Devayani (actress)

Born Sushma Jayadev
(1974-06-22) 22 June 1974[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other names Devayani Rajakumaran
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Rajakumaran (2001–present)
Children 2
Relatives Nakul (brother)
Mayur (brother)

Devayani is an Indian actress who has predominantly starred in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, along with a few Hindi and Bengali films. She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for her performances in the films Kadhal Kottai, Surya Vamsam and Bharathi.[2][3] She has also appeared in other commercially successful films, including Aanandham and Friends as well as in the Sun TV series Kolangal and Muthaaram.

Personal life

Devayani was born as Sushma Jayadev, in Mumbai, Maharashtra into a Konkani family,[4] as eldest among three children to Jayadev and Lakshmi.[5] Her father is from Mangalore, Karnataka and mother is from Cherthala, Kerala.[6] She has two younger brothers, Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry,[7] while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film.[8]

She dated director Rajakumaran with whom she had worked on a couple films for several years. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led to the couple elope,[9] and marry privately at a temple on 9 April 2001.[10][11] They have two daughters, Iniya and Priyanka.[12] Currently she is teaching at Church Park School at Anna Salai, Chennai for class four students.[13][14]


Devayani began her career as Sushma in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later cancelled during its production stage.[15] She appeared in a Bengali film Shaat Ponchomi. She also acted in a Marathi film before debuting and rising to fame in Tamil cinema. Her earliest films were released in the early and middle 90's including Kadhal Kottai.

From 1996 to 2000 Devyani acted as heroine in over 35 films and acted alongside all the top actors like Kamal Hassan (Thenali, Panchathantiram), Prashanth (Appu), Ajith (Kadhal Kottai), Vijay (Friends), Vikram (Vinnukkum Mannukkum), Sarath Kumar (Suryavamsam), Parthiban (Azhagi). She moved into supporting roles in Thenali though she still acted commercially until 2004–2005.

Devayani began acting in the teleserial Kolangal as Abinaya which has had over 1500 episodes on Sun Television.It was later dubbed into Malayalam also in the same name on Surya TV. She completed Teacher Training course and is now a teacher in Church park convent- Chennai. Currently she is judging a popular reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled Ugram Ujwalam. She has acted in some advertisements also.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1993 Thushor Kho Thuli Bengali
Koyal SushmaHindi Cancelled
Shaat Ponchomi Bengali Credited as Sushma
Dhusar Godhuli Bengali Credited as Koel
1994 KinnaripuzhayoramIndhu Malayalam
1995 Thotta Chinungi Ramya Tamil
Dil Ka Doctor Hindi Credited as Koyal
Achan Rajavu Appan JethavuAlice Malayalam
Three Men Army Shubha Malayalam
Kakkakum Poochakkum KalyanamLatha .S.Pillai Malayalam
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Nivetha Tamil
Chhota Sa Ghar Hindi Credited as Koyal
Kaadhal Kottai Kamali Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Poomani Vijaya Tamil
Sivasakthi Guest Appearance Tamil
Mahathma Saraswathi Malayalam
Kinnam Katta KallanAnju Malayalam
Mr. CleanNirmala Malayalam
Kaathil Oru KinnaramMegha Malayalam
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Tamil
Kaadhali Tamil
Periya Idathu Mappillai Lakshmi Tamil
Surya Vamsam Nandhini Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Suswagatham Sandhya Telugu
Udhavikku Varalaamaa Mythili Tamil
Kizhakkum Merkkum Malli Tamil
Marumalarchi Jayanthi Tamil
Swarnamukhi Swarnamukhi Tamil
Ninaithen Vandhai Savithri Tamil
Moovendhar Vaidehi Tamil
Poonthottam Sunthari Tamil
Senthooram Otta Rosa (Megala) Tamil
Unakkum Enakkum Kalyanam Tamil
En Uyir Nee Thaane Janaki Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Aarthi Tamil
Srimathi Vellostha Telugu
1999 Thodarum Seetha Anand Tamil
Kummi Paattu Tamil
Nee Varuvai Ena Nandhini Tamil
Oruvan Nandhini Tamil
Premotsava Kannada
Nilave Mugam Kaattu Kasthuri Tamil
Paattali Sakunthala Tamil
Manikyam Telugu
2000 Vallarasu Anjali Vallarasu Tamil
Appu Seetha Tamil
Ennammaa Kannu Gayathri Tamil
Bharathi Chellamal Bharathi Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Thenali Jalaja Kailash Tamil
2001 Kannukku Kannaga Devi Tamil
En Purushan Kuzhandhai Maathiri Maheswari Tamil
Vinnukum Mannukum Devayani Tamil
Aanandham Bharathi Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Friends Padmini Aravind Tamil
Sundara PurushanJyothika Menon Malayalam
Ninaikkaadha Naalillai Kavitha Tamil
2002 Vivaramana Aalu Pappu Tamil
Azhagi Valarmathi Shanmugham TamilWinner, ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award
Kottai Mariamman Tamil
Panchathantiram Nirmala Tamil
Thenkasi Pattanam Sangeetha Tamil
Guruvamma Guruvamma Tamil
Samasthanam Divya Tamil
Padai Veetu Amman Samundi Tamil
Chennakeshava Reddy Chennakesava Reddy's Sister Telugu
2003 Kadhaludan Kavitha Tamil
Bheeshmar Gowri Bheeshmar Tamil
Balettan Radhika Malayalam
2004 Naani Indira Telugu
New Indira Tamil
Giri Tamil
Sema Ragalai Tamil
Senthalam Poovae Tamil
Soumyam Malayalam
2005 Naran Janaki Malayalam
2009 Aiyantham Padai Kalpana Tamil
2010 Oru Naal Varum Rajalekshmi Malayalam
2011 Sarkar Colony Padmini Malayalam
2013 Thirumathi Tamizh Jothi Tamil
2015 Sagaptham Lakshmi Tamil
Strawberry Shanthi Tamil
2016 Janatha Garage Prabha Sathyam Telugu


Year Serial Role Language Notes
2003–2009 Kolangal Abinaya Tamil Sun TV
2007–08 Manjal Magimai Soundarya Tamil Kalaingnar TV
2010–11 Kodi Mullai Tamil Raj TV
2011–13 Muthaaram Ranjini Devi / Sivaranjini Tamil Sun TV
2015-2016 Ugram Ujjwalam season 2 Judge Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama



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