15 January 1967
(m. 1998; div. 2005)
Bhanupriya (born Mangabhanu; 15 January 1967) is an Indian actress, Kuchipudi dancer, and voice artist. In a career spanning 37 years, Bhanupriya has appeared in 155 feature films, predominantly in Telugu and Tamil languages, in a variety of roles. She has garnered three state Nandi Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, two Cinema Express Awards, and two Filmfare Awards South.
Bhanupriya was born on 15 January 1967 in Rangampeta village near Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh in a Telugu-speaking family, to Pandu Babu and Ragamali. She was named as Mangabhanu. Her family later moved to Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She has an elder brother Gopikrishanan and a younger sister Shantipriya, who has also been a film actress since the 1990s.
She was one of the mainstream top actresses for more than a decade from 1983 to 1995. She made her acting debut with the Tamil film Mella Pesungal (1983). She then appeared in the Telugu hit Sitaara, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. She then played an ornithologist in the 1985 mystery film Anveshana. In 1986, she made her Hindi film debut with Dosti Dushmani.
In 1988, she appeared in Swarnakamalam, which was screened at the Indian panorama section of the 1988 International Film Festival of India and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Bhanupriya received the Indian Express Award for Best Actress, the Nandi Award for Best Actress, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for her performance in the film. In 1989 and 1991, her performances in the Tamil hits Aararo Aariraro, and Azhagan brought her the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prizes, respectively.
|1983||Mella Pesungal||Uma||Tamil||Debut Film in Tamil|
|1984||Sitaara||Sitaara / Kokila||Telugu||Debut Film in Telugu|
|1985||Jhansi Rani||Jhansi Rani||Telugu|
|1985||Bangaru Chiluka||Hema / Chilaka||Telugu||Dual Role|
|1985||Thendral Thodhata Malar||Tamil|
|1986||Dosti Dushmani||Rekha / Shanti||Hindi||Debut Film in Hindi|
|1987||Insaf Ki Pukar||Rani||Hindi|
|1987||Kartika Pournami||Abilasha / Gowri||Telugu|
|1988||Tiragabadda Telugu Bidda||Padma||Telugu|
|1988||Khaidi No. 786||Radha||Telugu|
|1988||Trinetrudu||Pratyusha||Telugu||Chiranjeevi's 100th Film|
|1988||Swarnakamalam||Meenakshi||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Actress|
|1989||Suryaa: An Awakening||Shanoo||Hindi|
|1989||Dav Pech||Sunita Verma||Hindi|
|1989||Garibon Ka Daata||Naina||Hindi|
|1989||Kasam Vardi Ki||Aarthi||Hindi|
|1989||Aararo Ariraro||Meenu||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
|1990||Sirayil Pootha Chinna Malar||Chitra||Tamil|
|1991||Bhabhi||Sita / Kamini||Hindi|
|1991||Shri Edu Kondala Swamy||Goddess Padmavati Devi||Telugu|
|1991||Pondatti Sonna Kettukanum||Indira||Tamil|
|1991||Azhagan||Priya Ranjan||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
|1991||Ramudu Kadu Rakshasudu||Telugu|
|1992||Therku Theru Machan||Parimala||Tamil|
|1992||Rajashilpi||Durga||Malayalam||Debut Film in Malayalam|
|1992||Kaviya Thalaivan||Priya / Saradha||Tamil||Dual Role|
|1992||Vaaname Ellai||Herself||Tamil||Guest Appearance in a special song|
|1992||Neenga Nalla Irukkanum||Anjalai||Tamil|
|1993||Porantha Veeda Puguntha Veeda||Amudha||Tamil|
|1993||Rajadurai||Tamil||Guest Appearance in special song|
|1993||Gokulam||Gayathri / Mary||Tamil|
|1994||Rasika||Kannada||Debut Film in Kannada|
|1994||Ish Gup Chup||Ravali||Telugu|
|1996||Amma Durgamma||Goddess Durga||Telugu|
|1999||Endrendrum Kadhal||Pooja||Tamil||Comeback film after her marriage|
|1999||Anantha Poongathe||Banu||Tamil||Guest Role|
|2000||14 February Necklace Road||February 14 Necklace Road||Telugu||Guest Role|
|2000||Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal||Maya Varma||Malayalam|
|2000||Hindustan The Mother||Telugu|
|2001||Sree Rajarajeswary||Goddess Parasakthi||Tamil|
|2001||Thaali Kaatha Kaaliamman||Goddess Kaali||Tamil|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo||Indu||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2004||Jai||Veerapandi's wife / Jai's mother||Tamil|
|2004||Chellamae||Tamil||Guest Appearance in a song "Kummi Adi"|
|2005||Hridayathi Sookshikkaan||Sreenath's mother||Malayalam|
|2005||Chhatrapati||Rajya Lakshmi||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2007||Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan||Ganga||Tamil|
|2010||My Name is Amruta||Telugu|
|2017||Magalir Mattum||Rani Amirthakumari||Tamil|
- Urmila Matondkar - Indian (Tamil movie) (1996), Sathya (Telugu) (1998)
- Priya Raman- Suryavamsam (1997)
- Rambha - Arunachalam (Telugu movie) (1997)
- Nivedita Jain - Thayin Manikodi (1998)
|2001-2002||Gopi AVM||Tamil||Sun TV|
|2005-2006||Porandha Veeda Pugundha Veeda||Raji||Tamil||Sun TV|
- Nandi Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her performance in Swarna Kamalam
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in 1988 for her performance in Swarna Kamalam
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil in 1989 for her performance in Aararo Aaariraro
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1989 for the film Aararo Aaariraro
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1991 for the film Azhagan
- Cinema Express Awards in 1996 for the film Peddarayudu
- Screen Videocon Award for the television serial Shakti.
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 for the film Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for the film Chatrapati
- Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in 1984-Sitaara
- Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in 1985 -Anveshana
- Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu in 1987 - Dharmapatni (1987 film)
- Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil in 1991 for - Azhagan
- Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil in 1993 for - Gokulam
- Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu 2005 for -Chatrapathi
- Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu in 2002 for -Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo
- Nominated-SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress (Telugu) in 2013 for -Dhammu
- JFW Divas of South - Awarded on 12 October 2012 by Just for Women magazine for her contribution to south Indian cinema.
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