Vinodhini Vaidyanathan

Vinodhini Vaidynathan is an award-winning Indian film and theatre actress who has mainly appeared in Tamil language films. She made her debut in A. R. Murugadoss’s production Engaeyum Eppothum portraying Ananya's sister.[1]

Vinodhini Vaidynathan
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Born (1985-08-24) August 24, 1985 (age 34)
Other namesVinodhini
OccupationTheatre, Film actor
Years active2011-present (Films)
2003-present (Theatre)


Vinodhini made her first film appearance in Priyadarshan's Kanchivaram (2009), after being selected by the director to be a part of the film after he watched her during a performance with the Tamil theatre troupe, Koothu-P-Pattarai. The film won critical acclaim and recognition at the National Film Awards.In early 2010, director Saravanan had watched one of the troupe's plays titled Saami Aattam, in which Vinodhini played multiple characters in a 45 minute monologue, and was impressed enough to cast her in his first Tamil film, Engeyum Eppodhum (2011), produced by AR Murugadoss.[2] Her performance in the film as the character of Ananya's sister, was well received.

Since 2011, Vinodhini has appeared in several other films including the comedy Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (2013), the horror film Pisaasu (2014) and two collaborations with Mani Ratnam in Kadal (2013) and O Kadhal Kanmani (2015).[2] She also played a significant supporting role as the wife of a gangster in Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda (2014) and in a leading role in Balu Mahendra's Thalaimuraigal (2013), where she played his daughter.[3]

Vinodhini is also a playwright and theatre director. Her theatre group, Theatre Zero has been actively staging plays since 2012, some of which are Petti Kathaigal,[4] the musical extravaganza "Aayirathoru Iravugal", which she wrote and directed for the prestigious Hindu Theatre Fest in 2016,[5] and Nagercoil Expressum Nadaga Companyum,.[6] Her play, titled Grand Rehearsal,[7][8] was the first ever Tamil play to be staged at The Hindu Theatre Fest, which is primarily a festival for English plays from India and abroad. It was declared a laugh riot amid standing ovation from the audience.[9] Similarly, her play Aayirathoru Iravugal, "had the audience roaring with laughter", when it opened in 2016.[10]

Vinodhini also writes professionally. Her short stories and articles have been published in,[11] The Madras Mag, The News Minute,[12] The Hindu (Tamil)[13] among others.

Personal lifeEdit

Vinodhini completed her B.Sc. from Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai and went on to do her masters in Human Resources Management from XIME, Bangalore. She also holds a second master's degree in Psychology from University of Madras and a PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy from Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Kanchivaram
2011 Engaeyum Eppothum Selvi
2013 Yamuna Chandrika
Kadal Fisher woman
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Police Inspector
2014 Jilla
Jigarthanda Soundar's wife
Vanmam Palraj's wife
Pisaasu Mahesh amma
2015 Nannbenda
O Kadhal Kanmani Saroja Vasudevan
Sivappu Malar
Om Shanti Om
Pasanga 2 Sailaja
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam Anandhi
Aranmanai 2 Murali & Maya's Sister-in-law
Appa Singamperumal's wife
Aandavan Kattalai Junior Lawyer Won-- Vikadan Awards-Best Actress in comedy Role
2017 Aramm Government Health Officer
Sathya Hema
Velaikkaran Sivaranjani
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam PC Mangaiyarkarasi
Yaar Ivargal Lawyer
Ratsasan Kokila
2019 LKG School Principal
Boomerang Doctor
Devarattam Pechi, eldest sister of Vetri
Game Over Kalamma Tamil-Telugu bilingual film
Kalavani 2
Rakshasudu Sopna Telugu film
Comali MLA Dharmaraj's wife


  1. ^ "'I was amazed to get a call from Mani Ratnam'". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c March 31, Deepika Ramesh On; 2015 (31 March 2015). "Work and Play: The Vinodhini Interview".
  3. ^ balachandran, logesh (4 December 2013). "Vinodhini grabs major roles now". Deccan Chronicle.
  4. ^ "Chennai's theatre scene begins with a small petti". The New Indian Express.
  5. ^ Rao, Subha J. (27 July 2016). "Celebrating Tamil theatre" – via
  6. ^ "jayantiblogshere: Nagercoil Expressum Nadaga companyum ... review". 30 July 2016.
  7. ^ Mathew, Elizabeth (10 July 2015). "Let the drama begin" – via
  8. ^ Joseph, Raveena (10 August 2015). "Of cackling women, cracked radios and crazy productions" – via
  9. ^ "Take 3: Three one-act plays - Citizen reiews". 18 August 2015 – via
  10. ^ "Aayirathioru Iravagal: In Pictures". 31 August 2016 – via
  11. ^ November 3, Silverscreen India Staff On; 2018 (3 November 2018). "The N Muthuswamy Tribute: The Thespian Whose Demise Is A Frightening Huge Loss To Theatre".
  12. ^ "Abuse, threats, violence: Why social media is the devil, actor Vinodhini Vaidyanathan writes". The News Minute. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  13. ^ வைத்தியநாதன், வினோதினி. "கிருஷ்ணதேவராயர் சாப்பிட்ட லாலிபாப்". இந்து தமிழ் திசை.

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