Rambha (actress)

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Rambha
Rambha quick gun murugun.jpg
Native name Vijayalakshmi
Born (1976-06-05) 5 June 1976 (age 40)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Tamilnadu
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–2011
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Indran Padmanathan (m.2010)
Children
  • Laanya
  • Sasha
Parent(s)
  • Venkateshwara Rao
  • Usharani

Vijayalakshmi (born 5 June 1976)[1] is an Indian film actress best known by her stage name Rambha.[2] She has acted in over 100 South Indian films and also in Bollywood films. She acted in several successful films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Bhojpuri films. She paired up with popular actors like Mammootty, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Venkatesh, 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 and Vijay. She appeared as a Judge on Kalaingar TV's Maanada Mayilada.

Early life and background[edit]

Rambha was born Vijaya Lakshmi in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 5 June 1976 into a Telugu kapu naidu family. Her mother tongue is Telugu. She is also the brand ambassador for her husband's firm, which has manufacturing facilities in Canada, India, and China.

Personal life[edit]

Rambha married Indran Pathmanathan, the founder and chairman of Magickwoods, a kitchen and bathroom manufacturing firm based in Canada, on 8 April 2010, in Tirumala.[3] She gave birth to a daughter, Laanya in Toronto on 13 January 2011 and on 31 March 2015 she delivered another baby girl, Sasha. [4]

Career[edit]

Rambha started her career with the 1993 Kannada movie Server Somanna opposite Jaggesh. 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 and especially her gorgeous smile on the silver screen. She also had very tough competition at that time with hugely popular heroines like Roja, Simran, Meena and Nagma. While approaching the mid 2000s, Rambha stopped doing regular films as a new crop of young heroines started their reign in south Indian films.

Rambha started her career as a producer with help of her brother with the movie Three Roses in which Jyothika, Laila and Rambha are the lead characters. Unfortunately, the film failed at the box office despite Rambha acting glamorously.

Rambha has acted in several languages and maintained a successful balance in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Bengali. Her latest 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.

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.[5] She is now settled in Toronto with her husband and daughters.

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

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

Tamil[edit]

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

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Aa Okkati Adakku Rambha
1993 Yevandee Aavida Vacchindi Jhansi
1993 Tholi Muddhu Divya Replaced Divya Bharti in the boxing scene
1994 Sarigamalu Jyothi Remake of Malayalam movie Sargam
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Yakshini
1994 Pachcha Toranam Latha Devi
1994 Hello Brother Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Kanne Pettaro")
1994 Bangaru Kutumbam Pushpa
1994 Muddula Priyudu Usha
1994 Allari Premikudu Bhavani
1995 Alluda Majaka Bobby
1996 Bombay Priyudu Raga Sudha
1996 Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Chaligali Jhummandhi")
1997 Hitler Bujji
1997 Mama Bagunnava Jaya
1998 Ganesh Priya
1998 Bavagaru Bagunnara? Swapna
1998 Love Story 1999 Swapna
1999 Mechanic Mavayya Rani
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Hey Rukkuman")
2000 Kodanda Ramudu Mounika
2000 Okkadu Chaalu Rambha
2000 Choosoddaam Randi Geeta
2000 Moodu Mukkalaata Lahari
2003 Sriramachandrulu Sundari Devi
2003 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")
2007 Yamadonga Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Nachore Nachore")
2008 Donga Sachinollu Kavya

Hindi[edit]

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

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Sargam Thangamani
1992 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
1993 Kempaiah IPS
1999 O Premave Prema
2000 Panchali
2001 Baava Baamaida
2004 Sahukara
2005 Pandu Ranga Vittala
2006 Gandugali Kumara Rama
2007 Anatharu Guest Appearance

Bhojpuri films[edit]

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

Bengali films[edit]

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