Bharathi Vishnuvardhan

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Bharathi Vishnuvardhan
Born
Bharathidevi Rao

(1950-08-15) 15 August 1950 (age 70)
Bhadravathi, Mysore State (present-day Karnataka ), India
OccupationActress
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1975;died 2009)
Children2
Awards Padma Shri (2017)

Bharathi Vishnuvardhan (born 15 August 1950), [1] also known mononymously as Bharathi, is an Indian actress known primarily for her work in Kannada cinema and television serials. She began her career in 1966, as a lead actress, with the Kannada movie Love in Bangalore. In a career spanning over 50 years, Bharathi has appeared in 150 films. Apart from 100 films in Kannada, she has also acted in a handful of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. In the course of her career, she became known for portrayal of the roles mythological and historical characters, and also that of a student, a romantic and a rural belle. [1] Her role in Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970) as Chennambike won her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. [2]

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Personal life

Bharathi was born into a Marathi-speaking family in Bhadravathi on 15 August 1950 in the erstwhile Indian state of Mysore (now Karnataka). [1] Her father V. M. Ramachandra Rao was a tailor and mother Bhadravathi Bai was a homemaker. Bharathi studied at Malleswaram Ladies Association (M.L.A) High School and then joined Maharani's Women's Science College in Bengaluru. [3] While she was active in both sports and dance, her ambition at the time was to become a basketball player or an athlete. She even represented Karnataka State Level Throw-ball team during her college days. Destiny willed otherwise. In 1964, photos of her dance performance caught the eye of Kannada actor Kalyan Kumar, who cast her in Love in Bangalore .

Bharathi married actor Vishnuvardhan on 27 February 1975 in Bengaluru. They have adopted two daughters: Keerthi and Chandana. Vishnuvardhan died on 30 December 2009, aged 59 from cardiac arrest. [4]

Career

Her first Kannada release was Dudde Doddappa followed by Love in Bangalore. Her sensitive portrayal of a singer in Sandhya Raga won her critical acclaim and she went on to form a successful romantic pair with Rajkumar. The iconic pair went on to give hit after hit until 1972, very significant among them are Sri Krishnadevaraya , Bangaaradha Manushya and Mayor Muthanna . She formed a popular pair with Vishnuvardhan (who then became her husband) and they starred in blockbusters like Bhagya Jyothi , Makkala Bhagya , Devara Gudi , Nagara Hole and Bangarada Jinke .

Bharathi was introduced to Hindi cinema by director A. Bhimsingh with Mehrban (1967) and Saadhu Aur Shaitaan (1968). She acted in several Hindi films like Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani opposite Rakesh Roshan, Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim and Hum Tum Aur Woh with Vinod Khanna, Mastana and Mehmood's Kunwaara Baap (1974).

In Tamil she played supporting roles in the 1966 films Nadodi and Chandhrodhayam and graduated to lead heroine roles with Deiva Cheyal, Avalukendru Oru Manam and Thanga Surangam opposite stars like Muthuraman, Gemini Ganeshan, Shivaji Ganeshan and M. G. Ramachandran.

After a brief hiatus from the movies she returned to the Kannada screen in 1984 with Puttanna Kanagal's much acclaimed Runamukthalu and started her second innings as a lead heroine in slightly more mature roles, going on to star in several movies each with lead actors of the time - Anant Nag ( Maneye Manthralaya , Shanthi Nivasa) Prabhakar (Bandha Mukta), (Thaliya Aane), Ambareesh (Matsara) and Rajesh (Tavaru Mane). She also starred in several Hindi films in her second innings - Prabhat Khanna's Uttar Dakshin (1987), Izzatdaar (1990 with Dilip Kumar), Khel and Aao Pyaar Karen .

She acted in the Kannada Doordarshan serial Janani in the late 90s. In 2012, she appeared as a strict, no-nonsense sessions court judge in T.N. Seetharam's Kannada daily serial Mukta-Mukta.

Bharathi has acted in Telugu movies like Jai Jawan (1970), Govula Gopanna (1968) and Sipayi Chinnayya with Akkineni Nageswara Rao and various Malayalam films with many leading actors, mainly in character roles.

Apart from acting, Bharathi has also been a singer and associate director in the film industry, singing a duet with T.M. Soundarrajan, a Tamil song "Thanga Nilave Nee Illamal" picturised on her and Gemini Ganesan. She sang a Kannada song "Ee Notake Mai Matake" with her husband Vishnuvardhan for the movie Nagara Hole. She worked as associate director with K. S. L. Swamy for the movies Karune Illada Kanoonu , Huli Hejje and the classic Malaya Marutha .

Filmography

Below is a partial list of her films. [5]

YearFilmLanguageRoleDirectorNotes
1966 Love in Bangalore Kannada Kalyan Kumar
1966 Dudde Doddappa KannadaKalpana B. R. Panthulu
1966 Emme Thammanna Kannada B. R. Panthulu
1966 Sandhya Raga Kannada S. K. Bhagavan
A.C. Narasimhamurthy
1966 Madhu Malathi KannadaMadhumalathiS. K. A. Chari
1966 Nadodi TamilMeena Dharmalingam B. R. Panthulu Debut in Tamil
1966 Chandhrodhayam TamilKamala K. Shankar
1966 Enga Pappa Tamil B. R. Panthulu
1966 Namma Veettu Lakshmi Tamil B. R. Panthulu
1967 Beedhi Basavanna KannadaVijaya B. R. Panthulu
1967 Rajashekara KannadaMangala G. V. Iyer
1967 Thanga Thambi TamilParvathiFrancis Ramanath
1967 Rajadurgada Rahasya KannadaMangalaA.C. Narasimhamurthy
1967 Mehrban Hindi Geeta Shanti Swarup A. Bhimsingh
1967 Deiva Cheyal TamilM. G. Balu
1967 Valiba Virundhu Tamil Murasoli Maran
1967 Naan Yaar Theriyuma TamilV.N.Ramanan
1967 Aggi Dora Telugu B. Vittalacharya
1967 Gange Gowri KannadaGange B. R. Panthulu
1967 Pattukunte Padivelu TeluguM. Mallikarjuna Rao
1968 Uyarndha Manithan Tamil Gowri Krishnan–Panju
1968 Sadhu Aur Shaitaan HindiVidya Shastri/Chuniya A. Bhimsingh
1968 Amma KannadaMala B. R. Panthulu
1968 Mana Samsaram Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Ninne Pelladuta Telugu B. V. Srinivas
1968 Nimirindhu Nil TamilDevan
1968 Kalisina Manasulu TeluguKamalakar Kameswara Rao
1968 Manassakshi KannadaS. K. A. Chari
1968 Bangaru Gaajulu Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Govula Gopanna Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Poovum Pottum TamilDada Mirasi
1968 Nane Bhagyavathi KannadaT. V. Singh Thakur
1968 Lakshmi Nivasam TeluguV. Madhusudana Rao
1969 Nangu Killadigal TamilL. Balu
1969 Mayor Muthanna KannadaSiddalingaiah
1969 Ardha Rathri TeluguP. Sambasiva Rao
1969 Gandondu Hennaru KannadaVeena B. R. Panthulu
1969 Thanga Surangam TamilAmutha T. R. Ramanna
1969 Shiva Bhaktha KannadaK. V. Srinivas
1969 Padicha Kallan Malayalam M. Krishnan Nair
1969 Sipayi Chinnayya TeluguShobhaG. V. Sheshagiri Rao
1969 Chaduranga KannadaN. C. Rajan
1969 Nil Gavani Kadhali Tamil C. V. Rajendran
1969 Gruhalakshmi KannadaVijaya Satyam
1970 Jai Jawan TeluguD.Yoganand
1970 Aliya Geleya Kannada B. R. Panthulu
1970 Akhandudu TeluguV. Ramachandra Rao
1970 Baalu Belagithu KannadaLakshmiSiddalingaiah
1970 Sri Krishnadevaraya KannadaChinna B. R. Panthulu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1970 Purab Aur Paschim HindiGopi Manoj Kumar
1970 Hasiru Thorana KannadaMeenaT. V. Singh Thakur
1970 Snehithi Tamil G. Ramakrishnan
1970 Bhale Jodi KannadaSunithaY. R. Swamy
1970 Mastana HindiSharadaAdurthi Subba Rao
1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani HindiSeemaT. Prakash Rao
1970 Rangamahal Rahasya KannadaVijay
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Tamil C. V. Sridhar
1971 Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama KannadaSathyabhamaK. S. L. Swamy
1971 Duniya Kya Jane Hindi C. V. Sridhar
1971 Kula Gourava KannadaRadhaPeketi Sivaram
1971 Thayi Devaru KannadaSiddalingaiah
1971 Seema HindiSurendra Mohan
1971 Hum Tum Aur Woh HindiAartiShiv Kumar
1971 Andam Kosam Pandem TeluguA.Sheshagiri Rao
1971 Namma Samsara KannadaSiddalingaiah
1971 Meendum Vazhven TamilT. N. Balu
1970 Andariki Monagadu TeluguM. Mallikarjuna Rao
1971 Naa Thammudu Telugu K. S. Prakash Rao
1972 Janma Rahasya KannadaS. P. N. Krishna
1972 Jeevana Jokali KannadaGeetapriya
1972 Jaga Mecchida Maga KannadaHunsur Krishnamurthy
1972 Hrudaya Sangama KannadaBelli/ChandraRashi Brothers
1972 Annamitta Kai TamilDoctor Kalpana
1972 Bangaaradha Manushya KannadaLakshmiSiddalingaiah
1972 Aankh Micholi Hindi Ramanna
1972 Unakkum Enakkum TamilN. S. Maniam
1972 Sub Ka Saathi Hindi A. Bhimsingh
1972 Chitti Thalli Telugu
1973 Bidugade KannadaY. R. Swamy
1973 Swayamvara KannadaY. R. Swamy
1973 Doorada Betta KannadaSiddalingaiah
1973 Ponvandu TamilN. S. Maniam
1973 Neramu Siksha Telugu K. Viswanath
1974 Mugguru Ammayilu TeluguKotayya Pratyagatma
1974 Anna Attige KannadaM. R. Vittal
1974 Onde Roopa Eradu Guna KannadaA. M. SameevullaIn song "O Udala Sarala"
1974 Kunwara Baap HindiRadhaMehmood
1974ThulasiTeluguK. Babu Rao
1974 Amma Manasu Telugu K. Viswanath
1974 Anaganaga Oka Thandri Telugu C. S. Rao
1974 Adapillala Thandri TeluguK. Vasu
1974 Harathi TeluguP. Lakshmi Deepak
1975 Devara Gudi KannadaSuchitra R. Ramamurthy
1975 Kaveri KannadaH. N. Reddy
1975 Kotha Kapuram TeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Bhagya Jyothi Kannada K. S. L. Swamy
1975 Saubhagyavathi TeluguP. Chandrasekhara Reddy
1975 Puttinti Gowravam TeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Pandanti Samsaram TeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Kathanayakuni Katha Telugu D. Yoganand
1976 Makkala Bhagya Kannada K. S. L. Swamy
1975 Pellade Bomma TeluguChakravarthy
1976 Vadhu Varulu TeluguN.D. Vijayababu
1977 Devare Dikku Kannada
1977 Manassakshi TeluguP. Sambasiva Rao
1977Nee Vazha VendumTamil A. Bhimsingh
1977 Nagara Hole KannadaMadhu
1978 Madhura Sangama KannadaLalithambe in playT. P. VenugopalCameo appearance
1978 Prathima Kannada
1978 Sandharbha Kannada
1979 Manini Kannada K. S. Sethumadhavan
1980 Chitrakoota KannadaGowri Sundar
1980 Rahasya Rathri KannadaM. S. Kumar
1980 Bangarada Jinke Kannada T. S. Nagabharana
1982 Pedda Gedda KannadaCameo
1984 Runamukthalu KannadaGoda Puttana Kanagal
1986 Tavaru Mane Kannada
1986 Maneye Manthralaya Kannada
1986 Namma Oora Devathe Kannada
1986 Ella Hengasarinda Kannada
1986 Uppu MalayalamKhadeeja
1986 Padikkatha Padam TamilBharath
1987 Uttar Dakshin HindiPrabhat Khanna
1987 Bandha Mukta Kannada
1987 Thaliya Aane Kannada
1988 Shanthi Nivasa Kannada
1988 Mutthinantha Manushya Kannada
1989 Yuddha Kaanda KannadaK. V. Raju
1990 Izzatdaar HindiSujatha Kovelamudi Bapayya
1990 Bannada Gejje KannadaVyjayanthi Rajendra Singh Babu
1990 Prema Yuddham TeluguVyjayanthi Rajendra Singh Babu
1990 Urudhi Mozhi Tamil R. V. Udayakumar
1991 Sandhwanam Malayalam
1992 Khel HindiKamini/Sharda Rakesh Roshan
1993 Devaasuram MalayalamNeelakandan's mother
1994 Aao Pyaar Karen HindiAnjali
1994 Sarigamalu Telugu
1995 Dore Kannada
1995 Achan Kombathu Amma Varampathu MalayalamParvathi
1996 Katta Panchayathu TamilKarthik's Mother
1996 Kaadhale Nimmadhi TamilKavitha's Mother
1997 Varnapakittu MalayalamSunny's mother I. V. Sasi
1997 Oru Yathramozhi MalayalamGovindankutty's mother
1998 Nakshatratharattu MalayalamSreedevi
1998 Sundara Pandian TamilPandian's mother
2000 Narasimham MalayalamInduchoodan's mother Shaji Kailas
2001 Karumadikkuttan MalayalamBharathi
2002 Mazhathullikilukkam MalayalamAlice John
2003 Preethi Prema Pranaya KannadaSharadha Devi Kavitha Lankesh
2005 Maharaja KannadaAnnapoornaSai Prakash
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi KannadaNeelamma T. S. Nagabharana
2006 Photographer MalayalamDijo's & Joy's mother
2006 Tananam Tananam KannadaShastry's wife Kavitha Lankesh
2009 Raaj - The Showman KannadaHerselfPrem
2012 Crazy Loka Kannada Kavitha Lankesh
2012Kanneerinum MadhuramMalayalamVijayakumari
2016 Doddmane Hudga KannadaDoddmane Rajeeva's sister Duniya Soori
2017 Ambar Caterers [6] TuluJai Prasad
2018 Raja Simha KannadaRavi Ram
2018Edakallu Guddada MeleKannada
2019 Kurukshetra Kannada Kunti Naganna

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