6 November 1963 |
Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Years active||1978 – 1988
|Spouse(s)||Shinu John (1988–1997)(divorced)
Ravikanth (2000–2002) (divorced)
|Children||Ram Kesav, Rishikesh|
|Parents||Kallara Kunjan nair, Sarasamma|
|Awards||Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics|
Ambika (born 6 November 1963) is an Indian film actress of the South Indian film industry. Her sister Radha was also an actress. Both of them acted in a number of south Indian films in 80s and they have a movie studio called "ARS Studios".
Ambika was born in Kallara in Trivandrum district. she has two sons Ram Kesav & Rishikes She has two younger sisters Radha and Mallika and two brothers Arjun,Suresh.
Ambika started her career as a child artist and later as main heroine at her age of 16 and acted in more than 200 South Indian films. Her career as a heroine started with the Malayalam movie Seetha, which only released really late in her career. But with films like Neelathaamara (which was made again in 2009) and Lejjavathi, she became a busy actress in a couple of years not only in Malayalam, but also in Tamil and Kannada.
She has acted with heroes in all languages which includes Kamal Haasan, Prem Nazir, Jayan, Sukumaran, M. G. Soman, Mammooty, Mohanlal, in Malayalam; Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Sivakumar, Vijayakanth, Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Karthik Muthuraman, in Tamil; NTR, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Murali Mohan, Mohan Babu, Krishna, Krishnamraju in Telugu; Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Srinath, Anant Nag, Shankar Nag, Ravichandran, Prabhakar in Kannada. K. Bhagyaraj introduced Ambika in his movie Antha Ezhu Naatkal. She acted with Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth in many movies and has appeared in glamorous roles in movies such as Kaakki Sattai, Vikram, Kadhal Parisu, Padikkadhavan and Maaveeran. Most of her films have been with actors such as, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan, Rajkumar, Mammootty and Vijayakanth.
She had a very successful career in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies throughout the 1980s. In Tamil and Malayalam, she took on a few bold roles that showcased her versatility and talent. In Kannada, however, she appeared in many roles and songs that were characteristic by being erotic yet understated. Her rain song in the Kannada movie Subha Milana is considered to have set a landmark in terms of bold, stunning and revealing rain songs in an otherwise conservative industry.
In Tamil, Ambika shot to fame with the movie Kakki Sattai. In the zenith of her career she was paired in the same movie with her sister Radha in Kadhal Parisu, where both actresses demonstrated their acting prowess by taking on roles of two young, beautiful sisters, who had strong, yet conflicting personalities.
After returning to India from U.S later in 1997 and started acting again in films like Periyamanushan with Sathyaraj in a glamorous role, Maa Naanaki Pelli in Telugu and with Krishnam raju and Simmadamari in Kannada. She acted as heroine in Vikaraman’s project Mariyathai, in which Vijayakanth acted in father and son roles along with Meena and Meera Jasmin. She acted in Malayalam films like Angel John with Mohanlal, Thanthonni, Sadgamaya and is currently[when?] more active doing TV serials.
She has acted in many advertisements.She is a designer too.She has judged many reality shows also.In a film called Medulla Oblangatta(2014) she has done lyrics works too.
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.
|2014||To Noora with Love||Noorjahan's mother|
|2012||Yakshi – Faithfully Yours|
|2011||Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam|
|2009||Vairam: Fight for Justice||Judge|
|2007||Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan||Hareendran's mother|
|2005||Ben Johnson||Pathrose's wife|
|2000||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||Rafi Mecartin|
|1990||Manju Peyyunna Rathri|
|1988||Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal||Valsala|
|1987||Irupatham Noottandu||Aswathy Varma|
|1987||Swathi Thirunal||Narayani Pillai Kochamma|
|1986||Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu||Nirmala|
|1985||Iniyum Kadha Thudarum|
|1985||Oru Nokku Kaanan||Maya|
|1984||Oru Sumangaliyude Katha|
|1983||Sandhyakku Virija Poovu||Priya|
|1983||Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal||Molamma|
|1983||Theeram Thedunna Thira|
|1981||Enne Snehikku Enne Mathrem|
|1981||Njan Ninne Marakkilla|
|1981||Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai||Kamalam|
|1981||Prema Geethangal||Geetha Kumari|
|1980||Swantham Enna Padam||Priya|
|1979||Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha||Shyamala|
|1979||Ennikku Njan Swantham|
|1999||Poovellam Kettuppar||Surya's mother|
|1998||Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen|
|1998||Kaadhal Kavidhai||Vishwa's mother|
|1988||Kan Simittum Neram||Lakshmi|
|1988||Ganam Courtaar Avaragaley|
|1987||Makkal En Pakkam|
|1987||Annanagar Mudhal Theru|
|1986||Naanum Oru Thozhilali|
|1986||Oruvar Vazhum Alayam|
|1986||Ambigai Neril Vanthaal|
|1985||Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru|
|1985||Naan Sigappu Manithan||Uma|
|1985||Raja Veettu Kannukutti|
|1984||Anbulla Rajinikanth||Mother of Rosy|
|1984||Naan Paadum Paadal|
|1982||Enkeyo Ketta Kural||Ponni (1st wife)|
|1981||Antha Ezhu Naatkal|
|1989||Hongkongnalli Agent Amar|
- Avakashikal (Surya TV)
- Sreepadmanabham (Amrita TV)