She made her acting debut with 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and later proved her charm in Telugu and Tamil films. She has stepped into Tollywood industry with the film Lakshmi. Nayantara was born to Malayali Syrian Christian parents Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian. Her father was an Indian Air Force officer. She has one brother Leno, who is nine years elder to her and lives in Dubai.