Helen Nelson, better known by her stage name Oviya, was an Indian actress and model who worked in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films during the early 1990s. Oviya’s early roles were in Hindi films produced by Kamal Amrohi, Mankatha and others. Later she shifted to Tamil films, playing a leading role in the well-received Tamil movie “Anini” (1993) and went on to appear in several other successful movies. Oviya was married to Anil Bedi, who died in a plane crash near Pune in 2021.
Oviya has gone on to enjoy a varied acting career, including a turn in the popular Malaysian soap “Aaliyana” and she continues to act in both Malayalam films and Hollywood movies in English, as well as performing in various Indian television shows. Oviya began her illustrious acting career after moving to New York, where she worked in an advertising agency. She then began studying acting in New Delhi and was cast in a number of prominent ad campaigns that helped her gain a reputation in the US. Oviya studied at the Central School of Drama in New York, and has also acted in some Indian films made by Bollywood, such as “Chak De! “.
Oviya’s acting career kicked off in the late 90s, when she appeared in a number of well-received films, most notably “Mankatha”. Her popularity increased with the release of her second film, “Mankatha”, which helped her score further box-office success with “The Great Game” (also known as “Eternal Love”, 1998). Oviya’s popularity waned somewhat during her last film “Eternship”, though she has since returned to prominence with the release of her latest film “Kismet” in September this year. Oviya’s acting repertoire hasn’t been limited to Hindi films, however; she has also appeared in films in Tamil and licks in the past few years. Oviya’s most notable contribution to Tamil cinema was the turn she gave in “Sneakers” (a remake of Hindi movie “Chamra Mandir”), in which she plays the titular character.
Name – Oviya
Nick Name – Oviya
Birth Name – Helen Nelson
Date of Birth – 29/04/1991
Age – 27 years (2018)
Birth Place – Thrissur, Kerala, India
Profession – Indian Model and Film Actress
Residence – Kochi, Kerala, India
Father – Not Known
Mother – Not Known
Brother – Not Known
Sister – Not Known
Nationality – Indian
Religion – Not Known
Ethnicity – Asian / Indian
School – Not Known
College – Vimala College, Thrissur
Education – BA in Functional English
Sun Sign / Zodiac Sign – Not Known
Debut Film – Kangaroo (Malayalam, 2007), Kalavani (Tamil, 2010), Kirataka (Kannada, 2011)
Oviya has also won several Film Farewell Awards, most notably for her performance in “Mankatha”. Oviya’s Filmfare Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role is shared by Sushmita Sen in “Chak De! “, while her Filmfare Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role goes to Madhubala Sheraw for her turn in” Chak De! “. Oviya’s other film credits include “Bridget Jones Diary”, “Mankatha”, “Eternal Love”, “Chak De! “, and “Zynga: Agents of Control”.
Recently, Oviya’s name has been attached with Kamal Haasan’s character in the upcoming Hindi movie, “Aabir”. Oviya is yet to confirm whether she will be involved in that project, or it may take a while before we learn. Oviya’s name did crop up in the news when Kamal Haasan was seeing receiving flowers from a girl who said that her name was Oviya. Oviya’s association with Haasan, however, has not been publicized beyond a few select comments in online forums.
Oviya has also received some love from various award-winning directors in the world of cinema, with filmmakers including Priyadarshan Sahoo and S.S. Rajamouli expressing their admiration for Oviya’s work in Tamil over the past few years. The best thing about Oviya’s work, especially her performances in “Aabir”, is the way she is able to draw viewers emotionally into her role as Tamil women. Oviya has shown her ability to draw people into her films by playing strong characters, and she is certainly adept at playing difficult characters. Her efforts to play meaningful women in distress will continue to pay off in this film, and she should be appreciated for tackling such a difficult role in a film as important as “Aabir”.