16 November 1962|
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Awards||Kalaimaamani, Cinema express, film critics|
Ambika (born 16 Nov 1962) is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada films. She also did a few Telugu and English films. She was one of the top south Indian heroines for a 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 the peak of their careers, they owned a movie studio called "ARS Studios". In 2013 they converted ARS Studios to a hotel complex known as Jolly Jimkana Hotel.
Ambika was born on 16 Nov 1962 to Kunjan Nair and Sarasamma at Kallara village, located in Trivandrum district. Her mother Kallara Sarasamma was Mahila Congress leader during 2014. She has two younger sisters, Radha and Mallika, and two younger brothers, Arjun and Suresh.
Ambika started her career as a child artist and later as main heroine at the 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 very late in her career. But with films such as Neelathaamara (which was made again in 2009) and Lejjavathi, she became a busy actress within a few years not only in Malayalam, but also in Tamil and 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.
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 hot rain songs with Ambarish are shown frequently on the TV program Midnight Masala and are considered groundbreaking in terms of being bold, stunning and revealing in an otherwise conservative industry.
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 such as 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 such as Angel John with Mohanlal, Thanthonni and Sadgamaya and is currently[when?] more active doing TV serials.
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.
|2014||To Noora with Love||Khadeeja|
|2012||Yakshi – Faithfully Yours||Vishnu's mother|
|2011||Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam||-|
|2011||Naayika||Herself||Archive footage/Uncredited cameo|
|2009||Vairam: Fight for Justice||Judge|
|2007||Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan||Hareendran's mother|
|2005||Ben Johnson||Pathrose's wife|
|2000||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||Nandhini|
|1988||Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal||Valsala|
|1987||Irupatham Noottandu||Aswathy Varma|
|1987||Swathi Thirunal||Narayani Pillai Kochamma|
|1986||Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu||Nirmala|
|1986||Chekeranoru Chilla||Lathika Menon (Lallu)|
|1985||Iniyum Kadha Thudarum||Mary|
|1985||Oru Nokku Kaanan||Maya|
|1984||Oru Sumangaliyude Katha||Yamuna|
|1983||Sandhyakku Virija Poovu||Priya|
|1983||Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal||Molamma|
|1983||Theeram Thedunna Thira||-|
|1981||Enne Snehikkoo Enne Maathram|
|1981||Njan Ninne Marakkilla|
|1981||Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai||Kamalam|
|1981||Prema Geethangal||Geetha Kumari|
|1980||Vaiki Vanna Vasantham||Sheeba|
|1980||Swantham Enna Padam||Priya|
|1979||Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha||Shyamala|
|1979||Enikku Njaan Swantham||Geetha|
|1978||Samayamaayilla Polum||Child artist|
|1978||Aval Viswasthayaayirunnu||Child artist|
|1977||Vidarunna Mottukal||Sumam||Child artist|
|1977||Dheerasameere Yamunaatheere||Child artist|
|1977||Taxi Driver||Child artist|
|1976||Chottanikkara Amma||Child artist|
|2016||Ennama Katha Vudranunga|
|2015||Idhu Enna Maayam||Arun's mother|
|2014||Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe|
|2007||Vel||Vel's adoptive mother|
|2002||Alli Arjuna||Savithri's mother|
|2001||Piriyadha Varam Vendum||Nithi's mother|
|2000||Magalirkaga||'Head Constable' Panchavarnam|
|1999||Poovellam Kettuppar||Krishna Bharathi's mother|
|1998||Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen|
|1998||Kaadhal Kavidhai||Vishwa's mother|
|1988||Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam|
|1988||Kan Simittum Neram||Lakshmi|
|1988||Ganam Courtar Avargaley|
|1988||Rendum Rendum Aindhu|
|1987||Ivargal Varungala Thoongal|
|1987||Makkal En Pakkam||Radha|
|1987||Chinna Kuyil Paaduthu|
|1987||Annanagar Mudhal Theru|
|1986||Rasigan Oru Rasigai|
|1986||Raja Nee Vaazhga|
|1986||Isai Paadum Thendral|
|1986||Naanum Oru Thozhilali|
|1986||Oruvar Vazhum Alayam|
|1985||Thoongatha Kannondru Ondru|
|1985||Unakkaga Oru Roja|
|1985||Aval Potta Kolam|
|1985||Engal Kural||Guest appearance|
|1985||Naan Sigappu Manithan||Uma|
|1984||Ambigai Neril Vanthaal|
|1984||Anbulla Rajinikanth||Mother of Rosy|
|1984||Neethikku Oru Penn|
|1984||Naan Paadum Paadal|
|1982||Enkeyo Ketta Kural||Ponni (1st wife)|
|1981||Antha Ezhu Naatkal||Vasanthi|
|1981||Tharayil Vaazhum Meenkal|
|1980||Tharayil Pootha Malar|
|1981||Sri Yediyuru Siddalingeshwara|
|1989||Hongkongnalli Agent Amar|
|1981||Nayudu Gari Abbai||Madhavi|
|1984||Dongalu Baboi Dongalu||Swarajyam|
|1988||August 15 Rathri|
|1997||Maa Nannaki Pelli||Shravani|
|2006||Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam||-|
- Summer in america (Kairali TV)
- Kanalpoovu (Jeevan TV)
- Preethiyinda (Star Suvarna) - Kannada
- Avakashikal (Surya TV)
- Sreepadmanabham (Amrita TV)
- Aparichitha (Amrita TV)
- Nayaki (Sun TV) as Sarkunam - Tamil
- Reality shows as a Judge
- Jodi Number one season 6 (Vijay TV) as Judge - Tamil
- Vivel Big Break(Surya T.V.) as Judge
- 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
- Malayali Veetamma (Flowers TV) as Judge
- Dancing Khilladies (Zee Tamil) as Judge - Tamil
- Zee Dance League (Zee Tamil) as Judge - Tamil
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