Amala Paul is a South Indian actress, a model turned actor, who began her career in supporting roles. However, she received critical acclaim for the portrayal of a controversial character in the film Sindhu Samaveli. She became noted as an assuring actor with her title role in Mynaa. Following the success of Mynaa, she has been signed on for several notable projects and big budgets movies and is considered as the leading upcoming actress in Kollywood.
Born on October 26, 1991 in Ernakulam, Kerala, Amala took a break from her studies after 12th standard to pursue acting. Amala's modelling portfolio was spotted by noted Malayalam director Lal Jose who offered her a supporting role in his remake Neelathamara in 2009. Following this, Amala pursued roles in Tamil films and went on to sign the low-budget comedy film Vikadakav, and Veerasekaran (2010). However, luck favoured her in Samy's controversial Sindhu Samaveli (2010), in the role of Sundari. In Mynaa, her performance won her critical acclaim.
Following the success of Mynaa, Tamil industry identified this new star in 2011. Offers started pouring in. She was seen in a supporting role in the Malayalam drama film, Ithu Nammude Katha, a remake of the successful Tamil film Naadodigal. Later, she went on to sign three big budget films - Deiva Thirumagal opposite Vikram and alongside Anushka. This was followed by Ram Gopal Varma's Bejawada opposite Naga Chaitanya, which was also her début in Telugu films.