Nivetha Pethuraj

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Nivetha Pethuraj
Nivetha in 2023
Born (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 32)
Alma materHeriot Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2016-present

Nivetha Pethuraj (born 30 November 1991) is an Indian actress who appears in Telugu and Tamil films. She made her acting debut with the Tamil film Oru Naal Koothu (2016). She then made her Telugu debut with Mental Madhilo (2017).[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Nivetha was born on 30 November 1991[4][5] in Madurai, Tamil Nadu to a half Tamil-Telugu father and a Tamil mother. Her mother tongue is Tamil.[6][7] After her birth, her family moved to Kovilpatti, where she did completed her early schooling.[8] At the age of 11, she relocated to Dubai with her parents and studied in Crescent English High School. She lived in Dubai for about 10 years. She obtained her management degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.[8][9]

In 2015, Nivetha was crowned Miss India UAE and went on to participate in Miss India Worldwide 2015, where she became a finalist and finished in the top 5.[10][11]


Debut and early work (2016–2020)[edit]

Nivetha made her acting debut with the Tamil film Oru Naal Koothu in 2016, where she portrayed an IT professional opposite Dinesh.[12] Hindustan Times termed her performance as "engaging",[13] while Times of India noted, "Nivetha is impressive in her debut."[14]

In 2017, she appeared in two films. First she starred in Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam opposite Udhayanidhi Stalin.[15] Deccan Chronicle commented that, "Nivetha Pethuraj looks good, but hardly makes an impact in a poorly etched character."[16] She then made her Telugu debut with Mental Madhilo, where she portrayed a straight forward girl opposite Sree Vishnu, a successful venture.[17][18] Firstpost noted, "A terrific actress, Nivetha Pethuraj easily gives one of the best performances of the year. She becomes the voice of reason in the film and anchors the whole film with her verve."[19]

Nivetha had two releases in 2018. She first portrayed an army official alongside Jayam Ravi in Tik Tik Tik, which was a commercial success at the box office.[20][21] Hindustan Times said, "Nivetha Pethuraj as Captain Swathi is one positive in the film".[22] She then appeared as a Sub-Inspector opposite Vijay Antony in Thimiru Pudichavan.[23] Cinema Express said, "Nivetha Pethuraj pulls off the Madras slang and seems to handle comedy well."[24] However her next film Party, despite having completed filming, remains unreleased.[25][26]

In 2019, Nivetha had three releases. She portrayed a corporate executive alongside Sai Dharam Tej in Chitralahari, which was a commercial success.[27] Deccan Chronicle said that she "performs well" among the two female leads.[28] Times of India stated, "Nivetha Pethuraj plays her unapologetic stone-cold corporate honcho role with perfection."[29]

Nivetha was also the part of Tamil film Sangathamizhan starring Vijay Sethupathi directed by Vijay Chander, which opened to mixed reviews from critics.[30]

Continued career (2020–present)[edit]

In 2020, Nivetha was part of the Telugu film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.[31] In 2021, she appeared in another Telugu film titled Red, directed by Kishore Tirumala, co-starring Ram Pothineni, Malvika Sharma, and Amritha Aiyer.[32] She also starred in another Telugu film alongside Vishwak Sen. Later in the same year, she appeared in a Tamil film alongside Prabhudeva titled Pon Manickavel. Pradeep Kumar of The Hindu noted, "Nivetha Pethuraj fits the ‘Tamil ponnu’ billing to a T."[33]

In 2022, Nivetha had continuous releases in Telugu films including Bloody Mary as lead, Virata Parvam where she made a special appearance, and Das Ka Damki where she acted alongside Vishwak Sen again.[34]


Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2016 Oru Naal Koothu Kavya Tamil [35]
2017 Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Leelavathi [36]
Mental Madhilo Swetcha Telugu [37]
2018 Tik Tik Tik Lt. M. Swathi Tamil [38]
Thimiru Pudichavan SI Madonna [39]
2019 Chitralahari K. Swecha Telugu [40]
Brochevarevarura Shalini [41]
Sangathamizhan Thenmozhi "Thenu" Tamil [42]
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Nandini "Nandu" Telugu [43]
2021 Red SI Yamini [44]
Paagal Theera [45]
Pon Manickavel Anbarasi Manickavel Tamil [46]
2022 Bloody Mary Mary Telugu [47]
Virata Parvam Dr.Sarala / Saralakka Cameo appearance [48]
2023 Das Ka Dhamki Keerthi [49]
Boo Nivetha Tamil, Telugu [50]
TBA Party Kalki Tamil Unreleased [51]


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2023 Kaala Sitara "Tara" Hindi [52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2018 7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Mental Madhilo Nominated [53]
Zee Telugu Apsara Awards Fresh Face of the Year Won [54]
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Chitralahari Nominated [55]
2022 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Red Nominated [56]


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  3. ^ "I will be seen as an upright cop in Red, says Actor Nivetha Pethuraj". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
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  7. ^ "I would love to work with Mani Ratnam". Deccan Chronicle. 9 June 2016.
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  13. ^ "Oru Naal Koothu Movie Review: A refreshing change from blood 'n sickle dance". Hindustan Times. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Oru Naal Koothu Movie Review: A feel good film but the filmi touches doesn't work". Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
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  25. ^ "Venkat Prabhu's next film to have a stellar cast. Here are all the deets". The Indian Express. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Venkat Prabhu's Party shot completely in Fiji Islands". Behindwoods. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
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  29. ^ "Chitralahari Movie Review: Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj save the day". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  30. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi's next is a love story!". The Hindu. 12 March 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo movie release: Highlights". The Indian Express. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  32. ^ "Spotted: Ram Pothineni, Nivetha Pethuraj, Malvika Sharma, Amritha Aiyer, and Kishore Tirumala at the pre-release event of RED". The Times of India. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
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  36. ^ "PODHUVAGA EN MANASU THANGAM". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  37. ^ "'Mental Madhilo' review: Keeping it real". The New Indian Express. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  38. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj: We had no references in India for Tik Tik Tik". Cinema Express. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  39. ^ "Nivetha Pethuraj roped in for Vijay Antony's 'Thimiru Pudichavan'". The News Minute. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
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