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Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Riythvika is an Indian film actress who appears in supporting roles in Tamil films. After starting her career with a role in Bala's Paradesi (2013), she made a breakthrough with her performance as a feisty housewife in Pa. Ranjith's Madras (2014). And gained fame after winning the bigg boss 2 title which changed her life and gave new beginning


Riythvika and studied at Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College For Women (SIET) in Teynampet, Chennai.[1] She has stated that she had always dreamt of acting in films and that she used to act out scenes and reel out dialogues from films as a child. While studying at SIET, she acted in a number of short films and sent her photos to film PROs, trying for an entry into the cinema industry.[1]

During that period, director Bala was casting for his next project, Paradesi (2013), an adaptation of the English novel Red Tea (1969), which delves into the plight of tea plantation workers in the Madras Presidency during the British Raj. After going through a couple of auditions, she was selected to play the role of Karuthakanni, a young woman who gets tortured and sexually exploited in the plantations.[1] She went on to act in Vikraman's romance film Ninaithathu Yaaro (2014) before being chosen by Pa. Ranjith for Madras (2014) to play a pivotal supporting role opposite Kalaiyarasan. Her portrayal of a North Chennai girl was lauded by critics and she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil besides several other nominations.[2][3]

The success of Madras prompted Ranjith and other film-makers to often cast her as a girl from a lower socio-economic background. In this trend, she notably appeared as a drug addict in Kabali (2016), and as a prostitute in Iru Mugan (2016),Torchlight (2018) and Sigai (2018).[4][5] In other assignments during the period, she featured as a liberal radio jockey in Oru Naal Koothu (2016), and as a ghost in the horror comedy, Onaaigal Jakkiradhai (2018).

She is currently working on projects including Odavum Mudiyathu Oliyavum Mudiyathu, and an untitled biopic of actor-politician MGR, where she essays the role of Janaki Ramachandran. For the latter role, Riythvika carefully studied the habits and behaviour of Janaki, including by watching her old films.[6] In 2018, she won the second season of the Tamil reality television show Bigg Boss.



Year Film Role Language Notes
2013 Paradesi Karuthakanni Tamil
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Thenmozhi Tamil
2014 Madras Mary Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam Saravanan's wife Tamil
2016 Anjala Anjala Tamil
2016 Oru Naal Koothu Susheela Tamil
2016 Kabali Meena Tamil
2016 Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidayathu Dhivya Tamil
2016 Iru Mugan Kidnapped girl Tamil Cameo Appearance
2018 Onaaigal Jakkiradhai Anjali Tamil
2018 Torch Light Tamil
2018 Sigai Bhuvana Tamil Post-production
2018 Nethra Tamil Post-production
2018 MGR Biopic Janaki Ramachandran Tamil Filming
2018 Maadu Tamil Filming
2018 Odavum Mudiyathu Oliyavum Mudiyathu Tamil Filming


Year Title TV Channel Role Notes
2018 Bigg Boss Tamil 2 Star Vijay Herself Bigg Boss Tamil 2 winner


  1. ^ a b c "An eye on good films – Chennai – The Hindu". thehindu.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ritwika to play an RJ in her next – The Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Complete list of Filmfare awards (Tamil)". sify.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Rajini sir appreciated my act and I got emotional – The Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ Riythvika is the new ghost in town. Deccan Chronicle (22 September 2017).
  6. ^ Excited to play Janaki in MGR biopic: Riythvika. Times of India (18 January 2018). Retrieved on 2018-10-10.

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