Kasthuri (actress)

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(1974-05-01) 1 May 1974 (age 45)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Alma materEthiraj College for Women
OccupationFilm actress, model, anchor
Years active1991–present
ChildrenSankalp, Shobini

Kasthuri is an Indian film actress, TV show anchor and social activist. She began her acting career in 1991 in Kollywood and has been subsequently associated with Tamil films. Prior to acting, she has been a model.


Kasthuri debuted in the Tamil film aAatha Un Koyiley in 1991, and appeared in a number of Tamil films thereafter, including the horror film Rasathi Varum Naal, Government Mappilai, Chinnavar and Senthamizh Paatu alongside Prabhu Ganesan in 1992.

Kasturi was the subject of a 30-minute documentary film Kasthuri: A South Indian Film star made by Richard Breyer and N C Rajamani in 1995.[1][2]

Although Kasthuri initially retired from film after her Hindi short film The Bypass in 2003, she made a comeback in 2009 with the film Malai Malai.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kasturi was born at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her Father was an Engineer from IIT and mother was an advocate. She has a younger brother. She was an all rounder in school and had participated many competitions like singing, dance and quiz. She was a rank holder in SSLC and Plus two exams and the recipient of Gold medal. She was a state level hockey champion during school days. She was also an active member of National Cadet Corps (India) and became an RD cadet in air force wing. She also participated in the popular quiz show Master Mind India, hosted by Siddhartha Basu and made it to the second round in 2000. She has also done modelling before entering the film industry. She won the title Miss Madras in 1992. In recent times she has been more involved in social welfare activities and has raised her voice continuously against corruption and is creating more awareness about political changes via social media.[4]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Aatha Un Koyilile Kasthuri Tamil
Chakravarthy Praseetha Malayalam
Rasathi Varum Naal Radha Tamil
1992 Chinnavar Meena Tamil
Senthamizh Pattu Shanmathi Tamil
Urimai Oonjalaadukirathu Uma Tamil Nindu Samsaaram (Telugu)
Abhirami Dhanam Tamil
Government Mappillai Mallaria Tamil
Gang War Telugu
1993 Rakkayi Koyil Tamil
Pudhiya Mugam Raja Rajeswaran's 1st wife Tamil Cameo Appearance
Aathma Uma Tamil
Pass Mark Tamil
Udan Pirappu Sumathi Tamil
Nippu Ravva Bharathi Telugu
Enga Muthalali Kalyani Tamil
1994 Amaidhi Padai Thayamma Tamil
Thendral Varum Theru Nalini Tamil
Jaana Kasturi Kannada
Rajapandi Ponnuthaayi Tamil
Aagaya Pookkal Tamil
Watchman Vadivel Tamil
1995 Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava Ammu Malayalam
Sindhu Bath Shobana Tamil
Chinna Mani Chinna Mani Tamil
Kolangal Uma Tamil
God Father Dr. Aruna Telugu
Agrajan Sreedevi Malayalam
Radholsavam Chempakam Malayalam
1996 Ibbara Naduve Muddina Aata Kannada
Indian Kasturi Tamil
Krishna Lizy Tamil
Soggadi Pellam Telugu
Merupu Prema Telugu
1997 Chilakkottudu Kasturi Telugu
Ratha Yatra Telugu
Annamayya Akkalamma Telugu
Maa Aayana Bangaram Telugu
1998 Mangalya Pallakku Seethalakshmi Malayalam
Thutta Mutta Dr. Seema Kannada
One Man Army Kannada
Sneham Radhika Malayalam
Kaadhal Kavidhai Kasthuri Tamil
1999 Suyamvaram Uma Tamil
Habba Kannada
Ladies Special Tamil
Panchapaandavar Nandini Malayalam
2001 Akasa Veedhilo Padma Telugu
Dosth Tamil Special appearance
Engalukkum Kaalam Varum Pooja Tamil
Premakke Sai Vedha Kannada
2002 Machakanni Tamil
2002 Adheena Tamil
2003 The Bypass Woman in the jeep Hindi Short film
2009 Malai Malai Lakshmi Tamil
2010 Thamizh Padam Tamil Special Appearance
Gudu Gudu Gunjam Malleeshwari Telugu
Don Seenu Lakshmi Telugu
2011 Pathinaaru Ilavarasi Tamil Cameo appearance
Thoonga Nagaram Tamil Special Appearance
2012 Naanga Tamil
2013 Azhagan Azhagi Tamil Special appearance
Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Bharathi Tamil
2014 Vadacurry Satish's sister in law Tamil
Naan Ponnu Ondru Kanden Tamil Special appearance
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Tamil
2017 Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Agent Ruby Tamil
Samanthakamani Krishna's mother Telugu
2018 Nalinakanthi Ambhika Tamil
Traffic Ramasamy Tamil Special Appearance
Thamizh Padam 2 Tamil Special Appearance
2019 Thamilarasan Tamil

Television: Divided


  1. ^ "Kasthuri: A South Indian Film Star". Film Info. Film makers library.
  2. ^ The Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies. 1995. p. 915.
  3. ^ "Kasthuri is back with Noothukku Nooru!". Sify. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  4. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/women/celebrity/196228?page=0,0

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