Rambha (actress)

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Rambha
Native name Vijayalakshmi
Born (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 38)
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, 1976),[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 Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on June 5, 1976 into a Telugu Brahmin 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 – 1990 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]

Anno Film Role Language Notes
1990 Server Somanna Kannada
1992 Kempaiah IPS Kannada
1992 Sargam Thangamani Malayalam
Champakulam Tachan Devi Malayalam
1993 Aa Okkati Adakku Rambha Telugu
Tholi Muddhu Telugu
Uzhavan Tamil
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Telugu Special appearance
Pacha Thoranam Telugu
Hello Brother Telugu Special appearance
Bangaru Kutumbam Telugu
Muddula Priyudu Telugu
Allari Premikudu Telugu
1995 Alluda Majaka Bobby Telugu
Jallaad Kranti's lover Hindi
1996 Bombay Priyudu Telugu
Ullathai Allitha Indhu Tamil
Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi Telugu Special appearance
Danveer Chitra Hindi
Jung Hindi
Sundara Purushan Tamil
Sivasakthi Priya Tamil
Sengottai Yamuna Tamil
1997 Dharma Chakkaram Telugu
Qahar Hindi
Judwaa Roopa Hindi
Sajana Hindi
Hitler Telugu
Mama Bagunnavaa Telugu
Adimai Sangili Tamil
V.I.P Indhu Tamil
Arunachalam Nandhini Tamil
Raasi Tamil
Janakiraman Tamil
1998 Ganesh Telugu
Bavagaru Bagunnara Swapna Telugu
Love Story 1999 Telugu
Navvandi Lovvandi Telugu
Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil Special appearance
Ninaithen Vandhai Sapna Tamil
Gharwali Baharwali Manisha Verma Hindi
Bandhan Jyothi Hindi
Sidhartha Hema Malayalam
Kaathala Kaathala Janaki Tamil
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Indhu Tamil
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Rambha Tamil Special appearance
Poomagal Oorvalam Kavitha Tamil
Minsara Kanna Priya Tamil
Suyamvaram Urvashi Tamil
Endrendrum Kadhal Meenu Tamil
Mechanic Mavayya Telugu
Iddaru Mitrulu Telugu Special appearance
O Premave Prema Kannada
Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal Sonali Hindi
2000 Krodh Pooja Varma Hindi
Beti No.1 Priya Bhatnagar Hindi
Panchali Kannada
Dil Hi Dil Mein Hindi Special appearance
Okkadu Chaalu Telugu
Kunguma Pottu Gounder Alamelu Kandhasamy Tamil
Anbudan Tamil
Sudhandhiram Divya Tamil
Moodu Mukkalata Telugu
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Tara Hindi
Azhagaana Naatkal Tamil
Aanandham Renuka Madhavan Tamil
Baava Baamaida Kannada
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Nita Hindi
Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Hindi Special appearance
2003 Chronic Bachelor Bhama Malayalam
Sriramachandrulu Telugu
Naaga Telugu Special appearance
Three Roses Chaaru Tamil Also Producer
Banda Paramasivam Manju Cheran Tamil
2004 Dukaan: Pila House Kasthuribai Hindi
Chatrapathy Tamil Special appearance
Azhagiya Theeye Tamil Special appearance
Sahukara Ranganayaki Kannada
Mayilattam Mythili Malayalam
2005 Chita Bengali
Krishna Bengali
Pandu Ranga Vittala Kannada
Alexa Telugu
Kochi Rajavu Meenakshi Malayalam
Sukran Tamil Special appearance
2006 Gandugali Kumararama Kannada
Refugee Bengali
2007 Yamadonga Telugu Special appearance
Desamuduru Telugu Special appearance
Anatharu Kannada Special appearance
Payum Puli Mallika Malayalam
2008 Donga Sachinollu Kavya Telugu
Kabadi Kabadi Sneha,
Pooja
Malayalam
2009 Quick Gun Murugan Mango Dolly English
Hindi
2010 Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Tamil
Pen Singam Tamil
2011 Filmstar Rambha Malayalam

Bhojpuri films[edit]

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

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