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1954 (age 68–69)
Aregallu, (near Kushalanagar), Arakalagudu, Karnataka, India
|Occupation(s)||Actress, film director|
|Years active||1969–1986; 2005|
Aarathi (born 1954)   is an Indian actress who mainly acted in Kannada films during the 1970s and 1980s. She has won the Filmfare awards South and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress four times each. After her retirement from films in the mid-1980s, she staged a comeback in 2005 as a director with Mithayi Mane which met with critical appreciation and also won her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children's Film. 
She was also nominated as a Member of the Legislative Council of the Vidhana parishad, making her only the second actress after B. Jayamma to be so nominated.[ citation needed ]
After a short role in Gejje Pooje (1969), Aarathi starred as a leading actress in over 120 films including Naagarahaavu , Edakallu Guddada Mele , Bili Hendthi , Dharmasere, Paduvaaralli Pandavaru , Ranganayaki , Hombisilu , Upasane and Shubhamangala .  Her collaboration with director Puttanna Kanagal included twelve films.  In 1986 she directed the TV series, Namma Nammalli. 
|2005||Mithayi Mane||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children Film|
|1970||Gejje Pooje||Lalitha||Debut film|
|Inti Gowravam||Telugu film|
|Takka! Bitre Sikka!!|
|Makane Ninakku Vendi||Sophia||Malayalam film|
|Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama||Jambavathi|
|Ooriki Upakari||Telugu film|
|Naagarahaavu||Alamelu||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|1973||Mane Belagida Sose|
|Edakallu Guddada Mele||Devaki||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting actress|
|Upasane||Sharada||Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|Maha Thyaga||Dr. Saroja|
|Gumasthavin Magal||Tamil film|
|1975||Daari Tappida Maga||Radha Devi|
|Shubhamangala||Hema||Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|1976||Katha Sangama||Munithayi||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|Hosilu Mettida Hennu|
|Raja Nanna Raja||Ganga / Geetha|
|Maathu Tappada Maga|
|Paduvarahalli Pandavaru||Special appearance|
|Balu Aparoopa Nam Jodi|
|1979||Dharmasere||Tunga|| Filmfare Award for Best Actress |
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
|Nentaro Gantu Kallaro|
|Nyaya Neethi Dharma||Revathi|
|1981||Ranganayaki||Ranganayaki/ Mala|| Filmfare Award for Best Actress |
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
|Naari Swargakke Daari|
|Mava Sose Saval|
|Kannu Terasida Hennu|
|Nyaya Gedditu||Geetha||Special appearance|
|Premave Balina Belaku||Vanja|
|Avala Antaranga||Special Appearance|
|Bilee Gulabi||Special Appearance|
|Haavu Eni Aata|
|Kumkuma Thanda Saubhagya|
|Vajra Mushti||Special Appearance|
|Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya|
|Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu||Uma|
Suhasini Maniratnam known mononymously as Suhasini, is an Indian actress, director, producer and writer in the Tamil film industry. She has worked as an actress in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her cinematic debut with the 1980, Tamil film. Nenjathai Killathe. Suhasini then won National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sindhu Bhairavi (1985).
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