Vidya Pradeep

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Vidya Pradeep is an Indian model, actress and research scientist. She has acted in films Thadam (2019), 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] Pradeep 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. Critics noted that Pradeep 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, Pradeep pursued her PhD at an eye hospital in Chennai. As a research scientist, she works on stem cell biology, and her work was published in the International Journal of Cell Therapy.[12][13]

In March 2019, she appeared in Thadam with Arun Vijay. Vidya's performance as a police officer was noted by several critics. Times of India says "Vidya's performance stands out" and The Indian express states that "Vidya Pradeep needs a special mention and manages to hold your attention undivided right through as Malar".[14][15]


Flims that have not yet been releasedDenotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2014 Saivam Thenmozhi Tamil Debut Film
2015 Adhibar Suganthi Tamil
Pasanga 2 Divya Tamil
2016 Onnume Puriyala Rebecca Tamil
Thalakaal Puriyala Tamil
Achamindri Shruthi Tamil
2017 Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya Nayana Kannada Kannada Debut
2018 Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Anitha Tamil
Kalari Mallika Tamil
Maari 2 Kalai’s wife Tamil
2019 Thadam Malarvizhi Tamil
Othaikku OthaiFlims that have not yet been released Anitha Tamil Post-production

AsurakulamFlims that have not yet been released

Priya Tamil Post-production


Year Series Role Language Channel Notes
2018–present Nayaki Anandhi Thirumurugan Tamil SUN TV Female Lead, Main Protagonist


  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 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Bangara... in the footsteps of Bangarada manushya". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Rising in revolt for a noble cause". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Bangara S/O Bangaradha Manushya Review; Chitraloka Rating 4/5 - | Kannada Movie News, Reviews | Image". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  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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