July 27, 1987
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Divya Parameshwaran is an Indian film actress and a model who has appeared in a Tamil film and several notable commercials. Beginning her career by appearing in several prominent advertisements, Divya has gone on to appear in a critically acclaimed period film, Ponnar Shankar, winning praise for her portrayal.
Early career and modelling
Divya Parameshwaran graduated from the Sri Kumaran Children's Home, Bangalore, before undertaking junior college at Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College in Bangalore. Furthermore, she completed an engineering degree at the B.M.S. College of Engineering.
Divya decided to take up modelling full-time soon after graduation. She has walked the ramp for leading designers, and has shot for several regional and national brands. Finished first runner up in the beauty pageant Miss India Worldwide India 2008, closely after Shagun Sarabhai at the event in Gurgaon.
Divya then gained recognition with her advert for the saree brand, Kalamandir, after pictures of her in a saree, had created curiosity about who the model was. Subsequently in 2010, well known for her numerous advertisements and memorable expressions, she won a national poll revealing that she was India's most recognisable face on television. Ever since, she has endorsed several brands like Dove, Rin, Hamam Kohinoor condom and others business enterprises.
Breakthrough in films
In early 2010, she was selected after an audition to portray the historical figure of Pavalaagi in Thyagarajan's epic drama Ponnar Shankar, portraying the love interest of Ponnar played by Prashanth. The movie was released in April 2011 to positive reviews from critics with Divya being described as to have made "a solid debut" and praised for being "cheerful-looking".
Despite reports that she would abandon her career in adverts to prolong her film stint, she refuted the rumor and claimed she was happy to juggle between the professions.
- "Divya is all set for her Tamil debut". The Times Of India. 2011-03-05.
- "Ponnar-Shankar was a pleasant surprise". The Times Of India. 2011-03-20.
- Rangarajan, Malathi (9 April 2011). "An alluring canvas -- Ponnar Shankar". Chennai, India: The Hindu.