Abhirami (actress)

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Divya Gopikumar[1]

July 1983 (35–36)[1]
OccupationActress, television host
Years active1995–2004; 2013–present
Spouse(s)Rahul Pavanan (2009–present)
  • Gopikumar (Father)
  • Pushpa (Mother)

Abhirami (About this soundpronunciation ) (born Divya Gopikumar) is an Indian actress and television host. She has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Her career, which started in 1995, was interrupted in 2004 when she settled in the United States for her studies. She made a comeback in 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Abhirami was born as Divya to Gopikumar and Pushpa[1][2] in Kerala. She grew up there as her parents were both bank officials settled in Trivandrum. She did 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.[3]

Her family migrated to the United States when she got a job there. Her parents are currently yoga instructors in Ohio.[4]


Abhirami acted for the first time in director Adoor Gopalakrishnan's film Kathapurushan.[5] While in college, Abhirami worked as a TV anchor for the program Top Ten which aired on Asianet Channel,[2] which according to Abhirami was "quite popular" and got her a film offer.[5] She also appeared in the 100-episode Malayalam serial Akshaya Pathram (Malayalam: അക്ഷയപാത്രം), directed by Sreekumaran Thampi.[5] 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".[6]

She acted in a small role in the Malayalam film Pathram in 1999 and in the series Mercara directed by Jude Attipetty. Later she acted in films such as Millennium Stars, Njangal Santhushtaranu, and Sradha before shifting to Tamil cinema. Her first Tamil film was Vaanavil (2001) opposite Arjun, which was a "big hit" [2] and was followed by films including Middle Class Madhavan and Samudhiram. A notable film in her career was Virumaandi, in which she appeared as a Tamil village girl from Madurai opposite Kamal Hassan.[1] Besides Tamil and Malayalam, she has appeared in Telugu and Kannada films and was a notable Tollywood actress.[7] In 2003, she appeared opposite Upendra in the film Raktha Kanneeru[8] and opposite Shivrajkumar in Sri Ram. In 2004 she retired from the film industry and settled in the United States for her studies. She went on to work as the marketing director of an MNC there.[9]

In 2013, Abhirami was the voice of Pooja Kumar in both parts of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam[10] and she went on to host Rishimoolam, a talk show on the Tamil television channel Puthuyugam.[3][11] The following year, she made her comeback in Malayalam films with Apothecary,[12] in which she played the role of a gynaecologist.[13] She has also acted in the film Ithu Thaanda Police in which she played the role of a Sub-Inspector named Arundhati Varma.

She has also anchored a reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled Made For Each Other. She also dubbed for Pooja Kumar in Uthama Villain.

Personal life[edit]

Abhirami is married to Rahul Pavanan, grandson of writer Pavanan.[3][9][14]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Kathapurushan Child Artist Malayalam
1999 Pathram Shilpa Mary Cherian
Njangal Santhushtaranu Geethu
Mercara Supporting role
2000 Sradha Swapna
Millennium Stars Radha
Melevaryathe Malakhakkuttikal Devika
2001 Megasandesam Kavitha
Vaanavil Priya Tamil
Middle Class Madhavan Abhirami
Dosth Anamika
Samudhiram Lakshmi
Charlie Chaplin Mythili Ramakrishnan
2002 Thank You Subbarao Susi Telugu
Karmegham Abhirami Tamil
Samasthanam Aisha
2003 Laali Haadu Sangeetha Kannada
Raktha Kanneeru Chandra
Charminar Keerthi Telugu
Sri Ram Vasundhara Kannada
2004 Cheppave Chirugali Radha Telugu
Virumaandi Annalachmi Tamil
2014 Apothecary Dr. Nalini Nambiar Malayalam
2015 36 Vayadhinile Susan Tamil Special appearance
2016 Ithu Thaanda Police Arundhati Varma Malayalam
Ore Mugham Prof.Latha
2017 Chowka Indira Sharma Kannada
2018 Amar Akbar Anthony Amar's mother Telugu Special appearance
Ottakkoru Kamukan Meera Malayalam
2019 Charlie Chaplin 2 Mythili Ramakrishnan Tamil
Dasharatha Kausalya Kannada Post Production
Aniyan Kunjum Thannalayathu Malayalam Filming
Marjara Oru Kallu Vacha Nuna Filming

As voice artist[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "A chat with Abhirami". Thehindu.com. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Welcome to". Sify.com. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Abhirami makes a bold reentry into tinseltown - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ "അഭിരാമി തിരിച്ചുവരാന്കാരണം കമലഹാസനാണ്‌". Mangalam.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Abhirami on acting in Kamal Haasan's Sandhiyar". Indiaabroad.rediff.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Welcome To". Sify.com. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ [1] Archived 28 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Telugu cinema Review - Rakta Kanneeru - Upendra, Abhirami, Ramya Krishna". Idlebrain.com. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Mangalam Varika 10-Mar-2014". mangalam.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Abhirami has dubbed the voice for Pooja Kumar in Vishwaroopam aka Viswaroopam". Behindwoods.com. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  11. ^ Jeyanthan, R. C. (8 December 2013). "அறிவும் அழகுதான்". The Hindu (in Tamil). Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  12. ^ [2] Archived 11 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Nita Sathyendran (8 August 2014). "Ace act". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  14. ^ "വിവാഹം ആരെയും അറിയിക്കാതെ..." Mangalam.com. 10 March 2014. Archived from the original on 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.

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