Bharathi Vishnuvardhan

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Bharathi Vishnuvardhan
Born Bharathi Rao
(1950-08-15) 15 August 1950 (age 67)
Mysore State, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Vishnuvardhan (1975–2009; his death)
Children 2
Awards Padma Shri (2017)

Bharathi Vishnuvardhan (born 15 August 1950),[1] also known mononymously as Bharathi, is an Indian actress known primarily for her work in Kannada cinema. She began her career in 1966, as a lead actress, with the Kannada movie Love in Bangalore.

In a career spanning over 50 years, Bharathi has appeared in 150 films. Apart from 100 films in Kannada, she has also acted in a handful of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and Malayalam films. In the course of her career, she became known for portrayal of the roles mythological and historical characters, and also that of a student, a romantic and a rural belle.[1] Her role in Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970) as Chennambike won her a Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the government of India.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bharathi was born into a Marathi-speaking family of Ramachandra Rao in Bhadravathi on 15 August 1950 in the erstwhile Indian State of Mysore (now Karnataka).[1] As a student of the Maharani's College in Mysore, she was active in sports, dance and acting, the latter which she started in 1964. Photos of her dance performance caught the eyes of Kannada film actor Kalyan Kumar who cast her in his film Love in Bangalore. But, her second film Dudde Doddappa saw theatrical release first.[1]

Bharathi married actor Vishnuvardhan on 27 February 1975 in Bengaluru. They had two children namely Keerthi and Chandana. Vishnuvardhan died in 2009, aged 59.[3]

Career[edit]

Bharathi's first claim to fame, were her supporting roles in the 1966 film Nadodi starring M. G. Ramachandran and Saroja Devi, where she played the elder sister to Saroja Devi and then her role in Chandhrodhayam as the supporting actress to Jayalalithaa. The song "Ulagum Engum Orey Mozhi" picturised on her with M.G.Ramachandran established her as a star and Nadodi is the only film where she was cast as M.G.R's heroine. She then received offers as the lead heroine in Tamil films which became hits like Deiva Cheyal and Namma Veetu Lakshmi both with Muthuraman, Poovum Pottum with AVM Rajan, Avalukendru Oru Manam opposite Gemini Ganeshan. Thanga Thambi, Valibha Virundhu, Enga Papa, Nimardhu Nil, Meendum Vazhven, Nee Vazha Vendum, - all six opposite Ravichandran, Naan Yaar Theriyuma, Unakkum Enakkum, Naangu Killadigal, Ponvandu and Nil Kavani Kadhali - all five opposite Jaishankar, Uyirandhan Manidhan with Sivakumar and Thanga Surangam with Shivaji Ganeshan. She again acted with MGR-Jayalalitha in Annamitta Kai in 1972. Her last Tamil film as leading heroine was Nee Vazha Vendum in 1977.

She was introduced to Hindi Cinema by director A. Bhimsingh with film Mehrbaan (1967) and Saadu Aur Shaitaan (1968)

Her first Kannada film was the 1966 romantic comedy Love in Bangalore. She was critically acclaimed for her roles in Kannada movies like Sandhya Raga, Runa Mukthalu, Avalukendru Oru Manam, Bangaaradha Manushya, Doorada Betta, Gandondu Hennaru, Bangarada Jinke, Bhagya Jyothi and the Kannada Doordarshan serial Janani.

In 2012, she appeared as a strict, no-nonsense sessions court judge in TN Seetharam's Kannada daily serial Mukta-Mukta.

She has acted alongside Rajkumar, Dilip Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, ANR, M.G.Ramachandran, NTR, Prem Nazir, Gemini Ganesan, Manoj Kumar, Kalyan Kumar, Udaykumar, Vishnuvardhan, Jaishankar, Ravichandran, Shoban Babu, Krishna, R. Muthuraman, AVM.Rajan, Krishnam Raju, Kanta Rao, Haranath, Sivakumar, Vinod Khanna, Rakesh Roshan, Ambrish, Ananth Nag, Chalam, Rajesh, Gangadhar, Vinod Mehra and many other popular actors.

Bharathi has acted in a number of Hindi films as well, like Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970) starring Balraj Sahni where she was cast opposite Rakesh Roshan in his debut film, Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Hum Tum Aur Woh and Mastana both with Vinod Khanna, Prabhat Khanna's Uttar Dakshin (1987), Izzatdaar (1990) with Dilip Kumar), Mehmood's Kunwaara Baap (1974), Naya Din Nayi Raat, Aao Pyaar Karen (1994, with Saif Ali Khan and Shilpa Shetty), and many more.

Bharathi has acted in various Malayalam films with many other leading actors but in character roles.

In Tamil, she acted as the leading heroine to all four doyens of Tamil film industry in those days: Sivaji Ganesan, M.G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan and R. Muthuraman.

In Telugu cinema field, she has acted in Jai Jawan (1970) and Govula Gopanna (1968), Sipayi Chinnayya and Bangaru Gajulu (all with Akkineni Nageswara Rao) which were hits.

Apart from acting Bharathi played has also been a singer, associate director in film industry. She has sung a duet with T.M. Soundarrajan for Snehithi Tamil film. The song "Thanga Nilave Nee Illamal" is picturised on Gemini Ganesan and herself. She sang a Kannada song "Ee Notake Mai Matake" with her husband Vishnuvardhan for Nagara Hole movie.

She worked as associate director to K. S. L. Swamy for the movies Karune Illada Kanoonu, Huli Hejje and classic Malaya Marutha.

She had represented Karnataka State Level Throw-ball team during her college days.

Filmography[edit]

Below is a list of a few films in which Bharathi Vishnuvardhan has performed.[4]

Year Film Language Role Director Notes
1966 Love in Bangalore Kannada Kalyan Kumar
1966 Dudde Doddappa Kannada Kalpana B. R. Panthulu
1966 Emme Thammanna Kannada B. R. Panthulu
1966 Sandhya Raga Kannada S. K. Bhagavan
A.C. Narasimhamurthy
1966 Madhu Malathi Kannada Madhumalathi S. K. A. Chari
1966 Nadodi Tamil Meena Dharmalingam B. R. Panthulu
1966 Chandhrodhayam Tamil Kamala K. Shankar
1966 Enga Pappa Tamil B. R. Panthulu
1966 Namma Veettu Lakshmi Tamil B. R. Panthulu
1967 Beedhi Basavanna Kannada Vijaya B. R. Panthulu
1967 Rajashekhara Kannada Mangala G. V. Iyer
1967 Thanga Thambi Tamil Parvathi Francis Ramanath
1967 Rajadurgada Rahasya Kannada Mangala A.C. Narasimhamurthy
1967 Mehrbaan Hindi Geeta Shanti Swarup A. Bhimsingh
1967 Deiva Cheyal Tamil M. G. Balu
1967 Valibha Virundhu Tamil Murasoli Maran
1967 Naan Yaar Theriyuma Tamil V.N.Ramanan
1967 Aggi Dora Telugu B. Vittalacharya
1967 Gange Gowri Kannada Gange B. R. Panthulu
1967 Pattukunte Padivelu Telugu M. Mallikarjuna Rao
1968 Uyarndha Manithan Tamil Gowri Krishnan-Panju
1968 Sadhu Aur Shaitaan Hindi Vidya Shastri/Chuniya A. Bhimsingh
1968 Amma Kannada B. R. Panthulu
1968 Mana Samsaram Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Ninne Pelladuta Telugu B. V. Srinivas
1968 Nimirindhu Nil Tamil Devan
1968 Kalisina Manasulu Telugu Kamalakar Kameswara Rao
1968 Manasakshi Kannada S. K. A. Chari
1968 Bangaru Gaajulu Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Govula Gopanna Telugu C. S. Rao
1968 Poovum Pottum Tamil Dada Mirasi
1968 Nane Bhagyavathi Kannada T. V. Singh Thakur
1968 Lakshmi Nivasam Telugu V. Madhusudana Rao
1969 Nangu Killadigal Tamil L. Balu
1969 Mayor Muthanna Kannada Siddalingaiah
1969 Ardha Rathri Telugu P. Sambasiva Rao
1969 Gandondu Hennaru Kannada Meena B. R. Panthulu
1969 Thanga Surangam Tamil Amudha Ramanna
1969 Shiva Bhaktha Kannada K. V. Srinivas
1969 Padicha Kallan Malayalam M. Krishnan Nair
1969 Sipayi Chinnayya Telugu Shobha G. V. Sheshagiri Rao
1969 Chaduranga Kannada N. C. Rajan
1969 Nil Gavani Kadhali Tamil C. V. Rajendran
1969 Gruhalakshmi Kannada Vijaya Satyam
1970 Jai Jawan Telugu D.Yoganand
1970 Aliya Geleya Kannada B. R. Panthulu
1970 Akhandudu Telugu V. Ramachandra Rao
1970 Baalu Belagithu Kannada Lakshmi Siddalingaiah
1970 Sri Krishnadevaraya Kannada Chinna B. R. Panthulu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1970 Purab Aur Paschim Hindi Gopi Manoj Kumar
1970 Hasiru Thorana Kannada Meena T. V. Singh Thakur
1970 Snehithi Tamil G. Ramakrishnan
1970 Bhale Jodi Kannada Sunitha Y. R. Swamy
1970 Mastana Hindi Sharada Adurthi Subba Rao
1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Hindi Seema T. Prakash Rao
1970 Rangamahal Rahasya Kannada Vijay
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Tamil C. V. Sridhar
1971 Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama Kannada Sathyabhama K. S. L. Swamy
1971 Duniya Kya Jane Hindi C. V. Sridhar
1971 Kula Gourava Kannada Peketi Sivaram
1971 Thayi Devaru Kannada Siddalingaiah
1971 Seema Hindi Surendra Mohan
1971 Hum Tum Aur Woh Hindi Aarti Shiv Kumar
1971 Andam Kosam Pandem Telugu A.Sheshagiri Rao
1971 Namma Samsara Kannada Siddalingaiah
1971 Meendum Vazhven Tamil T. N. Balu
1970 Andariki Monagadu Telugu M. Mallikarjuna Rao
1971 Naa Thammudu Telugu K. S. Prakash Rao
1972 Janma Rahasya Kannada S. P. N. Krishna
1972 Jeevana Jokali Kannada Geetapriya
1972 Jaga Mecchida Maga Kannada Hunsur Krishnamurthy
1972 Hrudaya Sangama Kannada Belli/Chandra Rashi Brothers
1972 Annamitta Kai Tamil Doctor Kalpana
1972 Bangaaradha Manushya Kannada Lakshmi Siddalingaiah
1972 Aankh Micholi Hindi Ramanna
1972 Unakkum Enakkum Tamil N. S. Maniam
1972 Sub Ka Saathi Hindi A. Bhimsingh
1972 Chitti Thalli Telugu
1973 Bidugade Kannada Y. R. Swamy
1973 Swayamvara Kannada Y. R. Swamy
1973 Doorada Betta Kannada Siddalingaiah
1973 Ponvandu Tamil N. S. Maniam
1973 Neramu Siksha Telugu K. Viswanath
1974 Mugguru Ammayilu Telugu Kotayya Pratyagatma
1974 Anna Attige Kannada M. R. Vittal
1974 Onde Roopa Eradu Guna Kannada A. M. Sameevulla In song "O Udala Sarala"
1974 Kunwara Baap Hindi Radha Mehmood
1974 Thulasi Telugu K. Babu Rao
1974 Amma Manasu Telugu K. Viswanath
1974 Anaganaga Oka Thandri Telugu C. S. Rao
1974 Adapillala Thandri Telugu K. Vasu
1974 Harathi Telugu P. Lakshmi Deepak
1975 Devara Gudi Kannada R. Ramamurthy
1975 Kaveri Kannada H. N. Reddy
1975 Kotha Kapuram Telugu P. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Bhagya Jyothi Kannada K. S. L. Swamy
1975 Saubhagyavathi Telugu P. Chandrasekhara Reddy
1975 Puttinti Gowravam Telugu P. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Pandanti Samsaram Telugu P. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975 Kathanayakuni Katha Telugu D. Yoganand
1976 Makkala Bhagya Kannada K. S. L. Swamy
1975 Pellade Bomma Telugu Chakravarthy
1976 Vadhu Varulu Telugu N.D. Vijayababu
1977 Devare Dikku Kannada
1977 Manassakshi Telugu P. Sambasiva Rao
1977 Nee Vazha Vendum Tamil A. Bhimsingh
1977 Nagara Hole Kannada Madhu
1978 Madhura Sangama Kannada Lalithambe in play T. P. Venugopal Cameo appearance
1978 Prathima Kannada
1978 Sandharbha Kannada
1979 Manini Kannada K. S. Sethumadhavan
1980 Chitrakoota Kannada Gowri Sundar
1980 Rahasya Rathri Kannada M. S. Kumar
1980 Bangarada Jinke Kannada T. S. Nagabharana
1982 Pedda Gedda Kannada
1984 Runamukthalu Kannada Goda Puttana Kanagal
1985 Maneye Manthralaya Kannada
1985 Maha Purusha Kannada
1986 Ella Hengasarinda Kannada
1986 Shanthi Nivasa Kannada
1986 Uppu Malayalam Khadeeja
1986 Padikkatha Padam Tamil Bharath
1987 Uttar Dakshin Hindi Prabhat Khanna
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Kannada K. V. Raju
1990 Izzatdaar Hindi Sujatha Kovelamudi Bapayya
1990 Bannada Gejje Kannada Vyjayanthi Rajendra Singh Babu
1990 Prema Yuddham Telugu Vyjayanthi Rajendra Singh Babu
1990 Urudhi Mozhi Tamil R. V. Udayakumar
1991 Sandhwanam Malayalam
1992 Khel Hindi Kamini/Sharda Rakesh Roshan
1993 Devaasuram Malayalam Neelakandan's mother
1994 Aao Pyaar Karen Hindi Anjali
1994 Sarigamalu Telugu
1995 Dore Kannada
1995 Achan Kombathu Amma Varampathu Malayalam Parvathi
1997 Varnapakittu Malayalam Sunny's mother I. V. Sasi
1997 Oru Yathramozhi Malayalam Govindankutty's mother
1998 Nakshatratharattu Malayalam Sreedevi
2000 Narasimham Malayalam Induchoodan's mother Shaji Kailas
2001 Karumadikkuttan Malayalam Bharathi
2002 Mazhathullikilukkam Malayalam Alice John
2003 Preethi Prema Pranaya Kannada Sharadha Devi Kavitha Lankesh
2005 Maharaja Kannada Annapoorna Sai Prakash
2006 Photographer Malayalam Dijo's & Joy's mother
2006 Tananam Tananam Kannada Shastry's wife Kavitha Lankesh
2009 Raaj the showman Kannada Herself Prem
2012 Crazy Loka Kannada Kavitha Lankesh
2016 Doddmane Hudga Kannada Doddmane Rajeeva's sister Duniya Soori
2016 Raja Simha Kannada M. Ravi
TBA Ambar Caterers[5] Tulu Jai Prasad

Awards[edit]

Padmashri - the 3rd highest civilian award of India in 2017[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bharathi Vishnuvardhan: Shining on the silver screen for five decades". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Vishnuvardhan Death". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Bharathi, IMDb, retrieved 15 January 2008 
  5. ^ http://www.tulucinema.com/kannada-actor-bharathi-vishnuvardhan-act-tulu-film-titled-ambar-caterers/
  6. ^ http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=157675

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