Devayani was born in a Konkani family, to Jayadev and Lakshmi. She studied B.Com in National College in Mumbai University. She has two brothers, Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry, while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film. She and director Rajakumaran had worked on a couple films for several years and fallen in love. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led to the couple elope, and marry privately at a temple on 9 April 2001. They have two daughters Iniya and Priyanka. Devayani began her career as Sushma in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later, cancelled during its production stage. She appeared in a Bengali film Shaat Ponchomi. She also acted in a Marathi film before debuting and rising to fame in Tamil cinema. In 1995, she made her Bollywood debut in Dil Ka Doctor and first gained acclaim for her role as Kamali in the Tamil feature Kaadhal Kottai. Her earliest films were released in the early and middle 90's including Kadhal Kottai. From 1996 to 2000 Devyani acted as heroine in over 35 films and acted alongside all the top actors like Kamal Hassan, Prashanth, Ajith, Vijay, Vikram, Sarath Kumar, Parthiban. She moved into supporting roles in Thenali, though she still acted commercially until 2004–2005. Devayani began acting in the teleserial Kolangal, which has had over 1500 episodes on Sun TV. She completed Teacher Training course and now a teacher in Church park convent- Chennai. She has acted in some advertisements also. Her upcoming movie is Vengai.
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