Niveditha, IFFI (2014)
Smitha Jagadish

Karnataka, India
Other namesNiveditha, Smitha
Occupationactress, model

Niveditha, formerly known and credited as Smitha, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly appears in Kannada films. She attracted notable attention with her performance in the film Avva (2008) that fetched her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1][2][3]

Early life

[4] Her father Jagadish worked as a deputy commissioner of commercial taxes, her mother Lakshmi is a housewife.[5] She did her schooling in chikmagalur;[6] later she studied at the Marimallappa High School and completed her PUC at the Marimallappa Pre-University College in Mysore, both part of Marimallappa’s Educational Institutions.[5][6] As a student, Smitha, who described herself as a tomboy, was also an NCC cadet.[6] After graduating as an engineering student from the CMRIT College, Bangalore,[1] she went on to work at the software company Infosys for a year.[5] She quit the job to pursue an acting career; when she was offered a role, she first joined actor Anupam Kher's acting school, Actor Prepares and took a crash course.[5]


Smitha was first signed on for a role in the film Akasha Gange by Dinesh Baboo, however as the film got delayed, several films she had signed later, including Kallarali Hoovagi, Sixer, Mathad Mathadu Mallige and Avva released before.[5] Among her early releases, the Kavita Lankesh-directed Avva remains her most notable. The film particularly made headlines for a kissing scene featuring her and her co-star Duniya Vijay.[4][2] Her performance in the film earned her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.[7] Although completed in July 2006,[8] Akasha Gange released only in July 2008 and eventually became her sixth release. As she got no offers in Kannada cinema subsequently, she moved on to work in the Tamil film industry. Porkkalam directed by newcomer Bandi Sarojkumar was her first Tamil film, which was panned by critics upon release.[9][10][11]

Smitha then changed her screen name to Niveditha, according to numerology as advised by her well-wishers, when she did not receive the offers she was looking for.[12][13] The first release after her name change was her second Tamil film Kathai (2010). During the period, she had reportedly secured a lead role in National Film Award-winning director Bala's Avan Ivan;[14] however the character was eventually portrayed by Madhu Shalini. 9 To 12 (2011) starring Kishore who she previously had co-starred with in Porkkalam, became her first release in Kannada after Akasha Gange in 2008;[15] it opened to negative reception. Her first release in 2012 saw her enacting the title role, a Lambani girl, in Parie,[16] based on the award-winning Kannada novel Bharadwaj.[4] Her next release was Kiladi Kitty alongside Srinagar Kitty and Haripriya, with Niveditha lamenting after the release that her role had been cut short.[17] Her upcoming films include Nimbe Huli, Gowri Puthra and the long-delayed Dheena.[13]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi Gangi Credited as Smitha
2007 Sixer Credited as Smitha
Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Mallika Credited as Smitha
2008 Avva Savanthri Credited as Smitha
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Athmeeya Anupama Credited as Smitha
Akasha Gange Credited as Smitha
2010 Porkkalam Sneha Credited as Smitha. Tamil Film
Kathai Kavya Tamil Film
2011 9 To 12
Markandeyan Ilavanchi Tamil Film
2012 Parie Parie
Kiladi Kitty Mandakini
Gandhi Smiles
Yaare Koogadali
2014 Nimbehuli Seetha
December-1 Devakka Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Gowri Puthra Bharathi
2017 Shuddhi Jyothi Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
Nominated - SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) - Kannada
2019 Chithiram Pesuthadi 2 Dhanalakshmi Tamil Film
2020 Popcorn Monkey Tiger Devika