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Born Sushma Jayadev
June 22, 1974 (1974-06-22) (age 35)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other name(s) Devayani Rajakumaran
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995-present
Spouse(s) Rajakumaran

Devayani (Tamil: தேவயானி; born Sushma on 22 June 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is a Tamil film actress. She starred in numerous Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, along with a few Hindi films and one Bengali film. Her debut film was to be in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later cancelled during its production stage. She received Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for her performances in the films Kadhal Kottai and Surya Vamsam.[1][2] She has also appeared in the films Bharathi, Friends and Azhagi as well a in the Sun TV series Kolangal.



Devyani began her career as 'Sushma' in a Bengali Film Shaat Ponchomi. She also acted in a Marathi Film before going to Tamil Nadu. Her earliest movies 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 with Prashanth (Appu), Ajith (Kadhal Kottai), Vijay (Friends), Sarath Kumar (Suryavamsam), Parthiban (Azhagi).

She moved into supporting roles in Thenali though she still acted commercially until 2004-2005.

She began acting in the teleserial Break Kolangal as Abhinaya which has had over 1500 episodes on Sun Television.

Personal life

Devayani's father's name is Jayadev and her mother's name is Lakshmi. She has two brothers, Mayoor and Nakul, also an actor.

She studied Bachelor of Commerce in National College at the Mumbai University. She married Rajakumaran on 9 April 2001. Devayani first met her husband when she was acting in Suryavamsham, when Rajakumaran was assistant director. She starred in Nee Varuvai Ena, Rajakumaran's debut film. A daughter was born to the couple in 2006 and a son in 2008 (which was the reason for her trip to America written in to the script of the Tamil Serial Kolangal) She recently built a house named Kadhal Kottai.[3]



Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Thotta Chinungi Ramya Tamil
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Nivetha Tamil
Kaadhal Kottai Kamali Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress
Poomani Tamil
Sivasakthi Tamil
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Tamil
Kaadhali Tamil
Periya Idaththu Maappillai Tamil
Surya Vamsam Nandhini Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Udhavikku Varalaamaa Tamil
Kizhakkum Merkkum Tamil
Marumalarchi Tamil
Sornamugi Sornamugi Tamil
Ninaithen Vandhai Savithri Tamil
Moovendhar Tamil
Poonthottam Tamil
Senthooram Tamil
Unakkum Enakkum Kalyanam Tamil
En Uyir Nee Thaane Tamil
Puthumai Pitthan Tamil
1999 Thodarum Seetha Anand Tamil
Kummipattu Tamil
Nee Varuvai Ena Nandhini Tamil
Oruvan Tamil
Nilave Mugam Kaattu Kasthuri Tamil
Paattaali Sakunthala Tamil
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 Maadhiri Tamil
Vinnukum Mannukum Devayani Tamil
Aanandham Bharathi Tamil
Friends Padmini Aravind Tamil
Ninaikkaadha Naalillai Kavitha Tamil
2002 Vivaramaana Aalu Tamil
Azhagi Valarmathi Shanmugham Tamil
Kottai Mariamman Tamil
Panchathantiram Nirmala Tamil
Thenkasi Pattanam Sangeetha Tamil
Guruvamma Guruvamma Tamil
Samasthanam Divya Tamil
Padai Veetu Amman Samundi Tamil
2003 Kaadhaludan Kavitha Tamil
Bheeshmar Gowri Bheeshmar Tamil
2004 New Tamil
Giri Tamil
Sema Ragalai Tamil
Senthalam Poovae Tamil
2009 Aiyantham Padai Kalpana Tamil


Year Title Role Language Notes
2003-2009 Kolangal Abhinaya Tamil TV series
2009 Manjal Magimai Soundarya Tamil TV series

Malayalam films

  • Threemen Army
  • Appan Rajaav Achchan Jaedhaav
  • Kinnam Katta Kallan
  • Mr. Clean
  • Naran
  • Balettan
  • Sundarapurushan
  • Kaathil Oru Kinnaram
  • Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam
  • Kinnaripuzhayoram

Hindi films

  • Koyal (Cancelled)
  • Chhota Sa Ghar
  • Dil Ka Doctor (1995)

Bengali films

  • Thushor Kho Thuli

Telugu films


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