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June 5, 1976
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Vijayalakshmi (born June 5, 1976), best known by her stage name Rambha, is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 100 South Indian films and also in Bollywood films. She had done 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 backgroud
Rambha was born Vijaya Lakshmi in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on June 5, 1976. 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.
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. She gave birth to a daughter in Toronto on January 13, 2011.
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' (Gorgeous Thighs ). 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 in 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. She is now settled in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
|1993||Aa Okkati Adakku||Rambha||Telugu|
|1994||Bhairava Dweepam||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Love Story 1999||Telugu|
|Kadhalar Dhinam||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Gharwali Baharwali||Manisha Verma||Hindi|
|1999||Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga||Indhu||Tamil|
|Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Rambha||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Iddaru Mitrulu||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal||Sonali||Hindi|
|Beti No.1||Priya Bhatnagar||Hindi|
|Dil Hi Dil Mein||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Alamelu Kandhasamy||Tamil|
|2001||Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Tara||Hindi|
|2002||Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Nita||Hindi|
|Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Three Roses||Chaaru||Tamil||Also Producer|
|Banda Paramasivam||Manju Cheran||Tamil|
|2004||Dukaan: Pila House||Kasthuribai||Hindi|
|Azhagiya Theeye||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Pandu Ranga Vittala||Kannada|
|2009||Quick Gun Murugan||Mango Dolly||English
|2010||Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Tamil|
- Ram Balram
- Purav Aur Pachhim
- Rasikaa Balma
- Banke Bihari M.L.A.
- Nilacharal. Nilacharal. Retrieved on 2012-05-10.
- Shankaran, Malini (8 June 2010). "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014.