Vidya Pradeep

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Vidya Pradeep
Vidya Pradeep at Kalari audio launch.jpg
Vidya Pradeep at the Kalari movie audio launch in June 2018.
Born (1992-11-25) 25 November 1992 (age 25)
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
OccupationModel, actress, scientist
Years active2013-present

Vidya Pradeep is an Indian model, actress and research scientist. She hails from Alappuzha, Kerala and has acted in films Saivam (2014), Pasanga 2 (2015) and Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya (2017).


Vidya worked as a model and appeared in several print and television advertisements. During that period, she appeared in the music video for A. R. Rahman's "Aa Bhi Jaa" from his studio album Raunaq alongside Yami Gautam and several other models. She was spotted by director A. L. Vijay, who cast her in his successful family drama film, Saivam (2014) to portray Sara Arjun's mother. For the film, she reverted to her original name and put on weight to portray a middle-aged woman. The film and the ensemble cast won positive reviews for its portrayal of a family. She then featured in the action drama, Adhibar (2015) as the lead actress opposite Jeevan.[1][2] Vidya then worked on Pandiraj's Pasanga 2 (2015) portraying the mother of a small child.[3] The film opened to positive reviews in December 2015, with Vidya winning critical acclaim for her performance. Critics noted that Vidya added "solidity to the film by coming up with a credible performance" and that she has done "commendably well".[4][5] She has worked on the psychological thriller Onnume Puriyala (2016), which made the headlines for becoming the first Tamil film to be remade in German and played a small role in Achamindri (2016).[6][7]

She made her debut in Kannada with Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya (2017) opposite Shivarajkumar, and the film opened to very positive reviews.[8][9][10][11] Vidya was highly appreciated by the critics for her acting skills and screen presence.[9][10][8] The New Indian Express noted that "Vidya Pradeep doesn’t stay a glam doll instead proves her talent in acting when called for", while the Deccan Herald says that it is a "fortuitous debut for Vidya Pradeep".[9][10]

After completing her master's degree in Biotechnology, Vidya Pradeep then pursued her PhD at an eye hospital in Chennai. As a research scientist, Vidya works on stem cell biology and her research work was published in the International Journal of Cell Therapy.[12][13]

She has been cast in Dhanush's next film with Balaji Mohan, Maari 2, produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films.[14][15]

She is now playing the main lead Anandhi in Sun TV 's Prime Time show Nayaki (TV series) replacing Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan produced by Vikatan Televistas.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2014 Saivam Thenmozhi Tamil Debut Film
2015 Adhibar Suganthi Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2 Divya Tamil
2016 Onnume Puriyala Rebecca Tamil
2016 Achamindri Shruthi Tamil
2017 Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya Nayana Kannada Kannada Debut
2018 Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Anitha Tamil
2018 Kalari Mallika Tamil
2018 Asurakulam Priya Tamil Post-production
2018 Thalakaal Puriyala Tamil Post-production
2018 Othaikku Othai Anitha Tamil Post-production
2018 Thadam Tamil Post-production
2018 Maari 2 Tamil Filming

TV Series[edit]

Year Series Role Language Channel Production
2018–present Nayaki Anandhi Tamil SUN TV Vikatan Televistas


  1. ^ "Vidya Pradeep shares her experience with Jeevan". 23 August 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Vidya Pradeep expects a lot from 'Athibar'". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Upcoming actress Vidya Pradeep shares her experience working with Suriya in Pandiraj's Haiku". 4 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Pasanga-2 (aka) Haiku review". 24 December 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Pasanga 2 Movie Review & Rating: A Must-watch Flick For Children And Parents!". 24 December 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ K. R. Manigandan (16 January 2017). "Tamil film to be remade in German". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  7. ^ Mrinalini Sundari (16 January 2017). "Vidya Pradeep does a cameo in Achamindri". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Bangaara S/O Bagarada Manushya Review {3.5/5}: Go ahead, watch this film — it lets you see farmers and their problems with a sheen". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  9. ^ a b c "Bangara... in the footsteps of Bangarada manushya". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  10. ^ a b c "Rising in revolt for a noble cause". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  11. ^ "Bangara S/O Bangaradha Manushya Review; Chitraloka Rating 4/5 - | Kannada Movie News, Reviews | Image". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  12. ^ Jyothsna (12 September 2015). "Vidya Pradeep, a stem cell biologist and also an actress". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  13. ^ "In vitro transdifferentiation of human skin keratinocytes to corneal epithelial cells". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
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