December 13, 1952 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Relatives||Y. V. Rao (father)
Kumari Rukhmini (mother)
Nungambakkam Janaki (maternal grand mother)
Bhaskar (ex husband)
Mohan Sharma(ex husband)
Narayan Sivachandran (husband)
Lakshmi Narayan (born Lakshmi Yaragudipati on 13 December 1952) is an Indian film actress known for her works in South Indian film industry and Bollywood. Starting to act at the age of 15, she made her silver screen debut as an actress with the Tamil film Jeevanamsam in 1968, in the same year she was starred in the Kannada film Goadalli CID 999 starring Rajkumar.In 1974, she starred in her First Malayalam movie Chattakari which went on to become blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Telugu,Malayalam, and various other languages.Lakshmi has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress,National Film Award for Best Actress, the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards, nine Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards and various other state awards.
Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in the year 1975, with the women-centric Julie, the remake of Malayalam film Chattakari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade she switched over to character roles.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Awards
- 5 Partial Filmography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran Telugu film maker Yaragudipati Varada Rao, Andhra Pradesh, whose films dealt with important social issues.Her mother Kumari Rukhmini was a Tamil actress, whose mother Nungambakkam Janaki was also an actress.
She established herself as a successful and popular actress in South India in the 1970s acting in all four South Indian languages: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Lakshmi rose to fame from her First Malayalam movieChattakari (1974)which won her Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. movieChattakari has the distinction of being the first Malayalam film to run continuously for 40 weeks in a Bangalore theatre.Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to a Filmfare Best Actress Award, she also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for the "most outstanding work of the year", for her work in Julie. She is a versatile actress with a glamorous touch. In the Telugu film Panthulamma, she is credited with giving one of her best performances.
After Chattakari ,She starred in Many Superhit Malayalam Films, all her films in Malayalam were superhits and gave evergreen songs. Her Performance in Chalanum & Mohiniyottam fetched her Film fare Awards for Best Actress She has acted in many successful films opposite Nithya Haritha Nayakan (Evergreen Hero) Prem Nazir and Mohan Sharma, the First South Indian actor graduated in Acting course from Government of India.
She acted with almost all the leading actors and Stars of South India, but it was her combination with popular actor Anant Nag in 70s and 80s that really struck a chord with the audience. Ananth Nag and Lakshmi are considered one of the all-time greatest pairs in South Indian cinema. They acted together in more than 25 films. Their pair was considered the right recipe for success. Most of the films based on TaRaSu novels based on the life of middle class young couples. The films like Chandanada Gombe, Naa Ninna Bidaalare (1979), Benkiya Bale, Ibbani Karagitu, Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba, Mududida Taavare Aralitu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege (1983), Amma and others in their combination were blockbuster hits that made Ananth Nag and Lakshmi household names in Karnataka. Both the actors have signed a new film together in 2013 called "Gulmohar" directed by Devanuru Chandra that has already started shooting.
After her success in Julie, however, she didn't star in many Hindi films and instead concentrated on doing more South Indian films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1977), becoming one of the first South Indian actresses to win in that category for a Tamil film. When her career as a leading lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as a mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's grandmother in Jeans (1998) and Kareena Kapoor's grandmother in Hulchul (2004). She has performed in more than 400 films and has also been involved in politics.
Lakshmi took a break from acting to host two talk shows, including the Tamil talk show Achamillai, Achamillai. After the talk shows ended, she returned to acting in films. She is fluent in all four South Indian languages. She hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Idu Kathe alla Jeevana. She also hosts a talk show in Tamil for Vijay TV called Kadhai Alla Nijam. She also directed a Kannada film Makkala Sainya. she has hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Neena? Naana?
Currently she is one among the Judge Panel for a Malayalam reality Show "Champions" in Surya TV.
Lakshmi was married thrice. Her first marriage was to Bhaskar, who worked with an insurance company. It was arranged by her parents when she was seventeen. Her only biological child, Aishwarya, was born in 1971. Her marriage ended in a divorce, and she gained custody of her daughter, who later became an actress in the 1990s, making her a fourth generation actress. Later She married Mohan Sharma her co-star in Chattakari, Malayalam movie. That also ended up in divorce. She and actor-director K.S. Sivachandran fell in love and got married.
While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma, she and actor-director Narayan Sivachandran got married. She was long associated with Kannada actor Ananth Nag in the 1980s. Her daughter Aishwarya, gave birth to a baby girl in the mid 1990s, making Lakshmi a grandmother. Lakshmi adopted a baby girl in 2001.
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
- 1974 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Chattakari
Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards
Filmfare Awards South
- 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Dikkatra Parvathi
- 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chattakari
- 1975 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chalanum 
- 1976 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Mohiniyattom 
- 1983 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Unmaigal
- 1986 – Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress for Sravana Meghalu
- 1993 – Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress for Hoovu Hannu
- 1998 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South)
Karnataka State Film Awards
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Panthulamma
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Sravana Meghalu
- Nandi Award for Best Character Actress - Murari
|1974||Chattakari||Julie||Won, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|1975||Picnic||Along with Prem Nazir|
|Prayanam||Along with Mohan Sharma|
|Sindhu||Sindhu||Along with Prem Nazir|
|Chattambi Kalyani||Usha||Along with Prem Nazir|
|Chalanum||Along with Mohan Sharma||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|1976||Mohiniyattom||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|1976||Ponni||Ponni||Along with Kamal Haasan|
|1980||Raagam||Along with Mohan Sharma|
|1982||Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam||Deepthi|
|Padayottam||Parvathi||Along with Prem Nazir|
|1983||Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu||Adv. Rajalakshmi|
|Karyam Nissaram||Ammini Kutty||Along with Prem Nazir|
|Attakkalasam||Indu||Along with Prem Nazir|
|Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Anu|
|Bandham||Along with Prem Nazir|
|1984||Piriyilla Naam||Lakshmi Menon|
|Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Maheswariyamma|
|1985||Vannu Kandu Keezadakki|
|1990||Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu||Sreedevi Rosario|
|Poochakkaru Mani Kettum||Kunjukuttiyamma|
|2009||IG||Dhurga Prasad's Mother|
|2013||Zachariayude Garbhinikal||Sister Jasmine|
|1974||Dikkatra Parvathi||Won, Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award|
|1977||Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal||Won, National Film Award for Best Actress|
|1978||Oru Nadigai Naadakam Paarkiral|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaram|
|1987||Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|1987||Kodai Mazhai||Malayalam Actress Sunitha's First Film|
|1986||Sravana Megalu||Won Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu)|
|1998||Premante Idhera ]]|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo|
|1975||Julie||Julie||Won, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Sunita|
- "Sri Valli—1945". The Hindu. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
- 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007
- 60 years of telugu cinema a book published in 2007
- Sathyendran, Nita (23 January 2009). "Timeless, ageless". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- Warrier, Shobha (3 March 2001). "'I don't want to act with half-baked idiots any longer'". Rediff. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- ""I’ll act till my last breath" - Lakshmi". Screen. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- "39th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-06.