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The heroine Devayani, imported from Mumbai, has shattered
the age-long belief that only the actresses wearing only minimum quantity of
clothes on their body and exhibiting glamour-acting on screen, could get
an enviable place in the hearts of the cine-goers! For, she has earned
extraordinary reputation among the audiences, merely by appearing in the get-up
of family-girl in films.
Reddish complexion..Sociable, talkative nature...Family type appearance...Apple
cheeks...Moon-like face....all these put together make Devayani..
Her native place is Mumbai. There, she was born on June 22, at a local hospital
by name 'Sushma'. Her father's name is Jayadev. Mother is Lakshmi. Devayani has
2 brothers----Mayoor and Nakkul.
She studied B.Com. in a college in Mumbai. An astrologer used to visit their
house in those days. He was telling that one day Devayani would shine in
filmfield..Immediately Devayani had reacted saying: 'It isn't possible...Not
even in dreams...' Also the comment came from their parents: 'The astrologer has
lost his balance of mind!'
But, just as the astrologer had said, a film chance from Hindi field had really
come. That film was "Goyal". She was introduced as heroine in it. The
director had changed the name 'Devayani' as 'Goyal' for the film. When the 1st
shooting-schedule of this film was going on, the astrologer had again come to
her house and predicted that the film won't get released at all! What a
surprise? That film stopped half finished, because of financial problems!
Devayani's parents got upset. They wandered helter-skelter in search of that
astrologer. At last they met him. He told that definitely Devayani would be
getting other language film chances and hence they should continually strive for
those chances. After that Devayani gave up her studies. Later she began acting
in Malayalam films.
In Tamil, she acted in K.S.Athiyamaan's "Thottaa Chinungi". She teamed
with Ajithkumar in "Kalloori Vaasal" and acted in "Sivasakthi"
in which Sathyaraj and Prabu did main roles. After that, as there were no new
film offers, she went back to Mumbai.
A few months later, she was booked for Agathyan's "Kaathal Kottai".
That film proved to be a new-record-creating, super-hit! "Surya Vamsam"
became her next super-hit. She came to be treated as one of the leading Tamil
The habit has come to stay with her that whenever she experiences any mental
tension, she uses to bite her finger nail! She hates politics as well as
politicians! She is very pious that if she enters into the prayer room, she may
indulge in prayer even for an hour long time!
She's an expert in cooking. Whether it's vegetarian food or non-veg. items, her
preparations excel in taste. She's a good eater too! She has belief in
superstition and omens.
When she was studying 1st std. in Mumbai, she's said to have gone missing one
day, while she, along with her family members, had gone to Jugu Beach. But
miraculously, she had found her way home. She knows Tamil, English, Hindi,
Marathi, Malayalam and Gujatathi very well. Her favourite artistes are
Sanjeevkumar, Shammi Kapoor, Jayabadhuri, Sree Devi, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini and
She has received Tamilnadu Government's Best Actress award for her performance
in "Kaathal Kottai", in 1997. She says that she's her own competitor.
|Birth Date and Month
||B.Com. National College, Mumbai
|Entry into Tamil filmfield
||Through "Kaathal Kottai".
|What did you do before that?
||Did act in one Hindi film
||Stitching, Painting, Acting
|Guru in Life?
|First picture experience?
||I was bold and confident
|What have you achieved so far?
||Have earned the name that I'm a good, character
role artist, performing well in family type of roles.
|What would you like to achieve in the future?
||To win National Award for acting.
|The most favourite thing?
|That you hate completely?
|What is it that you would like to appreciate most?
||Peoples' good-nature and the encouragement
offered by them and also by my parents and friends.
|That you tried to accomplish but failed
||While I was a student I tried to become a good
volleyball player but failed to achieve that.
|The person you like most?
||Farnaz, Rekha and Prabu (all girls).
|One of the happiest moments?
||When I got State Award for "Kathal Kottai"
and "Surya Vamsam".
|The bitter event that you have experienced?
||I feel bad when the film for which I have worked
hard doesn't do well in theatres!
|Any interest in politics?
||Not that much interested.
|Your interest in sports?
||Like to play Badminton. Enjoy seeing lawn tennis.
|The unforgettable cinema episode?
||It was the time while the climax scene of "Kaathal
Kottai" was being shot. In it I had to jump out of the running train.
|The person you would like to meet?
|The country you would like to visit most?
|The service you would like to render?
||Interested in helping the under-privileged.
|Favourite colour of your dress material?
||All light, pastal colours, pink, white etc.
|The film you enjoyed seeing recently?
|The song that touched your heart very much?
||The songs of "Sound of Music'. They greatly
appeal to me if I see the film even now!
||I like to cook, like to see old, Hindi films. At
free times I want to be at home chatting with friends.
|Your current films?
||"Nee Varuvaay Yena", "Kannukku
Kannaaga", one Kannada film etc.
|Favourite hero, heroine?
||Sanjeev Kumar, Kamalhassan, Sree Devi
|The director you respect most?
||All my directors
|Your message to your fans?
||Please love to watch me, I will work upto your
|Any love experience?