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]

Malayalam movies[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Stars
2014 To Noora with Love Noorjahan's mother
2014 Paulytechnic Pauly's mother
2012 Yakshi – Faithfully Yours
2011 Lavakumar 1984
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam
2010 Sadgamaya Yamuna's mother
2010 Thanthonni Kathreena Prithviraj, Sheela
2009 Angel John Mary Mohanlal, Vijayaraghavan
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 Cholliyattam
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam Subhadra Jagadish, Nedumudi Venu
2005 Ben Johnson Pathrose's wife,Benjohnson's mother Kalabhavan Mani, Sruthi
2004 Koottu Richard, Aravindan, Sheetal
2002 Kanmashi
2001 Dubai
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram
2000 Swayamvara Panthal Jayaram, Samyuktha Varma
2000 Varnakkazchchakal Dileep, Poornima Mohan
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Malavika Dileep, Preetha Vijayakumar
1999 Niram Baby Kunchako Boban, Shalini
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 Balachandra Menon, Thilakan, Sreenivasan, Parvathy
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Valsala Revathi, Philomina
1988 Ayitham Bhama Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Radha
1987 Samarppanam
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Aswathy Varma Mohanlal, Urvashi, Suresh Gopi, Janardhanan
1987 Vilambaram Sheela Balachandra Menon, M. G. Soman, Saritha, Ashokan, Shari
1987 Nirabhedangal 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 Ranjini, Ambika, Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Srividya, Anant Nag
1986 Rajavinte Makan Nancy Mohanlal, Ratheesh, Suresh Gopi
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
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
1978 Samayamaayilla Polum
1978 Aval Vishwasthayayirunnu
1976 Chottanikkara Amma

Tamil movies[edit]

Year Title Cast
2011 Avan Ivan Vishal, Arya
2010 Uthama Puthiran Dhanush, Genelia D'Souza
2009 Mariyadhai Vijayakanth, Meena, Meera Jasmine
2007 Vel Surya, Asin
2005 Mazhai Jayam Ravi, Shriya, Kalabhavan Mani
2003 Ottran Arjun, Simran
1999 Suyamvaram Karthik, Sathyaraj
1999 Pooparika Varugirom Ajay, Malavika
1999 Jodi Prashanth, Simran
1999 Anantha Poongathe Ajith Kumar
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Surya, Jyothika
1999 Uyirodu Uyiraga Ajith Kumar
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Karthik
1997 Arunachalam Rajinikanth
1997 Periya Manushan Sathyaraj
1988 Pei Veedu Karthik
1988 Nagam Karthik
1988 Kan Simittum Neram Karthik, Sarathkumar
1988 Ganam Courtaar Avaragaley Sathyaraj
1987 Aalappirandhavan Sathyaraj
1987 Kadhal Parisu Kamal Haasan, Radha
1987 Makkal En Pakkam Sathyaraj
1987 Anna Nagar Muthal Theru Sathyaraj, Prabhu
1986 Velundu Vinaiyillai Vijayakanth
1986 Maaveeran Rajinikanth, Jaishankar, Nagesh
1986 Thaluvatha Kaikal Vijayakanth
1986 Manakanakku Vijayakanth
1986 Thandanai Vijayakanth
1986 Karpoora depam Sivakumar
1986 Naanum Oru Thozhilali Kamal Haasan
1986 Oruvar Vazhum Alayam Prabhu, Sivakumar
1986 Vikram Kamal Haasan
1986 Vengaiyin Mainthan Vijayakanth
1986 Ambigai Neril Vanthal Mohan
1983 Thambathyam Sivaji
1985 Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru Mohan
1985 Idaya Kovil Mohan
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Rajinikanth
1985 Padikathavan Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganesan
1985 Mr. Bharath Rajinikanth, Sathyaraj
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Kamal Haasan
1985 Kaakki Sattai Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj
1985 Raja Veettu Kannukutti Prabhu
1985 Thiruppam Sivaji
1984 Vaazhkai Sivaji Ganesan
1984 Pournami alaigal Sivakumar
1984 Thalithanam Sivakumar
1984 Kanmaniye pesu Sivakumar
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Rajinikanth, Meena Durairaj
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal Mohan, Sivakumar
1983 Vellai Roja Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu
1983 Vazhvey Maayam Kamal Haasan, Sridevi
1983 karuda savukkiyama
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Rajinikanth, Meena Durairaj
1982 Sagalakala Vallavan Kamal Haasan
1982 Kadal Meengal Kamal Haasan
1981 Antha Ezhu Naatkal K. Bhagyaraj
1979 Sakkalathil Sudhagar

Kannada Movies[edit]

Year Title Cast
1982 Garuda Rekhe Srinath, Madhavi
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Rajkumar, Saritha
1983 Avala Neralu Ambarish, Vajramuni
1983 Chakravyuha Ambarish, Tiger Prabhakar
1983 Gayathri Maduve Anantnag, Ashwath
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu Rajkumar
1983 Bhakta Prahlada Rajkumar, Saritha
1983 Hasida hebbuli Ambarish, Dinesh
1984 Naane Raaja V. Ravichandran
1984 Mooru Janma Ambarish, Anuradha
1984 Pralayanthaka V. Ravichandran, Jai Jagadeesh, Bhavya
1984 Apoorva Sangama Rajkumar, Shankar Nag
1984 Indina Bharatha Shankar Nag, Shashikala
1985 Chaduranga Ambarish, Vajramuni
1986 Asambhava V. Ravichandran sumithra, Mukya mantri chandru
1986 Digvijaya (In Dual Role) Ambarish
1986 Shubha Milana Dr. Vishnuvardhan
1986 Bete Ambarish, Srinath
1986 Sathkara Ambarish, Dinesh
1987 Bazaar Bheema Ambarish, Geetha
1987 Jeevana Jyothi Dr. Vishnuvardhan
1987 Athiratha Maharatha Anantnag,Sayed
1988 Dharmaathma Tiger Prabhakar, Shankar Nag
1988 Kirathaka Tiger Prabhakar, Vajramuni
1989 Hongkongnalli Agent Amar Ambarish, Sumalatha
1999 Janmadatha A Ravi Kottarakarand, Archana
2000 Kanasugara Ravichandran, Prema
2001 Nagarahaavu Upendra, Jyothika, sadhukokila
2002 Nandhi Sudeep, Sindhu Menon, Radhika Chaudhari
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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