Geetha (actress)

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Geetha
Born Geetha
(1962-07-14) 14 July 1962 (age 56)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Years active 1979-1997
2004-present
Spouse(s) Vasan
(m.1996-present)
Children 1 son (b.1998)

Geetha (Kannada: ಗೀತಾ; born 14 July 1962) is an Indian actress who has performed in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. She debuted in the Tamil language film Bairavi (as Rajinikanth's sister) directed by the veteran Director M Baskar of Oscar Movies. Since then she has acted in over 200 films in all major South Indian languages, and in a few Hindi films.[1][2] She won two Filmfare Awards and Karnataka and Kerala State Film awards.

Career[edit]

Geetha made her cinematic debut with the 1978 Tamil film Bairavi as the title character in which she played Rajinikanth's sister. She was a student of class seven when she was cast for the film.[3] When she got handful of movies she discontinued her studies at eighth class to concentrate on movie career.[4] Her performance as Indira in the 1986 Malayalam film Panchagni[5] based on the true life story of a Naxalite revolutionary Ajitha was well acclaimed and described by The Hindu as "one of Malayalam cinema's landmark heroines".[3] The same year she had more Malayalam releases such as Sukhamo Devi, Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku, Aavanazhi, Geetham, etc. made her a popular actress in Malayalam cinema [3] She won the State award for the second best actress in 1989 for Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha.,[3] most of her notable performances were with Mammootty and Mohanlal

Her notable Kannada movies are with Rajkumar, Ananth Nag, Vishnuvardhan and Ambarish. Some of her notable movies are Dhruva Thare, Devatha Manushya,Anuraga Aralithu, Shruthi Seridaaga, and Aakasmika with Rajkumar. Other films are Eradu Rekhegalu, Mareyada Manikya, Mrugaalaya, Veeradhi Veera, Mithileya Seethayaru, Nenapina Doni, Bairavi, Shiva Mecchida Kannappa, Giri Baale, Ramanna Shamanna, Goonda Guru, Nigooda Rahasya, Ramapurada Ravana, Prachanda Kulla, Hrudaya Pallavi, Daada, Aaradhane, Shabarimale Swamy Ayyappa and Aruna Raaga.

Geetha also acted in Tamil Serials like Kai Alavu Manasu and Engirindho Vanthaal, both directed by K. Balachander. She also starred in the Tamil Serials such as Katha Kathayaam Karanamaam and recently in Rajakumari, where she played Ramya Krishnan's mother which aired on Sun TV.

During 80s and early 90s Geetha was considered by many as one of the most beautiful heroines at that time in South India. Her sensuous and very tall physique and the ease with which she used to portray glamorous and non-glamorous roles earned her a huge fan following.

In 1997 she married Vasan, an American CPA and Indian Chartered Accountant. The couple live in New Jersey where Vasan is a business promoter and advisor to corporations.[6]

After her marriage, she quit acting for a brief period. She returned to the industry and has acted, usually as the hero's mother, in movies like Unakkum Enakkum, Santhosh Subramaniam, Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Masters.

Controversy[edit]

Geetha landed in controversy following humiliating treatment meted out by her to an LGBTQ couple on the Telugu television show, “Bathuku Jataka Bandi”, on Zee Telugu aired on 31 October 2016. Geetha asked questions like “Do you have no shame?”. She even threatened the girl several times,saying "I will thrash you" and "I will hit you with slippers".

To the parents of the woman, Geetha said things like “tie her up”, “get her married and send her somewhere… ” to “solve the problem”. Such so-called ‘corrective’ measures that parents have inflicted on their children, have traumatised many queer people. Geetha also asked the couple whether they “have no shame to be in love”.[7]

Awards[edit]

Karnataka State Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Cinema Express Awards
  • 1988 : Best Actress – Malayalam - Vaishalii

Filmography[edit]

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

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2018 Aniyan Kunjum Thannalayathu Filming
2014 Salala Mobiles Safiyumma
2013 North 24 Kaatham Maya
2013 Progress Report Radhika
2013 Zachariayude Garbhinikal Sister Jasmine Jennifer Nominated - 61st Filmfare Award South for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Mallu Singh Harinder's Mother
2012 Masters Mythri
2011 Uppukandam Brothers: Back in Action Alice Archive footage Cameo
2010 Anwar Anwar's mother
2008 Novel
2007 Panthaya Kozhi Madhavi
2007 November Rain Indira
2007 Mouryan
2004 Shambu Shankari Mayadevan
2004 Greetings Kasthuri
2000 Melevaryathe Malakhakkuttikal Vasundhara
1997 Sankeerthanam Pole Achamma
1997 Kannur Aswathy
1997 Five Star Hospital Dr.Subbalakshmi
1997 Adukkala Rahasyam Angaadi Paattu Mary
1997 Ezhunilappanthal
1996 Yuvathurki Ambikaratnam
1995 Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam Dr.Padmaja
1995 Ezharakoottam Susan
1995 Prayikkara Pappan Gauri
1995 Dominic Presentation Indu Varma IPS
1995 Street Professor Vijayalakshmi
1995 Sreeragam Indu
1995 Saadaram Seetha
1994 Nandini Oppol Nandini Oppol
1994 Rajadhani Collector Asha
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Guest Appearance
1994 Bharanakoodam Manju
1994 Chief Minister K. R. Gowthami Gouthami
1994 Rudraksham Rathnam
1993 Harichandanam
1993 Valtsalyam Malathy
1993 Bhoomi Geetham Indulekha
1993 City Police Dr.Jessy
1993 Ekalavyan Maya Menon
1993 Janam Susheela
1993 Ghoshayaathra Shakeela
1993 Mafia Sandra
1993 Oru Kadankatha Pole Radha
1993 Paithrukam Gayathri
1993 Uppukandam Brothers Alice Uppukandam
1993 Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans Suja Cheriyan
1992 Mahaan Neena Fernandez
1992 Aadhaaram Sethulakshmi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
1992 Kunjikuruvi
1992 Priyapetta Kukku Kukkoo's Mother
1992 Thalastaanam Meera Menon
1992 Welcome to Kodaikanal Doctor
1992 Sathyaprathinja Suma
1991 Arangu Aparna Menon
1991 Inspector Balram Seetha
1991 Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom Adv.Vasantha
1991 Abhimanyu Kiran
1991 Parallel College Sridevi
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Usha
1991 Athirathan Devu
1991 Irrikku M.D. Akathudu
1990 Iyer the Great Vani
1990 Indrajaalam Jayanthi
1990 Lal Salam SethuLakshmi
1990 Radha Madhavam Sudha
1990 Nair Saab Seetha/Savitri
1990 Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha Kunji Second Best Actress
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran Shailaja
1988 Bhadrachitta Bhadra
1988 Vaishali Malini
1988 Innaleyude Baaki
1988 Theruvu Narthaki Rema
1987 Athinumappuram Rekha
1987 Amrutham Gamaya Bhanu
1987 Sruthi Subhadra Thampuratti
1987 Vrutham Radha
1987 Rithubhedam Devu
1987 Nirabhedhangal Shalini
1986 Sayam Sandhya Uma
1986 Geetham Aparna, Atheena double role
1986 Ente Sonia Anitha
1986 Aavanazhi Seetha
1986 Rareeram Radha teacher
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Sreedevi
1986 Panchagni Indira
1986 Sukhamo Devi Thara
1981 Garjanam Dr.Vijay's sister
1980 Pappu
1979 Peruvazhiyambalam

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Co-Cast Notes
2017 March 22 Ananth Nag
2017 Meenakshi Raghu Mukherjee, Shubha Poonja
2017 Halli Panchayathi
2015 Shivam
2013 Brindavana
2010 Mr. Theertha Acted as Annapoorna
2006 O Priyathama
2006 Miss California
2004 Poorvapara
1997 Vimochane
1997 Zindabad
1996 Gaaya
1996 Jenina Hole
1994 Chinna Nee Naguthiru
1993 Sangharsha Vishnuvardhan Acted as Indira
1993 Aakasmika Rajkumar
1992 Harakeya Kuri
1991 Naagini Shankar Nag
1990 Nigooda Rahasya Shankar Nag
1990 Prathama Ushakirana Suresh Heblikar
1990 Sabarimala Swami Ayyappa Dubbed into Malayalam with same name
1990 Aavesha Shankar Nag
1990 Samsara Nauke Ambarish
1989 Madhuri Vinod Alva
1989 Jackey Ambarish
1989 Ananthara Ananthnag, Vanithavaasu
1988 Shiva Mecchida Kannappa Rajkumar
1988 Gudugu Sidilui Jaijagadish
1988 Ramanna Shamanna Ambarish
1988 Mithileya Seetheyaru Vishnuvardhan
1988 Arjun
1988 Daada Acted as Lakshmi
1988 Devatha Manushya Rajkumar
1987 Shruthi Seridaaga Rajkumar Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
1987 Anthima Theerpu Ambarish, Bharathivishnuvardhan
1987 Aase Charanraj
1987 Inspector Kranthikumar Ambarish, Bhavya, Jaijagadeesh
1987 Bazaar Bheema Ambarish, Ambika
1987 Hrudaya Pallavi
1986 Nenapina Doni Ananth Nag
1986 Anuraga Aralithu Rajkumar
1986 Vishwaroopa Ambarish
1986 Mrugaalaya Ambarish
1986 Aruna Raaga Ananth Nag Winner - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1986 Madhura Bandhavya
1985 Veeradhi Veera Vishnuvardhan
1985 Mareyada Manikya Vishnuvardhan
1985 Dhruva Thare Rajkumar Acted as Sudha
1985 Giri Baale Ambarish
1985 Goonda Guru Ambarish
1985 Mamatheya Madilu Ambarish
1985 Devarelliddaane Ambarish
1984 Prachanda Kulla Vishnuvardhan
1984 Aaradhane Vishnuvardhan
1984 Ramapurada Ravana Ananth Nag
1984 Eradu Rekhegalu Srinath
1984 Sidilu Ambarish
1984 Nagabekamma Nagabeku Kalyan Kumar
1984 Aasha Kirana
1984 Hennina Sowbhagya
1981 Devara Aata
1981 Garjane
1981 Hennina Sedu Shrinath/Kokila Mohan

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2017 Nindru Kolvaan
2015 Paranjothi
2013 Mathapoo
2011 180 Jayam
2010 Ithu Kadhal Uthirum Kaalam
2009 Villu Shaan's wife
2009 Thoranai Murugan's mother
2008 Kuselan Headmistress
2008 Santhosh Subramaniam Lakshmi
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Guru's Mother
2007 Aalwar Shiva's mother
2006 Something Something ... Unakkum Enakkum Janaki
2005 Sivakasi Muthappa's Mother
1998 Jeans Meiyaththa
1998 Kizhakkum Merkkum Thillai
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram
1997 Abhimanyu Kausalya and Ranjitha
1996 Kalki Chellamma
1996 Kuruthipunal Zeenath
1996 Vetri Vinayagar Priyamala
1994 Uzhiyan District collector
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram
1993 Dharmaseelan
1993 Mutrugai Saradha
1992 Mr. Prasad
1991 Azhakan Kanmani
1991 Thalapathi Selvi Dubbed into Telugu and Hindi as Dalapathi
1991 Vigneshwar
1991 Thayamma Kalyani
1990 Urudhi Mozhi
1990 Salem Vishnu Lakshmi
1990 Keladi Kanmani SP Balasubramayam's wife
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Gowri
1988 En Vazhi Thani Vazhi Raguvaran's Sister
1988 Oomai Thurai
1988 Kaliyugam
1987 Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu
1983 Muthu Engal Sothu
1983 Salangai Oli Dance assistant
1983 Sumangali
1983 Nenjamellam Neeye
1982 Pannaipurathu Pandavargal
1982 Katrukenna Veli
1982 Kadhalithu Paar
1982 Thyagi
1981 Garjanai Dr.Vijay's sister
1979 Mayandi
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum Receptionist
1978 Bairavi Bairavi Geetha was introduced in this film by Director 'Oscar Movies M Baskar';

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2018 Manasuku Nachindi
2015 Lion Bose's mother
2013 Shadow Lakshmi (Rajaram's mother)
2012 Tuneega Tuneega
2012 Racha Bellary's wife
2008 King King's Mother Dubbed into Malayalam with same name.
2006 Pournami Prabhas Mother
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Janaki
2003 Okkadu Vasundhara
2003 Johnny Johnny's mother
1993 Varasudu Nagarjuna's mother
1993 Nippu Ravva Lawyer Gayatri
1992 Aswamedham (1992 film) Lakshmi
1992 Aapadbandhavudu Lalitha
1990 Kokila
1990 Balachandrudu Sujatha
1989 Black Tiger
1984 Allullostunnaru
1983 Prema Pichollu
1983 Moodu Mullu
1983 Idi Kaadu Mugimpu
1983 Saagara Sangamam Dancer Dubbed into Tamil as Salangai Oli and
dubbed into Malayalam with same name.
1982 Kalavari Samsaram Vasanthi
1982 Tingu Rangadu Radha
1982 Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu Sridevi
1982 Kodallu Vastunnaru Jagratha
1981 Alludugaru Zindabad
1981 Thodu Dongalu Jaya
1981 Kondaveeti Simham Ravi's wife
1980 Challenge Ramudu Prema
1980 Thathayya Premaleelalu
1979 Karthika Deepam Geetha
1979 Andamaina Anubhavam
1979 Iddaru Asadhyule Geetha
1978 Manavoori Pandavulu Sinni

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raj [Ritu] [Same Role Played By Sumalatha in Original Telugu Film Gangleader]
1984 Yeh Desh

Television[edit]

Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geetha Profile". Jointscene. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Geetha is to play Vijay's mother". IndiaGlitz. 18 May 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kumar, P. K. Ajith (3 October 2013). "Evergreen Acts". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018 – via www.thehindu.com. 
  4. ^ "എന്റെ സിനിമകള് ഭര്ത്താവ്‌ കാണാറില്ല". mangalam.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Manorama Online Latest Malayalam News. Breaking News Events. News Updates from Kerala India". manoramaonline.com. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  6. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-23/news-interviews/35318483_1_kannada-films-malayalam-films-telugu-film
  7. ^ "Telugu TV show host humiliates LGBTQ couple, threatens to hit, thrash them on air". thenewsminute.com. 5 November 2016. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "35th Annual Filmfare Awards South Winners : Santosh : Free Download &…". archive.org. 5 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Geetha Won Filmfare Best Kannada Actress Award Special : Free Downloa…". archive.org. 6 February 2017. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 

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