Abhirami (actress)

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Born Divya Gopikumar[1]
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1995–2004; 2014–present
Spouse(s) Rahul Pavanan (2009–present)
Parent(s) Gopakumar, Pushpa

Abhirami (born Divya Gopikumar) is an Indian film actress, who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films.

Early life and education[edit]

Abhirami was born as Divya to Gopikumar and Pushpa. Although she is a Tamilian,[2][3] she was born and grew up in Kerala as her parents were both bank officials settled in Trivandrum, Kerala. She had her primary education from Christ Nagar English High School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Trivandrum and predegree from Mar Ivanios College. She graduated in Psychology and Communications from the College of Wooster in Ohio.[4] Her family migrated to United States when she got job there. Her parents are currently yoga instructors at Ohio.[5]


At age 13, Abhirami acted for the first time, in director Adoor Gopalakrishnan's film Kathapurushan; it was her only film as a child artiste.[6] While in college, Abhirami worked as a TV anchor for the program Top Ten which aired on Asianet Channel,[7] which according to Abhirami was "quite popular" and got her a film offer.[8] Before acting in films, Abhirami also appeared in the 100 episode Malayalam serial Akshaya Pathram by Sreekumaran Thampy.[9] She changed her screen name to Abhirami, the character name of the heroine of the film Guna, being "obsessed with the role and the name".[10]

She acted in a small role in the Malayalam film Pathram in 1999 and in a series Mercara directed by Jude attipetty. Later she acted in films such as Millennium Stars, Njangal Santhushtaraanu, and Sraddha before shifting to Tamil cinema. Her first Tamil film was Vanavil opposite Arjun, which was a "big hit" [11] and was followed by films including Middle Class Madhavan, and Samudhiram. A notable film in her career was Virumaandi in that she appeared as a Tamil village girl from Madurai opposite Kamal Hassan.[12] Besides Tamil and Malayalam, she has appeared in Telugu and Kannada films and was a notable Tollywood actress.[13] She appeared opposite Upendra in the film Raktha Kanneeru in 2004.[14] and in Sriram opposite Shivrajkumar. In 2004 she retired from the film industry and went to United States for studies.

In 2014, she made a comeback through the Malayalam film Apothecary,[15] in which she played the role of a gynaecologist.[16] She has signed up the film Driver on Duty in which she will be seen as a Sub-Inspector named Arundhati Varma.

Other works[edit]

During her sabbatical from acting, Abhirami occasionally worked as a voice actor and television host. She dubbed for Pooja Kumar in both parts of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam [17] and was the host of Rishimoolam on the Tamil television channel Puthuyugam.[18]Currently she is anchoring a reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled "Made For Each Other".


She got married to Rahul Pavanan, acclaimed writer Pavanan's grandson,[19] on 27 December 2009 in Bangalore after fifteen years long love affair.[20] It was a very private and small function as they both want simple marriage. They didn't invite anyone from film field. They studied in the same school and the friendship lead to love when she was doing Top Ten, a program in Asianet. She worked as the marketing director of an MNC in United States.[21]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Kathapurushan Child Artist Malayalam
1999 Pathram Shilpa Mary Cherian Malayalam
Njangal Santhushtaranu Geethu Malayalam
2000 Sradha Swapna Malayalam
Millennium Stars Radha Malayalam
Melevaryathe Malakhakkuttikal Devika Malayalam
2001 Megasandesam Kavitha Malayalam
Vaanavil Priya Tamil
Middle Class Madhavan Abhirami Tamil
Dosth Anamika Tamil
Samudhiram Lakshmi Tamil
Charlie Chaplin Mythili Ramakrishnan Tamil
2002 Thank You Subbarao Susi Telugu
Karmegham Abhirami Tamil
Samasthanam Aisha Tamil
2003 Laali Haadu Sangeetha Kannada
Raktha Kanneeru Chandra Kannada
Charminar Keerthi Telugu
Sriram Vasundhara Kannada
2004 Cheppave Chirugali Radha Telugu
Virumaandi Annalachmi Tamil
2014 Apothecary Dr. Nalini Nambiar Malayalam
2015 Driver on Duty Arundhati Varma Malayalam
36 Vayadhinile Susan Tamil


  • Top Ten, anchor of Musical program (Asianet)
  • Akshaya Pathram, serial (Asianet)
  • Rishimoolam, Host (Puthuyugam channel)
  • Made For Each Other, Host (Mazhavil Manorama)


  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/lf/2003/05/14/stories/2003051401210200.htm
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/lf/2003/05/14/stories/2003051401210200.htm
  3. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/malayalam/interview.php?id=13153225&cid=2406
  4. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/Abhirami-makes-a-bold-reentry-into-tinseltown/articleshow/30111025.cms
  5. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/cinema/interviews/167713?page=0,0
  6. ^ "Abhirami on acting in Kamal Haasan's Sandhiyar". Indiaabroad.rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/malayalam/interview.php?id=13153225&cid=2406
  8. ^ "Abhirami on acting in Kamal Haasan's Sandhiyar". Indiaabroad.rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Abhirami on acting in Kamal Haasan's Sandhiyar". Indiaabroad.rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  10. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/tamil/profile.php?id=13352126&cid=2409
  11. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/malayalam/interview.php?id=13153225&cid=2406
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/lf/2003/05/14/stories/2003051401210200.htm
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Telugu cinema Review - Rakta Kanneeru - Upendra, Abhirami, Ramya Krishna". Idlebrain.com. 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  15. ^ http://www.nowrunning.com/abhirami-back-to-films/90033/story.htm
  16. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/ace-act/article6295767.ece
  17. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-10/abhirami-has-dubbed-the-voice-for-pooja-kumar-in-vishwaroopam-aka-viswaroopam.html
  18. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/Abhirami-makes-a-bold-reentry-into-tinseltown/articleshow/30111025.cms
  19. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/Abhirami-makes-a-bold-reentry-into-tinseltown/articleshow/30111025.cms
  20. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/mangalam-varika/158077
  21. ^ "Mangalam Varika 10-Mar-2014". mangalam.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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