Rambha (actress)

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Rambha
Rambha quick gun murugun.jpg
Native name Vijayalakshmi Yeedi
Born (1976-06-05) 5 June 1976 (age 41)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Laksha, Thodai Azhagi
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 1990–2011, 2017-Present
Spouse(s) Indrakumar Pathmanathan (m.2010)
Children
  • Lavanya
  • Sasha
Parent(s)
  • Venkateshwara Rao Yeedi
  • Usha Rani

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 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[edit]

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.

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, 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. [3] In an interview to Dinamalar she stated that one of her hobby is Cooking and she also likes Gardening.

Career[edit]

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.[4] 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.

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
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
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
2018 Rangasthalam

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Uzhavan
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
Kadhalar Dhinam Special appearance
1999 Endrendrum Kadhal Meenu
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 Special appearance
Azhagiya Theeye Special appearance
2005 Sukran Special appearance
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 Roopa
Sajna
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Manisha Verma
Bandhan Jyothee
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 Chita
Dada
2006 Refugee Julie

TV shows[edit]

Year Series/Shows Channel Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nilacharal. Nilacharal. Retrieved on 2012-05-10.
  2. ^ Rambha's dumb blonde act : Celebrities, News - India Today
  3. ^ "Rambha's Marriage Ends?". 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Shankaran, Malini (8 June 2010). "'In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree'". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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