Trisha Krishnan is one of the very few southern actors who has remained relevant to her work despite being in the industry for almost two decades now. From an unsurpassed role in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi to leading roles in films like Vinithathandi Varuvayya and 96, Trisha has come a long way. As she turns 37 on Tuesday, we take a look at one of the most famous performances of her career.
Prem Kumar’s 96 – the story of two people who meet after 22 years and realize that they still have feelings for each other – saw the Trisha team with Vijay Sethupathi for the first time. In a refreshing departure from her recent slate of slightly disappointing roles in some low-budget and indulgent films, Trisha redefined herself strongly with the role of a lifetime and it did not come at a more opportune time. As Janu, who is struggling between choosing love and letting go, Trisha takes full control of her character and we fall in love with her. In his most natural and unpretentious nature, he is one of the most memorable characters of his career.
In Gautam Menon’s popular romantic drama Vineethandi Varuvaya, Trisha plays the role of a Catholic girl who falls for a Hindu boy, who is younger than her. Trisha lives up to Jesse’s character, presenting her as honestly as anyone else in her shoes could. No matter how many times you revive Vinitandi Varuvaiah, Trisha’s performance is still refreshing.
In Radha Mohan starrer Nanam, Trisha plays Prakash Raj’s daughter and the story follows their bond and how their relationship changes when she decides to marry a Punjabi boy. Filled with some good humor, the film highlighted Trisha’s ability to play a lighthearted character. His performance was critically acclaimed.
Directed by Prabhudheva, Trisha in Nuvvostantante Nenoddanta effortlessly embodies the role of a rural character. Playing the role of a farmer’s sister with simple aspirations in life, her performance really made the film memorable. Some of his scenes with Siddharth remain fresh even 15 years after release. The film honored Trisha with both the Filmfare and State Awards for Best Actress.
Trisha made her debut with Mounam Pesiyadhe in a lead role. Even though she played the quintessential girl next door, her acting left a strong impression and equaled the critics as well as the audience. It marked the arrival of an actor with a package of good looks and talent. Paired with Surya, the film is still considered one of Trisha’s best performances.