Pooja Devariya

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Pooja Devariya
Pooja Balu

(1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 28)
Other namesRascal Papa
OccupationStage and Film Actress
Years active2011 - Present

Pooja Devariya is an Indian film and theatre actress who has appeared in the Tamil film industry. After making her film debut with Selvaraghavan's Mayakkam Enna (2011), she worked extensively in theatre with the Stray Factory, before returning to films in 2015.[1] She finished her high school at St. Michael's Academy, in Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


In 2010, Pooja joined the theatre group Stray Factory and has worked on stage performances and online videos with the company.[2][3] During the production of the theatre show, Dirty Dancing, she was spotted by Gitanjali Selvaraghavan who recommended her to her husband, and the actress appeared in his Mayakkam Enna (2011) portraying Padmini, a friend in Dhanush's gang.[4]

In 2015, she was in production for six films, including roles in Karthik Subbaraj's Iraivi and Manikandan's Kuttrame Thandanai.[5][6]

As a model, she was on the cover of India Today magazine alongside actor Naren Weiss several times.[7] Her directorial debut was also his play Maya from Madurai.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Mayakkam Enna Padmini Tamil
2016 Iraivi Malar Tamil Won, Edison Award for Best Character Artist Female
2016 Kuttrame Thandanai Anu Tamil Won, Vikatan Award for Best Supporting Actress
Won, Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards for Best supporting Actress
Won, BehindWoods Gold Medal for Best Critics Choice
2016 Aandavan Kattalai Aarthi Tamil
2018 Andhra Mess Arasi Tamil
2018 Katheyondu Shuruvagide Tanya Kannada

Nominated - FilmibeatAward for Best Debutant Actress -Kannada

2019 Vellai Pookal Ramya Tamil
2019 Ayogya Santhiya Tamil
2019 Vallavanukku Vallavan Tamil Delayed


  1. ^ "Pooja Balu, Stray Factory". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ RAVEENA JOSEPH. "Busting the Madrasi myth". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  3. ^ LAKSHMI KRUPA. "A short and sweet debut". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  4. ^ Raveena, Joseph (16 November 2015). "The struggle of an actress". The Hindu. Chennai. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. ^ D Meera Chithirappaavai. "Iraivi's first look will be released well before Diwali 2015". Behindwoods. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Illayaraja teams up with `Kaaka Muttai` director". Sify.com. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Naren Weiss Twitter". n.d. Retrieved 31 December 2016.