With a humble beginning as a model, actress Namitha has today become a sensation in the Southern film industry.
As she turns 29 today, we take a look at her life and work.
Namitha was born on May 10, 1980 in Surat, Gujarat. Her full name is Namita Mukesh Vankawala She is also known as Namitha Kapoor.
An aspiring model since childhood, Namitha took part in Miss India pageant and came fourth.
She got her first break in Telugu film Sontham in 2002 but it didn't do well at the Box Office
She also worked with Malayalam director Siddique, who signed her for her first Malayalam movie.
In 2002, she did another Telugu film Gemini, which earned accolades for her.But the Telugu version of the movie Gemini was not as successful as its Tamil version.
Looking for a big break, Namitha did two Telugu films Oka Raju Oka Rani and Preethi Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli but both failed to impress.
Despite her average box office performances, her sizzling screen appearance made her a well-known name in the Southern film industry.
Her first Tamil movie Engal Anna turned out to be a huge success at the box office.
She played the character of Gowri in Engal Anna.By this time, Namitha had managed to make a mark for herself in Kollywood.
Aai, Channakya, Bambarakkannale, Aanai, EnglishKaran Thangapansamey are some of the hit Tamil films to her credit.
She also tried her luck in Bollywood with the movie Love Ke Chakkar Mein in 2006. The movie turned out to be a flop.
Her Kannada debut in 2006 has been very good as the movie Neelakanta managed to earn good response.
In the year 2007, Namitha was seen in another hit Telugu movie Billa.She also did an English film named Maya directed by Eric Manning.
Till now, Namitha has starred in more than three dozen films and has become a heartthrob of millions of fans in Kollywood.
Her fans have also built a temple in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu in her honour.
When Namitha came to know that her fans are building a temple for her, she said that she was thrilled as well as scared because building a temple in the honour of a living person is something that one finds a little difficult to come to terms with.
Her next hit was Jagan Mohini which received an overwhelming response from cine-goers.In the film, she played the character of a girl who falls in love with a prince.
Later, she is killed by the prince's family and she becomes a ghost.
Namitha has managed to deliver hits in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films as well.Namitha's sex appeal has always attracted a lot of fans.
Not just that, when asked if she liked to wear traditional Indian dresses like saris, she reportedly said, "I don't like to wear saris. If I wear a sari, my male fans' minds will be polluted due to my extraordinary sexy look. In fact, I'm saving my male fans from abusive and vulgar thinking by not wearing saris."
Namitha has taken training in martial arts and she lives a very disciplined life.