Janani is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam movies. She started her modelling career during her studies and appeared in over 150 television advertisements before getting signed by director Bala to essay the lead female role in the Tamil feature film Avan Ivan.
Janani Iyer was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India into a Tamil family. Brought up in Chennai as well, she studied at D.A.V. Schoolin Gopalapuram and later completed engineering in computer science at Saveetha Engineering College in Chennai.
After her studies, she ventured into modelling and appeared in over 150 regional television advertisements. However, she said, she always dreamt of becoming an actress, considering acting to be her "passion in life". During her modelling career, she appeared in insignificant cameo roles in Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru (2009) and Gautham Menon's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), though she had initially signed the latter film to play the second heroine.
In early 2010, following the recommendation of director A. L. Vijay, Janani went to audition for director Bala, who was looking for a Tamil-speaking newcomer for the lead female character for his film project, Avan Ivan. Upon seeing her audition, Bala signed her for the role, saying he felt that she "fits into the role". The comedy-drama film featured Iyer in the role of an innocent police constable. Her next release was Paagan, in which she was paired opposite Srikanth. A critic from Sify wrote, "Janani Iyer looks beautiful and it is a relief to watch a Tamil girl speaking in her own voice."
In 2013, she made her debut in Malayalam cinema with 3 Dots
In 2014, her Tamil Film Thegidi released with both critical and Box office acclaim. IndiaGlitz.com review said - Janani Iyer is sweet and plays her part perfectly as Madhu the innocent girl. She has signed four more Malayalam films Koothara and Edison Photos, in which she plays a Tulu Brahmin girl, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and Seventh Day.