Rima Kallingal, the Malayalam actress and diva, has her own way how to express her grief, as playful as Cruella de Vil. From a calm socialite, she morphed into an unhinged puppy kidnapper and then a vindictive glamourpuss. Why don’t we hate her? Well... “The thing is, Cruella de Vil was born brilliant.”

Rima Kallingal is an Indian film actress, who mainly appears in Malayalam films. She has also appeared in Tamil and Hindi films. She was first runner-up in the Miss Kerala beauty pageant in 2008. Rima Kallingal made her Malayalam film debut with Ritu (2009). She has also received numerous accolades, including a Filmfare Award.

Yes, I have done a few films I never should have,
but I am determined not to repeat those mistakes.
Rima Kallingal

Born in 1984 in Thrissur, Kerala, Rima Kallingal began practising dancing when she was three years old. A dancer by profession, she has been a part of a dance company called Nritarutya and has had performances on national and international stages. She studied in Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coonoor up to Fifth grade. She completed her schooling from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Thrissur, graduating in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Christ University, Bengaluru. She is also skilled in Taekwondo (Korean martial art), Chao (Manipuri martial art) and Kalari. 

She was a semi-finalist of the Asianet reality show Vodafone Thakadhimi. She moved to Bengaluru to pursue a modelling career and later participated in the Miss Kerala beauty pageant, in which be she became the first runner-up, losing to Shree Thulasi in a tie-breaker.
She was spotted by director Lal Jose on a magazine cover, who cast her for a goat herder role in a Tamil film Mazhai Varappoguthu. The project didn't materialise, but she was offered the lead female character of Varsha by director Shyamaprasad for Ritu, which eventually marked her acting debut. She was 25 when she acted in the film.

In 2012, she acted in the film 22 Female Kottayam which became a big success, commercially as well as critically. She received praises and won many awards for her portrayal of Tessa. She also won the Kerala State Government award for Best Actress. After 22 Female Kottayam she told that she had made some mistakes in her career and stated "Yes, I have done a few films I never should have, but I am determined not to repeat those mistakes".

In 2013, Rima turned television anchor with the Mazhavil Manorama show "Midukki". Following which the Kerala Film Chamber imposed a ban on her which was revoked later. In 2014 she set up her own Dance institute Mamangam in Kochi, Kerala.
Rima married director Aashiq Abu on 1 November 2013, in a simple ceremony held in Kakkanad Registration office, Kochi. As part of the occasion, they donated Rs 1 million towards the welfare of poor cancer patients at the General Hospital, Ernakulam, and Rs 25,000 to meet a day's expense of the dietary kitchen at the hospital.
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The actress, who dances through all life difficulties with unpretended intelligence, beauty and charm. With the mirror in her eyes, she can be even Cruella de Vil.


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