Bhanupriya

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Bhanupriya
BhanuPriya sketch.jpg
Portrait of Bhanu Priya
Born Manga Bhama
(1966-01-15) 15 January 1966 (age 48)
Rangampeta, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) Adarsh Kaushal (1998-2004)
Children Abhinaya (b.2003)

Manga Bhama, better known by her stage name Bhanupriya, is a main stream Indian actress who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films from 1983 to 1993. She also acted in few Bollywood films in the 1990s. Her sister Shantipriya was also an actress.

Early life[edit]

Bhanupriya was born as Manga Bhama in Rangampeta village, near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, on 15 January 1966 into a Telugu family. Her family settled in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Personal life[edit]

Bhanupriya fell in love with Adarsh Kaushal, the son of U.S. based dancer Sumathi Kaushal, and married him in 1998 and re-located to the U.S. where she gave birth to a daughter Abhinaya in 2003. After spending few years in U.S. Bhanupriya got divorced from her husband Adarsh Kaushal and returned back to India to resume her acting career. Bhanupriya is now living in Chennai along with her daughter Abhinaya.[1]

Film career[edit]

Bhanupriya has acted in around 150 films as a heroine in various languages. Bhanupriya began her film acting career when she was just 17. Her first film was Mella Pesungal (1983) in Tamil.[2] She made her Telugu debut with Sitaara, directed by veteran Vamsy. She has acted in over 80 Telugu films, about 40 Tamil films, 15 Hindi films and a few Malayalam and Kannada films.[2]

Trained in classical dance, all her critically acclaimed movies were based on the subject of classical dance, like Vamsy's Sitara and veteran K. Vishwanath's Swarnakamalam in 1988 Telugu.

Another critically acclaimed movie was Sathyan Anthikkad's Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal in Malayalam. She along with another popular actress cum dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy performed to the songs "Sivakara Damaruka" and "Ghanashyama" which were well received. She acted with Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty in the movies Rajashilpi and Azhagiya Ravanan respectively.

She is also part of Mani Ratnam's stage show Netru, Indru, Naalai.

She had Rhinoplasty to alter the appearance of her nose in her film career during the film Aararo Ariraro, in 1989. Around the same time she is also recorded to have had a cosmetic procedure to alter the shape of her belly button.[3] Her appearance and performances were well appreciated by her senior artist and her co-stars in Tamil film industry from 1990 to 1993.

Tamil Cinema's ace actor, Sivaji Ganesan had mentioned in one of his interviews that Bhanupriya is the only actress from the younger generation with matchable acting ability as Savithri and Padmini. Telugu Superstar Chiranjeevi mentioned that he enjoyed the chemistry with other actresses while dancing but with Bhanupriya he missed out on that as she always concentrated on the technical aspects of her footwork and treated him as a competitor instead of a co-star. Khushboo had mentioned in an interview that one role that she would not be able to do justice would be the role Bhanupriya enacted in "Aararo Ariraro". S.P.Balasubramaniam, in the Telugu show "Paadutha Theeyaga", named her as one of the graceful dancers of cinema, apart from Kamalhassan, Chiranjeevi, Prabhudeva, L.Vijayalakshmi and Vyjayanthimala. Actor Prabhu, in the TV Show "Album", named her as one of the best heroines from the 80s.

She had also acted in a television serial, Shakthi, shown over in Sun Network channels. She is famous for her expressions using her eyes, which led her to a career in modelling. Her most famous ad was of Eyetex, a popular eyeliner. Cinematographer and director P. C. Sreeram once described her as having the most beautiful and photogenic face among south Indian movie actresses.

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

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

No Year Title Role Co-Star Language Director Notes
1 1983 Mella Pesungal Uma Vasanth Tamil Bharati Vasu Debut Film in Tamil
2 1983 Sitaara Sitaara / Kokila Suman Telugu Vamsy Debut Film in Telugu
3 1984 Rowdy Krishnam Raju Telugu A.Mohan Gandhi
4 1984 Ramayanamlo Bhagavatam Chandra Mohan Telugu Tatineni Prasad
5 1984 Palnati Puli Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Tatineni Prasad
6 1984 Jamesbond 999 Suman Telugu P.Chandrasekhar Reddy
7 1984 Chadarangam Naresh Telugu B.Bhaskara Rao
8 1984 Gruhalakshmi Mohan Babu Telugu B.Bhaskara Rao
9 1984 Illale Devata Akkineni Nageshwara Rao Telugu T.L.V.Prasad
10 1985 Jhansi Rani Rajendra Prasad Telugu Satyanand
11 1985 Mogudu Pellalu Naresh Telugu Jandhyala
12 1985 Musugu Donga Suman Telugu Boina Subba Rao
13 1985 Bangaru Chiluka Arjun Sarja Telugu Anil Kumar
14 1985 Preminchu Pelladu Rajendra Prasad Telugu Jandyala
15 1985 Jwala Chiranjeevi Telugu Ravi Raja Pinishetty
16 1985 Thendral Thodhata Malar Rajeev Tamil G.P.Balan
17 1985 Garjana Suman Telugu Anil Kumar
18 1985 Kutumba Bandham Rajesh Telugu M.Jaya dev
19 1985 Illaliko Pariksha Mohan Babu Telugu T.L.V.Prasad
20 1985 Atmabalam Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Tatineni Prasad
21 1985 America Alludu Radha Suman Telugu K.Vasu
22 1985 Anveshana Hema Karthik Telugu Vamsy
23 1985 Vijeta Priyadarshini Chiranjeevi Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
24 1986 Bhale Mithrulu BhanuChander Telugu A.Mohan Gandhi
26 1986 Manchi Manasulu Bhanuchandar Telugu A.Mohan Gandhi
27 1986 Pratibhavantudu Krishna Telugu Prabhakar Reddy
28 1986 Shravana Meghaalu Murali Mohan Telugu
29 1986 Konaseema Kurradu Arjun Sarja Telugu RaviRaja Pinishetty
30 1986 Kashmora Rajasekhar, Rajendra Prasad Telugu N.B.Chakravarthy
30 1986 Dosti Dushmani Rekha / Shanti Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Rajinikanth Hindi Rama Rao Thatineni Debut Film in Hindi
31 1986 Aalapana Mohan Telugu Vamsy
32 1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu K.Raghavendra Rao
33 1986 Anadiga Aadadi Rajendra Prasad Telugu Anil Kishore
34 1986 Anasuyammagari Alludu Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
35 1986 Chadastapu Mogudu Suman Telugu Sharath
36 1987 Srinivasa Kalyanam Lalitha Venkatesh Telugu kodi ramakrishna
37 1987 Shankaravam Krishna Telugu Krishna
38 1987 Prema Samrat Madhulatha Suman Telugu A.Mohan Gandhi
39 1987 Insaf Ki Pukar Rani Dharmendra, Jeetendra Hindi Rama Rao Thatineni
40 1987 Prema Deepalu Sarath Babu Telugu C.S.Bose
41 1987 Chakravarthy Chiranjeevi Telugu Ravi Raja Pinishetty
42 1987 Kartika Pournami Shoban Babu Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
43 1987 Khudgarz Jaya Saxena Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha Hindi Rakesh Roshan
44 1987 Donga Mogudu Priyamvada Chiranjeevi Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
45 1987 Allari Krishnayya Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Nandamuri Ramesh
46 1987 Jebu Donga Chiranjeevi Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
47 1988 Mar Mitenge Jenny Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty Hindi Kewal Sharma
48 1988 Bharatamlo Balachandrudu Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Kodi Ramakrishna
49 1988 Nyayaniki Siksha Shiva Krishna Telugu Rama Rao Thatineni
50 1988 Agni Keratalu Krishna Telugu Rama Rao Thatineni
51 1988 Tiragabadda Telugu Bidda Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy
52 1988 Tamacha Seema Jeetendra, Rajinikanth Hindi Ramesh Ahuja
53 1988 Khaidi No 786 Radha Chiranjeevi Telugu Vijaya Bapineedu
54 1988 Trinetrudu Pratyusha Chiranjeevi Telugu Kodanda Rami Reddy Chiranjeevi's 100th Film
55 1988 Swarnakamalam Meenakshi Venkatesh Telugu K.Viswanath Nandi Award for Best Actress
56 1989 Suryaa: An Awakening Shanoo Vinod Khanna Hindi Esmayeel Shroff
57 1989 State Rowdy Asha Chiranjeevi Telugu B.Gopal
58 1989 Bhagawan Krishnam Raju Telugu Siddhartha
59 1989 Black Tiger Ramesh Babu Telugu Dasari Narayana Rao
60 1989 Dav Pech Jeetendra Hindi Kewal Sharma
61 1989 Garibon Ka Daata Mithun Chakraborty Hindi Ramesh Ahuja
62 1989 Gudachari 117 Krishna Telugu Kodi Ramakrishna
63 1989 Kasam Vardi Ki Jeetendra Hindi Shibu Mitra
64 1989 Asokha Chakravarty Urmila Balakrishna Nandamuri Telugu S S Ravichandra
66 1989 Aararo Ariraro Meenu K.Bhagyaraj Tamil K.Bhagyaraj Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
66 1990 Zahreelay Sanjay Dutt, Jeetendra Hindi Jyotin Goel
67 1990 Sirayil Pootha Chinna malar Chitra Vijayakanth Tamil Amirtham
68 1990 Jayasimha Suman Telugu
69 1990 Chatriyan Banu Vijayakanth Tamil K.Subash
70 1991 Bhabhi Sita / Kamini Govinda, Juhi Chawla Hindi Kishore Vyas
71 1991 Pudhu Manithan Sugandhi Sathyaraj Tamil Manivannan
72 1991 Gopura Vasalile Kalyani Karthik Tamil Priyadarshan
73 1991 Shri Edu Kondala Swamy Goddess Padmavati Devi Arun Govil Telugu K.Kameswar Rao
74 1991 Pondatti Sonna kettukanum Indira Chandra Sekhar Tamil V.Sekhar
75 1991 Azhagan Priya Ranjan Mammootty Tamil K. Balachander Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
76 1991 People's Encounter Srikanth Telugu A.Mohan Gandhi
77 1991 Bramma Pavitra Sathyaraj Tamil K.Subash
78 1991 Thalapathi Padma Rajinikanth Tamil Manirathnam
79 1991 Thaipoosam Nassar Tamil
80 1991 Ramudu Kadu Rakshasudu Suman Telugu Dasari Narayana Rao
81 1992 Magudam Bhavani Sathyaraj Tamil Prathap K. Pothan
82 1992 Bharathan Indhu Vijayakanth Tamil Sabapathy Dekshinamurthy
83 1992 Therku Theru Machan Parimala Sathyaraj Tamil K.Subash
84 1992 Sundara Kandam Deivanai K.Bhagyaraj Tamil K.Bhagyaraj
85 1992 Pangali Saidhai Tamizharasi Sathyaraj Tamil K.Subash
86 1992 Rajashilpi Durga Mohanlal Malayalam R.Sukumaran Debut Film in Malayalam
87 1992 Amaran Sivagaami Karthik Tamil K.Rajeswar
88 1992 Kaviya Thalaivan Priya / Saradha Vijayakanth Tamil
89 1992 Vaaname Ellai Herself Anand Babu, Ramya Krishnan Tamil K. Balachander Guest Appearance in a special song
90 1992 Neenga Nalla Irukkanum Anjalai Nizhalgal Ravi Tamil Visu
91 1993 Kattalai Vijaya Sathyaraj Tamil Liaquat Ali Khan
92 1993 Porantha Veeda Puguntha Veeda Amudha Sivakumar Tamil V.Sekhar
93 1993 Bhagat Suman Telugu Satya Reddy
94 1993 Maharasan Kamalhassan Tamil G.N.Rangarajan
95 1993 Mutrugai DSP Bhavani Arun Pandiyan Tamil Manobala
96 1993 Raja Durai Vijayakanth Tamil S.A.Chandrasekhar Guest Appearance in Special Song
97 1993 Kirayi Gunda Krishna Telugu
98 1993 Gokulam Gayathri / Mary Arjun Sarja Tamil Vikraman
99 1993 Uzhavan Prabhu Ganesan Tamil Kathir
100 1994 Rasika Ravichandran Kannada Dwarakish Debut Film in Kannada
101 1994 Ish Gup Chup Varun Kumar Telugu Jandhyala
102 1994 Bangaru Mogudu Suman Telugu ThammaReddy Bharadwaj
103 1995 Highway Meera Suresh Gopi Malayalam Jayaraaj
104 1995 Peddarayudu Mohan Babu Telugu RaviRaja Pinishetty
105 1995 Chakravarthy Bhanu Karthik Tamil M.Baskar
106 1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Anuradha Mammootty Malayalam Kamal
107 1996 Amma Durgamma Goddess Durga Sasikumar Telugu
108 1997 Mama Bagunnava Rajendra Prasad, Naresh Telugu Kodi RamaKrishna
109 1997 Kulam Subhadra Suresh Gopi Malayalam Lenin Rajendran
110 1997 Rishyasringan Krishna, Shyjudev Malayalam Suresh Unnithan
111 1997 Annamayya Goddess Padmavathi Devi Akkineni Nagarjuna, Suman Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao
112 1998 Thalaimurai Panchavarnam Rajkiran Tamil Rajkiran
113 1998 Aaha Rajeswari (Raaji) Raghuvaran Tamil Suresh Krishna
114 1998 Aaha Geeta Jagapati Babu Telugu Suresh Krishna Guest Role
115 1999 Endrendrum Kadhal Pooja Vijay Tamil Manoj Bhatnagar
116 1999 Anantha Poongathe Banu Karthik Tamil Raj Kapoor Guest Role
117 2000 Annai Tamil
118 2000 February 14, Necklace Road Suman Telugu Sreenivasa Reddy Guest Role
119 2000 Ayodhya Ramaiah Srihari Telugu Chandra Mahes
120 2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Maya Varma Jayaram Malayalam Sathyan Anthikad
121 2000 Devarmaga Shivarajkumar, Ambareesh Kannada D.Rajendra Babu
122 2000 Jayam Manadera Bhuvaneswari Venkatesh Telugu N. Shankar
2000 Hindustan The Mother Naresh Telugu G. Haribabu
123 2001 Sree Rajarajeswary Goddess Parasakthi Ramya Krishnan Tamil
124 2001 Thaali Kaatha Kaaliamman Goddess Kaali Prabhu Tamil
125 2002 Simhadriya Simha Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Meena, Umashree Kannada S. Narayan
126 2002 Naina Jayaram Tamil Manobala
127 2002 Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo Indu HariKrishna, Suman Telugu Y.V.S.Chowdary Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
128 2004 Jai Prashanth, Thyagarajan Tamil S. Narayan
129 2004 Manjupoloru Penkutti Arundathi Amrutha Prakash, Suresh Krishna Malayalam Kamal
130 2004 Jore Meenakshi Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, Gajala Tamil Selva
131 2004 Kadamba Yamini Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Avinash Kannada Suresh Krishna
132 2004 Shravanamasam Harikrishna, Krishna, Gajala Telugu Posani KrishnaMurali
133 2004 Chellame Vishal Krishna, Reema Sen Tamil Gandhi Krishna Guest Appearance in a Special Song
134 2005 Orey Pandu Sachin Telugu S. V. Krishna Reddy
135 2005 Gautam S.S.C Bhanu Navadeep Telugu Arun Prasad
136 2005 Hridayathi Sookshikkaan Kunchako Boban, Bhavana Malayalam Rajesh Pillai
137 2005 Chhatrapati Prabhas, Shriya Telugu S.S.Rajamouli Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
138 2006 Raathrimazha Malayalam Lenin Rajendran
139 2007 Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan Sarath Babu Tamil
140 2007 Polladhavan Thilaka Dhanush Tamil Vetrimaaran
141 2008 Mahayagnam Nassar Telugu Krishna Tota
142 2008 Theekuchi Tamil
143 2008 Pellaindi Kaani Rajeshwari Allari Naresh, Kamalini Mukherjee Telugu E.V.V.Sathya Narayana
144 2009 Mesthru Devaraj Kannada Mahadev
145 2010 My Name is Amruta Bhanuchandar Telugu Venkat Gowri
146 2012 3 Dhanush Tamil Aishwarya R. Dhanush
147 2012 Dammu Vasundhara NTR Jr. Telugu Boyapatti Seenu
148 2013 Chatrapathi Siddanth Telugu Dinesh Gandhi
149 2014 Avathaaram Akkamma Richard Rishi, Radhika Kumaraswamy Telugu Kodi Ramakrishna

Upcoming Films[edit]

  • En Peyar Kumarasaamy - Tamil
  • Kaatu Paranja Katha - Malayalam

Dubbing[edit]

  • Urmila - Indian Tamil Movie

Television[edit]

  • Vishwamitra - Telecasted on Doordarshan - Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao
  • Penn - Directed by Suhashini Maniratnam, appeared in one episode alongside Gemini Ganesan as his daughter
  • Shakti - Telecasted on Sun TV
  • Vazhkai - Telecasted on Sun TV
  • Thaka Thimi Tha - Hosted the dance based program on Jaya TV
  • Porandha Veeda Pugundha Veeda - Telecasted on Sun TV
  • Jodi Number One Season 5 - Special Judge in Dance based show in Remix Round telecasted in STAR VIJAY TV.
  • Maanada Mayilaada Season 6 - Special Judge in Dance based show in Valentine's Day special telecasted in Kalaignar TV.
  • Aahaa - Daily on Vijay TV from 07.05.2012
  • Narthanasala - Judge in dance based show telecasted in ETV Telugu Semi Final Episodes (31 October 2012, 7 November 2012, 14 November 2012) along with Simran and Chinni Prakash.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SRIREKHA PILLAI (2004-09-13). "ABHINAYA, Bhanupriya's new love". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b S.R. Ashok Kumar (2006-10-01). "For Bhanupriya family comes first now". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ http://thessfan.wordpress.com/

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