Yaragudipadi Venkata Mahalakshmi
13 December 1952
Madras, Madras State
(present day Chennai, Tamil Nadu), India
|Years active||1961, 1968–present|
|Children||2; including Aishwariyaa Bhaskaran|
Yaragudipadi Venkata Mahalakshmi (born 13 December 1952),  known professionally as Lakshmi, is an Indian actress known for her works primarily in the southern film industry (distributing her acting career in almost each Dravidian language equally), along with some Hindi films. She made her film debut through a Tamil film Sri Valli in 1961. Her debut as an actress happened with the Tamil film Jeevanaamsam in 1968. In the same year, she also debuted in Kannada and Telugu films with Goa Dalli CID 999 and Bandhavyalu , and in 1974.
In 1974, her debut Malayalam film, Chattakari went on to become a blockbuster throughout India. Her performance in Mithunam (2012) is regarded as one of the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade by Film Companion .[ citation needed ] Lakshmi then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in various languages without a hesitation or diction. She dubs her voice for all of her movies, irrespective of the language and remains one of the very few critically acclaimed stars to achieve this stage.
In a career spanning more than five decades she has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards South, three Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Nandi Awards, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for the movie Hoovu Hannu, the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards and various other state awards.
Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in 1975, with the woman-centric Julie , the remake of Malayalam film Chattakkari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade, she switched over to character roles. She is the only actress who has won the Filmfare Awards South in all four south languages as Filmfare Award Best Actress for eight times in various Indian languages. Till now she is the only actress who has won Filmfare award for best actress in all the 5 major film industries namely Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Till now no South actress has won state award in all the 4 south states except Lakshmi. She ki is also the only Actress who has won Kerala State Film Awards, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka for best Actress and the National Award. This makes her the most versatile and popular actress across South India and also in the Hindi Belt which is now referred as Pan India, so she was one among the early pan Indian star.      
Lakshmi was born and raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her mother Kumari Rukmini was a Tamil actress.  Her father, Yaragudipati Varada Rao, was a Telugu producer, director, thespian, screenwriter, editor and actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil cinema. 
She established herself as a successful and popular actress in South India in the 1970s, acting in all four South Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Lakshmi rose to fame with her first Malayalam movie Chattakari (1974), which won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress.[ citation needed ] This has the distinction of being the first Malayalam film to run continuously for 40 weeks in a Bangalore theatre. Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to a Filmfare Best Actress Award,  she also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for the "most outstanding work of the year", for her work in Julie.  She is known for her versatility as an actress and for the glamorous outlook she embodied. Her acting in the Telugu film Panthulamma is often credited as one of her best performances. 
After the success of her debut Malayalam film Chattakari, she starred in many other films in Malayalam. She won Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Chalanum and Mohiniyaattam .[ citation needed ]
She has acted with almost all the leading actors and stars of South India, but it was her combination with the famous Kannada star Anant Nag in the 70s and 80s that struck a chord with the audience. Nag and Lakshmi are considered one of the all-time greatest pairs in South Indian cinema. They acted together in more than 25 films. Their pair was considered the right recipe for success. Most of the films based on TaRaSu novels were based on the life of young middle class couples.
After her success in Julie, however, Lakshmi didn't star in many Hindi films and instead concentrated on doing more South Indian films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1977),[ citation needed ] becoming one of the first South Indian actresses to win that category for a Tamil film. When her career as a leading lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as a mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's grandmother in the Tamil musical blockbuster film, Jeans (1998) and Kareena Kapoor's grandmother in the hit film, Hulchul (2004).
She has performed in more than 400 films and has also been involved in politics.[ citation needed ]
Under K. Balachander's supervision, she made her directorial debut with a remake of Yours, Mine and Ours : the Kannada film Makkala Sainya (1980 Tamil version Mazhalai Pattalam). 
Lakshmi is fluent in all four South Indian languages. She took a break from acting to host two talk shows, including the Tamil talk show Achamillai, Achamillai.[ citation needed ]She hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Idu Kathe Alla Jeevana.  She also hosts a talk show in Tamil for Vijay TV called Kadhai Alla Nijam. She has hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Neena? Naana?
After the shows ended, she returned to act in films. [ citation needed ]
Currently she is on the judges' panel for the Malayalam reality show Champions on Surya TV. She is also a judge for a Kannada reality show called Drama Juniors on Zee Kannada. She has overall appeared in precisely 333 films- 128 in Tamil, 76 in Telugu, 65 in Malayalam, 58 in Kannada and just 6 in Hindi.
Lakshmi has a daughter, actress Aishwariyaa Bhaskaran. 
Her second marriage was with her co-star Mohan Sharma on the sets of Chattakari and married him in 1975, but it ended in divorce in 1980.
While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma (1988), she and actor-director M. Sivachandran fell in love and got married in 1987. The couple adopted a girl named Samyuktha in 2000. 
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|1961||Sri Valli||Child Valli||Debut in Tamil|
|Magane Nee Vazhga|
|1970||Maattukara Velan||Kamala Nagalingam|
|Penn Deivam||Ponnamma's daughter|
|Thulli Odum Pulliman|
|Dhikku Theriyadha Kaattil|
|Rani Yar Kuzhandhai|
|1973||Rajaraja Cholan||Princess Kundavai|
|Thirumalai Deivam||Goddess Padmavati|
|Thedi Vandha Lakshmi||Lakshmi|
|1974||Dikkatra Parvathi||Parvathi||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil [ citation needed ]|
|1976||Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal||Ganga||National Film Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|Vazhvu En Pakkam||Saraswathi/Usha|
|1978||Oru Nadigai Natakam Parkiral||Kalyani||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|Avan Aval Adhu|
|Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|Vaa Indha Pakkam|
|1983||Unmaigal||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil [ citation needed ]|
|Indru Nee Nalai Naan|
|1985||Sri Raghavendrar||Saraswati Bai|
|Udhaya Geetham||Leela Chowdhry|
|Oru Malarin Payanam|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaram||Uma||Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil [ citation needed ]|
|Enakku Nane Needipathi|
|Needhana Andha Kuyil|
|Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|1988||Kaalaiyum Neeye Maalaiyum Neeye|
|Paasa Paravaigal||Mrs. Anandhi Sukumar, Advocate|
|Adhu Antha Kaalam|
|En Uyir Kannamma|
|Thambi Thanga Kambi||Ganga (Kaveri)|
|1989||Ore Oru Gramathiley||Gayathri alias Karuppayi|
|Naanum Indha Ooruthan|
|1991||Maanagara Kaaval||Rupavathy, the Prime Minister of India|
|Sir... I Love You||Veni|
|1994||Athiradi Padai||Chithra IAS|
|Mr. Madras||Murugan's mother|
|Veera Thalattu||Pandian's adopted mother|
|Iniyavale||Prabakharan's mother, Lakshmi|
|Manam Virumbuthe Unnai||Priya's mother|
|2004||Vasool Raja MBBS||Janaki's mother|
|Kanda Naal Mudhal||Ramani|
|2009||Unnaipol Oruvan||Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu|
|2015||Moone Moonu Varthai||Malini|
|1969||Karpura Harathi||Rani (sister of hero Krishna Ghattamaneni)|
|Maa Aavida Collector||Akka garu|
|Puttinillu Mettinillu||Remake of Tamil film Puguntha Veedu (1972)|
|Devudu Chesina Pelli|
|1978||Panthulamma||Sharada||Filmfare Special Award – South Nandi Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|Chattaniki Kallu Levu||Inspector Durga|
|1986||Sravana Megalu||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|Repati Rowdy ||Janaki|
|O Thandri O Koduku|
|Madhya Taragathi Maha Bharatham|
|1997||Abbai Gari Pelli|
|Priya O Priya||Vasundhara|
|Muddula Mogudu||Shakunthala Devi|
|1998||Premante Idera||Murali's mother|
|2001||Murari||Gopakka||Nandi Award for Best Character Actress [ citation needed ]|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo||Achchamamba|
|2008||Chintakayala Ravi||Seshamba chintakayala|
|2009||Eenadu||Chief Secretary||Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu [ citation needed ]|
|2012||Midhunam||Buchchi Lakshmi||Nandi Special Jury Award [ citation needed ]|
|2015||Moodu Mukkallo Cheppalante||Malini|
|Manmadhudu 2||Sam's mother|
|1974||Chattakari||Julie||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|Sindhu||Sindhu||Remake of Tamil film Puguntha Veedu (1972)|
|Chalanum||Pavizham||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam [ citation needed ]|
|1976||Mohiniyaattam||Mohini||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam [ citation needed ]|
|Kaduvaye Pidicha Kiduva||-|
|Chila Nerangalil Chila Manushyar|
|Vida Parayum Munpe||Sudha|
|1982||Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam||Deepthi|
|1983||Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu||Adv. Rajalakshmi|
|Karyam Nissaram||Ammini Kutty|
|Nathi Muthal Nathi Vare||Naseema|
|1984||Piriyilla Naam||Lakshmi Menon|
|Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Maheswariyamma|
|Ningalil Oru Sthree||Renuka|
|1985||Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki||Padmavathi|
|1990||Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu||Sreedevi Rosario|
|Poochakkaru Mani Kettum||Kunjukuttiyamma|
|2009||IG||Dhurga Prasad's Mother|
|2014||Ormayundo Ee Mukham||Gautham's grandmother|
|1968||Goa Dalli CID 999|
|1976||Naa Ninna Mareyalare|
|1978||Kiladi Jodi||Double role|
|1979||Naa Ninna Bidalaare|
|Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi|
|Mududida Tavare Aralithu|
|Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige|
|1984||Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba|
|1987||Onde Goodina Hakkigalu|
|1990||Lion Jagapathi Rao|
|1993||Hoovu Hannu||Ramabai|| Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada [ citation needed ]|
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]
|Jaga Mechida Huduga|
|Sri Durga Pooje|
|1999||Chennappa Channe Gowda|
|2007||Hethare Hennanne Herabeku|
|2008||Vamshi||Vamshi's mother||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress [ citation needed ]|
|1975||Julie||Julie||Filmfare Award for Best Actress [ citation needed ]|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Sunita|
|1981||Kahani Ek Chor Ki||Geeta|
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