Nivetha Pethuraj

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Nivetha Pethuraj
Nivetha Pethuraj.jpg
Pethuraj in 2019
Born (1990-11-30) 30 November 1990 (age 31)[1][2]
Alma materHeriot Watt University
  • Film actress
  • model
Years active2016 – present

Nivetha Pethuraj (born 30 November 1990) is an Indian actress and model who appears in Telugu and Tamil films. She made her acting debut with Oru Naal Koothu (2016).[3] Her successful films include Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam (2017), Mental Madhilo (2017), Tik Tik Tik (2018), Chitralahari (2019), Brochevarevarura (2019) and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020).

Early life[edit]

Nivetha Pethuraj was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.[4][5][6] Her father has a mixed Tamil and Telugu ancestry while her mother is Tamil.[7] Immediately after her birth, her family moved to Kovilpatti, where she did her early schooling.[4] At the age of 11, she moved to Dubai, UAE along with her parents and studied in Crescent English High School.[8][4] She lived in Dubai for about 10 years.[8] She obtained her management degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.[9]

In 2015, she won the Miss India UAE pageant.[10]


Nivetha made her acting debut in the Tamil drama, Oru Naal Koothu (2016). The following year, she made her Tollywood debut with the film Mental Madhilo. Her subsequent releases include Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam (2017) and the space fiction thriller Tik Tik Tik.[11][12] In 2019, she signed the Tamil film Sangathamizhan starring Vijay Sethupathi directed by Vijay Chander, which opened to mixed reviews from critics.[13]

In 2021, Nivetha appeared in Red, directed by Kishore Tirumala, co-starring Ram Pothineni, Malvika Sharma, Amritha Aiyer.[14]


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2016 Oru Naal Koothu Kavya Tamil [15]
2017 Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Leelavathi Tamil [16]
Mental Madhilo Swecha Telugu [17]
2018 Tik Tik Tik Swathi Tamil [18]
Thimiru Pudichavan Madonna Tamil [19]
Party Kalki Tamil Unreleased [20]
2019 Chitralahari Swecha Telugu [21]
Brochevarevarura Shalini Telugu [22]
Sangathamizhan Thenmozhi Tamil [23]
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Nandini Telugu [24]
2021 Red Yamini Telugu [25]
Paagal Theera Telugu [26]
Pon Manickavel Anbarasi Manickavel Tamil [27]
2022 Bloody Mary Mary Telugu [28]
Virata Parvam Doctor/Naxalite Telugu [29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result Ref
2018 Mental Madhilo 7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actress Nominated [30]
2021 Chitralahari 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj's fan tattooes [sic] her name on his hand – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  2. ^ "I will be seen as an upright cop in Red, says Actor Nivetha Pethuraj". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj is Vishnu's heroine – Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ a b c Exclusive Interview with Nivetha Pethuraj. YouTube. Sun Music. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj is born in Kaadampuliyur". Dinamalar. 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "I would love to work with Mani Ratnam". Deccan Chronicle. 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ Nivetha Pethuraj and Rentala Jayadeva (14 January 2021). Nivetha Pethuraj Sankranti Special Interview. Sakshi TV.
  8. ^ a b "Beauty call with Miss India UAE Nivetha Pethuraj". Khaleej Times. City Times. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Dubai's Nivetha Pethuraj to Represent UAE in Miss India Worldwide". Emirates Woman. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Kumar, Pradeep (6 April 2019). "Nivetha Pethuraj: Anyone who thinks they're the next Nayanthara are fools". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj angry over fake bikini photos going viral". The Times of India. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "'We had no Indian references for Tik Tik Tik'". The New Indian Express.
  13. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi's next is a love story!". The Hindu. 12 March 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Spotted: Ram Pothineni, Nivetha Pethuraj, Malvika Sharma, Amritha Aiyer, and Kishore Tirumala at the pre-release event of RED – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  15. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (10 June 2016). "Oru Naal Koothu: like a little dance of life". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  16. ^ "PODHUVAGA EN MANASU THANGAM". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  17. ^ "'Mental Madhilo' review: Keeping it real". The New Indian Express. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj: We had no references in India for Tik Tik Tik". Cinema Express. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj roped in for Vijay Antony's 'Thimiru Pudichavan'". The News Minute. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Party teaser: The stage is set for a Venkat Prabhu hangover". Indian Express. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj to star in Sai Dharam Tej's 'Chitralahari'". The News Minute. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  22. ^ "'Brochevarevarura' will see Sree Vishnu, Nivetha Thomas and Nivetha Pethuraj". The Times of India. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj teams up with Vijay Sethupathi for Vijay Chander film". The News Minute. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj roped in for Allu Arjun's film with Trivikram Srinivas". The Times of India. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Nivetha's with Ram". Deccan Chronicle. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj introduced as Theera in Vishwak Sen starrer Paagal". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj joins Prabhudheva for a cop film". India Today. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  28. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj's first look as 'Bloody Mary' from her OTT debut is out". The Times of India. 7 February 2022.
  29. ^ Pecheti, Prakash. "Larger-than-life roles give Nivetha 'ultimate high'". Telangana Today. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  30. ^ "Nominations list for the SIIMA 2017 announced!". Archived from the original on 5 June 2017.

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