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Arundhati (born Padma; 3 March 1991), is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in South Indian films, primarily Tamil and Kannada movies. Arundhati made her debut through a Tamil movie and this includes Veluthu Kattu (2010) that was produced by S.A. Chandrasekhar who also gave her the screen name Arundhati. After this she played pivotal roles in numerous Tamil films including Bodinayakarun Ganesan (2011), Sundaattam (2013), Agraja (2014), Netru Indru (2014), Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014), Thottal Thodarum (2015), Aarthanaari (2016), Kaala (2018).
In 2014 Arundhati made a guest appearance in the Kannada film Agraja with Darshan and also acted opposite Thaman Kumar in the Tamil romantic thriller movie Thottal Thodarum (2015) after her noted performance in the comedy-thriller Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014) opposite Sibi Sathyaraj. In 2018 she was part of the Super hit venture Kaala that had Super Star Rajinikanth.
Arundhati was born in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India to Venkatswamy and Geetha and she also has a younger brother, Yogesh. She finished her PUC from Bapu composite PU College in Bangalore and then started a training course as an Air Hostess in Bangalore..
While she was doing her schooling, Arundhati was spotted by a director in a temple, who approached her to play a pivotal role in a film and she eventually agreed to do just that one film but she continued to receive acting offers. It was director S. A. Chandrashekar who approached her with the offer to be part of his film Veluthu Kattu, which she accepted. Though this film was averaged at the box office, critics from all the corners praised her performance.
S. A. Chandrashekar gave her the screen name Arundhati, which was then adopted by the Tamil film industry. She was very choosy about her role and this resulted in her turning down some offers until acting in Bodinayakarun Ganesan (2011) and Sundattam (2013) opposite Ifran. In 2014 she appeared in a challenging role in Netru Indru as a police officer who is disguised as a prostitute. Though this movie did not make big in the box office, she was praised for her role in this film.
She then appeared in the romantic thriller Thottal Thodarum (2015) opposite Thaman Kumar after playing a pivotal role in the comedy-thriller movie Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014) opposite Sibi Sathyaraj. This movie turned out to be a box office hit and she received positive reviews from the critics. In 2016, she played the female lead in the action flick Aarthanaari which was a box office disaster. But she was noted for her performance in 2018 Super Star Rajinikanth's Kaala which had an ensemble cast. She has been signed to play the lead in Mugam which is currently under production.
2017- Gramathil Oru Naal (SUN TV)