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Divya changed her name to Abhirami after being obsessed with the role and name of Kamalhassan’s heroine in the film Guna. Her first film was as a child artiste in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Katha Purushan and later she went on to compere programmes for Television channels.
Her debut as heroine was opposite Jayaram in Njangal Santhushtaranu. Later she did films like Sradha, Millenium stars and Pathram before migrating to Chennai in search of good roles in Tamil.
This twenty-year-old oozes confidence, specially after doing the coveted role of Annalakshmi in Virumaandi. She is on cloud nine and is keeping her fingers crossed to hear the audience response as not everyday does one get to play heroine to actor Kamalhassan, who has also directed and produced this much-awaited movie.
"It's definitely a role of a lifetime," she agrees. "Moreover, being an ardent Kamal fan, it was truly an unbelievable experience for me to work with my dream person," gushes the actress who had to refuse Kamalhassan's earlier offer for a role in "Nala Damayanthi" because of her assignments in Kannada.
Her other Tamil films include Vaanavil, Middle Class Madhavan, Karmegam, Dosth, Samudhram, Charlie Chaplin and Samasthanam. Her Telugu films are Thankyou Subbarao and Charminar and in Kannada she has done Laali Haadu, Sriram and Raktakanneru. Her ambition is to be remembered as an artiste who can act in all sorts of roles and have a place in the mind of the masses.
When questioned if she is going to be choosy about her roles after being heroine to the versatile Kamal, she is quick to reply: "I am going to do meaningful roles in future and his film is a turning point in my career. But 1 will continue working in all south Indian languages" .