Devayani : Biography
Devayani can be taken as the latest screen avatar of Savitri in Tamil cinema. Sari-clad and sensitive, she personifies the virtues of womanhood in film goers' imagination. She is exactly made for Cordelia-like roles, not for freakish costumes and bare-bosom episodes. Her screen persona is that of a loving, caring woman. Only a few before her, like Radhika, Revathi, Suhasini and Urvasi were considered the earlier versions of "model woman" on screen. Her debut film in Tamil "Thottal Chinungi" spoke little of her present day legacy. She was cast as a glamorous doll in that film by Director Adhiyaman. But the role of Kamali in "Kadhal Kottai" once for all, changed the image of her screen persona. Thereafter she is being tipped for roles of an instinctive woman, in films like "Marumalarchi" "Sooryavamsam, "Swarnamuki" and "Neevaruvai ena".
This Mumbai-born Keralite girl first thought of making her film entry in Hindi films. She has signed up a film called "Goyal" in Hindi which never saw the light of the day. Then "Thottal Chinungi' and a sexy dance sequence in "Sivasakthi" happened, followed by the sensational "Kadhal Kottai". Devayani was reborn as " Goddess of love" after the film was released. Tamil audience never complained about her type-cast roles, instead they rooted for her in culture-conscious and lady-like roles. She has already completed her first fifty films from acting in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu films.
Present acting assignments include "Friends" opposite Vijay, "Vinnukkum Mannukkum" opposite Vikram, "Kannukku Kannga" opposite Raja and "En Purushan Kuzhandai Mathiri" and "Unakkum Enakkum Kalyanam" opposite Livingston. That she has paired up with middle-aged Livingston in two films shows her caliber as a performer.
Though, she is starring in Kamal Hassan's "Tenali" she is paired up with Jeyaram in that film. She is yet to play the leading lady's role opposite big - timers Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan. Latest hits of her include Vijaykanth starrer "Vallarasu" and the critically acclaimed "Bharathi". She has given a clean-chit for herself as Chellamma in Gnanashekaran's "Bharathi".