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Rishibala Naval (Punjabi: ਰਿਸ਼ਿਬਾਲਾ ਨਾਵਲ; born 4 April 1976), better known by her stage name Simran (Hindi: सिमरण,Tamil: சிம்ரன்,Telugu: సిమ్రాన్, Malayalam: സിമ്രാന്‍), is an award-winning Indian actress who has acted in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. She is one of actress who used the glamour trend of 90's in Tamil/Telugu film industry to rise to fame. She has appeared in several commercially successful movies such as Nerrukku Ner (1997), V.I.P (1997), Natpukkaga (1998), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1998), Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998), Samarasimha Reddy (1999), Anari No.1 (1999), Jodi (1999), Narasimha Naidu (2001), Bava Nachadu (2001), Daddy (2001), Thamizh (2002), Panchathantiram (2002), Ramana (2002) and New (2004).

Her noted performance oriented successful films include Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Vaali (1999), Kalisundam Raa (2000), Nuvvu Vastavani (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Parthen Rasithen (2000), Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) and Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). She recently appeared in the 2008 blockbuster Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon, costarring Surya Sivakumar.
Personal life and background

She was born Rishibala Naval, as the first daughter, to Ashok Naval and Sharada Naval on 4 April 1976. She has two sisters, late Monal, an actress who committed suicide, and Jyoti Naval and a brother named Sumit. She did her schooling at St. Anthony's high school, versova, and finished her B. Com., in Mumbai while modeling simultaneously. Then she came to film industry. She speaks Punjabi, Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.

She married Deepak Bagga, her long time family friend, on 2 December 2003. They have a son, Adheep, born in June 2005.
Hindi Cinema Career

She made her debut with the 1995 Hindi film Sanam Harjai directed by Saawan Kumar. Jaya Bachchan saw her in "Superhit Muqabla" on Doordarshan’s Metro channel and offered her a leading role in Tere Mere Sapne. She then held supporting roles in Muqaddar, Angaara, Daadagiri, Bal Bramhachari, Agni Morcha and Gunda Gardi.1unreliable source? Meanwhile she was acting in Tamil and Telugu films.

In 1999, she starred in Anari No.1.
Tamil Cinema Career

She moved to south Indian movies by acting first in the Malayalam film, Indraprastham. Then she was introduced in Tamil movie industry by Vasanth with Nerukku Ner in 1997 which included a dance number to the song Manam Virumbudhe. Then she starred in several movies such as V.I.P (1997), Natpukkaga (1998), Aval Varuvala (1998) and Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998) and Thulladha Manamum Thullum in 1999. She won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Thulladha Manamum Thullum.

In the same year she acted in Vaali she won several awards for her acting in Vaali which includes a Tamil Nadu government award and a Kalaimaamani award and she was nominated for National Film Award for Best Actress. In one theatre, Vaali was screened for more than 365 days.citation needed Later in 1999 she acted in Jodi. Her Tamil films included Priyamaanavale and Parthen Rasithen in which she acted in a negative role and won a Tamil Nadu government award.

In 2001 and 2002 her films included Ramana, Pammal K. Sambandam, Panchathantiram, Thamizh Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal. For Kannathil Muthamittal she won a Filmfare award, a ITFA Best Actress Award and a “Dinakaran Best Actress Award”. She left the Tamil Industry after her marriage with her last movie New in 2004 for which she became the highest paid south Indian actress by getting 75 lakhs.citation needed

She recently appeared in the 2008 Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon, for which she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Telugu Cinema Career

She enjoyed stupendous success in Telugu movie industry too as she acted with all the super stars of Tollywood such as Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh. Her debut Telugu movie was Abbai Gari Pelli in 1997 opposite Suman which was a flop. Then, after starring in some unsuccessful movies in 1997 and 1998, she starred opposite Balakrishna in Samarasimha Reddy in 1999 and the film became the biggest ever blockbuster in Telugu cinema history and she became an overnight sensation.

Then in 2000 she starred in Kalisundam Raa opposite Venkatesh and Nuvvu Vastavani opposite Nagarjuna. Both of the movies were blockbusters while the former becoming the biggest blockbuster in Telugu cinema history breaking her own record made in 1999. She also starred in Yuvaraju opposite Mahesh Babu and Goppindi Alludu oppsite Balakrishna in which the former was a flop and the latter was an above average hit.

The year 2001 was a mixed year in her career since her movie Mrigaraju opposite Chiranjeevi becoming a flop and Bava Nachadu opposite Nagarjuna and Daddy opposite Chiranjeevi becoming above average grossers. But her movie Narasimha Naidu opposite Balakrishna became a huge blockbuster becoming the biggest blockbuster in Telugu cinema history breaking her own record made in 2000.

In 2002 she starred with Balakrishna in Seema Simham and the film was just an average grosser in spite of great openings. This was her only release in 2002. With Seetayya opposite Harikrishna in 2003, she left the industry after her marriage.

She made a comeback with Okka Magadu opposite Balakrishna in 2008. The film was a failure. Her next movie John Appa Rao 40 plus was also a failure.

She is considered to be one of the most successful actresses of tollywood which she ruled for more than 4 years.
Salary and business interests

Simran was one of the leading ladies during late 90's and early 2000 and at the peak of her career commanded a salary package of up to 75 lakhs to 2 Crores per movie.

She has done numerous modelling assignments with some of the top local and gobal marketing and modelling firms including Ford Motors, Lux, PepsiCo, SubWay, Loreal, Hindustan Lever, Colgate Palmolive, Paraag Sarees, Chandana Brothers and ICICI.

Even though the number of offers have declined recently, Simran still commands a salary of 80 to 150 lakhs per movie.

Simran and her husband own a Real estate firm in the suburbs of Palli Hill Mumbai, in collaboration with Delhi based DLS Group. The couple also own several restaurants in Delhi and Chennai. She bought a 10% stake in MGM Studios during late 90's which in today's market is valued at over 147 crore rupees.

The couple own a home in Delhi, a sprawling mansion in Mumbai, a ranch in Chennai and a villa in Dubai. They also share an apartment complex with the yesteryear actresses Zeenat Aman and Poonam Dillon.

Simran was planning to launch a production company in partnership with the Universal superstar Kamal Hassan but the deal was called off due to mutual disagreement. Her business acumen rivals her exceptional acting talents.

She is currently in talks with Dr. Ramanaidu and Mahesh Bhatt to launch her Production Studios in the mid of 2010.

She is also working closely with the leading marketing firms in India to launch her Boutique line.

In the year 1999 she was featured in Forbes Magazine as the most prolific actress with diverse portfolio from the Indian sub continent.

Simran's real estate firm, in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board for low income groups, has developed a proposal to buy acreage in the outskirts of major cities and develop them into self sustained communities for people under the poverty line.

She has donated Rs. 10 Lakhs towards the Kargil cause.

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Simran Photoshoot
Simran Photoshoot