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|Occupation||Actress, Script Writer, Producer, TV Anchor|
|Spouse(s)||Manoj K. Jayan (2000–2008)
|Children||Kunjatta (b. 2001)
Baby Boy (b. 2014)
|Parent(s)||Chavara V.P.Nair, Vijayalakshmi|
Kamal Roy (brother)
Kavitha Ranjini, known by stage name Urvashi, is an Indian film actress and producer. She was a prominent lead actress from 1983 to 1999. She was known for her work in Malayalam, Tamil films. She has also done with few Kannada, and Telugu films. She has dubbed in her own voice in all these 4 languages. She has written the films Ulsavamelam and Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu, the latter was also produced by her. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Achuvinte Amma (2005). She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress six times, which includes three consecutive wins from 1989 to 1991, two feats no other actress in history has achieved as of 2014.
Urvashi was born in Trivandrum, Kerala to actor Chavara V. P. Nair and Vijayalakshmi. Her elder sisters are actresses Kalaranjini and Kalpana. Her two brothers, Late Kamal Roy and Late Prince had also acted in few Malayalam movies. Her two brothers Kamal Roy and Prince died at their young age of 17 and 27. 
She got married twice. Her first marriage was with Malayalam film actor Manoj K. Jayan on 11 October 2000. The couple developed difference of opinion and filed for divorce at a court in Chennai. Later, they were separated by a court order in 2008. Their only daughter Kunjatta born in 2001 is now living with Manoj K. Jayan.
Her second marriage was with a civil construction engineer, Shivaprasad on 22 November 2013 in a private ceremony held in Chennai. She has given birth to a boy baby on 8 August 2014.
She acted in around 300 films in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Hindi. She started her acting career as a child artist, at the age of 10, in a Malayalam movie, Kathirmandapam released in 1979, as Jayabharathi's daughter. She acted as Srividya's dance student in the movie in Digvijayam released in 1980 who plays Krishna in the song sequence Madhumaasa Nikunjathil where her sister Kalpana plays the role of Radha. She has also acted as a child artist in Ninaivukal Maraivathillai, a Tamil movie, in 1983 but it got never released. Then she acted as a heroine, at the age of 15, to Karthik in the movie Thodarum Uravu which completed shooting in 1983 but released in 1986. Her first film released was Munthanai Mudichchu (Tamil, directed by K. Bhagyaraj) in 1983 making her debut movie. The movie was a big hit and made Urvashi a sought-after actress in all the South Indian languages. She is considered as the Lady Super Star of Malayalam film after her huge success of movies like "Achuvinte Amma"; "Mummy and Me' and "Sakudumbam Shyamala" etc. which are released after her second innings in Malayalam film started in 2005.
Ethirppukal (Malayalam, 1984) was one of her earlier films in Malayalam.During the peak of her career, she starred in M. P. Sukumaran Nair's award-winning film Kazhakam in 1995, without taking a single penny as remuneration. She was awarded Best Actress for this role. She was a leading Malayalam actress in the late 1980s, giving performances in Thalayanamanthram and Mazhavilkavadi among others. Urvashi has also acted in many Kannada movies with top stars like Dr.Rajkumar,Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Dr.Ambarish, Ravichandran and Ramesh Aravind. Her latest Kannada movie, Rama Shama Bhama (2005) with Ramesh Aravind and Kamal Haasan, was a box-office looter. It was a crowd-puller and her performance was well appreciated by critics and audience. She is popularly known as Lady Shivaji Ganeshan in Tamil film Industry because of her flexibility and excellancy in acting.Also she is known as Abhinaya Raakshasi.
Urvashi was also seen as the host of the game show Thanga Vettai, aired on Sun TV. She served as the host for the show for a very short time, preceded by Ramya Krishnan and succeeded by Kanika Subramaniam. Urvashi hosted a "Ladies Show" on Surya TV Channel known as Rani Maharani. She has presented a game show named Swarna Mazha on Surya TV Channel. She has judged reality shows named Vodafone Comedy Stars and Comedy Festival on Asianet and Mazhavil Manorama respectively. She has acted in some television serials and advertisements. She was a celebrity judge in a reality shows named Champions on Surya TV. She was also a celebrity judge in Munch Star Singer junior season 2 along with G.Venugopal and sujatha. She also anchored a Game show titled Bhagyalakshmi in Kairali TV. She produced, acted and wrote many serials for sun TV. Her Television show Take It Easy Urvashi (Raj TV). Actor Nagesh congratulated this show and he was a constant viewer of this show. Now she is hosting for a reality game show Krazy Couple for couples in Zee Kannada Channel. She was also in judging panel of Minto Goal Comedy Stars on ASIANET and Comedy Festival in Mazhavil Manorama.At present she is anchoring reality show Jeevitham Saakshi on Kairali TV succeeded by actress Sheela.
She also performed as a dubbing artist. In the movie "Nandanam" she dubbed for Kala Renjini. She also dubbed for many actors in Tamil and Kannada films.
As a Writer
She penned for the movie Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu produced by herself under her own production company "Urvara Arts', and for the movie Ulsavamelam. She frequently wrote her experiences in film industry in various film magazines like Nana film weekly, Chithrabhoomi weekly, Vellinakshthram etc. Her memoirs titled Hrudayakannadi (ഹൃദയക്കണ്ണാടി),published in Vanitha magazine, compiled as a book by D.C.Book Cinemayalla Jeevitham. Her story is also adopted for the making of Telugu movie Paattabhasthi.
- 1989: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Mazhavil Kavadi, Varthamanakalam
- 1990: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Thalayanamanthram
- 1991: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Bharatham, Mukhachithram, Kakkathollayiram,Kadinjool Kalyanam
- 1995: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Kazhakam
- 2006: Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Madhuchandralekha
- 1987: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam - Ponmuttayidunna Tharavau
- 2010: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam - Mummy & Me
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 1984: Savithry Award for Best Actress - Munthanai Mudichchu
- 1983: Best New face Madras Telugu Film Academy Award - Munthanai Mudichchu
- 1994: Special Jury Award for Best Actress - Magalir Mattum
- 1995: Kalai Vaanar Award for Best Actress by Tamil Nadu Government
- Amritha Film Awards
- 2005 : Best Supporting Actress- Achuvinte Amma
- Nana Film Weekly Awards
- 1990: Best Actress - Thalayanamanthram
- 1991: Best Actress - Bharatham
- 1992: Best Actress - Venkalam
- 2005: Best Actress - Achuvinte Amma
- 2009: Best Supporting Actress - Bharya Swantham Suhruthu
- Other Film Awards
- 1992 :Ujala Award for Best Actress -Kizhakkan Pathrose & Venkalam
- 1993 :Ujala Award for Best Actress - Kalippattam & Sthreedhanam
- 1993 : Woman of the Year Award By Film Fans Association for various films
- 1994 : Chennai Film City Academy Award for Best Actress - Naan Petha Magane & Vanaja Girija (Tamil)
- 1996 : Screen Videocon Award for Best Actress - Irattai Roja (Tamil)
- 1999 : Film Council Audience Award for Best Actress -Garshom & Kottappurathe Koottukudumbam
- 2005 : Best Actress Award by Film Fans Association -Achuvinte Amma
- 2005 : Suvarna TV Special Award for Best Actress - Rama Bama Shama (Kannada)
- 2009 : Edison Award for Best Actress in Character Role -Siva Manasulla Sakthi (Tamil)
- 2010: Jaihind TV Special Award for Best Actress - Mummy & Me
- 2010 : Jayan Smaraka Award for Best Actress - Mummy & Me & Sakudumbam Shyamala
- Television Awards
- 2008 : Best Anchor award for game show "Swarnamazha"
- 2010 : Popular Game Show for "Rani Maharani"
- 2002 : Best Anchor Award (Raj TV Award)for "Take It Easy Urvashi"
|2014||My Dear Mummy||Katrina|
|2012||Lakshmivilasam Renuka Makan Raghuraman||Renuka|
|2011||Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam||Molly|
|2010||Best of Luck||Thamara|
|2010||Sakudumbam Shyamala||M. L. A. Shyamala|
|2010||Mummy & Me||Clara|
|2009||Bharya Swantham Suhruthu||Molly|
|2005||Achuvinte Amma||K. P. Vanaja|
|2002||Nandanam||Voice for Janaki(Kalarenjini)|
|1994||Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu||Bhagyarekha/Sujatha|
|1993||Ithu Manju Kaalam||Aswathy & Revathy (double role)|
|1993||Injakkadan Mathai & Sons||Sherley|
|1992||Kizhakkan Pathrose||Chala Mary|
|1992||Ente Ponnu Thampuran||Kavitha|
|1992||My Dear Muthachan||Clara|
|1992||Utsava Melam||Kanaka Prabha|
|1991||Inspector Balram||Preethi Krishna Mathur|
|1990||Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan|
|1990||Veena Meettiya Vilangukal||Geetha|
|1988||Oru CBI Diary Kurippu||Annie|
|1988||Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi||Alice Simon|
|1987||Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku||Sophie|
|1986||Nandi Veendum Varika||Devayani|
|1986||Moonnu Masagalkku Munpu|
|1986||Onnu Randu Moonnu|
|1986||Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku||Rajani|
|1986||Sunil Vayassu 20||Premalatha|
|1985||Ente Ammu,Ninte Thulasi,Avarude Chakki||Thulasi|
|1983||Hello Madras Girl||Latha|
|1980||Dwik Vijayam||Dance Student|
|1984||Vellai Pura Ondru|
|1984||Ambigai Neril Vanthaal||Mohan,Ambika,Radha,Rajasulochana,Y.Gee.Mahendran,Uma,V.K.Ramasamy|
|1985||Andha Oru Nimidam||Vasanthi||Kamalhasan|
|1985||Oru Malarin Payanam|
|1989||Patti Solla Thattathey|
|1991||Michael Madana Kama Rajan||TiruppuraSundari||Kamalhasan,Roobini,Kushboo,Nasar,Jayabarathi,Manorana,Delhi ganesh,|
|1994||Subramaniya Swamy||Amudha||Pandiyarajan,Priya raman|
|1995||Naan Petha Magane|
|2009||Siva Manasula Sakthi||Kalyani|
|2014||Un Samayal Arayil|
|2014||Vizhi Moodi Yosithal|
|2015||Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum||Nakul's Genius Mom|
|2008||Nee Tata Naa Birla|
|2005||Rama Shama Bhama||Bhama|
|2003||Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu||Urmila|
|2001||Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu||Alamelu|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala|
|1986||Ee Jeeva Ninagagi||Rohini|
|1985||Naanu Nanna Hendthi|
|1980||Nyaaya Neethi Dharma|
|2004||Intlo Sreemathi Veedhilo Kumari||Anjali Murthy|
|1989||Chettu Kinda Pleader||Sujatha|
- Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu (1994)
- Utsava Melam (1992)
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