8 July 1966
|Years active||1980 – present|
(m. 1986;div. 2013)
|Relatives|| Geetha Vijayan (cousin)|
Niranjana Anoop (niece)
Asha Kelunni (born 8 July 1966), better known by her stage name Revathi, is an Indian actress and director, known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam cinema.She has won several accolades, including the National Film Awards in three different categories, and six Filmfare Awards South. Revathi was the only South Indian actress of 80s and 90s to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, including three consecutive wins in Tamil. Apart from films, Revathi has been involved in a variety of social organisations, the most notable being the Banyan, Ability foundation, Tanker foundation and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.
Revathi was born Asha Kelunni Nair in Cochin (present-day Kochi) to Malank Kelunni, a major in the Indian Army, who hails from Kalladikkod, Palakkad, and Lalitha Kelunni.Malayalam actress Geetha Vijayan is her cousin.
When she was in school, she took part in a fashion show. Group photos were taken during the show and a photo was chosen to be the cover of a popular Tamil magazine. This happened to be her photo, which was seen by the director Bharathiraja, who at that time was on the lookout for a new heroine for his latest venture, Mann Vasanai .
Revathi started her career in 1983 through the tamil film, Mann Vasanaifor which she was awarded Filmfare Special Award – South. In the same year she debuted in Malayalam film industry through Kattathe Kilikoodu . She co-starred with Bharat Gopy, Mohanlal, Srividya, and Anju.
She was introduced to Telugu film industry with 1984 films, Seethamma Pelli by director Bapu and Manasa Veena . The later movie was dubbed into Malayalam, with the name Thennal Thedunna Poovu. Revathy went on to play a blind, rape-survivor Seetha in Tamil in J Mahendran’s Kai Kodukkum Kai opposite Rajinikanth.
Revathi married cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon in 1986. The couple didn't have any children. However, following differences between them, they started living separately from 2002 and were granted divorce on 23 April 2013by Chennai Additional Family Court.
In 2018, she revealed that she has a five-year old biological daughter named Mahee through In Vitro Fertilisation.
Revathi is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, having studied since the age of seven and performed her arangetram in Chennai in 1979.She has been considered one of the all-time top actresses of Tamil cinema and South Indian cinema. She was one of the most successful leading actresses of South Indian cinema. Revathi was the only South Indian actress of 80s and 90s to win the Filmfare best actress award in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, including three consecutive wins in Tamil. Apart from films, Revathi has been involved in a variety of social organisations, the most notable being the Banyan, Ability foundation, Tanker foundation and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.
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Marupadiyum (transl. Again) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language drama film written, filmed and directed by Balu Mahendra. The film stars Revathi, Nizhalgal Ravi, Arvind and Rohini. It is a remake of the 1982 Hindi film Arth. The film focuses on Thulasi, a wife caught up in marital discord, and her life henceforth. It was released on 14 January 1993. Revathi won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance.
Mann Vasanai is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Bharathiraja. Starring debutants Pandiyan and Revathi, with Vinu Chakravarthy, Ganthimathi, and Y. Vijaya in supporting roles, the film was a blockbuster, and was remade in Telugu as Mangammagari Manavadu (1984).
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Pudhumai Penn, officially released as AVMin Pudhumai Penn is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Bharathiraja and produced by AVM Productions. The film stars Pandiyan and Revathi. It was released on 14 July 1984.
Suresh Chandra Menon is an Indian actor, cinematographer and film director. He is mainly notable for having directed and played the lead role in the Tamil film Pudhiya Mugam along with his wife actress Revathi.
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Manasa Veena is a 1984 Indian Telugu film, directed by Relangi Narasimha Rao and produced by Rama Arankannal. The film stars Revathi, Rajkumar, Balaji and Sumithra in the lead roles. The film has musical score by M. S. Viswanathan. The movie was dubbed into Malayalam, with the name Thennal Thedunna Poovu.
The 40th Filmfare Awards South Ceremony honouring the winners of the best of South Indian cinema in 1992 is an event held on 13 October 1993 was an event held at the Kamaraj Hall, Madras.
The 33rd Filmfare Awards South ceremony honoring the winners of the best of South Indian cinema in 1985 was an event held in August 10, 1986 at Music Academy Chennai. The president of this year's function is Mr. A. C. Muthiah, the eminent industrialist.
Asha Kelunni better known by her stage name Revathi, is an Indian film actress and director, known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam cinema. She has won several accolades, including the National Film Awards in three different categories, and six Filmfare Awards South. She was one of the most successful leading actresses of South Indian cinema, also one of the highest paid South Indian actresses alongside her contemporaries, like Vijayashanti, Raadhika and Radha.
Seethamma Pelli is a 1984 Indian Telugu-language drama film directed by Bapu. A remake of the 1978 Tamil film Mullum Malarum, it stars Mohan Babu, Murali Mohan, Aruna Mucherla and Revathi. The film was released on 30 June 1984.
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