Ramya Krishnan

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Not to be confused with actress and Congress MP, Ramya (Divya Spandana).
Ramya Krishnan
Born (1967-09-15) September 15, 1967 (age 47)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Krishna Vamsi (2003–present)
Children Ritwik

Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1967 in Chennai)[1] is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 200 films in five languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Ramya Krishnan was born in 1967 in Chennai.[1] She is the niece of veteran Tamil comedian Cho Ramaswamy. She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances.

Film career[edit]

Ramya started her acting career at the age of 13 and has an acting career spanning over 32 years. She acted her first role when she was studying in 8th standard, in the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol featuring Mammootty and Mohanlal in the lead.[3] This film had a delayed release in 1986. Her first release was Vellai Manasu (1985), a Tamil film opposite Y. G. Mahendra.

She is most noted for roles of the Goddess in Tamil and Telugu films, notably Ammoru (Amman in Tamil), Raja Kaliamman, Sree Raja Rajaeshwari, Annai Kaligambal, Kutty Pisasu and Madurai Meenatchi. One of her earliest movie roles was in the Kannada film Krishna Rukmini which has been followed with Gadibidi Ganda, Mangalyam Thanthunanaena and Raktha Kanneeru.

Her role in Rajinikanth’s Padayappa, in which she played the desirable yet jealously villainous rich girl Neelambari opposite Rajni won accolades from all over. Padayappa (1999) was also released in Japan, Singapore, London and Paris. After Padayappa she acted in Panchathantiram opposite Kamal Hassan, Paattali and Paarai with Sarathkumar, Vaanjinathan with Vijaykanth, Budget Pathmanaban and Aayiram Poi Solli with Prabhu, and Asathal with Satyaraj. She appeared in item numbers for the movies Rhythm and Kuthu and in Hindi films such as Khalnayak and Dayavan.

Ramya's first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu. She achieved fame through Kasinadhuni Viswanath’s Sutradharulu, released in 1987. She emerged as one of the leading actresses in the Telugu industry alongside Radha, Banupriya, Vijayashanti, Meena and Soundarya during 80s and 90s. She has been paired with leading actors such as N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Balakrishna, Jagapati Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Srikanth, Rajasekhar, Junior NTR, and Mahesh Babu.She did a villainous role in Chaahat opposite Shahrukh Khan and a Lead Actress In Banarasi Babu (1997) Opposite Govinda. She received two prestigious Nandi Awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and a National Award from the Indian Government as well. She won the Special Jury award for her performance in Dasari Narayana Rao's film Kante Koothurne Kanu from the Andhra Pradesh state government.[4]

Her biggest Kannada hits include Gadibidi Ganda and Mangalyam Thanthunanaena with V. Ravichandran and Raktha Kanneeru with Upendra.[5]

She has also acted in more than 25 Malayalam movies with superstars like Mohanlal, Mammootty, and Jayaram.

She had won rave reviews for her role in the Malayalam film ‘Ore Kadal’, released in 2007.Her performance in the movie was widely appreciated by the audience and critics. Ramya later received several offers from popular Malayalam directors; but the actress turned down the projects due to her busy schedule.[6] Ramya Krishnan was supposed to make her comeback to Mollywood with the Asif Ali starrer Driver On Duty, directed by Manoj Palodan. But the actress backed out of the project due to further commitments. Later, actress Abhirami replaced Ramya as the central character Inspector Arundathi Varma.

She made a comeback to Malayalam movies with the movie Appavum Veenjum, directed by Viswanathan. Ramya will essay a pivotal role along with Sunny Wayne and Prathap Pothan in the movie.

She has performed in some stage shows in New York, Dallas, San Jose, and Cincinnati. She started a company in the name of her son Ritwik. She is now hosting the entertainment show Zara Masti Zara Dhoom.

She was a judge in a dancing show on STAR Vijay: Jodi Number One, season 1, followed by season 5.

She played lead role in several SunTV serials such as Kalasam, Thangam, Rajakumari and Vamsam.

Personal life[edit]

She married Telugu film director Krishna Vamsi on 12 June 2003. They have a son named Ritwik.[7]


Filmfare Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Actress (Special Prize) - Padayappa (1999)
Nandi Awards
Dubai Amma Awards 2007
Amrita Film Awards 2007
Sun TV Family Awards
  • Best Actress Special Award - Thangam (2009)




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