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Name: Ileana D’Cruz
Birthday: 1st November, 1987
Place Of Birth: Mumbai, India
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Current residence: Goa
Occupation: Model, Actress
Education Qualification: Schooling in Goa, Graduation from Bombay University
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu
Marital Status: Single
Ileana D’Cruz won her first Filmfare Best Debut Female award in 2006 for her film Devadasu. Thereafter, she also won the Santosham Best Actress Award and South Scope Style Award for Best Actress for her performance in 2008 film Jalsa, for which she received a Filmfare nomination in Telugu category as well.
Trivia: An already established actress in Telugu films down south, and a newbie in the Hindi film industry, Ileana D’Cruz is the latest addition to the “To-Watch-Out-For” list of new entrants in Bollywood. The model-turned-actress will make her Bolly debut in Anurag Basu’s film “Barfi!”
With quite a number of big projects in her kitty, Ileana is already being touted as one of the `next big faces'.
She made her debuted in the Telugu language film Devadasu in 2006 directed by Y.V.S. Chowdhary who spotted her in a Fair and Lovely ad film directed by Rakesh Roshan. The film went on to being a huge success at the box-office and Ileana attracted a lot of attention for her sensitive portrayal in the film.
Her breakthrough came with her second Telugu film where she essayed the role of Shruti, an innocent girl haunted by a corrupt police officer opposite Mahesh Babu in the immensely successful Pokiri. The film not only gained her good reviews about her good display of innocence and glamour in the film but also gave her terrific reach and penetration among audiences in B and C stations. Her chemistry with Mahesh was the cynosure of all eyes. The film went on to being the biggest hit in Tollywood history.
She then made her Tamil language film debut alongside Ravi Krishna in Kedi. Although the film did not do so well at the box-office, Ileana was sought after by many directors an actors in Tamil for films which she eventually rejected due to her commitments in Telugu.
While she was in Goa, a hotel manager coaxed her into taking up modeling as a career and even introduced her to model-actor-ramp choreographer Marc Robinson. Ileana regards her first portfolio as a disaster, yet she landed into ramp shows and photo shoots. Gradually, thanks to her second portfolio, she grabbed ads for established brands like Emami Talc, Electrolux and Fair & Lovely. The latter ad was directed by Rakesh Roshan, thus opening up vistas for her for acting in films.
Ileana debuted in 2006 in a Telugu romantic film named ‘Devadasu’, for which she took acting lessons from Aruna Bhikshu. Her performance in the film was much appreciated and she was also noticed for amazing figure and sexy legs. The film grossed around 14 crores and the heroine received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu).
Her next film, Pokiri, opposite Mahesh Babu, was also a smash hit success and became the highest grossing Telugu film at that time. However, after this film, her career graph experienced a low, with four subsequent films being commercial failures. Things took a better turn for her, with films like ‘Aata’ and ‘Jalsa’ doing pretty well at the box office. The latter not only brought in some good money, but also earned her prestigious awards and nominations for her performance.
Prior to her failures with ‘Rechipo’ and ‘Saleem’ in 2009, she starred in ‘Kick’, which became among the highest grossing films of the year. The actress again collaborated with her ‘Pokiri’ director Puri Jagannadh, and appeared in his film ‘Nenu Naa Rakshasi’, in which her acting and looks were much praised.
Ileana’s second Tamil film ‘Nanban’ was a remake of 3 Idiots, and she played the role performed by Kareena Kapoor. Much like its Bollywood counterpart, the Tamil version also became quite successful both commercially and critically. As of now, the actress is awaiting the release of her first Hindi film, Barfi!, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. She plays the role of a narrator and Ranbir’s first love interest in the film.
The ‘Miss Sexy Legs’ will also be seen in Puri Jagannadh’s next venture ‘Devudu Chesina Manushulu’ where the heroine will be essaying the character of a taxi driver. Her second Bolly film ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ will be a romantic comedy, starring Shahid Kapoor, and is expected to release in 2013.
She is already a star down south, but will she manage to do the same in the Hindi film industry? Wait and watch out for her!
Father’s Name: Ronaldo
Mother’s Name: Samira
Sister’s Name: Farrah and Eileen
Brother’s Name: Rhys
Telugu Debut movie: Devdasu
Tamil Debut movie: Kedi
Kannada Debut movie: Huduga Hudugi (item number)
Bollywood Debut: Barfee
Fimfare Best Female Debut for movie Devadasu
Santosham Best Actress Award for movie Jalsa
Before coming in to film industry, Ileana Dcruz did photoshoots and rampwalks. Ileana has also worked for product advertisements. Some of them are Electrolux, Emami Talc and Fair & Lovely cream.
Ileana Dcruz made her acting debut with a Telegu romantic movie called Devadasu. With her debut, Ileana got good compliments as cool debut actress. Ileana also won the Filmfare Award for the Best Female debutant. Later, Ileana acted in the movie Pokiri opposite to Mahesh Babu directly by Prabhu Deva. The movie was biggest commercial success for Ileana and Ileana received many good compliments for this movie as an established actress.
In Year 2006, Ileana made her Tamildebutantat in the movie Kedi. But the movie did not do well. Some of the other movies like Khatarnak, Rakhi and Munna was also unsuccessful movies for Ileana. In year 2007, Ileana signed a movie called Aata in telugu with Siddhath. She received very favorable reviews for her performance as Satya in this movie.
In 2008, Ileana featured opposite to Pawan Kalyan in the movie Jalsa. The film Jalsa movie was a financially successful movie. Ileana received a huge positive remarks with good compliments as pretty, damn cool and lovely bubbly girl in the film. In Year 2009, Ileana signed the movie Kick and also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress.
In 2010, Ileana made her Kannada film debut to perform an item number Ileana Ileana. Ileana again made a big rock solid performance with the movie Nenu Naa Rakshasi. Ileana’s performance in the film received positive comments by critics as she was looking stunning in the film and Ileana’s acts like crying, smirking, hot look was the pleasant surprises for her fans.
Besides south movies, Ileana has made her Bolywod debut with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfee.