Rambha (actress)

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Rambha
Rambha quick gun murugun.jpg
Native name Vijayalakshmi Yeedi
Born (1978-06-05) 5 June 1978 (age 40)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Laksha, Lakshanika, Jaya
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 1991–2011
2017-Present
Spouse(s) Indrakumar Pathmanathan (m.2010-present)
Children Laanya (b.2011)
Sasha (b.2015)
Parent(s)
  • Venkateshwara Rao Yeedi
  • Usha Rani

Vijayalakshmi (born 5 June 1978) is an Indian film actress best known by her stage name Rambha. Throughout her career, Rambha acted in over 100 Indian films and worked across seven regional languages, while appearing alongside most of India's leading actors.[1][2]

Early life and background[edit]

Rambha was born as Vijayalakshmi in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 5 June 1978 into a Telugu-speaking family. She did her schooling at Atkinsons Senior Secondary School, Vijayawada. While she was studying in her 7th standard, she acted as Amman for a song for her school's Annual Day competition.[3] The event had been attended by director Hariharan who stayed in contact and later introduced her as the female lead in his film, Sargam.[3] Her first on-screen name was Amrutha, which she later changed as Rambha after the character name in her Telugu debut movie Aa Okkati Adakku.

Career[edit]

Rambha gave up her education aged 15 and then started her career with Hariharan's Malayalam film Sargam (1992) opposite Vineeth. The film perform well at the box office, though she was spotted by director E. V. V. Sathyanarayana who then cast her in the Telugu film Aa Okkati Adakku (1992), where she was paired opposite Rajendra Prasad.[4] The film performed well and prompted several film offers for the actress from several different film industries across India. During the height of her career in the late 1990s, Rambha deliberately continued to pick glamorous roles to garner film offers. In successful films such as Hitler (1997) starring Chiranjeevi, Rambha appeared in roles which were inconsequential to the plot and purely depicted as the lead actor's love interest.[4]

She started her career as a producer with help of her brother in Three Roses (2003), in which Jyothika, Laila and Rambha played the lead characters. However, the film failed at the box office and she fell heavily into debt after the film's release.[5] She sold her house at Mount Road, Chennai in order to pay the debt, while she was also booked in a cheque-bounce case filed by the financiers of the movie.[6]

Rambha has acted in several languages and always maintained a successful balance in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Bhojpuri and Bengali. Her last film in Malayalam titled Paayum Puli in 2007 got good reviews and despite being in her mid 30s, she did one of her most glamorous roles for this film. Most of her movies are successful. In 2010, Rambha shot alongside Prakash Raj for a thriller film titled Vidiyum Varai Kathiru. The film was shot in three languages namely Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, but the film did not have a theatrical release.

After her marriage she had given up films and has judged a very popular Tamil TV show Maanada Mayilada, and the Telugu dance show Dhee.[7] After a long gap she came back from Toronto, she appeared as a judge of Zee Telugu dance show ABCD-Anybody Can Dance and judged Kings of Comedy Juniors on Vijay TV.

She is a brand ambassador for Kolors health care, Chennai[8] and also for her husband's firm based in Toronto.

Personal life[edit]

Rambha is married to Indrakumar Pathmanathan, chairman and chief executive officer of Magickwoods, a kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities manufacturing firm based in Toronto, Indyca Solutions (India) Private Limited and Indyca Exim Private Limited based in Kancheepuram.[9] She got married on 8 April 2010, at Karnataka Kalyana Mandapam in Tirumala After marriage she settled in North York, Toronto. She gave birth to a daughter, Laanya on 13 January 2011, and on 27 March 2015 she delivered another baby girl, Sasha.[10] [11] She gave birth to both of her daughters at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.[12][10]

During July 2014, Rambha's sister-in-law booked a dowry harassment case against Rambha and her family for harassing her asking additional dowry.[13] During May 2016, she came back to India with her daughters. She applied for a habeas corpus demanding 2.5 lakh Rupees money from her husband for maintenance of her daughters.[14][15] Nearly a year after her return from Canada, with a hearing from Madras High Court, the couple decided to compromise and live together.[16] After Rambha returned to India, she was summoned to appear before the court regarding the dowry harassment case.[17]

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

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

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Aa Okkati Adakku Rambha Telugu Debut
1993 Evandi Aavida Vachindi Jhansi
Tholi Muddhu Divya Replaced Divya Bharti in the boxing scene since she died.

Server Somanna Kannada

Rowdy Annayya
Chinna Alludu
1994 Sarigamalu Jyothi
Bhairava Dweepam Yakshini
Pachcha Toranam Latha Devi
Hello Brother Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Kanne Pettaro"
Bangaru Kutumbam Pushpa
Muddula Priyudu Usha
Allari Premikudu Bhavani
Hello Alludu
M Dharmaraju M.A.
1995 Alluda Majaka Bobby
Maato Pettukoku Lakshmi
Maya Bazaar Herself Cameo appearance
Vetagadu (1995 film)
Khaidi Inspector
1996 Bombay Priyudu Raga Sudha
Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Chaligali Jhummandhi"
1997 Hitler Bujji
Mama Bagunnava Jaya
1998 Ganesh Priya
Bavagaru Bagunnara? Swapna
Love Story 1999 Swapna
1999 Mechanic Mavayya Rani
Iddaru Mitrulu Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Hey Rukkuman"
2000 Kodanda Ramudu Mounika
Okkadu Chaalu Rambha
Choosoddaam Randi Geeta
Moodu Mukkalaata Lahari
2001 Mrugaraju Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Ramaiah Paddaleti"
2003 Sriramachandrulu Sundari Devi
Naaga Herself Cameo appearance
2005 Alex Kiran TV News Reporter Deepika
2006 Neeku Naaku Lakshmi
2007 Desamuduru Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Attaantode Ittaantode"
Yamadonga Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Nachore Nachore"
2008 Donga Sachinollu Kavya

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Uzhavan Special appearance
1996 Ullathai Allitha Indhu
Sengottai Yamuna
Sundara Purushan Valli
Sivasakthi Priya
1997 Dharma Chakkaram Vijayalakshmi
Arunachalam Nandhini
Raasi Meena
V.I.P Indhu
Adimai Changili
Janakiraman Gayathri
1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Sapna
Kaathala Kaathala Janaki
Desiya Geetham
1999 Endrendrum Kadhal Meenu
Kadhalar Dhinam Cameo appearance in song "Oh Mariya"
Poomagal Oorvalam Kavitha
Suyamvaram Urvashi
Minsara Kanna Priya
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Indhu
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Rambha
2000 Sudhandhiram Divya
Kunguma Pottu Gounder Alamelu Kandhasamy
Anbudan
2001 Aanandham Renuka Madhavan
Azhagaana Naatkal Indhu
2003 Military Lakshmi
Three Roses Chaaru
Banda Paramasivam Manju Cheran
2004 Chatrapathy Cameo appearance in song "Ore Oru Raathirikku"
Azhagiya Theeye Cameo appearance in song "Dil Mera Loot Liya"
2005 Sukran Cameo appearance in song "Saathikadi"
2009 Quick Gun Murugun Mango Dolly
Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Lakshmi
2010 Pen Singam Mythili

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Jallaad Kranti's lover
1996 Jurmana
Daanveer Chitra
Jung Madhu
1997 Qahar
Judwaa Rupa
Sajna
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Manisha Verma
Bandhan Jyoti
1999 Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal Sonali
2000 Krodh Pooja Varma
Beti No.1 Priya Bhatnagar
Dil Hi Dil Mein Cameo appearance
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Tara
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Nita
Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Cameo appearance
2004 Dukaan: Pila House Kasthuribai

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Sargam Thangamani
Champakulam Thachan Devi
1998 Sidhartha Hema
2003 Chronic Bachelor Bhama
2004 Mayilattam Mythili
2005 Kochi Rajavu Meenakshi
2007 Payum Puli Malli
2008 Kabadi Kabadi Pooja/Sneha Double role
2011 Filmstar Rambha

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Server Somanna
Kempaiah IPS
1999 O Premave Prema
2000 Panchali
2001 Baava Baamaida
2004 Sahukara Ranganayaki
2005 Pandu Ranga Vittala
2006 Gandugali Kumara Rama
2007 Anatharu Guest Appearance

Bhojpuri films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 Purav Aur Paschim
Banke Bihari M.L.A.
2007 Rasikaa Balma
2009 Ram Balram
Tere Me Mara

Bengali films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2005 Dada
2005 Chita
2006 Refugee

Television[edit]

Year Series/Shows Channel Notes
2009-2012 Manada Mayilada Kalaignar TV As a judge for Season 2, 3, 5 and 7
2011 Dhee Ultimate Dance Show ETV Telugu As a judge for Season 4
2014 Back to School Star Vijay Participant
2014 Jodi No 1 Star Vijay As a judge for Season 8
2014 Soundarya Lahari E-TV Guest
2017 ABCD-Anybody Can Dance Zee Telugu Judge
2017 Kings of Comedy Juniors Star Vijay Judge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Rambha's dumb blonde act". India Today. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Watch Back to School episode 2 Online on hotstar.com". Hotstar. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "rediff.com, Movies: Rambha in conversation". m.rediff.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Rambha regains reel happiness! : Down South : Tamil News". Apunkachoice.com. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Rambha comes clean - Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  7. ^ Shankaran, Malini (8 June 2010). "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Kolors Health Care (14 July 2017). "Kolors Weight Loss Treatment Reviews-Actress Ramba". YouTube. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Indrakumar Pathmanathan - Director information and companies associated with - Zauba Corp". Zaubacorp.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Kayal Devaraj on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Rambha's Marriage Ends?". 17 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Actress Rambha delivered a baby girl in Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Both baby and mother are fine". Times of India. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  13. ^ Reporter, Staff; Reporter, Staff (23 July 2014). "Dowry case against actor Rambha and family". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "Actress Rambha Calls Off Divorce With Husband Indrakumar?". Jfwonline.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Court's important advice to Ramba in her divorce case - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  16. ^ http://english.tupaki.com. "Rambha joined with her husband - Rambha Divorce Issue Colsed". tupaki. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  17. ^ "Dowry case: Rambha gets summons". Times of India. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 

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