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Abhirami (born Divya Gopikumar) is an Indian actress and television host. She has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. Her career, which started in 1995, was interrupted in 2004 when her family moved to the United States. She made a comeback in 2014.

Early life and education

She was born as Divya in a Tamil speaking family on 26 July 1983, to Gopikumar and Pushpa in the Indian state of Kerala. She grew up there as her parents were both bank officials settled in Trivandrum. She attended Christ Nagar English High School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Trivandrum and did predegree training from Mar Ivanios College, before graduating in programs for psychology and communications from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Her family migrated to the United States in 2004 when she got a job there. Her parents are yoga instructors in Ohio.


Abhirami made her debut in director Adoor Gopalakrishnan's film Kathapurushan.[5] While in college, Abhirami worked as a TV anchor for the program Top Ten which aired on the Asianet channel,[2] which according to Abhirami was "quite popular" and got her a film offer.[5] She also appeared in the 100-episode Malayalam serial Akshaya Pathram, directed by Sreekumaran Thampi.[5] She changed her screen name to Abhirami, the character name of the heroine of the film Guna, being "obsessed with the role and the name".

She had a small role in the Malayalam film Pathram in 1999 and in the series Mercara directed by Jude Attipetty. Later she acted in the films Millennium Stars, Njangal Santhushtaranu, and Sradha before shifting to Tamil cinema. Her first Tamil film was Vaanavil (2001) opposite Arjun, which was a "big hit"[2] and was followed by Middle Class Madhavan and Samudhiram. A notable film in her career was Virumaandi, in which she appeared as a Tamil village girl from Madurai opposite Kamal Haasan. Besides Tamil and Malayalam, she has appeared in Telugu and Kannada films and was a notable Tollywood actress.[7] In 2003, she appeared opposite Upendra in the film Raktha Kanneeru and opposite Shivrajkumar in Sri Ram. In 2004, she retired from the film industry and settled in the United States for her studies. She went on to work as the marketing director of an MNC there.[9]

In 2013, Abhirami was the voice of Pooja Kumar in both parts of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam[10] and she went on to host Rishimoolam, a talk show on the Tamil television channel Puthuyugam.[3][11] The following year, she returned to Malayalam films with Apothecary,[12] in which she played the role of a gynaecologist.[13] She also appeared in Ithu Thaanda Police playing the role of Sub-Inspector Arundhati Varma.

She has also anchored the reality show Made For Each Other on Mazhavil Manorama.

Personal life

Abhirami is married to Rahul Pavanan, grandson of writer Pavanan.[3][9][14]


Year Title Role Language    
1995 Kathapurushan Child Artist Malayalam    
1999 Pathram Shilpa Mary Cherian    
Njangal Santhushtaranu Geethu Sanjeevan    
Mercara Mercara    
2000 Sradha Swapna    
Millennium Stars Radha    
Melevaryathe Malakhakkuttikal Devika Variyar (Devu)    
2001 Megasandesam Kavitha    
Vaanavil Priya Tamil    
Middle Class Madhavan Abhirami    
Dosth Anamika    
Samudhiram Lakshmi    
Charlie Chaplin Mythili Ramakrishnan    
2002 Thank You Subbarao Susi Telugu    
Karmegham Maheswari Tamil    
Samasthanam Aisha    
2003 Laali Haadu Sangeetha Kannada    
Raktha Kanneeru Chandra    
Charminar Keerthi Telugu    
Sri Ram Vasundhara Kannada    
2004 Cheppave Chirugali Radha Telugu    
Virumaandi Annalachmi Tamil    
2014 Apothecary Dr. Nalini Nambiar Malayalam   [15][16]
2015 36 Vayadhinile Susan Tamil Special appearance [17]
2016 Ithu Thaanda Police Arundhati Varma Malayalam    
Ore Mugham Prof.Latha    
2017 Chowka Indira Sharma Kannada    
2018 Amar Akbar Anthony Amar's mother Telugu Special appearance  
Ottakoru Kaamukan Meera Malayalam    
2019 Charlie Chaplin 2 Mythili Ramakrishnan Tamil    
Dasharatha Krutika Kannada    
Aniyan Kunjum Thannalayathu Bincy Malayalam    
2020 Marjara Oru Kallu Vacha Nuna Chithira    
2021 Maara Selvi Tamil Amazon Prime film  
Sulthan Annalakshmi Cameo Appearance  
Kotigobba 3 IAS Durga Kannada  

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