Tamil film 100, directed by Sam Anton and in the Telugu film Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL opposite Sundeep Kishan.
Her next films include the thriller film Maha directed by U. R. Jameel and Partner directed by Manoj Damodharan which also stars Aadhi Pinisetty in the lead role. Hansika has also signed on to play the lead in the Telugu web series titled Nasha directed by G. Ashok and in two Telugu films: My Name Is Shruthi and 105 Minutes.
Hansika participates in philanthropic activities. She provides monetary support for the education of 30 underprivileged children and also takes care of the medical needs of 10 women who are suffering with breast cancer. She is the brand Ambassador of Chennai turns Pink, an awareness program to promote breast cancer awareness among women.
In 2014, she was featured in Forbes’s 250 celebrities list.
Hansika Motwani is still single and not yet married as of 2021.