Roopa is also known as Roopa Devi in the film fraternity. She was one –film wonder in Tamil film world. Her film ‘Oru Thalai Ragam’ (1980) opposite actor Shankar created box office history in Tamil film industry. It had a run of more than one year in Chennai but initially, the film was rejected by audiences. It was only after few weeks’ continuous show in theaters the film picked up well. It was a college love story, and this actress carrying a book in hand became the symbol of Chennai college goers.
Although she was not extremely glamorous, people felt that she could become a star overnight in Kollywood. But this did not happen as she switched her preference in Malayalam movies.
The music of ‘Oru Thalai Ragam’ by actor-cum –director T. Rajendar was well received. Although she got author backed roles in movies like ‘Echchil Iravugal‘ and ‘Kanavugal Karpanaigal’ both the movies had released n the year 1982, but it did not create a wave in theaters in Tamil Nadu. She acted with actors like Pratap Pothen, Vijayan, Sri Priya and Sarath babu. Since her first Tamil Film ‘Oru Thalai Ragam’ was highly successful film, many of her Malayalam movies were screened in Tamil Nadu theaters that had average run in Chennai.
She mostly appeared in family drama movies in Kollywood. She was busy actress only for three years. It was between 1980-1983, she had signed almost 19 films and had completed them. Although her performances were never a box-office puller, she excelled in a role that was given to her in early 90’s in the film industry. After 1990, she withdrew herself from film assignments and again made a comeback in a Kannada movie ‘
Jarasandha’(2011) in an elderly role. The film was disappointing, and she withdrew herself from films once again.