Nivetha Thomas

Nivetha Thomas (born 2 November 1995) is an Indian actress who appears in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil language films.[1] She made her film debut as a child artist in the 2008 Malayalam film Veruthe Oru Bharya, for which she won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist.

Nivetha Thomas
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Nivetha in 2022 at Ante Sundaraniki pre release event
Born (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 27)
Kannur, Kerala, India
Alma materSRM Institute of Science and Technology
Years active2002–present

She went on to star as a lead in films like Chaappa Kurishu (2011), Romans (2013), Jilla (2014), Papanasam (2015), Gentleman (2016), Ninnu Kori (2017), Jai Lava Kusa (2017), 118 (2019), Brochevarevarura (2019), V (2020) and Vakeel Saab (2021).

Early lifeEdit

Nivetha Thomas was born on 2 November 1995 in Madras (now Chennai), India.[2][non-primary source needed][non-primary source needed][3] Her roots are in Edoor village of Iritty taluk, Kerala.[3] She was schooled at Holy Angels and Montfort Matriculation School, Chennai. She pursued Bachelor of Architecture from SRM University. She can speak Malayalam, Tamil, French, Hindi, Telugu, and English.[4]


Early career and film debutEdit

She 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.[5] 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".[6] The 2011 Tamil film Poraali directed by Samuthirakani, featured her as Tamizhselvi, a petrol bunk employee.[7] She had previously collaborated with Samuthirakani in the drama series Arasi.

In 2013, Thomas acted in Romans which was very successful and named a "blockbuster" by[8] In the Tamil contemporary fantasy comedy Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham she played the female lead role of Jaishree, an aspiring singer.[9] In Jilla she played the role of Mahalakshmi, who is very attached to her father (Mohanlal) and two brothers, played by Vijay and Mahath.[10] About her role, she stated that it was not "just another sister role"[11] but that of "a strong willed girl who influences her brother in a positive way".[9] She signed her first Telugu film, Juliet Lover of Idiot directed by Ajay Vodhirala.[12][13] She acted as Kamal Haasan's eldest daughter in the Tamil remake of Drishyam, titled Papanasam, and her performance earned praise from viewers.[14]

2016-18: Telugu debut and successEdit

In 2016, Thomas 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 SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu) at 6th South Indian International Movie Awards[15] and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nomination at 64th Filmfare Awards South Later on, she acquired popularity among Telugu cinema.

Nivetha in a Telugu Television interview

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.[16] 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 delayed and released later to become a commercial failure at the boxoffice. In October 2018, Thomas signed romantic drama Swaasa, co-starring Nikhil Siddharth.[17]

2019: ComebackEdit

Thomas first release in 2019 was an action thriller 118 opposite Nandamuri Kalyan Ram which opened to positive reviews and critics extremely praised Thomas's outstanding performance in a brief yet impressive role.[18] Later, she starred in the black comedy film Brochevarevarura opposite Sree Vishnu was opened to positive reviews and got widespread acclaim for her portrayal of "mitra" an underperformer student in academics who aspires to become a classical dancer, Later the film was a hit at box office.

In 2020 Thomas starred in Rajinikanth's Darbar in which she plays his daughter. She also starred Indraganti-directed action thriller V later that year. In 2021, Thomas is featured in Vakeel Saab, the Telugu remake of Hindi film Pink, starring Pawan Kalyan.[19]

Thomas also starred in Sudheer Varma-directed Saakini Daakini, the Telugu remake of the Korean film Midnight Runners, along with Regina Cassandra.[20]



  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language(s) Notes Ref.
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Anjana Sugunan Malayalam Child artist
Kuruvi Vetrivel's sister Tamil Child artist
2009 Madhya Venal Manuja/Manikutty Malayalam Dual role
2011 Pranayam Young Grace Malayalam
Chaappa Kurish Nafiza Malayalam
Poraali Tamizhselvi Tamil
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
2017 Ninnu Kori Pallavi Telugu [21]
Jai Lava Kusa Simran Telugu
Juliet Lover of Idiot Julie Telugu
2019 118 Aadhya Telugu [22]
Brochevarevarura Mithra Telugu [23]
2020 Darbar Valli Tamil [24]
V Apoorva Ramanujan Telugu [25]
2021 Vakeel Saab Pallavi Telugu
2022 Saakini Daakini Shalini Telugu [26]
2023 Enthada Saji   TBA Malayalam Filming


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2004–2007 My Dear Bhootham Gowri Sun TV
2004–2006 Shivamayam Ponni Sun TV
2007–2008 Arase Young Kaveri Sun TV
2005–2006 Raja Rajeswari Nallama Sun TV
2008 Thenmozhiyal Maheswari Kalaignar TV
2017 Bigg Boss 1 Herself Star Maa Guest Appearance

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2008 Kerala State Film Awards Best Child Artist Veruthe Oru Bharya Won [27]
2017 6th SIIMA Best Female Debut (Telugu) Gentleman Won [28]
TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Debut Heroine Won [29]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nominated [30]
Zee Telugu Golden Awards Entertainer Of The Year – Female Ninnu Kori &
Jai Lava Kusa
Nominated [31]
2018 Apsara Awards Performer of the Year Jai Lava Kusa Won [32]
65th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Ninnu Kori Nominated [33]


  1. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (12 April 2021). "Nivetha Thomas: Enacting Pallavi in 'Vakeel Saab' came with responsibility". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Nivetha Thomas on Twitter". Retrieved 5 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b "We are perfect the way we are, we just don't realise it: Nivetha Thomas". The Indian Express. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Kamal sir was impressed with my marksheets too". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards announced". 4 June 2009. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Kerala Box-Office (June–July 2012)". 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  7. ^ Nayar, Parvathy (11 November 2011). "Niveda: Battling against all odds". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report". 6 July 2013. Archived from the original on 8 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Niveda Thomas in Mohanlal-Vijay's 'Jilla'". The Times of India. 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Nivetha on cloud nine". Deccan Chronicle. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Mine is not just a sister role: Niveda Thomas". The Times of India. 5 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Niveda Thomas to romance Naveen Chandra". The Times of India. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Naveen Chandra's next film goes on floors". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  14. ^ Vijay's sister is Kamal Haasan's daughter – Times of India. The Times of India. (17 August 2014). Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  15. ^ "SIIMA 2016 winners". Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  16. ^ "NINNU KORI MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  17. ^ "'Swaasa' starring Nikhil and Nivetha Thomas releases its concept poster". The Times of India. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  18. ^ "118 MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Nivetha Thomas begins shooting for Pawan Kalyan starrer Vakeel Saab - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Nivetha, Regina's Midnight Runners Telugu remake shoot is in progress!". NTV. 26 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Nani- Nivetha Thomas romantic flick launched". The Times of India. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Nivetha Thomas thanks movie buffs for their love towards '118'". The Times of India. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  23. ^ "'Brochevarevarura': Makers unveil Nivetha Thomas' first look as Mithra". The Times of India. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Darbar: Nivetha Thomas reveals her character in Rajinikanth's film". The Times of India. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Nivetha Thomas confirmed for Indraganti's multi-starrer with Nani and Sudheer Babu". The Times of India. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  26. ^ "'Midnight Runners' Telugu remake titled as 'Shakini Dhakini'? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  27. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (6 July 2017). "Nivetha Thomas chats about 'Ninnu Kori'". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  28. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2017 Telugu winners list: Jr NTR and Rakul Preet Singh declared best actors". International Business Times. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  29. ^ "TSR TV9 National Film Awards 2015, 2016 Winners lists: Baahubali, Srimanthudu, SOS bag maximum awards". International Business Times. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  30. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: Here is the full nominations' list". India Today. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 nomination list: Baahubali 2 gets highest nods, will Prabhas get an award?". International Business Times. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  32. ^ "Apsara Awards 2018 winners list: Zee Telugu telecasts celebration of womanhood". International Business Times. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  33. ^ "65th Jio Filmfare Awards South 2018: Official list of nominations". The Times of India. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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