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|Born||Mysore, Karnataka, India|
|Years active||1969 - 1986; 2005|
Aarathi (born 1954 in Aragal, Mysore) is an Indian actress turned director who works predominantly in Kannada language films. She is best known for her acting prowess in many author backed female centric roles during the 1970s and 1980s. After her self-declared retirement from films in the late 1980s, she returned as director with Mithayi Mane (2005) which met with critical appreciation and also won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children's Film.
As a lead actress in more than 125 feature films, Aarathi was considered to be among the top league of actresses of her time, having won Filmfare awards four times and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress several times. She was also nominated as the Member of Legislative Council at the Vidhana parishad making her only the second actress after B. Jayamma.
After her first short role in the film Gejje Pooje (1969), Aarathi went on to star as a leading actress in many successful films such as Naagarahaavu, Edakallu Guddada Mele, Bili Hendthi, Dharmasere, Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Ranganayaki, Hombisilu, Upaasane and Shubhamangala. Apart from Kannada, she also appeared in Tamil films such as Gumasthavin Magal and Telugu films such as Vooriki Upakari.
Aarathi has worked opposite all the leading actors of her time including Dr.Rajkumar, Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Dr.Ambareesh, Srinath, Ananth Nag, Shankar Nag, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and Gangadhar. Her collaboration with the director Puttanna Kanagal produced cult films and they went on to work together in about twelve films.
Aarathi does a great deal of charity work. She left the film industry in 1987, and married Chandrashekar Desai Gowdar and moved to the USA where she has lived in ever since. She has two daughters. Her elder daughter, Yashaswini, scripted the story for Mithayi Mane.
|2005||Mithayi Mane||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children film|
|1969||Gejje Pooje||Debut film|
|1970||Takka! Bitre Sikka!!|
|1971||Kasturi Nivasa||Special appearance|
|1971||Shri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama|
|1972||Ooriki Upakari||Telugu film|
|1972||Naagarahaavu||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|1973||Edakallu Guddada Mele|
|1973||Mane Belagida Sose|
|1974||Upaasane||Filmfare Best Actress|
|1974||Gumasthavin Magal||Tamil film|
|1975||Daari Tappida Maga|
|1975||Katha Sangama||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|1975||Hosilu Mettida Hennu|
|1975||Shubhamangala||Filmfare Best Actress|
|1976||Raja Nanna Raja|
|1978||Maathu Tappada Maga|
|1978||Balu Aparupa Nam Jodi|
|1979||Na Niruvude Ninagangi|
|1979||Nentaro Gantu Kallaro|
|1979||Dharmasere||Filmfare Best Actress|
|1980||Nyaya Nithi Dharma|
|1981||Nari Swargakke Dari|
|1981||Ranganayaki||Filmfare Best Actress|
|1982||Kannu Terasida Hennu|
|1982||Mava Sose Saval|
|1983||Premave Balina Belaku|
|1985||Kumkuma Thanda Saubhagya|
|1985||Shiva Kotta Saubhagya|
|1985||Haavu Eni Aata|
- Aarathi at the Internet Movie Database
- http://www.apgap.com/aarathi-biography-and-filmo-graphy/ Aarthi Kannada Actress Rare Photos and Videos