Devayani
Renowned Tamil Film Director, Shri Bharathiraja lighting the lamp to inaugurate the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival, in Chennai. Actress, Smt. Devayani Rajakumaran, the Vice Consul of Consulate General of Russia (cropped).jpg
Born
Devayani Jayadev

(1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 47)[1]
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2001)
Children2
RelativesNakul (brother)
AwardsKalaimamani

Devayani is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu-language films.

She started her career with Malayalam and Bengali films She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in the films Surya Vamsam (1997) and Bharathi (2000) and a Special Award for Kadhal Kottai (1996).[2]

She was a part of several successful films, including Ninaithen Vandhai (1998), Nee Varuvai Ena (1999), Thenali (2000), Friends (2001), Aanandham (2001) and Azhagi (2002) as well as in the Sun TV's huge successful serial Kolangal.

Personal life

Devayani was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra to a Konkani father from Mangalore,Karnataka and a Malayali mother from Kerala. She has two younger brothers Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry,[3] while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film.[4]

She dated director Rajakumaran, with whom she had worked on a few films for several years. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led the couple to elope,[5] and marry privately on 9 April 2001.[6][7] They have two daughters, Iniya and Priyanka.[8][9][10]

Career

Devayani began her career as Koyal in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later cancelled during its production stage.[11] She appeared in a Bengali film Shaat Ponchomi.She also acted in a Marathi film before debuting South with lead roles in Malayalam films. Kinnaripuzhayoram is the first film in Malayalam. Next year she done tamil and Telugu film also. She started as a glam doll, she has done item number in a Tamil movie called Sivashakthi. Her earliest films were released in the early and middle 90's including Kadhal Kottai.

Devayani began acting in the teleserial Kolangal as Abinaya, for 1,533 episodes on Sun TV. Kolangal made her one of the most successful personalities in Tamil television industry. It was later dubbed into Malayalam also in the same name on Surya TV. She has completed a Teacher Training course and is now a teacher at Church Park Convent, Chennai. Currently, she is judging a popular reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled Ugram Ujwalam. She has acted in some advertisements also. She is now acting in Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, a Tamil serial of Zee Tamil in which she again paired with his Kolangal pair which is a her big comeback to Television.

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
1993 Shaat Ponchomi - Bengali Credited as Sushma
Dhusar Godhuli Moulika Bengali Credited as Koel
1994 Kinnaripuzhayoram Indhu Malayalam Malayalam Debut
1995 Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu Alice Malayalam
Three Men Army Shubha Malayalam
Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam Latha.S.Pillai Malayalam
Dil Ka Doctor Dolly Hindi Credited as Koyal
Thotta Chinungi Ramya Tamil Tamil Debut
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Nivetha Tamil
Chhota Sa Ghar Vidya Hindi Credited as Koyal
Kaadhal Kottai Kamali Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Poomani Vijaya Tamil
Sivasakthi Guest Appearance Tamil
Mahathma Saraswathi Malayalam
Kinnam Katta Kallan Anju Malayalam
Mr. Clean Nirmala Malayalam
Kaathil Oru Kinnaram Megha Malayalam
Ajay Hindi
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Jyothi Tamil
Kaadhali Soubhagyavathi Tamil
Periya Idathu Mappillai Lakshmi Tamil
Surya Vamsam Nandhini Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominate- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1998 Suswagatham Sandhya Telugu Telugu Debut
Kizhakkum Merkkum Malli Tamil
Marumalarchi Jayanthi Tamil Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Udhavikku Varalaamaa Mythili Tamil
Swarnamukhi Swarnamukhi Tamil
Ninaithen Vandhai Savithri Tamil Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Moovendhar Vaidehi Tamil
Poonthottam Sundari Tamil
Senthooram Otta Rosa (Megala) Tamil
En Uyir Nee Thaane Janaki Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Aarthi Tamil
Srimathi Vellostha Archana Telugu
1999 Thodarum Seetha Anand Tamil
Kummi Paattu Amaravathi Tamil
Nee Varuvai Ena Nandhini Tamil Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Oruvan Nandhini Tamil
Premotsava Chandana Kannada Kannada Debut
Nilave Mugam Kaattu Kasthuri Tamil
Paattali Sakunthala Tamil
Manikyam Meenakshi Telugu
Suyamvaram Parvathi Tamil
2000 Vallarasu Anjali Vallarasu Tamil
Appu Seetha Tamil
Ennammaa Kannu Gayathri Tamil
Bharathi Chellamal Bharathi Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Thenali Jalaja Kailash Tamil
Kannukku Kannaga Devi Tamil
2001 Friends Padmini Tamil
En Purushan Kuzhandhai Maathiri Maheswari Tamil
Vinnukum Mannukum Devayani Tamil
Aanandham Bharathi Tamil Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Ninaikkaadha Naalillai Kavitha Tamil
Sundara Purushan Jyothika Menon Malayalam
2002 Vivaramana Aalu Pappu Tamil
Azhagi Valarmathi Shanmugham Tamil ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award
Kottai Mariamman Rajeswari Tamil
Panchathantiram Nirmala Tamil
Thenkasi Pattanam Sangeetha Tamil
Guruvamma Guruvamma Tamil
Samasthanam Divya Tamil
Padai Veetu Amman Samundi Tamil
Chennakesava Reddy Chennakesava Reddy's sister Telugu
2003 Kadhaludan Kavitha Tamil Also producer
Bheeshmar Gowri Bheeshmar Tamil
Balettan Radhika Malayalam
2004 Naani Indira Devi Telugu
New Indira Tamil
Sivaram Telugu
Giri Suryaprakash's wife Tamil
Sema Ragalai Devi Tamil
Senthalam Poovae Tamil
Soumyam Malayalam
2005 Naran Janaki Malayalam
2009 Aiyantham Padai Kalpana Tamil
2010 Oru Naal Varum Rajalekshmi Malayalam
2011 Sarkar Colony Padmini Malayalam
2013 Thirumathi Thamizh Jothi Tamil Also producer
2015 Sagaptham Lakshmi Tamil
Strawberry Shanthi Tamil
2016 Janatha Garage Prabha Sathyam Telugu
2017 My School Mahalakshmi Malayalam
2018 Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava Suguna Telugu
Ezhumin Bharathi Tamil
Kalavani Mappillai Rajeswari Tamil
2019 N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Akkineni Annapurna Telugu
Thanimai Yazhini Tamil
2021 Love Story Mounica's mother Telugu
Madhagaja Rathnamma Kannada

Television

Serials

Year Serial Role Language Channel
2003–2009 Kolangal Abinaya(Abi) Tamil Sun TV
2007–2008 Manjal Magimai Soundarya/Neeraja Kalaignar TV
2010–2011 Kodi Mullai Anna Kodi/Malar Kodi Raj TV
2011–2013 Muthaaram Ranjini Devi / Sivaranjani Sun TV
2019–2020 Rasaathi Illavarasi Soundaravalli
2021–present Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Lakshmi Zee Tamil
2021 Sembaruthi Amman (Cameo)

Shows

Year Serial Role Language Notes
2015–2016 Ugram Ujjwalam season 2 Judge Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2016–2017 Jodi Number One Judge Tamil Vijay TV
2017 Junior Super Stars Season 2 Judge Zee Tamil

Awards and honours

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress Kaadhal Kottai Won[12]
1997 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress Surya Vamsam Won[13]
2000 Bharathi Won[14]
Kalaimamani Award by Tamil Nadu Government Contribution to Tamil Cinema Won[15]
2002 ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award Azhagi Won[16][17]
2004 Pace Awards Best Television Actress Kolangal Won[18]
Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards Best Actress Nominated[19]
2007 Tamil Nadu State Television Award for Best Actress Won[20]
2010 Sun Kudumbam Best Actress Award Nominated[18]

References

  1. ^ "Devayani on Record July 03,2011 Part 1". YouTube.
  2. ^ Big Day for Devayani
  3. ^ I never gave her a gift: Nakul – The Times of India
  4. ^ I want to earn a good name: Nakul – The Times of India
  5. ^ The Hindu: Tinsel to TV
  6. ^ devayani Tamil actress devayani devyani devayani rajakumaran thotta chininki kathal kottai suryavamsam Nee varuvai ena azhagi thenali music director s a rajkumar Tamil kollywo...
  7. ^ "Devayani's wedding". Tamil Movies. 19 April 2001. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008.
  8. ^ Taking care of children, my first priority: Devayani | StarTrack – Movies – ChennaiOnline
  9. ^ "- Malayalam News - IndiaGlitz.com".
  10. ^ "Former South Actress Devayani is Now a School Teacher".
  11. ^ The Hindu: Cinema Plus / Columns: My first break – Devayani
  12. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  14. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  15. ^ Kalaimamani Awards Announced
  16. ^ "Vijay TV to air International Tamil Film Awards on 14 Dec | Indian Television Dot Com". Indiantelevision.com. 9 December 2003. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ a b Devayani, Venu Aravind get awards
  19. ^ Winners List of Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards 2008
  20. ^ "Tamil Nadu State Television Awards Announced: Best Actress Devayani". Dinamani. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2021.