The actress had three films released on the Valentine's Day weekend of 2012, with Balaji Mohan's bilingual Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi / Love Failure becoming critical and commercial successes.
The film, made in Tamil and Telugu, featured her alongside Siddharth and portrayed her as a college girl, Parvathi, showing her romantic skills.
Amala also appeared in a Tamil film Amma Kanakku, playing the mother of a 15-year old.
She will be making her Kannada debut in the film Hebbulli, opposite Sudeep.
She later joined St Teresa's college, to pursue a B. Despite emerging a success, the film failed to attract any further offers, as she had anticipated.
She pursued roles in Tamil films and went on to sign for the low-budget comedy film Vikadakavi, which was delayed and ultimately became her sixth release, while also signing on to play the lead role in another small budget film Veerasekaran (2010).
The film won mixed reviews, though the lead pair's on-screen chemistry was praised by critics, while another reviewer noted that "Amala renders an effortless act". Biju's Aakashathinte Niram, which was her first art-house film.
The film was screened at the competition section for the Golden Goblet Award in the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.
The director of the film had previously drawn criticism for his depictions of illicit romances as well as for assaulting his previous lead actress in a film, but Amala played down the issue citing that she had no problem with the director.Amala gained recognition from several award committees and notably secured the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress, while also gaining nominations in the Best Actress category at the Filmfare Awards and the Vijay Awards.Following the success of Mynaa, Amala became touted as the "new top star of 2011" as she subsequently signed on to several prominent projects.Her first release of 2011 was in a supporting role in the Malayalam drama film Ithu Nammude Katha, a remake of the successful Tamil film Naadodigal, and the second was meant to be her launch in Tamil films, the coming-to-age tale of five friends Vikadakavi, with the film opening to limited screens.Both films opened to limited screens due to the moderate budget of the projects, with her performance in the latter being described as "full of potential". 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 that she "acquits herself well".