Madhavi (actress)

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Madhavi
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Born
Kanaka Vijayalakshmi

(1962-09-14) 14 September 1962 (age 58)
Years active1976–1996
Spouse(s)
Ralph Sharma
(m. 1996)

Madhavi is an Indian actress known for her works in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi films. In a career spanning seventeen years, she has acted in around 300 films. She was one of the leading actresses of the South Indian cinema in the 1980s.

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Early life

Madhavi was born in Hyderabad, India to Sasirekha and Govindaswamy, on 12 August 1962. [1] She grew up with a sister and a brother, named Keerthi Kumari and Dhananjay respectively. [2] She learnt Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheswari and folk dance from Mr. Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances. She attended Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad, Abids Branch. [3]

Career

Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film Thoorupu Padamara when she was a teenager. The film became a huge hit. [4] She acted in a number of films with Telugu actor Chiranjeevi. Her first movie with Chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982. She acted again with Chiranjeevi in the movie Khaidi which was a massive hit. Her last movie in Telugu was Big Boss (another Chiranjeevi film). K. Balachander then cast her in a supporting role in his Telugu film Maro Charitra (1978). She reprised her role in its Hindi remake Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), which became the top-grossing film of 1981. In both films, she showed remarkable sensitivity as a lonely wealthy woman who falls in love with Kamal Haasan's character. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. [5] K. Balachander was so impressed with her performance in both films that he introduced her to the Tamil film industry with Thillu Mullu (1981), opposite Rajinikanth. By the end of the decade, she was starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath (1990).

She has acted in many Kannada movies alongside popular Kannada actors including Dr. Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Anant Nag and Ambareesh. With Rajkumar, she acted in many commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies like Haalu Jenu , Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma , Anuraga Aralithu , Shruthi Seridaaga , Jeevana Chaitra , Aakasmika , Odahuttidavaru , etc. Her performances in Haalu Jenu and Malaya Marutha were widely acclaimed.

Madhavi acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai , Tik Tik Tik , Kaakki Sattai , Sattam , Ellam Inba mayam and Mangamma Sabadham . Her films with Rajinikanth include Garjanai , Thillu Mullu , Thambikku Entha Ooru , Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal and Viduthalai . She showed her ability in movies like Enga Oor Kannagi, Neethi Devan Mayakkam and Nirabaraadhi.

She appeared in many Malayalam films especially in those starring Mohanlal and Mammootty. Her portrayal of Unniyarcha in the National Award-winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha was critically appreciated and is often recognized as one of the best roles in her acting career. Her portrayal as a mother who met her end with leukemia in Akashadoothu won her the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress for 1993. Other notable films include Ormakkayi , Changatham, Novemberinte Nashtam and Nombarathi Poovu . Most of her author-backed roles were in Malayalam films. She has won three Kerala State Film Awards, one for Best Actress and two for Second Best Actress.

Personal life

In 1996, her Hindu spiritual teacher Swami Rama arranged her marriage to one of his followers, a pharmaceutical businessman named Ralph Sharma, [6] who was born to an Indian Hindu father and a German mother in the United States. Ralph first met his Hindu Guru, Swami Rama at the age of 23 at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy., [7] whereas Madhavi first met Guru Swami Rama, in 1995. She married within a few weeks on 14 February 1996 of their introduction. [8] They have three daughters and live in New Jersey. [9]

Awards and honours

YearAwardAward CategoryWorkResultReference
1981 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress Valarthu MrigangalWon
1982 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress Ormakkayi Won [10]
2000 Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress AkashadoothWon
1993 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Aakashadoothu Won [11]

Selected filmography

Telugu

YearFilmRoleNotes
1976 Thoorpu Padamara [12]
1977 Amara Deepam Madhavi
1977sneham
1978 Maro Charitra Sandhya
1979 Iddaru Asadhyule
1979 Pranam Khareedu VenkatalakshmiGuest Appearance
1979 Tayaramma Bangarayya Aruna
1979 Kukka Katuku Cheppu Debba Parvati
1979 Kothala Raayudu
1979Mande GundeluRani
1979 Ra Ra Krishnayya
1979Edi papam Edi PunyamAruna
1979Oka Challani RatriNirmala
1979Anthuleni Vintha Katha
1979Kaliyuga Mahabharatam
1980 Agni Sanskaram
1980Mudumulla BandhamRadha
1980Triloka Sundari
1981VaaralabbaiKamala
1981Chettaniki Kallu LevuRekha
1981 Ooriki Ichina Maata Rupa
1981 Amavasya Chandrudu Nancy
1981 Tholi Kodi Koosindi Jabili
1982 Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya JayalaxmiNominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1982Balidanam
1982Prayanamlo Padanisalu
1982 Edi Dharmam Edi Nyayam? Bharathi
1983 Roshagadu Sailaja
1983 Simhapuri Simham Madhavi
1983 Khaidi Madhulatha
1983Picchi Pantulu
1984 Bhale Ramudu
1985Sanchalanam
1985 Chattamtho Poratam Bharathi
1985Jai Bethala
1985Mahsakthi
1987 Donga Mogudu Ravi Teja's wife
1987Marana Sasanam
1987ParasakthiMadhavi
1991 Mathru Devo Bhava SaradaNominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1995 Big Boss

Kannada

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981 Garjane Geetha
1981 Garuda Rekhe
1981 Anupama Anupama
1982 Haalu Jenu Kamala
1982 Gandugali Rama
1983 Onde Guri
1983 Chinnadantha Maga Usha
1984 Chanakya
1984 Rudranaga
1984Shiva Kanye
1984 Khaidi Madhulatha
1985Gedda Maga
1986 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma Parvati
1986 Anuraga Aralithu Ashadevi
1986 Malaya Marutha Girija
1987 Shruthi Seridaaga Radha
1988 Ramanna Shamanna
1992 Jeevana Chaitra Meenakshi
1993 Aakasmika Clara
1994 Odahuttidavaru

Malayalam

Complete list of Madhavi's Malayalam Movies are available from the MSI Database. [13]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1980 Lava Seetha
1981 Valarthu Mrugangal JanuWinner, Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
1981 Garjanam Geetha
1981 Poochasanyasi Sandhya
1982 Anuraagakkodathi Anuradha
1982 Ormakkayi SusannaWinner, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Saritha
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan Nancy
1982 Novemberinte Nashtam Meera
1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam|Siji
1983 Ponthooval
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla HerselfGuest role
1983 Hello Madras Girl Saritha
1983 Changatham Annie
1984 Akkare Padmavathi
1984 Vikadakavi Santhi
1984 Mangalam Nerunnu Rajani
1984 Kurishuyudham Susy, DaisyDouble role
1985 Oru Kudakeezhil Vijayalakshmi
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Seetha
1986 Sobharaj Nisha
1986 Oru Katha Oru Nunakkatha Amminikkutty
1987 Nombarathi Poovu Padmini
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Unniyarcha
1993 Akashadoothu AnnieWinner, Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1993 Gandhari Gandhari
1994 Sudhinam Vinodini
1995ChaithanyamSavithri
1995 Aksharam Gayathri Devi
1996 Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan Sridevi

Tamil

YearFilmRoleNotes
1980Pudhiya Thoranangal
1980Veera Penn
1981 Enga Ooru Kannagi
1981 Amara Kaaviyam
1981 Thillu Mullu SarojiniFirst breakthrough in Tamil
1981 Garjanai Geetha
1981Sathyam Sundaram
1981 Raja Paarvai Nancy
1981 Tik Tik Tik Sharadha
1981 Ellam Inba Mayyam Madhavi
1981Panimalar
1982 Neethi Devan Mayakkam
1982Kavithai Malar
1983 Sattam Radha
1983Sattathukku Oru Saval
1983Chandi Samundi
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru Sumathi
1984 Niraparaathi Radha
1985 Kaakki Sattai Anitha
1985Jhansi Rani
1985 Mangamma Sabadham Nancy
1985Andavan Sothu
1985 Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal Padma
1986 Viduthalai Radha
1986Vettaipuli
1987Oor Kuruvi
1990 Athisaya Piravi RambhaGuest appearance

Hindi

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye SandhyaNominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress
1983 Andha Kanoon Zakhiya KhanSpecial appearance
1984Mujhe Shakti Do
1985Misaal
1985 Geraftaar Inspector Geeta Sinha
1987 Loha Anita
1987Kalyug Aur RamayanSarita
1987 Satyamev Jayathe
1987 Insaaf Kaun Karega Priya
1988 Pyar Ka Mandir Radha Bhooljanewala
1988 Mar Mitenge Radha
1988 Falak (The Sky)Rita D'Souza
1989 Paraya Ghar
1989JayadaadAdvocate Anjali
1989 Lashkar Anand's wife
1989Zakhm
1989 Nafrat Ki Aandhi Geeta
1990 Sheshnaag
1990Muqadammah
1990Haar Jeet
1990 Swarg Janaki Kumar
1990 Agneepath Mary Mathew
1990 Agneekaal Asha
1991maza pritesh
1992SarphiraPrema
1992Lambu Dada
1992 Jigar
1994 Khudai Sakhi Swami

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