Leading South Indian film star who debuted in Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka in 2001. She later received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress. She announced her retirement from acting in 2016.
Her family was certain she would pursue science and the civil services and was amazed when she chose Humanities, eventually graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from St. Teresa's College in Kochi.
She learned to speak eight languages: her mother tongue Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, French, English, German, and Sanskrit. As a result, she is the only Malayali actress to dub all of her own films.
Her father, Joseph Thottumkal, was a businessman, and her mother, Seline, was a surgeon. In 2016 she married Rahul Sharma.
Her first Bollywood feature was 2008's Dasavathaaram, in which Kamal Haasan played 10 different roles.