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|Native name||Vijayalakshmi Yeedi|
5 June 1976 |
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Other names||Laksha, Thodai Azhagi|
|Years active||1990–2011, 2017-Present|
|Spouse(s)||Indrakumar Pathmanathan (m.2010)|
Vijayalakshmi (born 5 June 1976) is an Indian film actress best known by her stage name Rambha. She has acted in over 100 South Indian films and also in Bollywood films. She acted in several successful films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Bhojpuri films. She paired up with popular actors like Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Mammootty, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Mohanlal, Kalabhavan Mani, V. Ravichandran, Karthik Muthuraman, Jayaram, Mithun Chakraborty, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Govinda, Prabhu Deva, Arjun Sarja, Ajith Kumar and Vijay. She appeared as a Judge on Kalaingar TV's Maanada Mayilada.
Early life and background
Rambha was born as Vijayalakshmi in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 5 June 1976 into a Telugu family. Her mother tongue is Telugu. She did her schooling at Atkinsons Senior Secondary School, Vijayawada. She is also the brand ambassador for her husband's firm, which has manufacturing facilities in Canada, India, and China.
Rambha is married to Indrakumar Pathmanathan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magickwoods, a kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities manufacturing firm based in Toronto, Canada. She got married on 8 April 2010, at Tirumala and her wedding reception was on 11 April 2010 at Rani Meyyaiamma Hall, Chennai. She gave birth to a daughter, Laanya in Toronto on 13 January 2011 and on 31 March 2015 she delivered another baby girl, Sasha.  In an interview to Dinamalar she stated that one of her hobby is Cooking and she also likes Gardening.
Rambha started her career with the 1992 Telugu movie Aa Okkati Adakku opposite Rajendra Prasad. The same year she acted in a Malayalam film Sargam opposite Vineeth. She again paired up with Vineeth in Champakulam Thachan. She then entered Bollywood and was paired up with popular heroes. For the film Sargam, she has won State award and the film received a National Award.
In 1993, she completed the movie Tholi Muddhu opposite Prashanth after its original actress Divya Bharti died suddenly. Her second Tamil movie Ullathai Allitha, which remains her biggest hit till date, gave her a major breakthrough in her career. It was from this movie that she started doing glamorous roles which won her numerous fans. She has had huge success in South Indian films from the mid 90s till early 2000s. People loved her glamour roles. Her thighs were famous during that time for their exceptional beauty and size which eventually became the USP of all her movies. She had very tough competition at that time with hugely popular heroines like Roja, Simran, Meena and Nagma. While approaching the mid 2000s, Rambha was no longer in demand like before as a new crop of young heroines started their reign in south Indian films. Rambha even tried her luck by getting more slimmer but her time was running out fast.
She started her career as a producer with help of her brother with the movie Three Roses in which Jyothika, Laila and Rambha played the lead characters. Unfortunately, the film failed at the box office despite Rambha going all out glamour for the film.
Rambha has acted in several languages and always maintained a successful balance in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi 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. She has acted in 3 Bengali films and now she has 17 Hindi films to her credit.
In 2010, Rambha shot alongside Prakash Raj for a thriller film titled Vidiyum Varai Kathiru, 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. After a long gap, she came back from Toronto and now appearing as a judge of Zee Telugu dance show ABCD-Anybody Can Dance and Kings of Comedy Juniors on Vijay TV.
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number
|1992||Aa Okkati Adakku||Rambha||Telugu Debut|
|1993||Evandi Aavida Vachindi||Jhansi|
|Tholi Muddhu||Divya||Replaced Divya Bharti in the boxing scene|
|Pachcha Toranam||Latha Devi|
|Hello Brother||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Kanne Pettaro"|
|M Dharmaraju M.A.|
|Maya Bazaar||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|1996||Bombay Priyudu||Raga Sudha|
|Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Chaligali Jhummandhi"|
|Love Story 1999||Swapna|
|Iddaru Mitrulu||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Hey Rukkuman"|
|2001||Mrugaraju||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Ramaiah Paddaleti"|
|2005||Alex||Kiran TV News Reporter Deepika|
|2007||Desamuduru||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Attaantode Ittaantode"|
|Yamadonga||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Nachore Nachore"|
|Kadhalar Dhinam||Special appearance|
|Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga||Indhu|
|Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Rambha|
|Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Alamelu Kandhasamy|
|Banda Paramasivam||Manju Cheran|
|Azhagiya Theeye||Special appearance|
|2009||Quick Gun Murugun||Mango Dolly|
|Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Lakshmi|
|1998||Gharwali Baharwali||Manisha Verma|
|1999||Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal||Sonali|
|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|
|2008||Kabadi Kabadi||Pooja/Sneha||Double role|
|2005||Pandu Ranga Vittala|
|2006||Gandugali Kumara Rama|
|2006||Purav Aur Paschim|
|Banke Bihari M.L.A.|
|Tere Me Mara|
|Manada Mayilada||Kalaignar TV||As a judge for Season 2, 3, 5 and 7|
|Dhee Ultimate Dance Show||ETV Telugu||As a judge for Season 4|
|2014||Jodi No 1||Star Vijay||As a judge for Season 8|
|2017||ABCD-Anybody Can Dance||Zee Telugu||Judge|
|2017||Kings of Comedy Juniors||Star Vijay||Judge|
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- Shankaran, Malini (8 June 2010). "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014.