Revathi

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Revathi
Revathi at the screening of Masaala at PVR Phoenix (1) (cropped).jpg
Born Asha Kelunni Kutty
(1966-07-08) July 8, 1966 (age 48)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress, director, Social worker
Years active 1982 – present
Spouse(s) Suresh Chandra Menon
(1986–2002) (divorced)[1]
Awards National Film Awards (3), Filmfare Awards South (6)
Website
http://www.revathy.com

Asha Kelunni Kutty, better known by her stage name Revathi, is an Indian film, actress and film director, known for her works predominantly in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films.[2] She was also starred in few Kannada and Bollywood films. She was one of the mainstream top heroine from 1982 to 1996. She has also directed feature films, and has acted in and produced multiple television programs. She has won several accolades, including three National Film Awards in three different categories, and six Filmfare Awards South.[3] Revathi is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, having studied since the age of seven and performed her arangetram in Chennai in 1979. [4] Apart from films, she has been involved in a variety of social organizations, the most notable being the Banyan, Ability foundation, Tanker foundation and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[5]

Early life[edit]

Revathi was born as Asha on July 8,1966 in Kochi to Kelunni Nair, a major in the Indian Army,[6] and Lalitha Kelunni. She has a younger sister Bindu.[4]

Film career[edit]

In 1983, while living in and attending school in Chennai, Tamil Nadu she was spotted by noted Tamil director Bharathiraja, who was searching for a new heroine for his next film, and went on to play the heroine of Mann Vasanai which became a commercial success. Her name Asha was changed to a screen name Revathi by director Bharathiraja. Since then, she has acted in over one hundred films in all four major South Indian languages as well as Hindi. She also lent her voice for Sridevi in Malayalam movie Devaraagam.

Awards received in her film career[edit]

Over the course of her career, she has earned numerous awards both regionally and nationally, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for three consecutive years (1992–1994) for Thevar Magan, Marupadiyum, and Priyanka respectively, the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal, the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Thevar Magan, as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for Ankuram. Alongside many that include awards from the Film Fans Association, the Tamil Nadu State Government, Cinema Express, and other organizations.

As a director[edit]

Mitr, My Friend (2002) was her first full-length directorial venture. An Indian English film, a rarity at the time of its making, Mitr garnered an award for Best Regional Film (English) at the National Awards and got Shobana her second national award for best actress. Her next film as a director, Phir Milenge (2004), created waves as one of the first Hindi movies to deal with the sensitive subject of AIDS. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai, as well as the Malayalam anthology film Kerala Cafe.

Personal life[edit]

Ms. Revathi pleading to be an Organ Donor

Revathi got married to cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon in 1986. The couple don't have any children. However following differences between them, they started living separately from 2002 and were granted divorce on April 22, 2013[7] by Chennai Additional Family Court.[8] Ms. Revathi, Actor cum Social Activist supporting the cause of organ donation at an awareness event held in September 2009.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Film Role Language Notes
1983 Mann Vasanai Muthupechi Tamil Filmfare Special Award – South
Kattathe Kilikoodu Asha Thampi Malayalam
1984 Ponnu Pidichirukku Tamil
Kai Kodukkum Kai Seetha Tamil
Manasa Veena Telugu
Seetamma Pelli Seethamma Telugu
Pudhumai Penn Seetha Tamil
Vaidhegi Kaathirunthaal Vaidhegi Tamil
Unnai Naan Santhithen Tamil
1985 Pournami Alaigal Tamil
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Sharada Tamil
Kanni Rasi Dhanalakshmi Tamil
Selvi Selvi Tamil
Udhaya Geetham Shanthi Tamil
Pagal Nilavu Jyothi Tamil
Ente Kanakkuyil Anuradha Malayalam
Aagaya Thaamaraigal Tamil
Kunguma Chimizh Rukmani Tamil
Prema Paasam Tamil
Thiramai Bhanu Tamil
Aan Paavam Revathi Tamil
1986 December Pookal Poornima aka Annam Tamil
Marumagal Radha Tamil
Maragatha Veenai Kokila Tamil
Revathy Tamil
Mouna Raagam Divya Tamil
Lakshmi Vanthachu Lakshmi Tamil
Punnagai Mannan Malini Tamil
1987 Lankeswaran Seetha Tamil
Aankiliyude Tharattu Sunitha Menon Malayalam
Gramathu Minnal Tamil
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Lakshmi/Kakkothi/Vavachi Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Raogari Illu Telugu
Puravritham Devi Malayalam
Moonnam Mura Mini Johnson Malayalam
1989 Prema Maggie Telugu
Varavelpu Rama Malayalam
Nangalude Kochu Doctor Mini Malayalam
Idu Saadhya Indu Kannada
Uthama Purushan Lakshmi Tamil
Lankeshwarudu Swapna Telugu
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Manju Tamil
Arangetra Velai asha Tamil
Kizhakku Vaasal Thaayamma Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Anjali Chitra Tamil
Ottayadi Paathakal Malayalam
Sathriyan Jaya Tamil Guest Appearance
Raja Kaiya Vacha Radha Tamil Guest Appearance
1991 Murgathrishna Telugu
Ayul Kaithi Nithya Tamil
Kilukkam Nandini Malayalam
Love Maggie Pinto Hindi
1992 Raat Manisha Sharma (Mini) Hindi
Chinna Pasanga Naanga Marikolunthu Tamil
Ankuram Sindhura Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Deiva Vaakku Hamsaveni Tamil
Advaitham Lakshmi Menon Malayalam
Thevar Magan Panchavarnam Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Muskurahat Nandini Hindi
1993 Marupadiyum Thulasi Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Pudhiya Mugam Anjali Tamil
Devasuram Bhanumathi Malayalam
Gaayam Anitha Telugu
Maya Mayuram Nanda Malayalam
1994 Paasamalargal Asha Tamil
Magalir Mattum Sathya Tamil
Priyanka Priyanka Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Tarpan Sumitra Hindi
Padheyam Radha Malayalam
En Aasai Machan Thayamma Tamil
Chinna Pullai Tamil
1995 Avatharam Ponnamma Tamil
Tamizhachi Tamil
Gandhi Pirantha Mann Lakshmi Tamil
Aur Ek Prem Kahani Manga Hindi
Agni Devan Sudarshana Malayalam
Thotta Chinungi Bhuvana Tamil
1996 Meendum Savitri Manju Tamil
Subash Savithri Tamil
1997 Iruvar Maragatham Tamil
Mangamma Mangamma Malayalam
1998 Thalaimurai Naachchiyaa Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
Rathna Tamil
Ganesh Rangamma Telugu
Nishyabda Dr. Vinitha Kannada
1999 Taj Mahal Manoj's mother Tamil
2001 Raavanaprabhu Bhanumathi Malayalam
2002 Red Janaki Tamil
Thamizhan Jaya Tamil
Nandanam Thankam Malayalam
Kaiyethum Doorath Dr. Omana Babunath Malayalam
Gramaphone Sara Malayalam
Krishna Pakshakkilikal Malayalam
Eeshwar Sujatha Telugu
2003 Mizhi Randilum Sridevi Malayalam
Dhoop Sarita Kapoor Hindi
Ab Tak Chhappan Namita Sadhu Agashe Hindi
Darna Mana Hai Pramila's mother Hindi
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum Tamil
Phir Milenge Dr. Raisingh Hindi
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Sandhya Sinha Hindi
Ponniyin Selvan Ponni Tamil
Kanda Naal Mudhal Maragatham Tamil
Anandabhadram Gayathri Malayalam
2007 Nishabd Amrita Hindi
2008 Thoondil Dr. Jayanthi Tamil
2009 Vannathupoochi Tamil
Currency Malayalam
Vellathooval Malayalam
Nammal Thammil Lakshmi Malayalam
2010 Paattinte Palazhy Raziya Malayalam
Gaayam 2 Anitha Telugu
Penpattanam Girija Malayalam
2011 Osthe Tamil
Indian Rupee Dr. Sheela Koshy Malayalam
2012 Father's Day Seethalekshmy Malayalam
Molly Aunty Rocks! Molly Mamen Malayalam Nominated — SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
Konjam Koffee Konjam Kaadhal Tamil
2014 2 States Radha Swaminathan Hindi
Television
Year Film Language Notes
1990 Iravil Oru Pagal Tamil Doordarshan
1991 Penn Tamil Doordarshan
1994 Revathy Tamil Sun TV
1997 Doctors Tamil Sun TV
1999–2000 Nirangal Tamil Sun TV
1999 Chinna Chinna Aasai Tamil Sun TV
Episode: August 15, 1947
2000 Boom Boom Shaka Laka Tamil Sun TV
2001 Kadhai Kadhaiyaam Karanamaam Tamil Vijay TV
Episode: DNA
2002 Sindhanaigal Tamil Jaya TV
2003 Pudumai Penngal Tamil KTV
As director
Year Title Language Notes
2002 Mitr, My Friend English National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English
2004 Phir Milenge Hindi
2009 Kerala Cafe Malayalam "Makal" segment
2010 Mumbai Cutting Hindi "Parcel" segment
2011 Red Building Where the Sun Sets English Short film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare
As dubbing artist

Awards[edit]

Wins
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Cinema Express Awards
Film Fans Associate Awards
  • 1983 – Best Malayalam Actress for Kattathe Kilikkoodu
  • 1984 – Best Tamil Actress for Pudhumai Penn
  • 1984 – Best Telugu Actress for Manasa Veena
  • 1986 – Special commendation
  • 1990 – Best Tamil Actress for Anjali
  • 1991 – Best Malayalam Actress for Kilukkam
  • 1992 – Best Tamil Actress for Thevar Magan
  • 1994 – Best Tamil Actress for Priyanka
The Mylapore Academy Berkley Drama Award
  • 1989 – Best Actress in Television for Iravil Oru Pagal
  • 1984 – Best Actress in Television for Penn
International Film Festival of India
International Film Festival of Kerala
  • 2009 - NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film for Kerala Cafe
Other awards
Nominations
Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Revathy, Suresh Chandra Menon granted divorce - Oneindia Entertainment
  2. ^ "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "40th National Film Awards – 1993" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals – 1993. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Harsha Koda (www.jalakara.com). "www.revathy.com". www.revathy.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  5. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Harsha Koda (www.jalakara.com). "www.revathy.com". www.revathy.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  7. ^ Actress Revathi Divorced - Find what you like - tikkview
  8. ^ Deccan Chronicle http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130423/entertainment-mollywood/article/revathi-suresh-granted-divorce
  9. ^ http://timescity.com/chennai/party-pics/revathy-at-a-function/5037367.cms Revathi pleading to be an Organ Donor

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