• Birth Name Ileana D'Cruz
  • Date of birth 1987-11-01
  • birth place Mumbai
  • spouse(s) -
  • children -
  • debut year 2006
  • debut movie Devadasu

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‘Nothing succeeds like success’, this is a paradigm that we are used to and drilled into us from childhood by elders, teachers and experience. There must be few people, at least, who don’t believe in it. Ileana D’Cruz is certainly one of them. Her belief, pertaining to her experiences in Telugu Film Industry must be, ‘Nothing succeeds like continuous success’
In her debut film, she proved to be a sight for lascivious eyes and directors, bar Trivikram Srinivas, concentrated on enhancing that part of her image rather than actually giving her a role in which her acting chops could be tested. The closest she ever got to performance oriented roles, apart from Trivikram’s movies, were Rakhi and Devudu Chesina Manushulu. In a career spanning seven years, till date, that’s pretty less. Does she look back on her time in Telugu Film Industry with fondness or scorn is a question that only she can answer.

  • Personal Life

    Ileana was born to a Catholic Family in Mumbai. She spent most of her childhood in Mumbai and then her family movied to Goa. She started her modelling career in 2003. It was not a very good start but later on she was flooded with offers. 

  • Career

    As it happens with most of the imports into the Telugu Film Industry, she modelled for a few brands and acted in a few commercials before setting foot into the industry. She made her debut with ‘Devdas’ and immediately set the ball rolling with her liberal skin show in the movie. In fact, her skin show combined with the music of the movie are attributed as factors for the good performance of the movie.
    Then came what was thought to be as a game-changer for her, PokiriIn fact, it can be said that she was the person who benefited the least from the movie. While the movie paved the way for the superstardom of Mahesh, it got Puri immense recognition from all quarters. She got a few offers and a glimpse into what would be a common pattern in her career; a massive hit followed by a slew of flop movies.
    KhatarnakMunna and Aata followed Pokiri and they did nothing for her other than pegging her back in the pecking order. In between Khatarnak and Munna, there was RakhiShe performed creditably in the movie, but a lack of screen time in the second half ensured that it won’t be looked back at as fondly as it should’ve been. It was also the first time she was sharing the starring honours with another actress and Charmee, the other actress, managed to run away with the thunder.
    This was followed by what can be called as her best phase; two hits in two years within the span of three movies; an unprecedented achievement, which never happened again. Jalsa remains her best performance till date. Not only because of her performance in the movie, but also because she bucked the prevailing ‘bubbly girl’ trend to perform a ‘bumbling girl’ act. For the first time nobody spoke about her in anatomical metaphors. Though she delivered a dud called Bhale Dongalu after Jalsa, she immediately bounced back with Kickwhich was Ravi Teja’s show all the way. She did have screen space in the movie but was blazed away by the author backed role that Ravi Teja had.
    Kick in a way marked the end of her good time in Telugu Film Industry. It was followed by colossal failures like SaleemRechipoShakti and Nenu Naa RakshasiThough she had the scope to do a well etched character in Nenu Naa Rakshasi, she wasn’t good enough in pantomime to carry the effect of the role.
    Julayi gave her a hit and some breathing space, which she immediately threw away with Devudu Chesina Manushulu and that remains her last Telugu film till date. However Ileana continues to be busy in Bollywood with back to back offers.

  • Trivia

    • Ileana made a very controversial statement on Junior NTR after they have acted together in Shakthi. She made startling remarks on the actor’s behaviour on Shakti sets and vowed not to act with him further.
    • This sultry beauty once in Hindi film industry became further controversial. In one of her interviews to Mumbai based Tabloid, the actress said that she enjoys sex as it gives her pleasure and also keeps her body fit.
    • Ileana who made debut in 2006, had to foray in to films a year early. She was auditioned for a film by director Teja. But the project was cancelled in the last minute delayed her debut.

  • Upcoming Movies

    She has no Telugu movies in her hand right now.


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2007: Filmfare Awards South for Best Female Debut for Devadasu

2009: Santosham Film Awards for Best Actress for Jalsa

2009: South Scope Style Awards for Best Actress for Jalsa

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