Vimala Raman was born to a Tamil family in Sydney, Australia. Her father Pattabhi Raman hails from Bangalore and her mother Mrs. Santha Raman is from Coimbatore. Her brother is a lawyer settled in USA. She was brought up in Sydney, where she completed her education. She started practicing Bharatanatyam at the age of five. In 2004 she won the Miss India Australia title as well as the Miss India Australia cyberqueen title. She moved to India in 2006 to pursue an acting career, which had been her childhood ambition. When she entered the film industry, she was asked to change her name, however she was firmly against it, arguing that her name was her identity.