September 15, 1967 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Spouse(s)||Krishna Vamsi (2003–present)|
Early life and background
Ramya Krishnan was born in 1967 in Chennai. She is the niece of veteran Tamil comedian Cho Ramaswamy. She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances.
Ramya started her acting career at the age of 13 and has an acting career spanning over 32 years. She acted her first role when she was studying in 8th standard, in the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol featuring Mammootty and Mohanlal in the lead. This film had a delayed release in 1986. Her first release was Vellai Manasu (1985), a Tamil film opposite Y. G. Mahendra.
She is most noted for roles of the Goddess in Tamil and Telugu films, notably Ammoru (Amman in Tamil), Raja Kaliamman, Sree Raja Rajaeshwari, Annai Kaligambal, Kutty Pisasu and Madurai Meenatchi. One of her earliest movie roles was in the Kannada film Krishna Rukmini which has been followed with Gadibidi Ganda, Mangalyam Thanthunanaena and Raktha Kanneeru.
Her role in Rajinikanth’s Padayappa, in which she played the desirable yet jealously villainous rich girl Neelambari opposite Rajni won accolades from all over. Padayappa (1999) was also released in Japan, Singapore, London and Paris. After Padayappa she acted in Panchathantiram opposite Kamal Hassan, Paattali and Paarai with Sarathkumar, Vaanjinathan with Vijaykanth, Budget Pathmanaban and Aayiram Poi Solli with Prabhu, and Asathal with Satyaraj. She appeared in item numbers for the movies Rhythm and Kuthu and in Hindi films such as Khalnayak and Dayavan.
Ramya's first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu. She achieved fame through Kasinadhuni Viswanath’s Sutradharulu, released in 1987. She emerged as one of the leading actresses in the Telugu industry alongside Radha, Banupriya, Vijayashanti, Meena and Soundarya during 80s and 90s. She has been paired with leading actors such as N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Balakrishna, Jagapati Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Srikanth, Rajasekhar, Junior NTR, and Mahesh Babu.She did a villainous role in Chaahat opposite Shahrukh Khan. She received two prestigious Nandi Awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and a National Award from the Indian Government as well. She won the Special Jury award for her performance in Dasari Narayana Rao's film Kante Koothurne Kanu from the Andhra Pradesh state government.
She has also acted in more than 25 Malayalam movies with superstars like Mohanlal, Mammootty, and Jayaram. She had won rave reviews for her role in the Malayalam film ‘Ore Kadal’, released in 2007.
She has performed in some stage shows in New York, Dallas, San Jose, and Cincinnati. She started a company in the name of her son Ritwik. She is now hosting the entertainment show Zara Masti Zara Dhoom.
She played lead role in several SunTV serials such as Kalasam, Thangam, Rajakumari and Vamsam.
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil – Padayappa (1999)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu – Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009)
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Actress (Special Prize) - Padayappa (1999)
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Kante Koothurne Kanu (1998)
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Raju Maharaju (2009)
- Dubai Amma Awards 2007
- Amrita Film Awards 2007
- Sun TV Family Awards
- Best Actress Special Award - Thangam (2009)
- Sujith P. Nair (April 14, 2015). "Interview with Ramya Krishnan". Vanitha (in Malayalam): 18–20.