Lakshmi at Naan Suvasikkum Sivaji book launch
13 December 1952
Madras, Madras State, India
|Years active||1961, 1968–present|
Yaragudipati Varada Rao|
Lakshmi (born Yaragudipati Venkatalakshmi on 13 December 1952) is an Indian actress known for her work in the Indian film industry. She made her film debut as an actress with the Malayalam film Bhoomiyile Malakha in 1965 and in the same year, she starred in the Kannada film Goadalli CID 999, starring Dr. Rajkumar. Her debut in Tamil film was with Jeevanaamsam (1968) and in Telugu film was with Bandhavyalu (1968). In 1974, Her second Malayalam film, Chattakari, which went on to become a blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and various other languages. She has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards South, three Nandi Awards, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Karnataka State Award for Best Actress for the movie Hoovu-Hannu, the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards and various other state awards. Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in 1975, with the woman-centric Julie, the remake of Malayalam film Chattakkari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade, she switched over to character roles.
Lakshmi was born and raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran Telugu film maker Yaragudipati Varada Rao of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, whose films dealt with important social issues. Her mother Kumari Rukmini was a Tamil actress.
She established herself as a successful and popular actress in South India in the 1970s, acting in all four South Indian languages: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Lakshmi rose to fame with her first Malayalam movie Chattakari (1974), which won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. This has the distinction of being the first Malayalam film to run continuously for 40 weeks in a Bangalore theatre. Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to a Filmfare Best Actress Award, she also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for the "most outstanding work of the year", for her work in Julie. She is known for her versatility as an actress and for the glamorous outlook she embodied. Her acting in the Telugu film Panthulamma is often credited as one of her best performances.
She has acted with almost all the leading actors and stars of South India, but it was her combination with the popular actor Anant Nag in the 70s and 80s that struck a chord with the audience. Nag and Lakshmi are considered one of the all-time greatest pairs in South Indian cinema. They acted together in more than 25 films. Their pair was considered the right recipe for success. Most of the films based on TaRaSu novels were based on the life of young middle class couples.
After her success in Julie, however, Lakshmi didn't star in many Hindi films and instead concentrated on doing more South Indian films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1977), becoming one of the first South Indian actresses to win that category for a Tamil film. When her career as a leading lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as a mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's grandmother in Jeans (1998) and Kareena Kapoor's grandmother in Hulchul (2004).
She has performed in more than 400 films and has also been involved in politics.
Lakshmi is fluent in all four South Indian languages. She took a break from acting to host two talk shows, including the Tamil talk show Achamillai, Achamillai.She hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Idu Kathe Alla Jeevana. She also hosts a talk show in Tamil for Vijay TV called Kadhai Alla Nijam. She has hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Neena? Naana?
After the shows ended, she returned to act in films.
While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma, she and actor-director M. Sivachandran fell in love and got married in 1987. They have a daughter named Samyuktha.
Humor club international triplicane chapter lifetime achievement award along with blessings from neranja auditorium
- 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Dikkatra Parvathi
- 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chattakari
- 1975 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chalanum
- 1976 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Mohiniyaattam
- 1983 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Unmaigal
- 1986 – Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress for Sravana Meghalu
- 1993 – Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress for Hoovu Hannu
- 1998 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South)
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Panthulamma (1977)
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Sravana Meghalu (1986)
- Nandi Award for Best Character Actress - Murari (2001)
- Nandi Special Jury Award - Mithunam (2012)
- 1978 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Oru Nadigai Naatakam Paarkiraal
- 1974 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Chattakari
In order of languages in which she acted in the most to least number of films.
|1961||Sri Valli||Child Valli||Debut in Tamil|
|Magane Nee Vazhga|
|1970||Maattukara Velan||Kamala Nagalingam|
|Penn Deivam||Ponnamma's daughter|
|Thulli Odum Pulliman|
|Dhikku Theriyadha Kaattil|
|Rani Yar Kuzhandhai|
|1973||Rajaraja Cholan||Princess Kundavai|
|Thirumalai Deivam||Goddess Padmavati|
|Thedi Vandha Lakshmi||Lakshmi|
|1974||Dikkatra Parvathi||Parvathi||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress|
|1976||Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal||Ganga||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Vazhvu En Pakkam||Saraswathi/Usha|
|1978||Oru Nadigai Natakam Parkiral||Kalyani||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress|
|Avan Aval Adhu|
|Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|Vaa Indha Pakkam|
|1983||Unmaigal||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress|
|Indru Nee Nalai Naan|
|1985||Sri Raghavendrar||Saraswati Bai|
|Udhaya Geetham||Leela Chowdhry|
|Oru Malarin Payanam|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaram||Uma|
|Enakku Nane Needipathi|
|Needhana Andha Kuyil|
|Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|Ore Oru Gramathiley|
|1988||Kaalaiyum Neeye Maalaiyum Neeye|
|Adhu Antha Kaalam|
|En Uyir Kannamma|
|Thambi Thanga Kambi|
|Naanum Indha Ooruthan|
|Sir...I Love You|
|Iniyavale||Prabakharan's mother, Lakshmi|
|Manam Virumbuthe Unnai||Priya's mother|
|Kanda Naal Mudhal||Ramani|
|2007||Naan Avanillai||Sarada as Judge|
|2009||Unnaipol Oruvan||Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu|
|2015||Moone Moonu Varthai||Malini|
|1968||Goa Dalli CID 999|
|1976||Naa Ninna Mareyalare|
|1978||Kiladi Jodi||Jennya & Radha||Double role|
|1979||Naa Ninna Bidalaare||Gayathri|
|1981||Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Anu|
|1983||Mududida Tavare Aralithu||Madhu|
|1983||Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige||Aparna|
|1984||Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba|
|1987||Onde Gudina Hakkigalu|
|1990||Lion Jagapathi Rao|
|1993||Hoovu Hannu||Rama||Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress |
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
|1993||Jaga Mechida Huduga|
|1999||Chennappa Channe Gowda|
|2007||Hethare Hennanne Herabeku|
|2008||Vamshi||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2009||Budhivanta||Pooja's mother, Judge|
|1970||Ma Avida Collector||Akkaji|
|1973||Puttinillu Mettinillu||Remake of Tamil movie Puguntha Veedu (1972)|
|1975||Babu (1975 film)|
|1981||Chattaniki Kallu Levu||Inspector Durga|
|1986||Sravana Megalu||Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress|
|1997||Abbai Gari Pelli|
|2001||Murari||Gopakka||Nandi Award for best character actress|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo||Achchamamba|
|2008||Chintakayala Ravi||Ravi's mom|
|2015||Moodu Mukkallo Cheppalante||Malini|
|1975||Julie||Julie||Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Sunita|
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- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
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- 60 years of Telugu cinema a book published in 2007
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