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) 8 July 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
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 organisations, 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 8 July 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 organisations.

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 22 April 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[edit]

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

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1983 Mann Vasanai Muthupechi Pandiyan, Ramanathan P. Bharathiraja Filmfare Special Award – South
1984 Ponnu Pidichirukku
1984 Kai Kodukkum Kai Seetha Rajinikanth, Rajalakshmi J. Mahendran
1984 Pudhumai Penn Seetha Pandiyan, Prathap K. Pothan P. Bharathiraja
1984 Vaidhegi Kaathirunthaal Vaidhegi Vijayakanth, Goundamani R. Sundarrajan
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen
1985 Pournami Alaigal
1985 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Sharada Kamal Hassan, Radha P. Bharathiraja
1985 Kanni Rasi Dhanalakshmi Prabhu, Sumithra Pandiarajan
1985 Selvi Selvi
1985 Udhaya Geetham Shanthi Mohan, Lakshmi K. Rangaraj
1985 Pagal Nilavu Jyothi Murali, Revathi Mani Ratnam
1985 Aagaya Thaamaraigal
1985 Kunguma Chimizh Rukmani Mohan, Ilavarasi R. Sundarrajan
1985 Prema Paasam
1985 Thiramai Bhanu
1985 Aan Paavam Revathi Pandiarajan, Pandiyan Pandiarajan
1986 December Pookal Poornima aka Annam Mohan, Nalini R. Bhoopathy
1986 Marumagal Radha
1986 Maragatha Veenai Kokila Suresh, Goundamani Gokula Krishnan
1986 Revathy
1986 Mouna Raagam Divya Mohan, Karthik Mani Ratnam
1986 Lakshmi Vanthachu Lakshmi Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini Rajasekar
1986 Punnagai Mannan Malini Kamal Haasan, Revathi K. Balachander
1987 Lankeswaran Seetha
1987 Gramathu Minnal
1989 Uthama Purushan Lakshmi Prabhu, Amala K. Subash
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Manju Karthik, Nizhalgal Ravi K. Rajeshwar
1990 Arangetra Velai asha Prabhu, V.K.Ramasamy Fazil
1990 Kizhakku Vaasal Thaayamma Karthik, Revathy R. V. Udayakumar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1990 Anjali Chitra Raghuvaran, Master Tarun Mani Ratnam
1990 Sathriyan Jaya Vijayakanth, Bhanupriya K. Subash Guest Appearance
1990 Raja Kaiya Vacha Radha Prabhu, Gouthami Suresh Krissna Guest Appearance
1991 Ayul Kaithi Nithya Prabhu, Livingston K. Subhaash
1992 Chinna Pasanga Naanga Marikolunthu Murali, Saradha Preetha Raj Kapoor
1992 Deiva Vaakku Hamsaveni Karthik Muthuraman, Vijayakumar M. S. Madhu
1992 Thevar Magan Panchavarnam Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Hassan Bharathan National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1993 Marupadiyum Thulasi Nizhalgal Ravi, Rohini Balu Mahendra Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1993 Pudhiya Mugam Anjali Suresh Chandra Menon, Vineeth Suresh Chandra Menon
1994 Paasamalargal Asha Arvind Swamy, Ajith Kumar Suresh Chandra Menon
1994 Magalir Mattum Sathya Revathy, Urvashi Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1994 Priyanka Priyanka Prabhu, Jayaram Neelakanta Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1994 En Aasai Machan Thayamma Vijayakanth, Murali R. Sundarrajan
1994 Chinna Pullai
1995 Avatharam Ponnamma Nassar, Bala Singh Nassar
1995 Tamizhachi
1995 Gandhi Pirantha Mann Lakshmi Vijayakanth, Ravali R. Sundarrajan
1995 Thotta Chinungi Bhuvana Karthik, Raghuvaran K. S. Adhiyaman
1996 Meendum Savitri Manju
1996 Subash Savithri Arjun, Siddique R. V. Udayakumar
1997 Iruvar Maragatham Mohanlal, Prakash Raj Mani Ratnam
1998 Thalaimurai Naachchiyaa Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
1998 Rathna Murali, Sangita Ilanchezhiyan
1999 Taj Mahal Manoj's mother Manoj, Riya Sen Bharathiraja
2002 Red Janaki Ajith Kumar, Priya Gill Singampuli
2002 Thamizhan Jaya Vijay, Priyanka Chopra A. Majeeth
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum Karthik Kumar, Poongkothai Chandrahasan P. C. Sreeram
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Ponni Ravi Krishna, Gopika Radha Mohan
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Maragatham Laila, Prasanna V. Priya
2008 Thoondil Dr. Jayanthi Shaam, Sandhya K. S. Adhiyaman
2009 Vannathupoochi
2011 Osthe Silambarasan, Richa Gangopadhyay S. Dharani
2012 Konjam Koffee Konjam Kaadhal Hridayaraaj, Aditi Chengappa Venky

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1983 Kattathe Kilikoodu Asha Thampi Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal Bharathan
1985 Ente Kanakkuyil Anuradha
1987 Aankiliyude Tharattu Sunitha Menon Mammootty, Rahman Cochin Haneefa
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Lakshmi/Kakkothi/Vavachi Kiran Vergis, Ambika Kamal Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
1988 Puravritham Devi
1988 Moonnam Mura Mini Johnson Mohanlal, Lalu Alex K. Madhu
1989 Varavelpu Rama Mohanlal, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sathyan Anthikkad
1989 Nangalude Kochu Doctor Mini
1990 Ottayadi Paathakal
1991 Kilukkam Nandini Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar Priyadarshan
1992 Advaitham Lakshmi Menon Mohanlal, Jayaram Priyadarshan
1993 Devasuram Bhanumathi I. V. Sasi
1993 Maya Mayuram Nanda Mohanlal, Shobana Sibi Malayil
1994 Padheyam Radha Mammootty, Chippy Bharathan
1995 Agni Devan Sudarshana Mohanlal, Devan Venu Nagavalli
1997 Mangamma Mangamma Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan T. V. Chandran
2001 Raavanaprabhu Bhanumathi Mohanlal, Napoleon Ranjith
2002 Nandanam Thankam Navya Nair, Prithviraj Sukumaran Ranjith
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Dr. Omana Babunath Fahadh Faasil, Nikitha Fazil
2002 Gramaphone Sara Dileep, Meera Jasmine Kamal
2002 Krishna Pakshakkilikal
2003 Mizhi Randilum Sridevi Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith Ranjith
2005 Anandabhadram Gayathri Prithviraj, Kavya Madhavan Santosh Sivan
2009 Currency Mukesh, Jayasurya Swathy Bhaskar
2009 Vellathooval Rejith Menon, Nithya Menon I. V. Sasi
2009 Nammal Thammil Lakshmi Prithviraj Sukumaran, Geethu Mohandas Viji Thampi
2010 Paattinte Palazhy Raziya Meera Jasmine, Manoj K. Jayan Rajeev Anchal
2010 Penpattanam Girija KPAC Lalitha, Swetha Menon V. M. Vinu
2011 Indian Rupee Dr. Sheela Koshy Prithviraj, Thilakan Ranjith Balakrishnan
2012 Father's Day Seethalekshmy Shehin, Indu Thampy Kalavoor Ravikumar
2012 Molly Aunty Rocks! Molly Mamen Prithviraj, Lalu Alex Ranjith Sankar Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1991 Love Maggie Pinto Salman Khan, Revathi Menon Suresh Krishna
1992 Raat Manisha Sharma (Mini) Rohini Hattangadi, Akash Khurana Ram Gopal Varma
1992 Muskurahat Nandini Jay Mehta, Amrish Puri Priyadarshan
1994 Tarpan Sumitra Om Puri, Dina Pathak K. Bikram Singh
1995 Aur Ek Prem Kahani Manga Ramesh Aravind , Heera Rajgopal Balu Mahendra
2003 Dhoop Sarita Kapoor Om Puri, Sanjay Suri Ashwini Chaudhary
2003 Ab Tak Chhappan Namita Sadhu Agashe Nana Patekar, Yashpal Sharma Shimit Amin
2003 Darna Mana Hai Pramila's mother Sameera Reddy, Gaurav Kapoor Prawaal Raman
2004 Phir Milenge Dr. Raisingh Shilpa Shetty, Salman Khan Revathi
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Sandhya Sinha Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Sharma Romesh Sharma
2007 Nishabd Amrita Amitabh Bachchan, Jiah Khan Ram Gopal Verma
2014 2 States Radha Swaminathan Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt Abhishek Varman

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1984 Manasa Veena
1984 Seetamma Pelli Seethamma
1988 Raogari Illu
1989 Prema Maggie Venkatesh, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Suresh Krishna
1989 Lankeshwarudu Swapna Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu Dasari Narayana Rao
1991 Murgathrishna
1992 Ankuram Sindhura Revathy, Sarath Babu C. Umamaheswara Rao Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1993 Gaayam Anitha Jagapathi Babu, Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Ram Gopal Varma
1998 Ganesh Rangamma Daggubati Venkatesh, Rambha Tirupathi Swamy
2002 Eeshwar Sujatha Prabhas, Sridevi Vijayakumar Jayanth C. Paranjee
2010 Gaayam 2 Anitha Vimala Raman, Tanikella Bharani Praveen Sri

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1989 Idu Saadhya Indu Anant Nag, Shankar Nag Dinesh Babu
1998 Nishyabda Dr. Vinitha Vishnuvardhan, Mohini Dinesh Babu

Telivision[edit]

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: 15 August 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[edit]

Year Film 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[edit]

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 12 July 2012. 
  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 12 July 2012. 
  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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