Urvashi (actress)

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Urvashi
Born Kavitha Ranjini
Kerala, India
Occupation Actress, Script Writer, Producer, TV Anchor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Manoj K. Jayan (2000–2008)
(Divorced)
Shivaprasad (2013–present)[1]
Children Kunjatta (b. 2001)
Baby Boy (b. 2014)
Parents Chavara V.P.Nair, Vijayalakshmi
Family Kalaranjini (sister)
Kalpana (sister)
Kamal Roy (brother)
Prince (brother)

Kavitha Ranjini, known by stage name Urvashi, is an Indian film actress and producer.[2] 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).[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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. [4]

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.

Acting career[edit]

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.[5] 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.[3] 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.

Television career[edit]

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 successful "Ladies Show" on Surya TV Channel known as Rani Maharani. She has presented a game show named SwarnaMazha on Surya TV Channel,which was highly rated game show. She has judged reality shows named Vodafone Comedy Stars and Comdey 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 talk shows Take It Easy Urvashi (Raj TV), Thiru Thirumathi (Jaya TV), Serials in Vijay TV etc. were a huge commercial success. Now she is hosting for a reality game show Krazy Couple for couples in Zee Kannada Channel. She is presently judging Minto Goal Comedy Stars on ASIANET.

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[edit]

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.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
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
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
Amritha Film Awards
Nana Film Weekly Awards
Other Film Awards
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"

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ponmutta Tamil farmer
2014 Ponnu Kondoru AAlroopam Molly
2014 My Dear Mummy Katrina
2013 Don't Worry Be Happy
2012 Manjadikuru Sujatha
2012 Lakshmivilasam Renuka Makan Raghuraman Renuka
2011 Kadhayile Nayika Nandhini
2011 Maharaja Talkies Vimala
2010 Best of Luck Thamara
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala M. L. A. Shyamala
2010 Mummy & Me Clara
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Molly
2008 Chandranilekkoru Vazhi Urvashi
2007 Ayur Rekha Alice
2006 Madhuchandralekha Chandramathi
2005 Achuvinte Amma K. P. Vanaja
2004 Thalamelam
2004 Swapnanubhavam
2002 Nandanam Voice for Janaki(Kalarenjini)
1999 Aayiram Meni Alice
1999 Garshom Noorja
1997 Janadhipathyam Indira Menon
1997 Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam Radha
1996 Kazhakam Radha
1995 Simhavalan Menon Geethanjali
1995 Spadikam Thulasi
1995 Thovalapookkal Chempakam
1994 Bharya Shailaja
1994 The City
1994 Ladies Only
1994 Kudumba Visesham Geetha
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Bhagyarekha/Sujatha
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram
1993 Palayam Jancy
1993 Aayirappara Parvathy
1993 Ithu Manju Kaalam Aswathy & Revathy (double role)
1993 Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Sherley
1993 Kalippattam Saroja
1993 Koushalam Maya Devi
1993 Mithunam Sulochana
1993 Narayam Gayathri
1993 Sthreedhanam Vidhya
1993 Venkalam Thankamani
1992 Kizhakkan Pathrose Chala Mary
1992 Yodha Damayanthi
1992 Aham Renjini
1992 Ardram
1992 Aparatha Prabha
1992 Ente Ponnu Thampuran Kavitha
1992 Malootty Raji
1992 My Dear Muthachan Clara
1992 Ponnurukkum Pakshi
1992 Ponnaramthottathe Rajavu
1992 Sathyapathijna Sreekutty
1992 Simhadhwani Jayasree
1992 Snehasagaram Thresa
1992 Soorya Gayathri Rugmini
1992 Thiruthalvaadi Lathika
1992 Utsava Melam Kanaka Prabha
1991 Bhoomika Radha
1991 Inspector Balram Preethi Krishna Mathur
1991 Koodikazhcha Alice
1991 Kanalkkattu
1991 Bharatham Devi
1991 Chanchattam Yamuna
1991 Kadinjool Kalyanam Hrudayakumari
1991 Kakkathollayiram Revathy
1991 Mukha Chithram Savithrikutty/Lakshmikutty
1991 Souhridham Shiny
1991 Vishnulokam
1990 Arhatha Aswathy
1990 Varthamanakalam Arundhathi Menon
1990 Lal Salam Annamma
1990 Kouthuka Varthakal Aswathy
1990 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan
1990 Thalayanamanthram Kanchana
1990 Thoovalsparsham Maya
1990 Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Geetha
1990 Marupuram
1990 Kuttettan Rose Mary
1990 Vyuham Lakshmi
1990 Nammude Naadu Bindu
1989 Mrigaya Annamma
1989 Adikkurippu Geetha
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran Roshney
1989 Mazhavil Kavadi Anandavalli
1989 Akshrathettu Sumathi
1989 Adhipan
1989 New Year Rekha
1989 Swagatham Philomina Francis
1989 Varnatheru Asha
1988 Thanthram Susanna
1988 1921 Thulasi
1988 1 August Valsala
1988 Abkari Sridevi
1988 Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Annie
1988 Antima Theerpu
1988 Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Alice Simon
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Snehalatha
1988 Padamudra Lakshmi
1988 Mattoral
1988 Mukthi Sudharma
1988 Anuragi Leelamma
1987 Swargam
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Jyothi
1987 Naalkkavala
1987 Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku Sophie
1987 Kottum Kuravayum
1987 Agni Muhurtham
1987 New Delhi Uma
1987 Adimakal Udamakal Indu
1986 Nandi Veendum Varika Devayani
1986 Moonnu Masagalkku Munpu
1986 Ithra Mathrem
1986 Onnu Randu Moonnu
1986 Desatanakkili Karayarilla Devika
1986 Manasilloru Manimuthu
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Rajani
1986 Sukhamo Devi Devi
1986 Mizhineerpoovukal Aswathy
1986 Sunil Vayassu 20 Premalatha
1986 Yuvajanotsavam Sindhu
1986 Nirakkoottu Sasikala
1985 Ente Ammu,Ninte Thulasi,Avarude Chakki Thulasi
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare Chandrika
1985 Pathamudayam Valsala
1984 Daivatheorthu Nani
1984 Ethirppukal Sudha
1983 Hello Madras Girl
1980 Digvijayam Dance Student
1979 Kathirmandapam

Tamil films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mundhanai Mudichu Parimalam
1983 Ninaivukal Maraivathillai
1984 Vamsa Vilakku
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru
1984 Komberi Moogan
1984 Shanthi Mugurtham
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan
1985 Andha Oru Nimidam Vasanthi
1985 Aboorva Sahotharigal
1985 Aduthathu Albert Radha
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam
1986 Thodarum Uravu Julie
1989 Patti Solla Thattathey
1991 Nangal
1991 Michael Madana Kama Rajan TiruppuraSundari
1994 Magalir Mattum Janaki
1994 Vanaja Girija Chellamma
1995 Naan Petha Magane
1995 Mayabazar Sujatha
1995 Veera Padhakkam
1995 Ayudha Poojai Vasantha
1995 Thaikulame Thaikulame
1996 Aruva Velu Maruthayi
1996 Irattai Roja Uma
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Palaniyamma
1997 Mannava Sinthamani
1997 Aravindhan Gayathri
1999 Suyamvaram Arivolimangai
1999 Viralukketha Veekkam Gayatri
1999 Kummi Paattu
2001 Sigamani Ramamani
2002 Panchathantiram Ammini
2002 Thamizh Kalaiselvi
2003 Three Roses Chandralekha
2003 Thennavan Pushpalatha
2005 Anbe Aaruyire
2007 Malaikottai Kamala
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Kalyani
2009 Vaamanan Divya's mother
2009 Peranmai Victoria
2011 Doo
2011 Manmadan Ambu Mallika
2011 Venghai Thangam
2011 Vedi Doctor
2012 Sollithara Naanirukkiren
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Chandra
2014 Un Samayal Arayil
2014 Pechiyakka Marumagan
2014 Vizhi Moodi Yosithal
2014 Mappilai Vinayagar
2014 Savaale Samaali
2015 Uthama Villain

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Oggarane
2009 Iniya
2008 Arjun
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla
2005 Rama Shama Bhama Bhama
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Urmila
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Alamelu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
1999 Habba
1996 Jeevanadhi
1988 31 December
1987 Premaloka Rohini
1987 Anthima Ghatta
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Rohini
1986 Shankar Sundar
1986 Sathya Jyothi
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi
1984 Shravana Banthu Urvashi/Mary/Saraswathi
1980 Nyaaya Neethi Dharma

Telugu films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ulavucharu Biriyani
2010 Maro Charitra
2005 Chakram Lakshmi
2004 Swarabhishekam
2004 Intlo Sreemathi Veedhilo Kumari Anjali Murthy
2002 Sandade Sandadi Lakshmi
1989 Chettu Kinda Pleader Sujatha
1988 Anthima Theerpu
1986 Jeevanaporatam
1984 Rustum Padma

Producer[edit]

Story writer[edit]

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