Ambika (actress)

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Ambika
Actress Ambika (cropped).JPG
Born (1963-11-06) 6 November 1963 (age 50)
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 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".

Early life[edit]

Ambika was born in Kallara Village, near Kilimanoor, Trivandrum district. She married twice.[1] Her first marriage is to Shinu John in 1988 with whom she has two sons Ram Kesav & Rishikesh and settled in U.S. Later,she got divorced in 1997. Her second marriage is with Ravikanth in 2000 which also ended in divorce in 2002.[1] Currently,she is residing in Chennai. She has two younger sisters Radha and Mallika and two brothers Arjun,Suresh.

Career[edit]

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,[2] but also in Tamil and Kannada.[3]

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 and Kadhal Parisu'Padikkadhavan, Maaveeran, . Most of her films have been with actors such as, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan, Rajkumar, Mammootty and Vijayakanth.[4]

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.

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.[5]

Filmography[edit]

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

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2014 To Noora with Love Noorjahan's mother Mamta Mohandas, Mukesh Babu Narayanan
2014 Paulytechnic Pauly's mother
2012 Yakshi – Faithfully Yours Avanthikka Mohan, Faizal Abhiram Suresh Unnithan
2011 Lavakumar 1984
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam
2010 Sadgamaya Yamuna's mother Suresh Gopi, Navya Nair Harikumar
2010 Thanthonni Kathreena Prithviraj, Sheela George Varghese
2009 Angel John Mary Mohanlal, Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj S. L. Puram Jayasurya
2009 Kana Kanmani Doctor Jayaram, Biju Menon Akku Akbar
2009 Vairam: Fight for Justice Judge Suresh Gopi, Pasupathy M. A. Nishad
2009 The Trigger
2007 Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan Hareendran's mother Indrajith, Jayasurya Vinayan
2006 Arunam
2005 Pandippada Mallika Dileep, Harisree Asokan Rafi Mecartin
2005 Cholliyattam
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam Subhadra Jagadish, Nedumudi Venu
2005 Ben Johnson Pathrose's wife Kalabhavan Mani, Sruthi Anil.C.Menon
2004 Koottu Richard, Aravindan, Sheetal
2002 Kanmashi
2001 Dubai
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Rafi Mecartin
2000 Swayamvara Panthal Jayaram, Samyuktha Varma
2000 Varnakkazchchakal Dileep, N.F Varghese
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Malavika Dileep, Captain Raju Jose Thomas
1999 Niram Baby Internet Movie Database, Kamal
1997 Snehasindooram Shankar, Devan
1993 Vairam
1993 Sayanthanam
1992 Sabarimalayil Thankasooryodayam
1991 Sheershakam
1990 Manju Peyyunna Rathri
1989 Adhipan
1989 Brahmasthram
1988 Pattnapravesham Shobha Mohanlal, Sreenivasan
1988 Manasaputhri
1988 Kudumbapuranam Geetha Thilakan, Balachandra Menon Sathyan Anthikad
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Valsala Revathi, Kiran Vergis Kamal
1988 Ayitham Bhama Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Radha
1987 Samarppanam
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Aswathy Varma Mohanlal, Urvashi, Suresh Gopi, Janardhanan K. Madhu
1987 Vilambaram Sheela Balachandra Menon, M. G. Soman, Saritha, Ashokan, Shari
1987 Nirabhedangal Maya Sunitha, Geetha, Prathap Pothen
1987 Vazhiyorakkazhchakal Sridevi Mohanlal, Ratheesh, Suresh Gopi
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Vimala Jacob Suhasini, Ambika, Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu
1987 Swathi Thirunal Narayani Pillai Kochamma Anant Nag, Srividya Lenin Rajendran
1986 Rajavinte Makan Nancy Vincent Gomas, Ratheesh Thambi Kannanthanam
1986 Malarum Kiliyum Thulasi Mammootty, Lalu Alex
1986 Moonnu masangalkku munpu Nirmala Mammootty, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu
1986 Chekeranoru Chilla Shankar, Seema, Nedumudi
1985 Archana Aradhana Archana Shankar, Menaka, Meena
1985 Iniyum Kadha Thudarum
1985 Agniyashtram
1985 Ore Raktham
1985 Oru Nokku Kaanan Maya Mammootty, Shalini, Shankar, Menaka
1985 Puzhayozhukum Vazhi Rema Mammootty, Venu Nagavally, Lalu Alex
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Katha Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Seema
1984 Kalkki Adoor Basi
1984 Sabarimala Darshanam
1984 Ente Gramam Soman, Kanakadurga
1983 Sandhyakku Virija Poovu Priya
1983 Kathirunna Naal
1983 Enikku Vishakkunnu
1983 Adyathe Anuragam
1983 Asthi
1983 Father Damien
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Molamma Ratheesh, Bharath Gopi
1983 Marakkillorikkalum Suma Prem Nazir, Shankar Fazil
1983 Theeram Thedunna Thira Prem Nazir, Ratheesh, Mammootty
1983 Eettappuli Shankar, K P Ummer
1982 AnuragaKodathy Shankar, Rajkumar, Madhavi
1982 Dheera Sukumaran, Soman, Sreevidhya
1982 Sharam Sukumaran, Sattar, Sreevidhya
1982 Ethiralikal Thulasi Sukumaran, Soman, Sreevidhya
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Jayanthi Mohanlal, Balachandra Menon, Nedumudi Venu
1982 Premabhishekam Kamalhassan, Sreedevi
1982 Olangal Rita
1982 Mylanchi Shahitha
1982 Pooviriyum Pulari Renuka Mammootty, Shankar
1982 Tharavu Madhu, Soman
1982 Enikku Vishakunnu Nedumudi Venu
1981 Chamayam
1981 Enne Snehikku Enne Mathrem
1981 Swarangal Swapnagal
1981 Tharavu Akka
1981 Njan Ninne Marakkilla
1981 Sambhavam
1981 Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai Kamalam Maniyanpilla Raju
1981 Guha Shankar, Poornima Jayaram
1981 Asthamikkatha Pakalukal Raji Prem Nazir, Jose, Sukumaran
1981 PremaGeethangal Geetha Kumari Shanavas, Nedumudi, Jose Prakash
1981 Archana Teacher Madhu, Seema, Venu Nagavally
1980 Dooram Arike Soman, Sukumaran, Sankaradi
1980 Puzha Soman, Sreevidhya, Sankaradi
1980 Eden Thottam Soman, Jayabharathy,
1980 Aagamanam
1980 VaikiVanna Vasantham Sheeba Madhu, Sreevidhya
1980 Swantham Enna Padam Priya Madhu, Jose, Srividya
1980 Anthapuram Usha Jayan, Prem Nazir, Seema
1980 Meen Roselin Jayan, Madhu, Jose
1980 Ammayum makalum Jose, Ravikumar
1980 KavalMadam Jose, Sukumaran
1980 Ithile Vannavar Madhu, Sukumaran, Soman
1980 Sathyam Seetha
1980 Angaadi Ayisha Jayan, Sukumaran, Jose
1980 Aniyatha Valakal Sujatha Sukumaran, Venu Nagavalli
1980 Istamanu pakshe Nandinikutty Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Jose
1980 Theekkadal Sumam Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sukumaran, Srividya
1980 Akalangalil Abhayam Yamuna Soman, Madhu, Sardha, Sankaradi
1980 Seetha Seetha
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha Shyamala Madhu, Srividya, Soman
1979 Mamaangam Manipennu Prem Nazir, Jayan, K. R. Vijaya
1979 Prabhatha sandhya Mini Madhu, Soman, Jose
1979 Pratheeksha
1979 Neeyo Njaano
1979 Ennikku Njan Swantham Madhu, Jose, Jagathi Sreekumar
1979 Thuramugham Rosi Soman, Sukumaran, Jose Prakash
1979 Agni Parvatham Vimala Madhu, Sreevidya
1979 Rajaveedhi
1979 Veerabadran
1979 Krishnaparundu
1979 Lejjavathi Radha Krishnachandran, Vincent,
1979 Neelathamara Kunjimalu Ravikumar, Sathar Yusuf Ali Kechery
1978 Samayamaayilla Polum
1978 Aval Vishwasthayayirunnu
1976 Chottanikkara Amma

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2011 Avan Ivan Maryamma Vishal Krishna, Arya Bala
2010 Uthama Puthiran Sivakaami Dhanush, Genelia D'Souza Mithran Jawahar
2009 Mariyadhai Alamelu Annamalai Vijaykanth, Meena Vikraman
2007 Vel Suriya, Asin Hari
2005 Mazhai Jayam Ravi, Shriya Rajkumar
2003 Ottran Arjun, Simran Bagga Ilankannan
1999 Suyamvaram Vijayakumar, Manjula Vijayakumar
1999 Pooparika Varugirom Sivaji Ganesan, Ajay A. Venkatesh
1999 Jodi Sneha Varadharajan Prashanth, Simran Praveen Gandhi
1999 Anantha Poongathe Ajith Kumar, Karthik Raj Kapoor
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Surya's mother Suriya, Jyothika Vasanth
1999 Uyirodu Uyiraga Ajith Kumar, Richa Ahuja Sushma Ahuja
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Karthik, Roja Vikraman
1998 Kaadhal Kavidhai Vishwa's mother Prashanth, Isha Koppikar Agathiyan
1997 Arunachalam Meenatshi Rajinikanth, Soundarya Sundar C
1997 Periya Manushan Sivagami Sathyaraj, Ravali Guru Dhanapal
1988 Pei Veedu Karthik
1988 Nagam Karthik
1988 Kan Simittum Neram Lakshmi Karthik, R. Sarathkumar Kalaivanan Kannadasan
1988 Ganam Courtaar Avaragaley
1987 Aalappirandhavan Satyaraj, A.S Prakasam
1987 Kadhal Parisu Malini Kamal Haasan, Radha A. Jagannathan
1987 Makkal En Pakkam Sathyaraj, Rajesh Karthik Raghunath
1987 Annanagar Mudhal Theru Sathyaraj, Radha Balu Anand
1986 Velundu Vinaiyillai Vijayakanth
1986 Maaveeran Rajinikanth, Dara Singh Rajasekhar
1986 Thazhuvatha Kaigal Vijaykanth, R. Sundarrajan
1986 Manakanakku Vijayakanth, Radha R.C Sakthi
1986 Thandanai Vijayakanth
1986 Karpoora Deepam Sivakumar, Sujatha A. Jagannathan
1986 Naanum Oru Thozhilali Kamal Haasan, Jaishankar C. V. Sridhar
1986 Oruvar Vazhum Alayam Prabhu, Sivakumar
1986 Vikram Vikram's Wife Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj Rajasekhar
1986 Vengaiyin Mainthan Vijayakanth
1986 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Mohan, Radha Manivannan
1983 Thambathyam
1985 Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru Mohan
1985 Idaya Kovil Gauri Mohan, Radha Mani Ratnam
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Uma Rajinikanth, K. Bhagyaraj S.A. Chandrasekhar
1985 Padikathavan Dhanush, Tamannaah Bhatia Suraj
1985 Mr. Bharath Rajinikanth, Sathyaraj SP. Muthuraman
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Geetha Kamal Haasan, V. K. Ramasamy S. P. Muthuraman
1985 Kaakki Sattai Uma Kamal Haasan, Madhavi Rajasekhar
1985 Raja Veettu Kannukutti Prabhu
1985 Thiruppam Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha R. Krishnamoorthy
1984 Vaazhkai Vyjayanthimala, M. S. Draupadi A.V. Meiyappan
1984 Pournami alaigal Sivakumar
1984 Thalithanam Sivakumar
1984 Kanmaniye pesu Sivakumar
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Mother of Rosy Rajinikanth, Meena K. Natraj
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal Mohan, Sivakumar R. Sundarrajan
1983 Vellai Roja Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu A. Jagannathan
1983 Vazhvey Maayam Sandhiya Kamal Haasan, Sridevi R. Krishnamoorthy
1983 Garuda Saukiyama Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha K. S. Prakash Rao
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Ponni (1st wife) Rajinikanth, Radha SP. Muthuraman
1982 Sagalakala Vallavan Geetha Kamal Haasan, Raveendran SP. Muthuraman
1982 Kadal Meengal Kamal Haasan, Sujatha G. N. Rangarajan
1981 Antha Ezhu Naatkal K. Bhagyaraj, Khaja Sharif K. Bhagyaraj
1979 Sakkalathi

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1982 Garuda Rekhe Srinath, Madhavi P S Prakash
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Sheela Dr. Rajkumar, Saritha Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1983 Avala Neralu Ambarish, Vajramuni A. T. Raghu
1983 Chakravyuha Asha Ambareesh, Tiger Prabhakar V. Somashekar
1983 Gayathri Maduve Anant Nag, Roopadevi B Mallesh
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu Rajkumar, Leelavathi Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1983 Bhakta Prahlada Rajkumar, Saritha Vijay
1983 Hasida Hebbuli Ambarish, Vajramuni S A Chandrashekar
1984 Naane Raja V. Ravichandran, Jai Jagadish C V Rajendran
1984 Mooru Janma Ambarish, Anuradha Bhargava
1984 Pralayanthaka Special Appearance V. Ravichandran, Jai Jagadish B Subba Rao
1984 Apoorva Sangama Rajkumar, Shankar Nag Y. R. Swamy
1984 Indina Bharatha Shankar Nag, Mukhyamantri Chandru T Krishna
1985 Chaduranga Ambarish, Vajramuni V Somashekar
1986 Asambhava V. Ravichandran, Mukhyamantri Chandru D. Rajendra Babu
1986 Digvijaya (In Dual Role) Ambarish
1986 Shubha Milana Vishnuvardhan, Uday H. R. Bhargava
1986 Bete Ambarish, Srinath V Somashekar
1986 Sathkara Ambarish, Dinesh
1987 Bazar Bheema Ambarish, Geetha Perala
1987 Jeevana Jyothi Dr. Vishnuvardhan P. Vasu
1987 Athiratha Maharatha Anant Nag, Tiger Prabhakar Perala
1988 Dharmaathma Tiger Prabhakar, Shankar Nag
1988 Kirathaka Tiger Prabhakar, Vajramuni
1989 Hongkongnalli Agent Amar Ambarish, Umashree Joe Simon
1999 Janumadatha Shiva Rajkumar, Anju Aravind T. S. Nagabharana
2000 Kanasugara V. Ravichandran, Prema Karan
2002 Nagarahavu Upendra, Jyotika S Murali Mohan
2002 Nandhi Nandhi's mother Sudeep, Sindhu Menon D. Rajendra Babu
2003 Vijayasimha Vijay Raghavendra, Rakshitha

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ambika – Profile and Biography. Veethi. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ Movies | Nostalgia |. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Ambika to launch her son". Kollywood Today. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]

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