Ileana D’Cruz (born 1 November 1987) is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Telugu and Hindi films. She has also starred in couple Tamil films.
D’Cruz won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for the 2006 Telugu film Devadasu. She established herself in Telugu cinema with such commercially successful films as Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008), Kick (2009) and Julayi (2012). In Tamil cinema, D’Cruz has starred in Kedi (2006) and Shankar’s Nanban (2012).
In 2012, D’Cruz made her Hindi film debut with Anurag Basu’s critically and commercially successful Barfi!, for which she received critical appreciation and several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She then went on to star as the female lead in many critically and commercially successful films such as Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), Happy Ending (2014), Rustom (2016), Baadshaho (2017) and Raid (2018).
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D’Cruz was born into a Goan Catholic family in Mahim, Mumbai, and raised partly in Mumbai and partly in Goa. Her family relocated to Parra, Goa when she was 10 years old. Her mother tongue is Konkani.
During that time, the manager of the hotel her mother was working in, suggested that she had a vibrant smile and should start modelling and fixed a meeting with Marc Robinson. Though initially reluctant, she was persuaded and her first portfolio was created in January 2003, which she described as a “disaster”. She began gaining notice through photo shoots and ramp shows and her second portfolio was set up the following year, which landed her three advertisements from Electrolux, Emami Talc and Fair & Lovely. The latter, in particular, which was directed by Rakesh Roshan, gave her exposure and brought in several offers for acting in feature films.
She is in a live in relationship with Andrew Kneebone, an Australian photographer. It is rumored that they both have already been married.
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Barfi! actress Ileana D’Cruz recently revealed shocking details about the long struggle with body issues, especially as a famous face in Bollywood. Not too long ago Sarbjitactress Richa Chadha has also spoken out about her eating disorder. Bollywood has always been harsh with the pressure it has put on our leading ladies to look a certain way, and it seems like nothing has changed.
Below are some excerpts from Ileana’s story, in which she admits to having succumbed to the pressure of ‘looking perfect’, to make it big in the Hindi film industry.
In 2005, D’Cruz was called for an audition by director Teja, but the project was canceled. She instead made her feature film debut in the Telugu language romance film Devadasu (2006), directed by Y. V. S. Chowdhary. She underwent acting classes with Aruna Bhikshu, before starting to work on the film. She recalls that during filming she felt “pressured almost cried and didn’t want to go further”, but went ahead after her mother encouraged her, giving her “the lecture of a lifetime at 3 am.” A review from Indiaglitz stated that she “has chiseled features and a figure to-die-for.” Devadasu became the year’s first major commercial success, eventually grossing around ₹140 million, whilst earning D’Cruz the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutant. She next appeared in the gangster film Pokiri in which she portrayed an aerobics teacher, who is harassed by a corrupt police officer. The film was a high financial success, emerging as the highest-grossing Telugu film at the time.
Later that year she starred in the films Rechipo and Y. V. S. Choudary’s Saleem both of which performed poorly at the box office.
D’Cruz had 2 releases in 2011. Her first film that year was Shakti, where she essayed the lead female role. She gave a stage performance for this movie’s audio release function along with Jr. NTR, as part of the promotion of the film. The socio-fantasy film, the costliest Telugu film ever made at ₹ 250,000,000, Her next release was Nenu Naa Rakshasi, which marked her second collaboration with Puri Jagannadh. Though the film was a failure, her performance was received positively by critics; an Indiaglitz reviewer described her as a “pleasant surprise in the film” as she “cried, smirked, looked hot, grabbed sympathy and made faces that were apt to the scenes”, while cine goer’s reviewer cited that the film had “one bright spot, Ileana, she looks stunning and also like an accomplished senior to the hero.” Despite her recent failures, D’Cruz continued to be the highest-paid actress in South India.
In early 2012, she starred in the Kollywood film Nanban, a remake of the 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots directed by S. Shankar. The film opened to critical acclaim and became a major financial success. Her next release was the Telugu film Julai. The film opened to positive reviews and became the third biggest hit in 2012 and the biggest hit in Telugu. She then starred in Puri Jagannadh’s comedy Devudu Chesina Manushulu. In this film, she played the role of a taxi driver. The film received mixed reviews and eventually underperformed at the box office.
She next appeared in the Rajkumar Santoshi action comedy film Phata Poster Nikhla Hero opposite Shahid Kapoor. The film released on 20 September 2013 to mixed reviews and the film was eventually declared a poor grosser at the box office. However, D’Cruz received mixed reviews for her performance, with the Times of India saying that she was “good with emotions but not so tuned into comedy yet.”
In April 2014 she gave a photoshoot for India’s well-known magazine Man’s World. Her first release of 2014 was Main Tera Hero alongside Varun Dhawan and Nargis Fakhri, produced by Balaji Motion Pictures. The film was a semi-hit. She then appeared in Saif Ali Khan’s maiden production Happy Ending where she played lead along Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, and Kalki Koechlin which released on 21 November 2014. The film met with negative reviews and was commercially unsuccessful.
After taking a sabbatical, in February 2016 she started Akshay Kumar‘s Rustom which released in August 2016. The film emerged as one of the highest Indian grossing films of 2016.
In 2017, her films Mubarakan starring opposite Arjun Kapoor and Anil Kapoor and Baadshaho starring opposite Ajay Devgn both failed to find an audience in the box office.
D’Cruz’s first release of 2018 Raid, opened to positive critical and commercial feedback. After six years hiatus, she signed a Telugu film Amar Akbar Anthony starring opposite her frequent co-star Ravi Teja.
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