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Aindrita Ray (Kannada: ಐಂದ್ರಿತ ರೇ; born on 4 April 1985), is an Indian film actress, primarily appearing in Kannada films. She made her acting debut in 2007, starring in Meravanige and went on to appear in several commercially successful films, establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress of Kannada cinema. She is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Devika, a mentally challenged
Aindrita Ray was born as the youngest daughter into a Bengali family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, where she spent her childhood, before moving to Mumbai. With her father, A. K. Ray, being a prosthodontist in the Indian Air Force, she along with her family moved from one place to another, finally settling in Bangalore. Her mother, Sunita Ray, is a child psychologist, while her elder sister works for a multinational company.
Ray studied at Baldwin Girls High School, Bangalore. Later she joined M R Ambedkar Dental College, Bangalore to pursue a bachelor's degree in dental science. While studying, she did part-time modelling, appearing in television advertisements, which paved way for her entry into the film industry. She started doing movies in Kannada, while once in a way appearing in Amateur/Short films. Such accomplishments have established her as a contemporary leading actress in both Kannada and Amateur cinema. She can converse in Kannada, Hindi, English and Bengali.
Aindrita Ray began her acting career in the 2008 film Meravanige playing the role of Nandini, the love interest of the lead actor played by Prajwal Devaraj. The film received a moderate success at the box office with Rediff.com lauding her performance and her dancing capabilities Later, in the same year, she made a cameo appearance in Mast Majaa Madi which had an ensemble cast.
In 2009, Ray appeared in Vaayuputra, an action movie, alongside the debutant Chiranjeevi Sarja. This was followed by a brief appearance in the successful film, Love Guru directed by Shashank. However, she got her biggest break in the film Manasaare for her critically acclaimed role of a mentally challenged girl. She received many awards and accolades for her role which included Suvarna Award for Best Actress and a nomination for Filmfare Awards. This was followed by director Suri's Junglee which found a moderate
In 2010, she starred in five films. Veera Parampare was the only successful movie among Nooru Janmaku, Nannavanu, Januma Janumadallu and a Bollywood parallel cinema, A Flat. She was nominated by Filmfare for the Best Actress category for Veera Parampare.
After a series of flops, Ray was cast in the supporting role in the Puneeth Rajkumar starrer Paramathma. She was widely acclaimed by the critics for her obsessive character role. She was also noticed by the critics in Dhool which was a remake of Tamil hit Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam. The other films, Manasina Maathu and Kaanchana, however were failures.In 2012, she starred in Parijatha opposite Diganth, which found moderate success. She has also made her Telugu film debut with Love in Hyderabad which is under production as of July 2012. Her other films include Tony with Srinagar Kitty in the lead and Rajanikantha. She is also appearing in a cameo role in Sudeep's next Bachchan.