Namitha Vankawala is an Indian film actress who has predominantly been active in the South Indian film Industry. She is currently a state executive member of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu. Starting her career as a beauty pageant contestant, Namitha has crowned Miss Surat during the year of 1998 at the age of 17. She went on to participate in the 2001 Miss India pageant and ended up as the third runner-up, while Celina Jaitley was crowned Miss India. The publicity she garnered during the competition prompted her to move to Mumbai. Subsequently, she did a number of TV commercials such as Himani cream and hand soap, Arun Ice Creams, Manikchand Gutka, and Nile Herbal Shampoo early in her career.