Vani Viswanath is an Indian film actress from Kerala active in Malayalam film industry. She became popular for her action roles in Malayalam movies in 1990s, but has done many lead roles and character roles since then. She has bagged the second Best Actress Award of Kerala State once in her career. She is married to Malayalam actor Baburaj.
Vani Viswanath hails from Thrissur. She was born in 1971 to Viswanadhan and Girija. Her acting debut was in movie Mangalayacharthu as heroine with actor Shafeeq in 1987.Even though this movie was not a big success, it opened the way for Vani to get into the South Indian film industry. She was also casted in an important role in Malayalam thriller movie Evidence directed by actor Raghavan in 1988. Vani Viswanath did two dozen movies in Telugu from 1989 to 1993 with leading actors and she had huge fan following in Telugu Industry in those periods. Her Tollywood movie
in 1992 with Tollywood superstar Chiranjeevi was a huge hit. She has also done few Tamil and Kannada movies early in her career.
In Malayalam, her major break-through movie was Siddique-Lal’s Mannar Mathayi Speaking in 1995. Her role of Meera/Stella-Fernandez was highly appreciated. Following this in the same year she played the role of Anura Mukharji IAS in director Shaji Kailas’s super hit movie
, along with Mega star Mammootty. This movie got her the label “the action queen” of Malayalam movie.She did the title character in the movie Susanna directed by T V Chandran in 2000. In the movie Susanna is a prostitute with a strange relationship with five elderly men. Vani played this role to perfection and is considered her best movie in her career. She won the second Kerala state best actress award for this role. She has done quite many Malayalam movies like Black Dalia, Chinthamani Kolacase, Balram Vs Tharadas, Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta, Ustaad etc. Her latest Malayalam movie was Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action (2011) and she has given her voice in movie Mannar Mathayi Speaking 2 (2014). Vani is also making a comeback in an action role in Tamil movie Aananda Thollai with powerstar Srinivasan. Vani has done only one teleserial named Mattoruval, telecasted in Surya TV, in which she played the protagonist Annie. She is currently doing a Tamil tv serial Katrenile Varum Geetham and a Telugu movie on Meera Bai.
In personal life, Vani is married to her co-artist Baburaj since 2002. Baburaj was popular for his villain roles and was seen lately performing comedy roles in Malayalam movies, after his success as comedian in the movie Salt N Pepper in 2011.The couple have 2 children Aarcha and Adrith.