Niveda Thomas

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Nivetha Thomas
Nivetha Thomas at Papanasam success meet (cropped).jpg
Born 1 November 1995 (age 22)
Cannanore, Kerala, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality  India
Other names Nivetha
Occupation Actress

Nivetha Thomas is an Indian film actress known for her natural acting style. She has acted in various Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu films. She is well known for her role in the 2008 Malayalam film Veruthe Oru Bharya and won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist for her performance. She made her debut as a leading actress in Telugu cinema with the 2016 film Gentleman, followed by Ninnu Kori and Jai Lava Kusa which won her critical acclaim and recognition.


She started her career as a child actress with Uthara[1] and also acted in Sun TV serial My Dear Bootham (one of the most popular children's serials). After that, she played the role of Jayaram's daughter in Veruthe Oru Bharya, where her performance was well appreciated.[2] She then signed a few Tamil and Malayalam films in which she mostly played supporting roles. Among her Malayalam projects were Chaappa Kurish and Thattathin Marayathu, the latter of which according to Sify was "one of the biggest box-office hit in the history of Malayalam cinema".[3] The 2011 Tamil film, Poraali directed by Samuthirakani, featured her as Tamizhselvi, a petrol bunk employee.[4] She had previously collaborated with Samuthirakani in the drama series Arasi.

In 2013, she acted in Romans which was very successful and named a "Blockbuster" by[5] In the Tamil contemporary fantasy comedy Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham she played the female lead role of Jaishree, an aspiring singer.[6] In Jilla she played the role of Mahalakshmi, who is very attached to her father (Mohanlal) and two brothers, played by Vijay and Mahath.[7] About her role, she stated that it was not "just another sister role"[8] but that of "a strong willed girl who influences her brother in a positive way".[6] She has signed her first Telugu film titled Juliet Lover of Idiot directed by Ajay Vodhirala.[9][10] She acted as Kamal Haasan's eldest daughter in the Tamil remake of Drishyam, titled Papanasam and her performance earned praise from viewers.[11]

In 2016, she debuted in Telugu cinema in the action-thriller Gentleman. Upon release the movie went to garner huge critical acclaim and was a commercial success. Her performance was well received by critics and audience alike and fetched her a huge fan base in the industry.

Her first release in 2017 was another Telugu film, opposite Nani again, the romantic entertainer Ninnu Kori. The film opened to positive reviews with critics praising portrayal of her character "Pallavi" and was commercially successful at the box office, followed by Jai Lava Kusa opposite N. T. Rama Rao Jr. was also critically and commercially successful at box office. Though her role is limited, her performance brought raves from critics. she has completed filming Juliet Lover of Idiot opposite Naveen Chandra and also committed to star in an Untitled next, opposite Sharwanand.


Year Title Role Language Notes
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Anjana Sugunan Malayalam Child Artist
Kuruvi Vetrivel's sister Tamil Child Artist
2009 Madhya Venal Manikutty Malayalam Child Artist
2011 Pranayam Young Grace Malayalam Malayalam debut
Chaappa Kurish Nafiza Malayalam
Poraali Tamizhselvi Tamil Tamil debut
2012 Thattathin Marayathu Fatima Malayalam
2013 Romans Eleena Malayalam
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Jeyasri Tamil
2014 Jilla Mahalakshmi Tamil
Money Ratnam Pia Mammen Malayalam
2015 Papanasam Selvi Suyambulingam Tamil
2016 Gentleman Catherine Telugu Telugu Debut
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actress — Telugu
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2017 Ninnu Kori Pallavi Telugu
Jai Lava Kusa Simran Telugu
Juliet Lover of Idiot Telugu Post-Production

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2000 Raja Rajeswari Gowri Sun TV Child Artist
2004-2007 My Dear Bootham Gowri
2004-2006 Shivamayam Ponni
2007-2008 Arase Young Kaveri


  1. ^ "Interview – Mathrubhumi Movies". 26 August 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards announced". (originally Moviebuzz). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kerala Box-Office (June–July 2012)". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Nayar, Parvathy (11 November 2011). "Niveda: Battling against all odds". The Times of India. 
  5. ^ "Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report". 6 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Niveda Thomas in Mohanlal-Vijay's 'Jilla' – The Times of India". 4 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nivetha on cloud nine". Deccan Chronicle. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mine is not just a sister role: Niveda Thomas – The Times of India". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Niveda Thomas to romance Naveen Chandra – The Times of India". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Naveen Chandra's next film goes on floors – The Times of India". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Vijay's sister is Kamal Haasan's daughter – Times of India. (17 August 2014). Retrieved on 28 July 2016.

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