Amala Paul born 26 October 1991 is an Indian film actress, Paul Varghese and Annice Paul. After completing her Plus Two examinations at Nirmala Higher Secondary School, Aluva she took a sabbatical to begin a career in films, but has since joined St. Teresa's College in Kochi, to pursue a BA degree in English and is currently in her third year. Her father had been strictly against Amala pursuing a acting career, but was forced to accept her decision with her older brother, Abijith, strongly backing her ambition. Amala had changed her on-screen name to Anakha, on director Samy's insistence, who cited that another actress, Amala had already made her name popular. However, after the failure of Sindhu Samaveli, she reverted to her birth name since she felt that the replacement . After appearing in supporting roles in a few low budget ventures, she was acclaimed for the portrayal of a controversial character in the film, Amala became noted after playing the title role in Mynaa, receiving critical acclaim for her work in the film. She went on to sign three big budget films with established production houses, with the drama Deiva Thirumagal directed by Vijay, Vikram and alongside Anushka, Her portrayal of school correspondent Shwetha Rajendran won critical acclaim with a reviewer citing that her "expressive eyes help her leave a mark in a small but important role" whilst another critic claimed she "acquits herself well She will then appear in the action film Vettai alongside leading actors Arya and Madhavan under Linguswamy's direction and then in Ram Gopal Varma's Telugu film, Bejawada Rowdilu, alongside Naga Chaitanya. Moreover, she has also signed the romantic musical Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal opposite Adharvaa, in which she plays a modern girl based in Bangalore.considered the leading upcoming actress in Tamil & Telugu films.