Vani Viswanath is a South Indian actress known for her extremely dare devil stunts. She has acted in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies. She is particularly famous for smashing stereotyped female roles. Vani has won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for her performance in Susanna directed by T. V. Chandran. Almost all the movies that she worked with Mammootty together have done well - Hitler, The Truth, Danny and so on. In Balram Vs Taradas, Vani played a corrupt politician who operates on behalf of Taradas, the underworld don. In Chinthamani Kolacase, Vani Vishwanath enacts Pattammal, a legal practitioner who takes up the case of a medical student who is suspected to have been murdered. She assists advocate Lal Krishna (Suresh Gopi). Vani's second innings in cinema started with Kavithalaya's Idhaya Thirudan in which she played a strict and dominant character who is also the home secretary; It was received well by the Tamil audience. She was famous for acting the kind of roles which Vijayashanti used to do doing her own stunts too without any dupe. Films in this genre include Vinayan's `Independence' and Ustaad, directed by Sibi Malayil. `Action No 1' was a Telugu film in the same mould. Apart from these stereotyped roles, Vani has also played roles in parallel cinema including `Susanna,' directed by T. V. Chandran and `Ente Hrudayathinte Udama' directed by Bharath Gopi. Both films dealt with unconventional, even daring, themes. In 2010, Vani was cast as Annie, the leading character in a new television drama, Mattoruval. This marked her entrance to mini screen stage. The drama is based on the novel of same name written by S. Sreedevi.