Amala Paul (born Anakha on October 26, 1991) is an Indian film actress, who works primarily in the Tamil film industry. After appearing in supporting roles in the Malayalam film Neelathamara and a low budget venture in Tamil, she received critical acclaim for the portrayal of a controversial character in the film, Sindhu Samaveli. Despite the failure of that film, Amala became noted after playing the title role in Mynaa, receiving critical acclaim for her work. Since then, she has been signed on for several notable projects and is considered the leading upcoming actress in Tamil films.