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MPW 2023: South superstar Nayanthara’s recipe for successful business ventures

MPW 2023: South superstar Nayanthara’s recipe for successful business ventures

One of the most successful female actors in the South, Nayanthara, who makes her debut on BT’s Most Powerful Women in Business list this year, juggles several business ventures with her filmmaker husband

Nayanthara, 39, Actor & Entrepreneur Nayanthara, 39, Actor & Entrepreneur

In the second attempt to get her on the phone, a cheerful voice apologises for a 10-minute delay. Without wasting a second beyond the customary niceties, the successful and much–adored actor and entrepreneur, Nayanthara, launches right into describing her brands and business philosophy. Articulate and no-nonsense, you know she means business.

Known as much for headlining powerful and commercially successful women-centric films as for her stylish pairings opposite top actors, Nayanthara’s 20-year journey in the film industry has seen her evolve from a Malayalam TV anchor to ‘Lady Superstar’, entrepreneur, investor and brand ambassador. “When you start thinking about it, you kind of start manifesting it,” she says about her decision to venture into business along with her filmmaker husband, Vignesh Shivan. The duo’s film production house Rowdy Pictures bankrolled the critically acclaimed Tamil film Koozhangal (2021). The year also saw them launching The Lip Balm Company and invest in Chennai-based start-up Chai Wale.

One of the highest paid female actors in the South, she has had a prolific 2023, too. She debuted in Bollywood opposite Shah Rukh Khan in one of the biggest Hindi hits of this year—Jawan. Her business has also gathered pace, with the couple collaborating with professionals to launch skincare brand 9Skin, sanitary napkins brand Femi9, and investing in super foods brand The Divine Foods. “Yes, we do make money off the businesses, but it has to be making a positive difference to the people,” she says.

While Shivan analyses the business opportunities, Nayanthara chips in to build the brand and contributes towards the look and feel of the products. “Vignesh and I are quite hands-on. Unless we approve something, it doesn’t go out.”

The film industry has also taught her many skills that come in handy in her role as a businesswoman, primary among them being multitasking. “There is so much work that goes into it, that we get tuned to doing many things at the same time and being available all the time.” Fresh off the release of her 75th film, she says there are many more ventures in the offing, and not just limited to beauty and personal care. Her star continues to shine.


Published on: Dec 10, 2023, 4:01 PM IST
Posted by: Priya Raghuvanshi, Dec 10, 2023, 2:48 PM IST