Devika or Prameela Devi (Tamil: பிரமிளா தேவி, 25 April 1943 – 2 May 2002) was a Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actress.

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Actress Devika
Prameela Devi

(1943-04-25)25 April 1943
Died2 May 2002(2002-05-02) (aged 59)
Years active1954–1986
Spouse(s)Devadas (m.1972-1990)
ChildrenKanaka (b.1973)
FamilyRaghupathi Venkaiah (grandfather)

Devika is the granddaughter of Telugu cinema doyen and pioneer Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu. One of her uncles was a Mayor of Chennai. Actress Kanaka is her daughter.

Film careerEdit

In Tamil, she has acted with all major heroes of the day. In Mudhalali, an AVM film, in which she made her debut, she paired with S. S. Rajendran. The film received a certificate as the (Best regional language film) for the year from the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

She paired with M. G. Ramachandran in Anandha Jodhi. She won accolades from viewers for the role she played in this film.

With Sivaji Ganesan she has acted in films like Karnan, Kulamagal Radhai, Andavan Kattalai, Anbu Karangal, Annai Illam, Paava Mannippu, Muradan Muthu, Neela Vaanam and Bale Pandiya.

Her role in Sumaithaangi was very moving. Though she is paired with Gemini Ganesan in this film, the relationship did not culminate in marriage and the end was a tragedy. This was a film by Sridhar.

She acted in some other Sridhar films like Nenjam Marappathillai and Nenjil Or Aalayam. The song Sonnadhu Nee thaanaa in Nenjil or Aalayam became a hit because of her acting, apart from the lyrics and music.

She died in 2002 after she was admitted to Madras Hospital when she complained of chest pain and after a few days she died following a heart attack.








  • "Blend of grace and charm". The Hindu. 10 May 2002. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  • "Devika Biography". India Movies Database. Retrieved 18 October 2016.

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