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Born Dhivyadharshini Neelakandan
17 February 1985
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names DD
Occupation Actress, TV anchor
Known for Koffee with DD, Anbudan DD
Spouse(s) Srikanth Ravichandran (2014-2017 divorced)

Dhivyadharshini (born 17 February 1985) is an Indian television host and actress from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[1] Initially making her debut as an actress, she featured in supporting roles in films including Kamal Haasan's production Nala Damayanthi (2003), before going on to work in television serials, drawing attention for her performances in the Raadan Media ventures Selvi and Arasi. Since 2007, she has regularly been a host for shows on Vijay TV and in 2014, began hosting Koffee with DD, her own show.


Dhivyadharshini made her debut as a television anchor in 1999, aged 14 when she successfully auditioned to be the child anchor for Vijay TV's Ungal Theerpu. She made a breakthrough as an actress, portraying a serious character in K. Balachander's television serial Rekkai Kattiya Manasu, shown on Raj TV, and subsequently, her performance helped her gain further acting assignments.[2] Her feature film debut came in the form of Kamal Haasan's production venture, the 2003 comedy film Nala Damayanthi, where she played the sister of Madhavan's character. She followed it up with a serious role of a girl who commits suicide in the campus horror film Whistle (2003). Dhivyadharshini also featured in the independent English film Five by Four, directed by Roopa Swaminathan, where she played one of five Chennai girls whose lives the film follows.[3] After a few more cameo appearances in films, Dhivyadharshini moved back to television, where she played notable roles in the Raadan Media ventures Selvi and Arase. She has also contributed as a dubbing artiste in films, notably voicing Vega Tamotia in Saroja and Piaa Bajpai in Goa.

Since 2007, Dhivyadharshini has become one amongst the leading TV anchors as featured on Tamil television and has notably continued to host several reality TV shows on Vijay TV. She hosted the initial seasons of Jodi Number One alongside Deepak and Aravind Akash, as well being the initial host of Boys Vs. Girls. Famous for their energetic and bubbly humor, her collaborations with Deepak became popular and the pair regularly hosted shows together. She went on to host further shows including Home Sweet Home and Airtel Super Singer, before Vijay TV made her the host of her own show Koffee with DD, an hour-long show where she interviews personalities from the film industry.[4] From 1 April 2017 onwards, She started hosting Anbudan DD, A spin off from her previous show, Koffee with DD.The Show is currently running its second season after a successful season one.[5]

Acted in a Single Track Video which named as Ulaviravu under the Direction Gautham Vasudev Menon. Released on 14 February 2018 on behalf of Valentines Day.

Personal life[edit]

Dhivyadharshini was born in a Tamil malayali family to K. Neelakandan and N. Srilatha. Her sister Priyadarshini is also a television host, while her younger brother is an airline pilot.[6][7] She attended Our Lady's Matriculation Higher Secondary School and has since has continued part-time education at Anna Adarsh College, Chennai.[8]

She married Srikanth Ravichandran on 29 June 2014. They were friends for six years, after which their parents suggested them getting married. They got separated and filed for divorce and divorce was granted in 2017.


Year Film Role Language
1990 Shubhayathra Malayalam Child actor
2003 Julie Ganapathi Tamil
Nala Damayanthi Bhagyam Tamil
Whistle Saravathy Tamil
Five by Four Namitha English
2008 Saroja Tamil Guest appearance
2017 Power Paandi Poonthendral's daughter Tamil Exetended Guest appearance
2018 Dhruva Natchathiram Tamil Filming
2018 Sarvam Thaala Mayam Tamil Filming


Year Title Role Channel
1999 Ungal Theerpu Host STAR Vijay
2002 Rekkai Kattiya Manasu Raj TV
2003-2005 Thadayam Subha Sun TV
2004-2005 Ahalya Gowri Sun TV
2005-2006 Selvi Madhu Sun TV
2007 Arasi Madhu Sun TV
2007 Kanavugal Aayiram Bharathi Jaya TV
2006-2014 Jodi Number One Host (Season 1,2,3,5,6,7) STAR Vijay
2009 Boys Vs Girls Host (Season 1,2) STAR Vijay
2012 Jodi Number One Participant STAR Vijay
2012 Airtel super singer T20 Host STAR Vijay
2013–2017 Koffee with DD Host STAR Vijay
2016 Achcham Thavir Host STAR Vijay
2017 Anbudan DD Host STAR Vijay
2018–present Enkitta Mothathe Host STAR Vijay
2018 Bigg Boss Tamil 2 Guest STAR Vijay


  1. ^ Penchant for the past. The Hindu (2004-05-29). Retrieved on 2014-01-01.
  2. ^ http://www.goergo.in/?p=1263
  3. ^ http://theyuvanshankarraja.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/five-by-four-yuvan-shankar-raja.html
  4. ^ http://indulge.newindianexpress.com/conversation-starter/chennai/2063
  5. ^ "Anbudan DD from April 1". The Times of India. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.metromasti.com/page/biography/29561
  7. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/tv/Divyadarshini-wishes-her-sister/articleshow/36295699.cms
  8. ^ "Did you know Vijay Tv Anchor DD's Sister Son?". PakkaTv. 5 June 2018.

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