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Nivetha Thomas (born 2 November 1995) is an Indian film actress who appears in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil language films. She is best known for Ninnu Kori and Gentleman.

Nivetha Thomas
Nivetha Thomas at Papanasam success meet (cropped).jpg
Thomas in July 2015
Born (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 23)
Kannur, Kerala, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Years active2008–present

Thomas made her debut with the 2008 Malayalam film Veruthe Oru Bharya, for which she won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. In the same year she made her Tamil debut with Kuruvi. She has since starred in more than a dozen movies, making her Telugu debut in 2016 with Gentleman.

Early life and career as a child actress

Thomas was born 2 November 1995[1][2] and started her career as a child actress, acting in the popular Sun TV serial My Dear Bootham. After that, she played the role of Jayaram's daughter in Veruthe Oru Bharya, where her performance was well appreciated.[3] She then signed a few Tamil and Malayalam films in which she mostly played supporting roles. Among her Malayalam projects were Chaappa Kurish and Thattathin Marayathu, the latter of which according to Sify was going to be "the biggest box-office hit in the history of Malayalam cinema".[4] The 2011 Tamil film Poraali directed by Samuthirakani, featured her as Tamizhselvi, a petrol bunk employee.[5] She had previously collaborated with Samuthirakani in the drama series Arasi.

In 2013, she acted in Romans which was very successful and named a "blockbuster" by[6] In the Tamil contemporary fantasy comedy Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham she played the female lead role of Jaishree, an aspiring singer.[7] In Jilla she played the role of Mahalakshmi, who is very attached to her father (Mohanlal) and two brothers, played by Vijay and Mahath.[8] About her role, she stated that it was not "just another sister role"[9] but that of "a strong willed girl who influences her brother in a positive way".[7] She signed her first Telugu film,Juliet Lover of Idiot directed by Ajay Vodhirala.[10][11] She acted as Kamal Haasan's eldest daughter in the Tamil remake of Drishyam, titled Papanasam, and her performance earned praise from viewers.[12]

2016: Telugu debut

In 2016, she debuted in Telugu cinema in the action-thriller Gentleman opposite Nani which opened to rave reviews and was critically applauded for her performance both by critics and audience alike and garnered her several awards including South Indian International Movie Awards – Best Female Debutante[13] and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nomination at 64th Filmfare Awards South Later on, she acquired popularity among Telugu cinema.

2017-18: Ninnu Kori and Beyond

Her first release in 2017 was another Telugu film, opposite Nani again, the romantic entertainer Ninnu Kori which opened to positive reviews and highly praised her performance as "pallavi" which eventually landed her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nomination at 65th Filmfare Awards South[14]. Her next release was Jai Lava Kusa opposite Jr. NTR was one of the top grossing movies in 2017 at boxoffice. Her last release was Juliet Lover of Idiot opposite Naveen Chandra which was her initial debut film in Telugu but was delayed and released later went to become commercial failure at boxoffice. Thomas took a break in early 2018 to concentrate on her university studies.

2019: comeback

Thomas first release was an action thriller 118 opposite Nandamuri Kalyan Ram which opened to positive reviews and critics extremely praised Nivetha's outstanding performance in a brief yet impactful role[15]. As of May 2019, Thomas has several projects under various stages of production, she would star opposite Nikhil Siddharth in an upcoming romanctic drama titled Swaasa[16] and a black comedy Brochevarevarura opposite Sree Vishnu. she is all set to reunite with Nani for third time in an Action Thriller V which also stars Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles and Later, she confirmed to be a part of Rajini Kanth's Darbar in which she plays the daughter of Rajini Kanth


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Anjana Sugunan Malayalam Child artist
Kuruvi Vetrivel's sister Tamil Child artist
2009 Madhya Venal Manikutty Malayalam Child artist
2011 Pranayam Young Grace Malayalam Malayalam debut
Chaappa Kurish Nafiza Malayalam
Poraali Tamizhselvi Tamil Tamil debut
2012 Thattathin Marayathu Fatima Malayalam
2013 Romans Eleena Malayalam
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Jeyasri Tamil
2014 Jilla Mahalakshmi Tamil
Money Ratnam Pia Mammen Malayalam
2015 Papanasam Selvi Suyambulingam Tamil
2016 Gentleman Catherine Telugu Telugu Debut
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actress — Telugu
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2017 Ninnu Kori Pallavi Telugu Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Jai Lava Kusa Simran Telugu
Juliet Lover of Idiot Julie Telugu
2019 118 Aadhya Telugu
Brochevarevarura Mithra Telugu
Swaasa Telugu Filming
2020 Darbar Tamil Filming
V Telugu Filming

TV shows

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2000 Raja Rajeswari Gowri Sun TV Child artist
2004–2007 My Dear Bootham[17] Gowri
2004–2006 Shivamayam Ponni
2007–2008 Arase Young Kaveri


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Nivetha Thomas: Top films of the actress that prove why she is an extraordinary performer". Pinkvilla. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Nivetha Thomas on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards announced". (originally Moviebuzz). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Kerala Box-Office (June–July 2012)". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  5. ^ Nayar, Parvathy (11 November 2011). "Niveda: Battling against all odds". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report". 6 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Niveda Thomas in Mohanlal-Vijay's 'Jilla' – The Times of India". 4 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Nivetha on cloud nine". Deccan Chronicle. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Mine is not just a sister role: Niveda Thomas – The Times of India". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Niveda Thomas to romance Naveen Chandra – The Times of India". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Naveen Chandra's next film goes on floors – The Times of India". Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  12. ^ Vijay's sister is Kamal Haasan's daughter – Times of India. (17 August 2014). Retrieved on 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  16. ^, Nivetha Thomas in a romantic flick|website=The Hans India|date=21 October 2018
  17. ^ Gandhi, U.Sudharsan (31 August 2017). "மை டியர் பூதம்' சீரியல் குட்டீஸ் இப்போ என்ன பண்றாங்க தெரியுமா?". Vikatan. Retrieved 25 January 2018.

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