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5 June 1976 |
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Spouse(s)||Indran Padmanathan (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 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
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.
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. She gave birth to a daughter, Laanya in Toronto on 13 January 2011 and on 31 March 2015 she delivered another baby girl, Sasha. 
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. She is now settled in Toronto with her husband and daughters.
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.
|1998||Kadhalar Dhinam||Special appearance|
|1999||Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga||Indhu|
|1999||Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Rambha|
|2000||Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Alamelu Kandhasamy|
|2003||Banda Paramasivam||Manju Cheran|
|2004||Azhagiya Theeye||Special appearance|
|2009||Quick Gun Murugun||Mango Dolly|
|2009||Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Lakshmi|
|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||Pachcha Toranam||Latha Devi|
|1994||Hello Brother||Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Kanne Pettaro")|
|1996||Bombay Priyudu||Raga Sudha|
|1996||Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi||Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Chaligali Jhummandhi")|
|1998||Love Story 1999||Swapna|
|1999||Iddaru Mitrulu||Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Hey Rukkuman")|
|2003||Naaga||Herself (Cameo appearance)|
|2005||Alex||Kiran TV News Reporter Deepika|
|2007||Desamuduru||Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Attaantode Ittaantode")|
|2007||Yamadonga||Herself (Cameo appearance in the song "Nachore Nachore")|
|1998||Gharwali Baharwali||Manisha Verma|
|1999||Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal||Sonali|
|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|
|2008||Kabadi Kabadi||Pooja/Sneha||Double role|
|2005||Pandu Ranga Vittala|
|2006||Gandugali Kumara Rama|
|2006||Purav Aur Pachhim|
|2006||Banke Bihari M.L.A.|
|Tere Me Mara|
- Nilacharal. Nilacharal. Retrieved on 2012-05-10.
- Shankaran, Malini (8 June 2010). "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014.