Ramya Krishnan

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Not to be confused with actress and Congress MP, Ramya (Divya Spandana).
Ramya Krishnan
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Ramya Krishnan at the IIFA Utsavam awards 2016 held at Hyderabad, India in January 2016.
Born (1967-09-15) 15 September 1967 (age 48)
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) is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 200 films in five languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Predominantly, she acted in almost 100 telugu and 60 tamil movies.

Early life and background[edit]

Ramya Krishnan was born in 1967 in Chennai. 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.[1] Her mother tongue is Tamil.

Film career[edit]

Ramya started her acting career at the age of 16 with the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol featuring Mammootty and Mohanlal in the lead.[2] 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 was followed by Gadibidi Ganda, Mangalyam Thanthunanaena and Raktha Kanneeru.

Her role in Rajinikanth’s Padayappa, in which she played the desirable yet jealous 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 Haasan, 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, in 1980s & Soundarya during 1990s. 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.[3] 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.

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

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. Ramya Krishna is described as a rare multi-faceted talent with wide variations of graceful, action-centric, glamorous, villainous, divine characters and she looks the best either as a glamorous modern girl or a struggling wife, an unassumably arrogant woman, divine and powerful goddess and what not. When her rival Soundarya rode the telugu cinema with high success and popularity, Ramya Krishnan firmly stoodback with huge versatility in genres and performances besides glamour.[4]

She has performed 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.

Her most recent film is Baahubali: The Beginning where she played Shivagami the Rajamata and the caretaker of King Bahubali and she is also playing a very important role in Allari Naresh's upcoming movie Mama Manchu, Alludu Kanchu.[5][6]

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)
Vikatan Awards 2015



  1. ^ "Eternal beauty 'Nilambari' Ramya Krishnan celebrates her b'day". Indiaglitz. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Sujith P. Nair (April 1, 2015). "Interview with Ramya Krishnan". Vanitha (in Malayalam): 18–20. 
  3. ^ "Heroines who fell for their directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Eternal beauty 'Nilambari' Ramya Krishnan celebrates her b'day". Indiaglitz. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ramya Krishna and Meena are paired with Mohan Babu in Mama Manchu, Alludu Kanchu". tollywoodshow.com. 
  6. ^ "Mohan Babu is all thrilled to work with Ramya Krishnan and Meena again, 23 years after the release of "Allari Mogudu".". ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Heroines who fell for their directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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