Mangalore, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Karnataka, India) Beltangadi, Dakshina Kannada District
|Occupation(s)||Actress, film producer, writer, philanthropist |
Leelavathi (born Leela Kiran) is an Indian actress who worked in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. She has acted in more than 600 films (more than 400 in Kannada alone) throughout her career for more than 50 years. She is known for her memorable performances in Bhakta Kumbara , Mana Mecchida Madadi and Santha Thukaram . She has been the recipient of the Dr. Rajkumar Award in 1999 and Filmfare Awards.
She was born at Beltangadi, Dakshina Kannada district. She lost her parents at the age of 6.[ citation needed ]
She got a small role in Chanchala Kumari and then in Shanker Singh's film Naga Kannika. She later joined the troupe of Mahalinga Bhagavathar's Sri Sahitya Samrajya Drama Company.  She got a chance to act in Subbainaidu's 1958 movie Bhakta Prahlada and in movies like Mangalya Yoga, Dharma Vijaya and Ranadheera Kanteerava . It was from Rani Honnamma that Leelavathi became a full-fledged heroine. In Santha Thukaram , Kantheredu Nodu , Kaivara Mahatme, Gaali Gopura , Kanyarathna , Kulavadhu , Veera Kesari and Mana Mecchida Madadi , she was the leading lady. She has starred in supporting roles in Gejje Pooje and Doctor Krishna for which she received the Karnataka State Award.
She has the rare distinction of having worked with Rajkumar in various films as heroine as well as his daughter (in Bhoodana ), sister (in Vathsalya ), sister in law - elder brother's wife in Premamayi and younger brother's wife in Kalitharu Henne , paternal aunt (in Shravana Banthu ) and mother in law (in Vasantha Geetha , Naa Ninna Mareyalare and Jwaalamukhi ).
This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources .(October 2011)
|1958||Mangalya Yoga||First Film|
|1959||Raja Malaya Simha|
|1959||Abba Aa Hudugi||Kannada|
|1962||Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu||Kannada|
|1962||Bhoodaana||Kannada||With Udaya Kumar, Rajkumar, Kalyan Kumar|
|1962||Mana Mecchida Madadi|
|1962||Nanda Deepa||Kannada||Udaykumar, Rajkumar|
|1962||Pattinathaar||Tamil Film||First Tamil Film|
|1962||Valar Pirai||Tamil Film||With Sivaji Ganesan|
|1963||Mana Mecchida Madadi|
|1963||Santha Thukaram||National Award, With Rajkumar|
|1963||Valmiki||Telugu Film||With N. T. Rama Rao|
|1963||Veera Kesari||With Rajkumar|
|1964||Marmayogi||Telugu||First Telugu Film|
|1964||Thumbida Koda||State Award|
|1965||Maduve Madi Nodu||National Award, With Rajkumar|
|1965||Veera Vikrama||With Udaya Kumar|
|1966||Thoogu Deepa||With Rajkumar|
|1968||Bhagya Devathe||Kannada||With Rajkumar|
|1969||Gejje Pooje||Kannada||State Award|
|1970||Aaru Mooru Ombhatthu||Kannada|
|1970||Boregowda Bangalorige Banda||Kannada|
|1971||Sipayi Ramu||State Award With Rajkumar|
|1972||Naa Mechida Huduga||Kannada||With Kalpana|
|1974||Bhakta Kumbara||Kannada||Co-actor: Rajkumar|
|1974||Aval Oru Thodar Kathai||Tamil||With Kamal Haasan|
|1974||Idu Namma Desha||Kannada|
|1974||Naan Avanillai||Tamil||With Gemini Ganesan|
|1975||Hennu Samsarada Kannu||Kannada|
|1975||Hosilu Mettida Hennu||Kannada|
|1975||Katha Sangama||Kannada||With Rajinikanth|
|1976||Naa Ninna Mareyalare|
|1977||Veera Sindhoora Lakshmana|
|1978||Maathu Tappada Maga|
|1979||Idi Katha Kaadu||Telugu|
|1979||Na Ninna Bidalare|
|1980||Bhumi Par Aaye Bhagwan|
|1980||Nanna Rosha Nooru Varusha|
|1980||Namma Mane Sose|
|1980||Nyaya Neethi Dharma|
|1980||Subbi Subakka Suvvalali|
|1980||Vasantha Geethe||Kannada||With Rajkumar|
|1981||Hana Balavo Jana Balavo||Kannada|
|1982||Auto Raja||Kannada||Shankar Nag|
|1983||Mududida Tavare Aralithu|
|1984||Shravana Banthu||Kannada||With Rajkumar|
|1985||Naanu Nanna Hendthi|
|1986||KD No. 1|
|1989||Doctor Krishna||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1990||Golmaal Radhakrishna||Kannada||With Anant Nag|
|1991||Golmaal Radhakrishna II||Kannada|
|2009||Yaaradhu||With son Vinod Raj|
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