Ambika (actress)

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Not to be confused with Ambika Mohan or Ambika Sukumaran.
Ambika
Actress Ambika (cropped).JPG
Born (1962-08-16) 16 August 1962 (age 53)[1]
Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–1989
1997–present
Spouse(s) Shinu John
(m.1988-1997) (divorced)
Ravikanth (m.2000-2002)(divorced)
Children Ramkeshav (born 1989)
Rishikesh (born 1991)
Parent(s) Kunjan Nair, Kallara Sarasamma[2]
Family Radha (sister)
Awards Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics

Ambika (born 16 August 1962) is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu films. She was one of the top heroines for an decade from 1978 to 1989. Her younger sister Radha was also an actress. They acted together in a number of south Indian films and during their peak careers they owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios". In 2013 they converted ARS Studios to a hotel complex.

Personal life[edit]

Ambika was born on 16 August 1962 to Kunjan Nair and Sarasamma at Kallara village located in Trivandrum district.[3] Her mother Kallara Sarasamma is present Mahila Congress leader.[4] She has two younger sisters, Radha and Mallika, and two younger brothers, Arjun and Suresh.[5][6] Actress Ambika married NRI Shinu John in 1988 and migrated to USA. They have two sons, Ramkeshav and Rishikesh. However, the couple got divorced in the year 1997 and Ambika came back to India to resume her acting career. She went on to marry actor Ravikanth in the year 2000. However, this marriage, too, ended in a divorce in 2002. Currently, Ambika resides in Chennai.

Career[edit]

Ambika started her career as a child artist and later as main heroine at her age of 16 in 1979 and acted in more than 200 South Indian films. Her career as a heroine started with the Malayalam movie Seetha, which only released really late in her career. But with films like Neelathaamara (which was made again in 2009) and Lejjavathi, she became a busy actress in a couple of years not only in Malayalam,[7] but also in Tamil and Kannada.[8]

She has acted with actors in all languages including Madhu, Kamal Haasan, Prem Nazir, Jayan, Shankar, Sukumaran, M. G. Soman, Jose, Ratheesh, Mammootty, Mohanlal in Malayalam; Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Sivakumar, Vijayakanth, Bhagyaraj, Mohan, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Karthik Muthuraman in Tamil; NTR, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Murali Mohan, Mohan Babu, Krishna, Krishnamraju in Telugu and with Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Srinath, Anant Nag, Shankar Nag, Ravichandran, Prabhakar in Kannada.

K. Bhagyaraj introduced Ambika in his movie Antha Ezhu Naatkal. She has been acted alongside Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth in many movies and appeared in glamorous roles in movies such as Kaakki Sattai, Vikram, Kadhal Parisu, Padikkadhavan and Maaveeran. Most of her films have been with actors such as Rajinikanth, Shankar, Mohanlal, Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan, Rajkumar, Mammootty and Vijayakanth.[9]

She had a very successful career in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies throughout the 1980s. In Tamil and Malayalam, she took on a few bold roles that showcased her versatility and talent. In Kannada, however, she appeared in many roles and songs that were characteristic by being erotic yet understated. Her hottest rain songs with Vishnuvardhan are shown frequently in Midnight Masala TV program and are considered groundbreaking in terms of bold, stunning and revealing in an otherwise conservative industry.[10]

In Tamil, Ambika shot to fame with the movie Kakki Chattai. In the zenith of her career she was paired in the same movie with her sister Radha in Kadhal Parisu, where both actresses demonstrated their acting prowess by taking on roles of two young, beautiful sisters, who had strong, yet conflicting personalities.

After she got divorced, she returned to India from U.S later in 1997 and started acting again in films like Periyamanushan with Sathyaraj in a glamorous role, Maa Naanaki Pelli in Telugu and with Krishnam raju and Simmadamari in Kannada. She acted as heroine in Vikaraman’s project Mariyathai, in which Vijayakanth acted in father and son roles along with Meena and Meera Jasmin. She acted in Malayalam films like Angel John with Mohanlal, Thanthonni, Sadgamaya and is currently[when?] more active doing TV serials.[11]

She has acted in many advertisements.She is a designer too.She has judged many reality shows also.In a film called Medulla Oblangatta(2014) she has done lyrics works too.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

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

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 She Taxi Joe's mother
2015 Mili Mercey
2014 Aamayum Muyalum Kadambari
2014 To Noora with Love Khadeeja
2014 Polytechnic Pauly's mother
2012 Yakshi – Faithfully Yours Vishnu's mother
2011 Lavakumar 1984 -
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam -
2010 Sadgamaya Yamuna's mother
2010 Thanthonni Kathreena
2009 Angel John Mary
2009 Kana Kanmani Doctor
2009 Vairam: Fight for Justice Judge
2009 The Trigger
2007 Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan Hareendran's mother
2006 Arunam
2005 Pandippada Mallika
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam Subhadra
2005 Ben Johnson Pathrose's wife
2004 Koottu Vishwambharan's wife
2001 Dubai
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Nandhini
2000 Swayamvara Panthal Latha
2000 Varnakkazchchakal Bhagyalakshmi
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Malavika
1999 Niram Baby
1997 Snehasindooram Uma
1992 Sabarimalayil Thankasooryodayam
1989 Adhipan
1989 Brahmasthram
1988 Pattanapravesham Shobha
1988 Manasaputhri
1988 Kudumbapuranam Geetha
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Valsala
1988 Ayitham Bhama
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Aswathy Varma
1987 Vilambaram Sheela
1987 Nirabhedangal Maya
1987 Vazhiyorakkazhchakal Sridevi
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Vimala Jacob
1987 Swathi Thirunal Narayani Pillai Kochamma
1986 Rajavinte Makan Nancy
1986 Malarum Kiliyum Thulasi
1986 Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu Nirmala
1986 Chekeranoru Chilla Lathika Menon (Lallu)
1985 Archana Aaradhana Archana
1985 Iniyum Kadha Thudarum Mary
1985 Ore Raktham
1985 Oru Nokku Kaanan Maya
1985 Puzhayozhukum Vazhi Rema
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Katha Yamuna
1984 Kalkki
1984 Ente Gramam
1983 Sandhyakku Virija Poovu Priya
1983 Enikku Vishakunnu Shantha
1983 Adyathe Anuragam Shyamala
1983 Asthi Priyamvada
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Molamma
1983 Marakkillorikkalum Suma
1983 Theeram Thedunna Thira -
1983 Eettappuli Padmavathi
1982 Anuraagakkodathi Susheela
1982 Dheera
1982 Sharam Sindhu
1982 Ethiraalikal Thulasi
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Jayanthi
1982 Olangal Rita
1982 Mylanchi Shahitha
1982 Pooviriyum Pulari Renuka
1981 Enne Snehikkoo Enne Maathram
1981 Swarangal Swapnagal Latha
1981 Thaaraavu Akka
1981 Njan Ninne Marakkilla
1981 Sambhavam Radha
1981 Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai Kamalam
1981 Guha Devu
1981 Asthamikkatha Pakalukal Raji
1981 Prema Geethangal Geetha Kumari
1981 Archana Teacher Bharathi
1980 Dooram Arike -
1980 Puzha
1980 Eden Thottam
1980 Aagamanam Seetha
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Sheeba
1980 Swantham Enna Padam Priya
1980 Anthappuram Usha
1980 Meen Roselin
1980 Ammayum Makalum Radha
1980 Kaavalmaadam Malli
1980 Ithile Vannavar -
1980 Sathyam Seetha
1980 Angaadi Ayisha
1980 Aniyaatha Valakal Sujatha
1980 Ishtamaanu Pakshe Nandinikutty
1980 Theekkadal Sumam
1980 Akalangalil Abhayam Yamuna
1980 Seetha Seetha
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha Shyamala
1979 Maamaankam Manipennu
1979 Prabhaathasandhya Mini
1979 Pratheeksha
1979 Neeyo Njaano Geetha
1979 Enikku Njaan Swantham Geetha
1979 Thuramukham Rosi
1979 Agniparvatham Vimala
1979 Raajaveedhi
1979 Veerabhadran
1979 Krishnapparunthu
1979 Lajjaavathi Radha
1979 Ajnaatha Theerangal Chithra
1979 Neelathamara Kunjimalu
1978 Asthamayam Guest Role
1978 Samayamaayilla Polum Child artist
1978 Aval Viswasthayaayirunnu Child artist
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Sumam Child artist
1977 Dheerasameere Yamunaatheere Child artist
1976 Chottanikkara Amma Child artist

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam Arun's Mother
2014 Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe
2014 Jigarthanda Kayalvizhi's Mother
2012 Ullam
2011 Avan Ivan Maryamma
2010 Uthama Puthiran Sivakaami
2009 Mariyadhai Alamelu Annamalai
2007 Vel
2005 Mazhai Shailaja's Mother
2005 Kaatrulla Varai
2003 Ottran
2002 Alli Arjuna Savithri's Mother
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Pushpa
2000 Vallarasu Anjali's mother
2000 Magalirkaga
2000 Simmasanam
1999 Suyamvaram wedding guest
1999 Amarkalam
1999 Time
1999 Pooparika Varugirom
1999 Jodi Sneha Varadharajan
1999 Anantha Poongathe
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Surya's Mother
1999 Iraniyan
1999 Kodiesvaran
1999 Uyirodu Uyiraga
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
1998 Sandhippoma
1998 Kaadhal Kavidhai Vishwa's Mother
1997 Arunachalam Meenatshi
1997 Periya Manushan Sivagami
1989 Dravidan
1988 Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam
1988 Kan Simittum Neram Lakshmi
1988 Ganam Courtar Avargaley
1988 Rendum Rendum Aindhu
1987 Ivargal Varungala Thoongal
1987 Aalappirandhavan -
1987 Nalla Pambu
1987 Mupperum Deviyar
1987 Kadhal Parisu Malini
1987 Makkal En Pakkam Radha
1987 Chinna Kuyil Paaduthu
1987 Anjatha Singam
1987 Muthukkal Moondru
1987 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
1986 Velundu Vinaiyillai
1986 Maaveeran
1986 Rasigan Oru Rasigai
1986 Raja Nee Vaazhga
1986 Thazhuvatha Kaigal -
1986 Manakanakku
1986 Isai Paadum Thendral -
1986 Thandanai
1986 Karpoora Deepam
1986 Kanmaniye Pesu
1986 Naanum Oru Thozhilali
1986 Oruvar Vazhum Alayam
1986 Vikram Vikram's Wife
1986 Vengaiyin Mainthan
1986 Nermai
1986 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
1985 Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru
1985 Raja Rishi
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham Uma
1985 Naagam -
1985 Unakkaga Oru Roja
1985 Puthiya Theerppu -
1985 Idaya Kovil Gauri
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Uma
1985 Padikathavan
1985 Karuppu Chattaikaran
1985 Engal Kural Guest appearance
1985 Arthamulla Aasaigal
1985 Mr. Bharath
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Geetha
1985 Sri Raghavendrar Aparajita
1985 Aval Potta Kolam
1985 Kaakki Sattai Uma
1985 Thiruppam
1985 Dhandanai
1984 Thaarasu
1984 Nerupukkul Eeram
1984 Vaazhkai
1984 Irumbu Kaigal
1984 Pournami Alaigal
1984 Pei Veedu
1984 Thaalithanam
1984 Kanmaniye Pesu
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Mother of Rosy
1984 Neethikku Oru Penn
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal
1984 Thangamadi Thangam
1983 Vellai Roja
1983 Raagangal Maaruvathillai
1983 Soorapuli
1983 Thambathyam
1983 Thalaimagan
1983 Jothi -
1983 Garuda Saukiyama
1982 Chinnan Chirusugal
1982 Idhayam Pesugirathu
1982 Vazhvey Maayam Sandhiya
1982 Enkeyo Ketta Kural Ponni (1st wife)
1982 Sagalakala Vallavan Geetha
1982 Theerpugal Thiruthapadalam Radha
1982 Kadal Meengal
1981 Antha Ezhu Naatkal Vasanthi
1981 Tharayil Vaazhum Meenkal
1980 Tharayil Pootha Malar
1979 Sakkalathi

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Garuda Rekhe
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Sheela
1983 Avala Neralu
1983 Chakravyuha Asha
1983 Gayathri Maduve
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu
1983 Bhakta Prahlada
1983 Hasida Hebbuli
1984 Naane Raja
1984 Mooru Janma
1984 Pralayanthaka Special appearance
1984 Apoorva Sangama
1984 Indina Bharatha
1985 Chaduranga
1986 Asambhava
1986 Digvijaya Dual role
1986 Shubha Milana
1986 Bete
1986 Sathkara
1987 Bazar Bheema
1987 Jeevana Jyothi
1987 Athiratha Maharatha
1988 Dharmaathma
1988 Kirathaka
1989 Hongkongnalli Agent Amar
1997 Simhada Mari
1999 Janumadatha
2000 Kanasugara
2002 Nagarahavu
2002 Nandhi Nandhi's mother
2002 Manasella Neene
2003 Vijayasimha

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Addala Meda
1981 Viswaroopam
1981 Nayudu Gari Abbai Madhavi
1983 Rajkumar
1997 Maa Nannaki Pelli Shravani
2005 Slokam
2006 Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam

Television[edit]

  • Avakashikal (Surya TV)
  • Sreepadmanabham (Amrita TV)
  • Veruthe alla bharya season 2(Mazhavil Manorama) as Judge
  • Veruthe alla bharya season 3(Mazhavil Manorama) as Judge
  • Uggram Ujjwalam Season 2 (Mazhavil Manorama) as Judge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ambika". tamilstar.com. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Will-Solve-Issues-Between-GovernmentParty-Rahul/2014/12/11/article2565595.ece
  3. ^ "Bedai Bunglow with Ambika". asianet. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Will Solve Issues Between Government,Party: Rahul". newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Ambika – Profile and Biography. Veethi. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.kerala9.com/profile/ambika
  7. ^ Movies | Nostalgia |. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 14 June 2014.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Ambika to launch her son". Kollywood Today. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7fnIlvfo4&feature=youtu.be
  11. ^ [2] Archived 4 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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