Kalpana (Malayalam actress)

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Kalpana
Born Kalpana Ranjani
Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Anil Kumar (divorced)
Children Sreemayi
Parent(s) Chavara V.P.Nair, Vijayalakshmi
Family Kalaranjini (sister)
Urvashi(sister)
Kamal Roy (brother)
Prince (brother)

Kalpana Ranjani, mononymously known as Kalpana, is an Indian actress known for her comic roles in South Indian film industries and more particularly in Malayalam cinema. At the 60th National Film Awards, she won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Thanichalla Njan (2012).[1] Kalpana is the sister of film actresses Urvashi and Kalaranjini. Kalpana Ranjani, better known by her stage name Kalpana, entered the film industry wanting to work as a heroine. However, she ended up doing comedy. Kalpana has strayed into reality shows and says she thoroughly enjoys them. She recently performed a music album with Usha Uthup.[2] She has published her memoirs, Njan Kalpana.[3]

Career[edit]

After making her debut in the 1983 film Manju directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Kalpana went on to star in several critically acclaimed films and her portrayals as a comedienne were appreciated by critics. Her Tamil debut was through the 1985 released successful film Chinna Veedu opposite K. Bhagyaraj. Her other memorable films include Sathi Leelavathi (1995) and Kaliveedu (1996).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kalpana is born to Theater artists Chavara V.P.Nair and Vijayalakshmi. Her elder sister is actress Kalaranjini and younger sister is actress Urvashi. Her two brothers, Late Kamal Roy and Late Prince had also acted in few Malayalam movies. Her two brothers Kamal Roy and Prince who were died in their young age of 17 and 27.

She is married to Malayalam film director Anil Kumar and is divorced in 2012. Their only daughter Sreemayi is staying with Kalpana.[5]

Awards[edit]

Partial filmography[edit]

Movie Year Role
Maanam Thelinjathu -
Ennum Eppozhum 2015 Bindhu
Kaaki Sattai 2015 -
Karnavar 2014 Santha
The Dolphins 2014 Vava
Nayana 2014 -
Malayalakkara Residency 2014 -
Bangalore Days 2014 Kuttan's Amma
ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi 2013 Mariyamma
Radio 2013
Teens 2013 -
Thanichalla Njan 2012 Razia Beevi
Spirit 2012 Pankajam
Vaadhyar 2012 Shobha
Ezham Suryan 2012 Nalini
Grihanathan 2012
Theruvunakshathrangal 2012
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O. 2012 -
Shankaranum Mohananum 2011 Janaki
Salt N' Pepper 2011 Mary
Paarvanam 2011
Jameela 2011 -
Kanakombathu 2011 -
Living Together 2011
Sivapuram 2011
Bombay Mittayi 2011
Ninnishtam Annishtam 2 2011 Muthulakshmi
Paachuvum Kovaalanum 2011 Annamma
Lavender 2011
Snehadharam 2011 -
Kudambasree Travels 2011 Khadeeja
Makeup Man 2011 Soorya's fiancee's aunt
Indian Rupee 2011 Mary
Senior Mandrake 2010 Vandana
Nizhal 2010 Canteen Owner
Oru Small Family 2010
Nirakazhcha 2010 Aksharavalli
Yughapurushan 2010 -
Pathamadhyam 2010
Njaan Sanchari 2010 Dr.Arundhathi
Aakaashayathra 2010
Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonu 2009 Dance teacher
Loud Speaker 2009 Rugmini
Sanmanasullavan Appukuttan 2009 Vasundhara
Kerala Cafe 2009 -
Seetha Kalyanam 2009 Ramani
Thirunnakkara Perumal 2009 -
Paleri Mannikyam Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha 2009
Apoorva-the rare school days 2008 -
Kovalam 2008 Mariya
De Ingottu Nokkiye 2008
Bullet 2008 Reality Show Judge
Twenty:20 2008 Swarnamma
Pakal Nakshathrangal 2008 Raji
Anchil Oral Arjunan 2007 Shantha
Bharathan Effect 2007 Thankachan's mother
Balram v/s Tharadas 2006 Dakshayani
Krithyam 2005 Victoria
Athbhutha Dweepu 2005 Mallika
Bungalowil Outha 2005 -
Udayon 2005 Kunjujamma
Kalabham 2005 -
Bus Conductor 2005 -
Five Fingers 2005 Marykutti
Idhaya Thirudan 2005
Maampazhakkaalam 2004 Neelima
Vismayathumbathu 2004 Maya
Vellinakshathram 2004 School Principal
Thalamelam 2004 Kanakavalli
Sethurammaiyer CBI 2004 Tailor Mani's wife
Priyam Priyankaram 2004
Nerkku Nere 2004 -
Varum Varunnu Vannu 2003 House Maid
Mizhi Randilum 2003 Saradha
The Fire 2003 Fathima Beevi
Mr.Brahmachari 2003 Anasooya
Melvilasam Sariyanu 2003 Sarasamma P Varghese
Vellithira 2003 Pushpam
Pammal K. Sambandam 2002 Nurse
Chirikkudukka 2002 Seemanthini
Kakke Kakke Koodevide 2002 Rahel
Kannaki 2002 Kanakammal
www.annukudumbam.com 2002 Thief
Kasillatheyum Jeevikkam 2002
Krishna Gopalkrishna 2002 Sujatha
Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan 2002 Kanyaka
Ishtam 2001 Mariyamma Thomas
Dumm Dumm Dumm 2001 Pattamma
Ennum Sambavami Yuge Yuge 2001
Kannady Kadavathu 2000 -
Manassil Oru Manjithulli 2000
Shayanam 2000 -
American Ammayi 1999 -
Aakashaganga 1999 Kochuthresia
Chandamama 1999 Kochammini
Charlie Chaplin 1999 Chandrika
Swastham Grihabaranam 1999 Sarala
Pranaya Nilaavu 1999
Alibabayum Arara Kallanmarum 1998 Thanki
Grama Panchayath 1998 Pankajakshi
Manthrikochamma 1998
Sooryaputhran 1998 Mental Patient
Kudumbavarthakal 1998 -
Junior Mandrake 1997 Vandana
Kalyana Unniikal 1997 Lucie
Ancharakalyanam 1997 Kalyani
Rajathanthram 1997 -
Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam 1997 Chandrika
Manadiyar Peninu Chenkota Chekkan 1997 -
Newspaper Boy 1997 -
Anuraga Kottaram 1997 Mother Superior
Ullasappoonkattu 1997 Marykutti
Arjunan Pillayum Anchu Makkalum 1997 Jayaprabha
Ishtadhaanam 1997 -
Anubhoothi 1997 Police officer's wife
Five Star Hospital 1997 Nurse
Mayaponman 1997 Meenakshi
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila 1996
Kaathil Oru Kinnaram 1996 Manikutty
Kaliveedu 1996 Mary
Harbour 1996 Palisha Kathreena
Kudumbakodathi 1996 Gundur Parvathi
Malayala Masom Chingam Onnu 1996
Aramanaveedum Anjoorekkarum 1996 Swarnam
Kaatttile Thadi Thevarude Ana 1995 Kanaka
Kalamasseriyil Kalyanayogam 1995 Chempakasseri Sakunthala
Achan Kombathu Amma Varambathu 1995 -
Parvathy Parinayam 1995
Pai Brothers 1995 Komalam
Avittam Thirunal Arogya Sreeman 1995 Kousalya
Punnaram 1995 Chandrika
Rajakeeyam 1995 Snehaprabha
Peter Scott 1995 Bessy
Sathi Leelavathi 1995 Leelavathi
No.1 Snehatheeram Banglore North 1995 Metilda
Mangalyasoothram 1995 -
Three Men Army 1995 Indira Devi
CID Unnikrishnan BA, BEd 1994 House Maid
Kudumba Visesham 1994 Alykutty
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu 1994 Ponnamma
Poochakkaru Mani Kettum 1994 Karthika
Sukham Sukhakaram 1994 -
Butterflies 1993 -
Gandharvam 1993 Kottarakara Komalam
Narayam 1993 -
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons 1993 Annakutty
Kabuliwala 1993 Chandrika
Kavadiyattam 1993 -
Ponnu Chami 1993 -
Porutham 1993 Vasantha Kokila
Kalippaattam 1993 Venu's younger sister
Saakshaal Sreeman Chaathunni 1993
Ammayane Sathyam 1993
Uppukandam Brothers 1993 Elamma
Ennodishtam Koodamo 1992 Bhagyam
Cheppadividya 1992 Mary
Ardram 1992 Jaanu
Mr & Mrs 1992 Kalpana
Aparatha 1992 Mary
Inspector Balram 1991 Dakshayani
Ottayal Pattalam 1991 -
Postbox No 27 1991 -
Ennathe Programme 1991 Minikutty
Pookkalam Varavayi 1991 Tuition Teacher
Souhrudam 1991 Annamma
Adayalam 1991 Rosemary
Dr Pasupathy 1990 U D C Kumari
Kouthuka Varthakal 1990 Kamalu
Maala Yogam 1990 Subhadra
Orukkam 1990 Alice
Superstar 1990 Shakuntala
Saandhram 1990 Anna
Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam 1989 Thankamani
Prema 1989
Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal 1989 Mohini
Ithramathram 1986 Rajani
Chinna Veedu 1985 Bhagyalakshmi
Ithu Nalla Thamasa 1985 Sundari
Choodatha Pookkal 1985 Hema's friend
Paara 1985
Panchavadi Paalam 1984 Anarkali
Thavalam 1983 Latha
Manju 1983 Rashmi
Aadhipathyam 1983 Gracy
Pokkuveyyil 1982 -
Ithum Oru Jeevitham 1982
Yaagam 1982 -
Anthiveyilile Ponnu 1982
Pathirasooryan 1981 Joly's friend
Digvijayam 1980 child artist

Television[edit]

Kalpana hosted several talk shows and interviews on Malayalam TV Channels. She act a role in a Tamil serial Mamma Mappilai in Sun TV. She frequently appears as Judge in Asianet's Comedy Reality show Vodafone Comedy Stars.She has acted in few Malayalam television serials like Sathi Leelavathi,Kudumbasametham Manikutty,In Panchali House etc.She has acted in many advertisements also.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_13-national-film-awards-for-malayalam-movies_1812734
  2. ^ http://www.deccanherald.com/CONTENT/Sep242008/metro-wed2008092391645.asp
  3. ^ http://indulekha.com/malayalambooks/2008/05/njan-kalpana.html
  4. ^ http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/malayalamContentView.do?contentId=13680236&programId=1073752204&channelId=-1073750705&BV_ID=@@@&tabId=3
  5. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/mangalam-varika/74473

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