|Alias||Kamalinee Mukherjee, Roshni, Kamalini|
|Language Worked in||Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali|
|Birth Place||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Education||English literature, Loreto College in Kolkata|
|Favourite Cuisine||South Indian|
Kamalinee Mukherjee (born 4 March) is an Indian actress. She has predominantly appeared in Telugu films as well as in a few Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali and Kannada language films.
After graduating with a degree in English literature, she completed a workshop on theatre in Mumbai because of her strong background in it. She made her acting debut in Phir Milenge (2004), a film that was based on the subject of AIDS. She gained recognition in the multiple-award winner, Anand.
ukherjee was born and brought up in Kolkata, India. While her father is a marine engineer, her mother is a jewellery designer. She is the eldest of the three siblings in the family. Owing to her "love for being on the stage" since childhood, she acted in all sorts of amateur and professional stageplays while in school and college. Incidentally, she always portrayed masculine characters in these plays. Besides theater, she developed a love for reading spiritual works, painting and writing poetry. Just before she began her acting career in 2004, she had written three poems, each of these titled as Thoughts, Confusion and Solitude for poetry.com, a poetry-based website. One of these poems was selected for an International Poetry Contest, where along with one of the 150 people all over the world, she was invited to Washington, D.C. for a seminar that was presided over by Dalai Lama. Besides writing poetry, she also underwent several years of training in Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form.
After graduating with a degree in English literature from Loreto College in Kolkata, she took up a hotel management course in New Delhi, but left it midway. Thereafter, she took a course in theatre arts in Mumbai due to her good background in the field.Thereafter, she performed in many theater plays and also modeled in advertisements for brands such as Neelkamal Furniture, Parachute, Fair & Lovely and Ayush
After receiving appreciation for her portrayal of a strong-willed, independent and modern woman in Anand, her next film was Meenakshi in 2005. Despite the film not finding much commercial success, Mukherjee once said that she did not regret doing the film and that it was a big learning curve. The film reviews, however, praised Mukherjee for her acting skills. In 2006, she appeared in two Telugu language films - Style and Godavari and a Tamil language film, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. Style was a dance-based film with actor-choreographers Prabhu Deva and Raghava Lawrence, Charmee Kaur and Raja, besides Mukherjee.
Godavari, which was Sekhar Kammula's next film, starred Sumanth and Mukherjee in the lead roles. This drama film, which had the Godavari River in the backdrop, dealt with a romantic love story between the lead characters. Mukherjee portrayed the role of a woman with independent thinking and tremendous inner strength, under the "backdrop of middle/upper middle class sensibilities, new aspirations, identity crisis, independence, yearnings and moreover, parental concerns."The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Mukherjee's role was particularly praised. While one review said that she was "beautiful ... both in looks and in her measured acting style," another review praised her for the "intense yet cool portrayal." She made her Tamil debut in 2006 in Gowtham Menon's Vettiyadu Velliyadu starring Kamal Hassan in which her brief role had an enduring impact. Following this, came Gamyam by Krish, a film widely praised by critics and audiences alike and subsequently remade in Tamil and Kannada, both of which featured Kamalinee in the lead role. Gamyam was the only regional film from the south to be in the running for India's entry to the Academy Awards apart from sweeping both the Nandi and Filmfare Awards.
In 2009, she played the role of Latin Christian woman, Pemenna, in Kutty Srank, directed by award-winning director, Shaji N. Karun and starring Malayalam matinee idol, Mammooty. The film swept the national awards, winning in six categories including Best Film. She garnered tremendous praise for her portrayal of a young Latin Christian girl discovering her own sexuality and passion for forbidden love. 2012 gave Kamalinee the opportunity to debut in her native language Bengali, in National Award winning Director, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary's Aparajita Tumi starring Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. The film met with critical and commercial success and she garnered positive reviews. As per one review "The character of Ushashie, played by Kamalinee, is perhaps the most interesting one in the movie. The actress is stunning in her portrayal of a lonely, frustrated woman who runs through an entire gamut of emotions – right from resentment and self-pity, to anger, vengeance and finally, an inner sense of guilt". Following Aparajita Tumi, she also appeared in legendary director K Raghavendra Rao's devotional film, Shirdi Sai with Telegu superstar Nagarjuna. Kamalinee is currently preparing for what she describes as a quirky character in new-age Malayalam director, V. K. Prakash's Netholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla.