Actress Devayani, who started her career in films as heroine way back in 1994, is making her second attempt at playing heroine after a long hiatus. After marrying actor-director Rajakumaran in 2001, Devayani had stayed away from films, appearing only in brief and sundry roles but concentrated and made it big on small screen by following on the footsteps of the likes of Radhika and Ramya Krishnan.
Born as Sushma Jayadev, Devayani had acted opposite the likes of Kamal Haasan, Jayaram, Vijay, Ajith, Prashanth, Sarathkumar, Parthiban and Vikram before retiring from films. Mother of two daughters in Iniya and Priyanka, Devayani is making a bold attempt now as heroine opposite husband Rajakumaran in ‘Thirumathi Tamizh” which also marks the latter’s return to direction.
Sharing the feeling of her comeback, Devayani says: “Though I had starred in many films during my brief 7-year long active career in films, it’s the telly which had given me not only a huge popularity but a confidence that I could take on and do justice to any kind of role(s). My tele-serial Kolangal was on the air for more than four years and now, my role as a cop in Muthaaram has also found a vast and receptive audience.
“I’m thankful to the Almighty for whatever He has given me. I feel that the telly has made me a ‘complete’ actress. When Rajakumaran narrated a script to me and when I suggested to him to play the lead role, he couldn’t find a newcomer easily. I then stepped forward to play the heroine and that’s how Thirumathi Tamizh happened. It’s a practical story which would be agreeable to all sorts of audiences.
“I think Jyothika was brilliant as an actress in the last decade. Among the recent lot, I don’t like anybody other than Tamannaah, who is pretty and knows how to act. I don’t watch many movies as I have to take care of my daughters as well as fulfill my commitments for the telly,” sings off the Commerce graduate from Mumbai University.