Rambha (actress)

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Rambha
Rambha quick gun murugun.jpg
Native name Vijayalakshmi
Born (1978-06-05) June 5, 1978 (age 36)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Toronto
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–2011
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Indran Padmanathan (married 2010)
Children Lavanya
Parents
  • Venkateshwara Rao
  • Usharani
[1]

Vijayalakshmi (born June 5, 1978),[1] best known by her stage name Rambha, is an Indian film actress.[2] She has acted in over 100 South Indian films and also in Bollywood films. She acted in several successful films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Bhojpuri films. She paired up with popular actors like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Mammootty, Kalabhavan Mani, V. Ravichandran, Karthik Muthuraman, Jayaram, Mithun Chakraborty, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Vijay and Govinda. She appeared as a Judge on Kalaingar TV's Maanada Mayilada.

Early life and background[edit]

Rambha was born Vijaya Lakshmi in and PhaneendraVijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on June 5, 1978 into a Telugu kapu naidu family. Her mother tongue is Telugu. She is also the brand ambassador for her husband's firm, which has manufacturing facilities in Canada, India, and China.

Personal life[edit]

Rambha married Indran Pathmanathan, the founder and chairman of Magickwoods, a kitchen and bathroom manufacturing firm based in Canada, on April 8, 2010, in Tirumala.[3] She gave birth to a daughter, Lavanya in Toronto on January 13, 2011.[4]

Career[edit]

Rambha started her career with the – 1993 Kannada movie Server Somanna opposite Jaggesh. The same year she acted in a Malayalam film Sargam opposite Vineeth. She again paired up with Vineeth in Champakulam Thachan. She then entered Bollywood and was paired up with popular heroes. For the film Sargam, she has won State award and the film received a National Award.

In 1993, she completed the movie Tholi Muddhu opposite Prashanth after its original actress Divya Bharti died of a sudden death. Her second Tamil movie Ullathai Allitha, which remains her biggest hit till date, gave her a major breakthrough in her career. It was from this movie she started doing glamour roles which instantly won her numerous fans. She even had a nickname 'Thoday Azhagi' (Miss Thigh). She has had huge success in South Indian films from the mid 90s till early 2000s. People loved her glamour roles and especially her gorgeous smile on the silver screen. She also had very tough competition at that time with hugely popular heroines like Simran, Roja, Meena and Nagma. While approaching the mid 2000s, Rambha stopped doing regular films as a new crop of young heroines started their reign in south Indian films.

Rambha started her career as a producer with help of her brother with the movie Three Roses in which Jyothika, Laila and Rambha are the lead characters. Unfortunately, the film failed in the box office despite Rambha acting glamorously.

Rambha has acted in several languages and maintained a successful balance in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Bengali. Her latest film in Malayalam titled Paayum Puli in 2007 got good reviews and despite being in her mid 30s, she did one of her most glamorous roles for this film. Most of her movies are successful. She has acted in 3 Bengali films and now she has 17 Hindi films.

The last film she has acted in is a yet to be released thriller called Vidiyum Varai Kathiru. The film is being produced under Parijay creations banner and is touted as best performance ever. The film was due to release in July 2012.

After her marriage she had given up films and has judged a very popular Tamil TV show Maanada Mayilada, and the Telugu dance show Dhee.[5] She is now settled in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

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

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Aa Okkati Adakku Rambha
1993 Tholi Muddhu
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Yakshini
1994 Pachcha Toranam
1994 Hello Brother
1994 Bangaru Kutumbam
1994 Muddula Priyudu Usha
1994 Allari Premikudu Bhavani
1995 Alluda Majaka Bobby
1996 Bombay Priyudu Raga Sudha
1996 Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi Herself
1997 Hitler
1997 Mama Bagunnavaa
1998 Ganesh Priya
1998 Bavagaru Bagunnara? Swapna
1998 Love Story 1999
1999 Mechanic Mavayya
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu
2000 Okkadu Chaalu
2000 Choosoddaam Randi Geeta
2000 Moodu Mukkalaata Lahari
2003 Sriramachandrulu
2003 Naaga
2005 Alex
2007 Desamuduru
2007 Yamadonga
2008 Donga Sachinollu Kavya

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Uzhavan
1996 Ullathai Allitha Indhu
1996 Sundara Purushan
1996 Sivasakthi Priya
1996 Sengottai Yamuna
1997 Dharma Chakkaram
1997 Adimai Changili
1997 V.I.P Indhu
1997 Arunachalam Nandhini
1997 Raasi Meena
1997 Janakiraman Gayathri
1998 Kadhalar Dhinam
1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Sapna
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Janaki
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Indhu
1999 Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Rambha
1999 Poomagal Oorvalam Kavitha
1999 Minsara Kanna Priya
1999 Suyamvaram Urvashi
1999 Endrendrum Kadhal Meenu
2000 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Alamelu Kandhasamy
2000 Anbudan
2000 Sudhandhiram Divya
2001 Azhagaana Naatkal Indhu
2001 Aanandham Renuka Madhavan
2003 Three Roses Chaaru
2003 Banda Paramasivam Manju Cheran
2004 Chatrapathy
2004 Azhagiya Theeye
2005 Sukran
2009 Quick Gun Murugun Mango Dolly
2010 Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali
2010 Pen Singam Mythili

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Jallaad Kranti's lover
1996 Danveer Chitra
1996 Jung Madhu
1997 Qahar
1997 Judwaa Roopa
1997 Sajana
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Manisha Verma
1998 Bandhan Jyothi
1999 Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal Sonali
2000 Krodh Pooja Varma
2000 Beti No.1 Priya Bhatnagar
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Tara
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Nita
2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai
2004 Dukaan: Pila House Kasthuribai

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Sargam Thangamani
1992 Champakulam Thachan Devi
1998 Sidhartha Hema
2003 Chronic Bachelor Bhama
2004 Mayilattam Mythili
2005 Kochi Rajavu Meenakshi
2007 Payum Puli Mallika
2008 Kabadi Kabadi Pooja/Sneha Double role
2011 Filmstar Rambha

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Server Somanna
1993 Kempaiah IPS
1999 O Premave Prema
2000 Panchali
2001 Baava Baamaida
2005 Pandu Ranga Vittala
2006 Gandugali Kumara Rama
2007 Anatharu

Bhojpuri films[edit]

  • Ram Balram
  • Purav Aur Pachhim
  • Rasikaa Balma
  • Banke Bihari M.L.A.
  • Tere me mara

Bengali films[edit]

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