Lakshmi (actress)

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Lakshmi Narayan
Born Lakshmi Yaragudipati
(1952-12-13) December 13, 1952 (age 61)
Madras, Madras Presidency, India
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Bhaskar (1969-1974) (divorced)
Mohan Sharma (1975-1980)(divorced)
K. S. Narayan Sivachandran
Children Aishwarya (b.1971)
Parents Y. V. Rao
Kumari Rukhmini

Lakshmi Narayan (born Lakshmi Yaragudipati on 13 December 1952) is an Indian film actress known for her works in Indian film industry. 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. She 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]


Lakshmi was fifteen when she started acting in films. Her first film was Jeevanamsam, a Tamil film released in 1968. The same year she entered Telugu cinema through Bandhavyalu.

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,[2] she also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for the "most outstanding work of the year", for her work in Julie.[3] She is a versatile actress with a glamorous touch. In the Telugu film Panthulamma, she is credited with giving one of her best performances.[4]

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 Filmfare 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.

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 [du Kathe Alla Jeevana.[5] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Lakshmi was married thrice. Her first marriage was to Bhaskar in 1969, a Malayali, 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. Later She married Mohan Sharma in 1975 her co-star in Chattakari, Malayalam movie which also ended up in divorce in late 1980's.

While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma, She and actor-director K.S. Sivachandran fell in love and got married in 1989. She was long associated with Kannada actor Ananth Nag in the 1980s.[6] Lakshmi adopted a baby girl in the year 2000.[7]


National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards[edit]

  • 1975 - Most outstanding work of the year for Julie[8]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]


Karnataka State Film Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards[edit]

  • Nandi Award for Best Actress - Panthulamma
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress - Sravana Meghalu
  • Nandi Award for Best Character Actress - Murari

Partial filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
1974 Chattakari Julie Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
1975 Picnic
Sindhu Sindhu
Chattambi Kalyani Usha
Chalanum Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Swaami Ayyappan
Chuvanna Sandhyakal
1976 Mohiniyattom Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Ponni Ponni
Ajayanum Vijayanum
1977 Snehayamuna
Mohavum Mukthiyum
Kaduvaye Pidicha Kiduva
Chila Nerangalil Chila Manushyar
Kaduvaye Pidicha Kiduva
1978 Iniyum Puzhayozhukum Celeine
1980 Raagam
1980 Rajaneegandhi
1981 Orikkal Koodi Devayani
Anthiveyilile Ponnu
Vida Parayum Munpe
1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam Deepthi
Padayottam Parvathi
Priyasakhi Raadha
Lady Teacher
1983 Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu Adv. Rajalakshmi
Karyam Nissaram Ammini Kutty
America America Radha
Attakkalasam Indu
Nadi Muthal Nadi Vare
1984 Piriyilla Naam Lakshmi Menon
Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Maheswariyamma
Aattuvanchi Ulanjappol Prameela
Ningalil Oru Sthree
1985 Choodatha Pookal Hema
1985 Vannu Kandu Keezadakki
1985 Manathe Vellitheru
1985 Gamanam Bhanumathi
1988 Daisy Malathy Menon
1990 Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu Sreedevi Rosario
1992 Bharatham Ramani
1994 Vietnam Colony
Manathe Vellitheru Yasodhamma
Poochakkaru Mani Kettum Kunjukuttiyamma
1998 Kaliyoonjal
2007 Raakilipattu Malathy Menon
2009 IG Dhurga Prasad's Mother
2010 Pramani Rosy Teacher
2012 ;;Bhoomiyude Avakashikal
2013 Zachariayude Garbhinikal Sister Jasmine


Year Film Notes
1968 Goa Dalli CID 999
1976 Naa Ninna Mareyalare
1977 Olavu Geluvu
1978 Kiladi Jodi
1978 Mallepoovu
1979 Naa Ninna Bidalaare
1979 Ravichandra
1979 Naanobba Kalla
1979 Chandanada Gombe
1979 Naa Ninna Mariyalaare
1979 Dhairya Lakshmi
1980 Antha
1981 Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha
1981 Avala Hejje
1981 Gaali Maathu
1982 Tony
1983 Pallavi Anu Pallavi
1983 Makkale Devaru
1983 Muthaide Bhagya
1983 Mududida Tavare Aralithu
1983 Benkiya Bale
1983 Nodi Swamy Naavirodey Heege
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba
1984 Thaliya Bhagya
1984 Gandubherunda
1985 Ibbani Karagitu
1985 Bidugadeya Bedi
1985 Brahmastra
1985 Sedina Hakki
1986 Bramhasthra
1986 Nannavaru
1986 Olavu Mudidaaga
1987 Onde Gudina Hakkigalu
1987 Saubhagya Lakshmi
1987 Bangarada Baduku
1988 Dharma Pathni
1989 Hosa Kavya
1990 Lion Jagapathi Rao
1991 Central Rowdy
1992 Bhale Keshava
1993 Hoovu Hannu Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress, Karnataka State Award
1993 Grihalakshmi
1993 Jaga Mechida Huduga
1993 Mouna Sangrama
1998 Preethsod Thappa
1999 Chennappa Channe Gowda
1999 Suryavamsha
2001 Hethavaru
2001 Amma
2001 Diggajaru
2007 Hethare Hennanne Herabeku
2009 Prema
2008 Vamshi Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Budhivanta
2010 Jothegaara
2012 Shivakashi Shooting Completed and Ready for release[10]
2013 Gulmohar Shooting in Progress[11][12]


Year Film Notes
1968 Jeevanamsam
1969 Maattukkaara Velan
1970 Penn Dheivam
1970 Veetukku veedu
1971 Nootrukku Nooru
1972 Kasethan Kadavulada
1974 Dikkatra Parvathi Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress
Naan Avanillai
1977 Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal National Film Award for Best Actress
1978 Oru Nadigai Naadakam Paarkiral
1980 Polladhavan
1981 Netrikan
1982 Nenjangal
1983 Unmaigal
1984 Chirai
1985 Sri Raghavendra
Udhaya Geetham
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaram
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyil
1987 Kodai Mazhai
1988 Pasa Paravaigal
1990 Enuyir Kannamma
1991 Rudhra
1994 Athiradi Padai
1995 Periya Kudumbam
1998 Thalaimurai
1999 Kannupada Poguthaiya
1999 Padayappa
2000 Snegithiye
Kakkai Siraginilae
2004 Ayya
2007 Naan Avanillai
2009 Unnaipol Oruvan


Year Film Notes
1968 Bandhavyalu
1969 Karpoora Harathi
1970 Mayani Mamtha
Okka Kutumbham
1971 Suputhrudu
Nindu Dampathulu
1972 Koduku Kodalu
1973 Jeevana Tharangalu
Palletoori Bava
Puttinillu Mettinillu
Palletoori Bhava
1974 Manushulu Mattibommalu
Andaru Dongale
Bangaru Kalalu
1976 Bangaru Manishi
1977 Eetharam Manishi
1978 Panthulamma
1981 Bhavi Powrulu
Pandanti Jeevitham
Chattaniki Kallulevu
1983 Porattam
1986 Sravana Megalu Won Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu)
1987 Ananda Thandavam
1993 Praana Daata
Nippu Ravva
1995 Alluda Mazaaka
1996 Ninne Pelladutha
1998 Premante Idhera
1999 Bobbili Vamsham
2001 Murari
2002 Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo
2008 Chintakayala ravi
2009 Eenadu
2012 Midhunam


Year Film Role Notes
1975 Julie Julie Filmfare Best Actress Award
1977 Jeevan Mukt
1979 Aangan Ki Kali Sunita
1981 Dhuaan Lakshmi
2004 Hulchul Laxmi Devi


  1. ^ "Sri Valli—1945". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 28 December 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007
  4. ^ 60 years of telugu cinema a book published in 2007
  5. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (23 January 2009). "Timeless, ageless". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Warrier, Shobha (3 March 2001). "'I don't want to act with half-baked idiots any longer'". Rediff. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  7. ^ ""I’ll act till my last breath" - Lakshmi". Screen. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "39th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
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  11. ^ "Anant Nag and Lakshmi back together - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
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