Oviya is celebrating her birthday today. As the actress and Bigg Boss participant turned 29, her fans, who call themselves as ‘Oviya Army’, showered her with greeting messages.
As her professional career wasn’t going as planned, Oviya took part in the inaugural season of Tamil Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. She went on to garner massive fame and popularity through her charm, wit and honesty in the house.
The Kalavani, 90 ML and Madha Yaanai Koottam actress earned a great fan following because of the show hosted by actor-politician Kamal Haasan, and fans started liking her innocent character.
Helen Nelson, (born 29 April 1991) better known professionally by her stage name Oviya, is an Indian model and film actress who has worked predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries.
She made her breakthrough as an actress in Sarkunam’s rural romantic comedy Kalavani (2010), before appearing in other films including Pandiraj’s Marina (2012), Moodar Koodam (2013) and Madha Yaanai Koottam (2013). Oviya has also enjoyed box office success through her roles in Sundar C’s Kalakalappu (2012) and the horror comedy Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014). In 2017, Oviya appeared on the reality series Bigg Boss.
Oviya began her career as an actress by portraying supporting roles in Malayalam films, notably working in Kangaroo (2007) and Puthiya Mukham (2009) starring Prithviraj and as one of the lead characters in the college drama Apoorva (2008). Oviya then worked towards completing a BA in Functional English at Vimala College in Thrissur, before director Sargunam approached her for Kalavani (2010).
Sarkunam cast her in the leading female role after seeing a picture of her online and was convinced that he had found the correct actress to portray the role despite reservations from the producer.
She was featured opposite Vimal, and the film subsequently gained positive reviews and became a sleeper hit at the box office. Critics praised Oviya’s performance of a village-based schoolgirl.
Following the success of Kalavani, Oviya signed several small-budget films including Jeevan’s Amara, Vengai, Mugam Nee Agam Naan, Sevanu and Rasu Madhuravan’s Muthukku Muthaaga (2011), but only the latter had a theatrical release. While several films were stopped due to financial reasons, Oviya had to opt out of a few films after inadvertently muddling her dates.