Ambika (actress)

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Ambika
Actress Ambika (cropped).JPG
Born (1963-11-09) November 9, 1963 (age 51)
Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–1988
1997–present
Spouse(s) Shinu John (1988–1997)(divorced)
Ravikanth (2000–2002) (divorced)
Children Ram Kesav, Rishikesh
Parents Azhakathu E Rama Kurup, Mouttathu K Janaki
Awards Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics

Ambika is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada films. She was one of the mainstream top heroine over for an decade of years from 1979 to 1988. She has acted in 200 movies in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Her another sister Radha was also an actress. Both of them acted in a number of south Indian films in 1980s together and during their peak career, they have owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios". Now they have converted ARS Studios in to a new Hotel Complex in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Ambika was born in Kallara in Trivandrum district. She has two younger sisters Radha and Mallika and two younger brothers Arjun,Suresh.

She has been married twice. Her first marriage was to an Shinu John in 1988 and they has two sons Ram Kesav & Rishikesh and settled in U.S.[1] Later she got divorced from Shinu John in 1997 and came back to India. Her second marriage was to Ravikanth in 2000 which also ended divorce in 2002.[2][1] Currently she is residing in chennai.

Career[edit]

Ambika started her career as a child artist and later as main heroine at her age of 16 in 1979 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,[3] but also in Tamil and Kannada.[4]

She has acted with heroes in all languages which includes Madhu,Kamal Haasan, Prem Nazir, Jayan, Shankar, 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, Shankar, Mohanlal, Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan, Rajkumar, Mammootty and Vijayakanth.[5]

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.[6]

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 she got divorced, she returned 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.[7]

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.

Filmography[edit]

In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 Aamayum Muyalum
2014 To Noora with Love Noorjahan's mother
2014 Polytechnic Pauly's mother
2012 Yakshi – Faithfully
2011 Lavakumar 1984
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam
2010 Sadgamaya Yamuna's mother
2010 Thanthonni Kathreena
2009 Angel John Mary
2009 Kana Kanmani Doctor
2009 Vairam: Fight for Justice Judge
2009 The Trigger
2007 Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan Hareendran's mother
2006 Arunam
2005 Pandippada Mallika
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam Subhadra
2005 Ben Johnson Pathrose's wife
2004 Koottu
2001 Dubai
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Nandhini
2000 Swayamvara Panthal
2000 Varnakkazchchakal
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Malavika
1999 Niram Baby
1997 Snehasindooram
1993 Vairam
1992 Sabarimalayil Thankasooryodayam

1980s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Adhipan
1989 Brahmasthram
1988 Pattanapravesham Shobha
1988 Manasaputhri
1988 Kudumbapuranam Geetha
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Valsala
1988 Ayitham Bhama
1987 Samarppanam
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Aswathy Varma
1987 Vilambaram Sheela
1987 Nirabhedangal Maya
1987 Vazhiyorakkazhchakal Sridevi
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Vimala Jacob
1987 Swathi Thirunal Narayani Pillai Kochamma
1986 Rajavinte Makan Nancy
1986 Malarum Kiliyum Thulasi
1986 Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu Nirmala
1986 Chekeranoru Chilla
1985 Archana Aaradhana Archana
1985 Iniyum Kadha Thudarum
1985 Ore Raktham
1985 Oru Nokku Kaanan Maya
1985 Puzhayozhukum Vazhi Rema
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Katha
1984 Kalkki
1984 Ente Gramam
1983 Sandhyakku Virija Poovu Priya
1983 Enikku Vishakunnu
1983 Adyathe Anuragam
1983 Asthi
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Molamma
1983 Marakkillorikkalum Suma
1983 Theeram Thedunna Thira
1983 Eettappuli
1982 Anuraagakkodathi
1982 Dheera
1982 Sharam
1982 Ethiraalikal Thulasi
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Jayanthi
1982 Premabhishekam
1982 Olangal Rita
1982 Mylanchi Shahitha
1982 Pooviriyum Pulari Renuka
1981 Enne Snehikkoo Enne Maathram
1981 Swarangal Swapnagal
1981 Thaaraavu Akka
1981 Njan Ninne Marakkilla
1981 Sambhavam
1981 Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai Kamalam
1981 Guha
1981 Asthamikkatha Pakalukal Raji
1981 Prema Geethangal Geetha Kumari
1981 Archana Teacher
1980 Dooram Arike
1980 Puzha
1980 Eden Thottam
1980 Aagamanam
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Sheeba
1980 Swantham Enna Padam Priya
1980 Anthappuram Usha
1980 Meen Roselin
1980 Ammayum Makalum
1980 Kaavalmaadam
1980 Ithile Vannavar
1980 Sathyam Seetha
1980 Angaadi Ayisha
1980 Aniyaatha Valakal Sujatha
1980 Ishtamaanu Pakshe Nandinikutty
1980 Theekkadal Sumam
1980 Akalangalil Abhayam Yamuna
1980 Seetha Seetha

1970s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha Shyamala
1979 Maamaankam Manipennu
1979 Prabhaathasandhya Mini
1979 Pratheeksha
1979 Neeyo Njaano
1979 Enikku Njaan Swantham
1979 Thuramukham Rosi
1979 Agniparvatham Vimala
1979 Raajaveedhi
1979 Veerabhadran
1979 Krishnapparunthu
1979 Lajjaavathi Radha
1979 Ajnaatha Theerangal
1979 Neelathamara Kunjimalu
1978 Samayamaayilla Polum
1978 Aval Viswasthayaayirunnu
1976 Chottanikkara Amma

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe
2014 Jigarthanda Kayalvizhi's mother
2011 Avan Ivan Maryamma
2010 Uthama Puthiran Sivakaami
2009 Mariyadhai Alamelu Annamalai
2007 Vel
2005 Mazhai
2003 Ottran
1999 Suyamvaram
1999 Pooparika Varugirom
1999 Jodi Sneha Varadharajan
1999 Anantha Poongathe
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Surya's mother
1999 Uyirodu Uyiraga
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
1998 Kaadhal Kavidhai Vishwa's mother
1997 Arunachalam Meenatshi
1997 Periya Manushan Sivagami
1988 Kan Simittum Neram Lakshmi
1988 Ganam Courtaar Avaragaley
1987 Aalappirandhavan
1987 Kadhal Parisu Malini
1987 Makkal En Pakkam
1987 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
1986 Velundu Vinaiyillai
1986 Maaveeran
1986 Thazhuvatha Kaigal
1986 Manakanakku
1986 Thandanai
1986 Karpoora Deepam
1986 Naanum Oru Thozhilali
1986 Oruvar Vazhum Alayam
1986 Vikram Vikram's Wife
1986 Vengaiyin Mainthan
1986 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
1983 Thambathyam
1985 Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru
1985 Idaya Kovil Gauri
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Uma
1985 Padikathavan
1985 Mr. Bharath
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Geetha
1985 Kaakki Sattai Uma
1985 Raja Veettu Kannukutti
1985 Thiruppam
1984 Vaazhkai
1984 Pournami alaigal
1984 Thalithanam
1984 Kanmaniye pesu
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Mother of Rosy
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal
1983 Vellai Roja
1983 Vazhvey Maayam Sandhiya
1983 Garuda Saukiyama
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Ponni (1st wife)
1982 Sagalakala Vallavan Geetha
1982 Kadal Meengal
1981 Antha Ezhu Naatkal
1979 Sakkalathi

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Garuda Rekhe
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Sheela
1983 Avala Neralu
1983 Chakravyuha Asha
1983 Gayathri Maduve
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu
1983 Bhakta Prahlada
1983 Hasida Hebbuli
1984 Naane Raja
1984 Mooru Janma
1984 Pralayanthaka Special appearance
1984 Apoorva Sangama
1984 Indina Bharatha
1985 Chaduranga
1986 Asambhava
1986 Digvijaya Dual role
1986 Shubha Milana
1986 Bete
1986 Sathkara
1987 Bazar Bheema
1987 Jeevana Jyothi
1987 Athiratha Maharatha
1988 Dharmaathma
1988 Kirathaka
1989 Hongkongnalli Agent Amar
1997 Simhada mari
1999 Janumadatha
2000 Kanasugara
2002 Nagarahavu
2002 Nandhi Nandhi's mother
2003 Vijayasimha

Telvision Serials[edit]

  • Avakashikal (Surya TV)
  • Sreepadmanabham (Amrita TV)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ambika – Profile and Biography. Veethi. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.kerala9.com/profile/ambika
  3. ^ Movies | Nostalgia |. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Ambika to launch her son". Kollywood Today. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7fnIlvfo4&feature=youtu.be
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

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