Nivetha Thomas

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Nivetha Thomas
Nivetha Thomas at Papanasam success meet (cropped).jpg
Thomas in July 2015
Born (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 24)
Kannur, Kerala, India
Years active2008–present

Nivetha Thomas (born 2 November 1995) is an Indian film actress who appears in predominantly Telugu language films with a few films in Malayalam and Tamil. She is best known for Ninnu Kori and Gentleman.

Thomas made her debut with the 2008 Malayalam film Veruthe Oru Bharya, for which she won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. In the same year she made her Tamil debut with Kuruvi. She has since starred in more than a dozen movies, making her Telugu debut in 2016 with Gentleman.

Early life and career as a child actress

Thomas was born 2 November 1995[1][2] and started her career as a child actress, acting in the popular Sun TV serial My Dear Bootham. After that, she played the role of Jayaram's daughter in Veruthe Oru Bharya, where her performance was well appreciated.[3] 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 going to be "the biggest box-office hit in the history of Malayalam cinema".[4] The 2011 Tamil film Poraali directed by Samuthirakani, featured her as Tamizhselvi, a petrol bunk employee.[5] 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[6] In the Tamil contemporary fantasy comedy Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham she played the female lead role of Jaishree, an aspiring singer.[7] In Jilla she played the role of Mahalakshmi, who is very attached to her father (Mohanlal) and two brothers, played by Vijay and Mahath.[8] About her role, she stated that it was not "just another sister role"[9] but that of "a strong willed girl who influences her brother in a positive way".[7] She signed her first Telugu film,Juliet Lover of Idiot directed by Ajay Vodhirala.[10][11] She acted as Kamal Haasan's eldest daughter in the Tamil remake of Drishyam, titled Papanasam, and her performance earned praise from viewers.[12]

2016: Telugu debut

In 2016, she debuted in Telugu cinema in the action-thriller Gentleman opposite Nani which opened to rave reviews and was critically applauded for her performance both by critics and audience alike and garnered her several awards including South Indian International Movie Awards – Best Female Debutante[13] and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nomination at 64th Filmfare Awards South Later on, she acquired popularity among Telugu cinema.

2017-18: Ninnu Kori and Beyond

Her first release in 2017 was another Telugu film, opposite Nani again, the romantic entertainer Ninnu Kori which opened to positive reviews and highly praised her performance as "pallavi" which eventually landed her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nomination at 65th Filmfare Awards South[14]. Her next release was Jai Lava Kusa opposite Jr. NTR was one of the top grossing movies in 2017 at boxoffice. Her last release was Juliet Lover of Idiot opposite Naveen Chandra which was her initial debut film in Telugu but was delayed and released later went to become commercial failure at boxoffice. Thomas took a break in early 2018 to concentrate on her university studies.

2019: comeback

Thomas first release was an action thriller 118 opposite Nandamuri Kalyan Ram which opened to positive reviews and critics extremely praised Nivetha's outstanding performance in a brief yet impactful role[15]. As of May 2019, Thomas has several projects under various stages of production, she would star opposite Nikhil Siddharth in an upcoming romanctic drama titled Swaasa and a black comedy Brochevarevarura opposite Sree Vishnu. she is all set to reunite with Nani for third time in an Action Thriller V which also stars Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles and Later, she confirmed to be a part of Rajini Kanth's Darbar in which she plays the daughter of Rajini Kanth.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Anjana Sugunan Akku Akbar Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Kuruvi Vetrivel's sister Dharani Tamil Child artist
2009 Madhya Venal Manikutty Madhu Kaithapram Malayalam Child artist
2011 Pranayam Young Grace Blessy Malayalam debut
Chaappa Kurish Nafiza Sameer Thahir
Poraali Tamizhselvi Samuthirakani Tamil Tamil debut
2012 Thattathin Marayathu Fatima Vineeth Sreenivasan Malayalam
2013 Romans Eleena Boban Samuel
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Jeyasri K. Chandru Tamil
2014 Jilla Mahalakshmi R. T. Neason
Money Ratnam Pia Mammen Santhosh Nair Malayalam
2015 Papanasam Selvi Suyambulingam Jeethu Joseph Tamil
2016 Gentleman Catherine Mohan Krishna Indraganti Telugu Telugu Debut
2017 Ninnu Kori Pallavi Shiva Nirvana [16]
Jai Lava Kusa Simran K.S. Ravindra
Juliet Lover of Idiot Julie Ajay Vodhirala
2019 118 Aadhya K. V. Guhan [17]
Brochevarevarura Mithra Vivek Athreya [18]
2020 Darbar Vallikannu AR Murugadoss Tamil [19]
Vdagger TBA Mohan Krishna Indraganti Telugu Filming [20]
Swaasadagger TBA Kishen Katta Filming [21]

TV shows

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2000 Raja Rajeswari Gowri Sun TV Child artist
2004–2007 My Dear Bootham[22] Gowri
2004–2006 Shivamayam Ponni
2007–2008 Arase Young Kaveri

Awards and nominations

Nivetha Thomas awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2008 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist Veruthe Oru Bharya Won [23]
2017 SIIMA Awards Best Debut Actress Gentleman Won [24]
TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Debut Heroine Won [25]
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nominated [26]
Zee Telugu Golden Awards Entertainer Of The Year – Female Ninnu Kori
Jai Lava Kusa
Nominated [27]
2018 Apsara Awards Performer of the Year Won [28]
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Ninnu Kori Nominated [29]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Nivetha Thomas: Top films of the actress that prove why she is an extraordinary performer". Pinkvilla. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Nivetha Thomas on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards announced". (originally Moviebuzz). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Kerala Box-Office (June–July 2012)". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  5. ^ Nayar, Parvathy (11 November 2011). "Niveda: Battling against all odds". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report". 6 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Niveda Thomas in Mohanlal-Vijay's 'Jilla' – The Times of India". 4 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Nivetha on cloud nine". Deccan Chronicle. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Mine is not just a sister role: Niveda Thomas – The Times of India". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Niveda Thomas to romance Naveen Chandra – The Times of India". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Naveen Chandra's next film goes on floors – The Times of India". Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  12. ^ Vijay's sister is Kamal Haasan's daughter – Times of India. (17 August 2014). Retrieved on 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "NINNU KORI MOVIE REVIEW". Times of India. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  15. ^ "118 MOVIE REVIEW". Times of India. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Nani- Nivetha Thomas romantic flick launched". Times of India. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Nivetha Thomas thanks movie buffs for their love towards '118'". Times of India. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  18. ^ "'Brochevarevarura': Makers unveil Nivetha Thomas' first look as Mithra". Times of India. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Darbar: Nivetha Thomas reveals her character in Rajinikanth's film". Times of India. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Nivetha Thomas confirmed for Indraganti's multi-starrer with Nani and Sudheer Babu". Times of India. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  21. ^ "'Swaasa' starring Nikhil and Nivetha Thomas releases its concept poster". Times of India. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  22. ^ Gandhi, U.Sudharsan (31 August 2017). "மை டியர் பூதம்' சீரியல் குட்டீஸ் இப்போ என்ன பண்றாங்க தெரியுமா?". Vikatan. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Nivetha Thomas chats about 'Ninnu Kori'". The Hindu. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  24. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2017 Telugu winners list: Jr NTR and Rakul Preet Singh declared best actors". International Business Times. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  25. ^ "TSR TV9 National Film Awards 2015, 2016 Winners lists: Baahubali, Srimanthudu, SOS bag maximum awards". International Business Times. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  26. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: Here is the full nominations' list". India Today. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  27. ^ "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 nomination list: Baahubali 2 gets highest nods, will Prabhas get an award?". International Business Times. 19 December 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  28. ^ "Apsara Awards 2018 winners list: Zee Telugu telecasts celebration of womanhood". International Business Times. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  29. ^ "65th Jio Filmfare Awards South 2018: Official list of nominations". Times of India. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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