Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Years active||1978 – 1988
|Children||Ram Kesav, Rishikesh|
|Parents||n.kunjan nair / Kallara sarasamma|
|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 also starred in few Telugu and Hindi 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, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. 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.
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. 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. Currently she is residing in chennai in a separate house.
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, but also in Tamil and Kannada.
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.
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 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.
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||Nandhini|
|1990||Manju Peyyunna Rathri|
|1979||Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha||Shyamala|
|1979||Enikku Njaan 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)