Revathi

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Revathi
Revathi at the screening of Masaala at PVR Phoenix (1) (cropped).jpg
Born Asha Kutty
(1966-07-08) 8 July 1966 (age 48)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress, director, social worker
Years active 1983 – present
Spouse(s) Suresh Chandra Menon
(m.1986–2002)
(Divorced in 2013)[1]
Awards National Film Awards (3), Filmfare Awards South (6)
Website
revathy.com

Asha Kutty, better known by her stage name Revathi, is an Indian film actress and film director, who predominantly appears in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu films.[2] She has also starred in a few Kannada and Bollywood films. She was one of the top heroine in South India from 1983 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 in Kochi to Kelunni Nair, a major in the Indian Army,[6] and Lalitha Kelunni. She has a younger sister Bindu.

Film career[edit]

In 1983, while living and attending 10th Standard in school at Chennai, Tamil Nadu she was spotted by notable 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 kutty 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.

Film career success[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 is married to cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon in 1986 with the blessing of their parents. 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] Revathi said in an interview that they would remain good friends even after the divorce.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

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

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Mann Vasanai Muthupechi Filmfare Special Award – South
1984 Ponnu Pidichirukku
1984 Kai Kodukkum Kai Seetha
1984 Pudhumai Penn Seetha
1984 Vaidhegi Kaathirunthaal Vaidhegi
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen
1985 Pournami Alaigal
1985 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Sharada
1985 Kanni Rasi Dhanalakshmi
1985 Selvi Selvi
1985 Udhaya Geetham Shanthi
1985 Pagal Nilavu Jyothi
1985 Aagaya Thamaraigal Shenbagam
1985 Kunguma Chimizh Rukmani
1985 Prema Paasam
1985 Thiramai Bhanu
1985 Aan Paavam Revathi
1986 December Pookal Poornima aka Annam
1986 Marumagal Radha
1986 Maragatha Veenai Kokila
1986 Revathy
1986 Mouna Ragam Divya
1986 Lakshmi Vanthachu Lakshmi
1986 Punnagai Mannan Malini
1987 Lankeswaran Seetha
1987 Gramathu Minnal Valli Mayilu
1989 Uthama Purushan Lakshmi
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Manju
1990 Arangetra Velai asha
1990 Kizhakku Vaasal Thaayamma Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1990 Anjali Chitra
1990 Sathriyan Jaya Guest Appearance
1990 Raja Kaiya Vacha Radha Guest Appearance
1991 Ayul Kaithi Nithya
1992 Chinna Pasanga Naanga Marikolunthu
1992 Deiva Vaakku Hamsaveni
1992 Thevar Magan Panchavarnam National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1993 Marupadiyum Thulasi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1993 Pudhiya Mugam Anjali
1994 Paasamalargal Asha
1994 Magalir Mattum Sathya
1994 Priyanka Priyanka Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1994 En Aasai Machan Thayamma
1994 Chinna Pullai
1995 Avatharam Ponnamma
1995 Tamizhachi
1995 Gandhi Pirantha Mann Lakshmi
1995 Thotta Chinungi Bhuvana
1996 Meendum Savitri Manju
1996 Subash Savithri
1997 Iruvar Maragatham
1998 Thalaimurai Naachchiyaa Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress
1998 Rathna
1999 Taj Mahal Manoj's mother
2002 Red Janaki
2002 Thamizhan Jaya
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Ponni
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Maragatham
2008 Thoondil Dr. Jayanthi
2009 Vannathupoochi
2011 Osthe
2012 Konjam Koffee Konjam Kaadhal

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Kattathe Kilikoodu Asha Thampi
1985 Ente Kaanakkuyil Anuradha
1987 Aankiliyude Tharattu Sunitha Menon
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Lakshmi/Kakkothi/Vavachi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
1988 Puravrutham Devi
1988 Moonnam Mura Mini Johnson
1989 Varavelpu Rama
1989 Najangalude Kochu Doctor Mini
1990 Ottayadipathakal
1991 Kilukkam Nandini
1992 Advaitham Lakshmi Menon
1993 Devasuram Bhanumathi
1993 Maya Mayuram Nanda
1994 Padheyam Radha
1995 Agni Devan Sudarshana
1997 Mangamma Mangamma
2001 Raavanaprabhu Bhanumathi
2002 Nandanam Thankam
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Dr. Omana Babunath
2002 Gramaphone Sara
2002 Krishna Pakshakkilikal Mary
2003 Mizhi Randilum Sridevi
2005 Anandabhadram Gayathri
2009 Currency
2009 Vellathooval
2009 Nammal Thammil Lakshmi
2010 Paattinte Palazhy Raziya
2010 Penpattanam Girija
2011 Indian Rupee Dr. Sheela Koshy
2012 Father's Day Seethalekshmy
2012 Molly Aunty Rocks! Molly Mamen Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Love Maggie Pinto
1992 Raat Manisha Sharma (Mini)
1992 Muskurahat Nandini
1994 Tarpan Sumitra
1995 Aur Ek Prem Kahani Manga
2003 Dhoop Sarita Kapoor
2003 Ab Tak Chhappan Namita Sadhu Agashe
2003 Darna Mana Hai Pramila's mother
2004 Phir Milenge Dr. Raisingh
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Sandhya Sinha
2007 Nishabd Amrita
2014 2 States Radha Swaminathan

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1984 Manasa Veena
1984 Seetamma Pelli Seethamma
1988 Rao Gari Illu Chanti
1989 Prema Maggie
1989 Lankeshwarudu Swapna
1991 Mrigathrishna
1992 Ankuram Sindhura Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1993 Gaayam Anitha
1998 Ganesh Rangamma
2002 Eeshwar Sujatha
2010 Gaayam 2 Anitha
2014 Anukshanam Psychologist

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Idu Saadhya Indu
1998 Nishyabda Dr. Vinitha

Television[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. ^ 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

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