Urvashi (actress)

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Urvashi
Native name ഉർവ്വശി
Born Kavitha Ranjini
(1970-01-25) 25 January 1970 (age 48)[1]
Kerala, India
Spouse(s) Manoj K. Jayan (2000–2008)
(Divorced)
Shivaprasad (2013–present)[2]
Children Tejalakshmi (b.2001)
Ishaan Prajapathi (b.2014)
Parent(s) Chavara V.P. Nair, Vijayalakshmi
Family Kalaranjini (sister)
Kalpana (sister)
Kamal Roy (brother)
Prince (brother)

Kavitha Ranjini, known by the stage name Urvashi (born January 25, 1970), is an Indian film actress , Television host and producer.[3]

Urvashi was a prominent lead actress of the 1980s and 1990s, primarily in Malayalam and Tamil films. She has written the films Ulsavamelam and Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu, the latter was also produced by her. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Achuvinte Amma (2005).[4] She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress five times, which includes three consecutive wins from 1989 to 1991. She has also won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Urvashi was born in 25 January 1970, at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to actor Chavara V.P. Nair and Vijayalakshmi. Her elder sisters are actresses Kalaranjini and Kalpana. Her two brothers, Kamal Roy and late Prince had also acted in few Malayalam movies. Prince (Nandu of Layanam fame) committed suicide at the age of 26.[5] She had her primary education from Fort Girl's Mission High School, Thiruvananthapuram, till fourth grade and later at Corporation Higher Secondary School, Kodambakkam till ninth grade, when the family shifted to Chennai. She couldn't continue her studies since she had become busy with her movie career by then.[6] Firstly, Urvashi was acting in three films, Bhagyaraj saw the rush and booked her in Munthanai Mudichi. Those three directors helped Urvashi to get preference in Munthanai Mudichi call-seats. They calculated that the film would become a hit, then they could release their films with much profit.

Urvashi married film actor Manoj K. Jayan on 11 October 2000. They have a daughter Tejalakshmi, born in 2001. After divorce from her first husband Manoj K. Jayan in 2008, Urvashi married Chennai based builder Sivaprasad on November 2013. The couple had a boy on August 2014, named Ishaan Prajapathi.[7]

Acting career[edit]

She acted in around 500 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. She started her acting career as a child artist, at the age of 8, in a Malayalam movie Vidarunna Mottukal, released in 1977, her sister Kalpana also debuted in the same movie. She then acted in Kathirmandapam, released in 1979, as Jayabharathi's daughter. She acted as Srividya's dance student in the movie Digvijayam, released in 1980, she plays Krishna in the song sequence Madhumaasa Nikunjathil, where her sister Kalpana plays the role of Radha.[8] She has also acted as a child artist in Ninaivukal Maraivathillai, a Tamil movie, in 1983, but it was never released. Then she acted as a heroine, at the age of 13, to Karthik in the movie Thodarum Uravu, which completed shooting in 1983, but released in 1986.[4]

Her first released film as heroine was Munthanai Mudichchu (Tamil, directed by K. Bhagyaraj) in 1983, making her debut movie. Ethirppukal (Malayalam, 1984) was one of her earlier films in Malayalam. During the peak of her career, she starred in M.P. Sukumaran Nair's award-winning film Kazhakam in 1995, without taking a single penny as remuneration. She was awarded Best Actress for this role. She has acted in some advertisements also. She has participated in many stage shows too.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
Amritha Film Awards
Nana Film Weekly Awards
Other Film Awards
Television Awards
  • 2008 : Best Anchor award (Surya TV) for game show "Swarnamazha" (Malayalam)
  • 2010 : Popular Game Show (Surya TV) for "Rani Maharani" (Malayalam)
  • 2002 : Best Anchor Award (Raj TV Award) for "Take It Easy Urvashi" (Tamil)

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Arakkallan Mukkal kallan' TBA Pre Production
2018 Ente Ummaante Peru TBA Filming
2018 Kesu Ee Veedinte Naadhan TBA Pre Production
2018 Love Action Drama TBA FIlming
2018 Aravindante Athidhikal Girija
2016 Vismayam Lakshmi
2014 My Dear Mummy Katrina
2012 Manjadikuru Sujatha
2012 Lakshmi Vilasam Renuka Makan Raghuram Renuka
2011 Maharaja Talkies Vimala
2011 Kadhayile Nayika Nandhini
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam Molly
2010 Best of Luck Thamara Dubbed in Tamil as Chella Thambi
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala M. L. A. Shyamala, Jayan Smaraka Award for Best Actress
2010 Mummy & Me Clara Film Fare Award , Jayan Smaraka Award for Best Actress
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Molly Nana Film Weekly Award
2008 Twenty:20 Herself Archive footage
Uncredited cameo
2008 Chandranilekkoru Vazhi Urvashi
2007 Ayur Rekha Alice Extended cameo
2006 Madhuchandralekha Chandramathi Fifth State Award
Dubbed into Telugu and Tamil as Madhuchandralekha
2005 Achuvinte Amma K. P. Vanaja National Award, Amritha TV Award,Film Council Award
1999 Aayiram Meni Alice
1999 Garshom Noorja Film Council Award
1997 Janadhipathyam Indira Menon Dubbed in Tamil as Makkal Thilagam
1997 Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam Sree Devi
1996 Kazhakam Radha Fourth State Award, FilmFare award
1995 Simhavalan Menon Geethanjali
1995 Spadikam Thulasi
1995 Thovalapookkal Chempakam
1994 Bharya Shailaja
1994 The City Dr. Jyothy Dubbed in Telugu as The City
1994 Kudumba Visesham Geetha
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Bhagyarekha/Sujatha Writer & Producer
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Susie
1993 Palayam Jancy
1993 Aayirappara Parvathy Dubbed in Telugu as Ankuram
1993 Ithu Manju Kaalam Aswathy & Revathy (double role)
1993 Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Sherley
1993 Kalippattam Saroja
1993 Koushalam Maya Devi
1993 Mithunam Sulochana
1993 Narayam Gayathri
1993 Sthreedhanam Vidhya
1993 Venkalam Thankamani
1992 Kizhakkan Pathrose Chala Mary
1992 Yodha Damayanthi Dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi as Asokan, Yoddha, Dharam Yoddha respectively
1992 Aham Renjini
1992 Ardram Mary
1992 Aparatha Prabha
1992 Ente Ponnu Thampuran Kavitha
1992 Malootty Raji Dubbed in Tamil
1992 My Dear Muthachan Clara
1992 Ponnaramthottathe Rajavu Radhika
1992 Sathyapathijna Sreekutty
1992 Simhadhwani Jayasree Dubbed in Telugu as Simha Dhwani
1992 Snehasagaram Treesa
1992 Soorya Gayathri Rugmini
1992 Thiruthalvaadi Lathika
1992 Utsava Melam Kanaka Prabha Story
1991 Bhoomika Radha
1991 Inspector Balram Preethi Krishna Mathur Dubbed in Tamil as Police Inna Police
1991 Koodikazhcha Alice
1991 Kanalkkattu Aasha
1991 Bharatham Devi Third State Award
1991 Chanchattam Yamuna
1991 Kadinjool Kalyanam Hrudayakumari Third State Award
1991 Kakkathollayiram Revathy Third State Award
1991 Mukha Chithram Savithrikutty/Lakshmikutty Third State Award
1991 Souhridham Shiny
1991 Vishnulokam Kasthoori
1990 Arhatha Aswathy
1990 Lal Salam Annamma Dubbed in Telugu as Nayakudu
1990 Kouthuka Varthakal Aswathy
1990 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Chandrika
1990 Thalayanamanthram Kanchana Second State Award
1990 Thoovalsparsham Maya
1990 Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Geetha
1990 Marupuram Retna
1990 Kuttettan Rose Mary
1990 Vyuham Lakshmi
1990 Nammude Naadu Bindu
1990 Noottonnu Raavukal Sudha
1989 Mrigaya Annamma Dubbed in Telugu as Mrugam and Tamil as Vettaikara Siluva
1989 Adikkurippu Geetha
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran Roshney
1990 Varthamanakalam Arundhathi Menon First State Award
1989 Mazhavil Kavadi Anandavalli First State Award
1989 Akshrathettu Sumathi
1989 New Year Rekha
1989 Swagatham Philomina Francis
1989 Varnatheru Asha
1988 Thanthram Susanna
1988 1921 Thulasi
1988 1 August Valsala
1988 Abkari Sridevi
1988 Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Annie
1988 Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Alice Simon
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Snehalatha
1988 Padamudra Lakshmi
1988 Mattoral Veni
1988 Mukthi Sudharma
1988 Anuragi Leelamma
1987 Swargam -
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Jyothi
1987 Naalkkavala Amina
1987 Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku Sophie
1987 Kottum Kuravayum -
1987 Agni Muhurtham Sudha
1987 New Delhi Uma
1987 Adimakal Udamakal Indu
1986 Nandi Veendum Varika Devayani
1986 Moonnu Masagalkku Munpu Raji
1986 Onnu Randu Moonnu -
1986 Desatanakkili Karayarilla Devika
1986 Manasilloru Manimuthu Radhika
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Rajani
1986 Sukhamo Devi Devi
1986 Mizhineerpoovukal Aswathy
1986 Sunil Vayassu 20 Premalatha
1986 Yuvajanotsavam Sindhu
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare Chandrika
1985 Pathamudayam Valsala
1985 Daivatheorthu Nani
1985 Nirakkoottu Sasikala
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Thulasi
1984 Ethirppukal Sudha
1983 Hello Madras Girl Latha
1980 Dwik Vijayam Dance Student
1979 Sayoojyam Child artist(Song Scene)
1979 Kathirmandapam Child artist
1979 Sikharangal Child artist
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Child artist

Tamil films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mundhanai Mudichu Parimalam Tamil Nadu State Award
Dubbed into Telugu as Vaadante Pelli
1983 Apoorva Sahodarigal Rosy
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Film actress
1984 Komberi Mookan Priya
1984 Nerupukkul Eeram Ganga Dubbed into Telugu as Nippu Rava
1984 Oh Maane Maane Stella
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Latha
1984 Anbe Odi Vaa Seetha Mohan
1984 Ezhuthatha Sattangal Meena
1984 Vai Pandal Santhi
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan Yamuna
1984 Oorkku Upadesam Janaki
1984 Shanthi Mugurtham Santhi
1984 Ninaivukal Maraivathillai -
1984 Vamsa Vilakku -
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru -
1984 Neram Nalla Neram -
1984 Maaman Machaan -
1984 Oomai Janangal -
1985 Andha Oru Nimidam Vasanthi Dubbed into Hindi as Mahaan
1985 Aduthathu Albert Radha
1985 Naam Iruvar Ratha
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam Kalyani
1985 Raja Yuvaraja Meena
1985 Deiva Piravi Lalitha
1985 Panam Pathum Seyyum -
1986 Thodarum Uravu Julie
1986 Kaidhiyin Theerpu Stella & Preethi
1986 Machakaran -
1987 Paruva Ragam Rohini
1988 Patti Sollai Thattathe Seetha
1989 Idhu Unga Kudumbam Janaki
1989 Paasa Mazhai -
1990 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Tiruppurasundari Dubbed into Telugu as Michael Madana Kama Raju and Hindi as Mumbai Gang
1990 Pengal Veettin Kanngal -
1991 Mookuthi Poo Meley -
1991 Nangal -
1994 Subramaniya Swamy Amudha
1994 Magalir Mattum Janaki State Award
Dubbed in Telugu as Aadavaallaku Maatram and Ladies Only in Malayalam
1994 Veera Padhakkam Vishalakshi
1994 Vanaja Girija Chellamma
1995 Naan Petha Magane Uma Maheswari
1995 Mayabazar Sujatha(Suji)/Mayamma
1995 Ayudha Poojai Vasantha Dubbed in Telugu and Malayalam as Ayudha Poojai
1995 Thaikulame Thaikulame Janaki
1995 Pullakuttikaaran Azhagu Critics Award
1996 Aruva Velu Maruthayi
1996 Irattai Roja Uma Filmfare Award
1996 Vetri Vinayagar Ponni Dubbed into Telugu as Om Ganapathi and Hindi as Jai Ganesh Deva
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Palaniyamma
1997 Mannava Sinthamani Dubbed in Telugu as Eshwar
1997 Aravindhan Gayathri
1997 Vasuki Vasuki/Kodeeswari Dubbed in Telugu as Pelli Koduku Ammabadunu
1999 Suyamvaram Arivolimangai Dubbed into Telugu as Pellante Idera!
1999 Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Padmini
1999 Viralukketha Veekkam Gayatri
1999 Kummi Paattu Kamakshi
1999 Kaama -
2001 Sigamani Ramamani Ramamani
2002 Panchathantiram Ammini
2002 Game Janaki
2002 Thamizh Kalaiselvi
2003 Three Roses Chandralekha
2003 Thennavan Pushpalatha Dubbed in Telugu as Election Commissioner
2003 Success Radha
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Maami
2006 Desiya Paravai Malini
2007 Malaikottai Kamala Dubbed in Telugu as Bhayya
2007 Kalakkura Chandru Host Dubbed in Telugu as Chandru
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Kalyani Edison Film Award
2009 Vaamanan Divya's mother
2009 Peranmai Victoria Dubbed in Hindi as Kasam Hindustan Ki
2010 Manmadan Ambu Mallika Dubbed in Telugu as Manmadha Banam
2011 Doo Vasanth's mother
2011 Venghai Thangam Dubbed in Hindi as Meri Taqat Mera Faisla and into Telugu as Simha Putrudu
2011 Vedi Doctor Dubbed in Hindi as The Fighter Mard No.1
2012 Sollithara Naanirukkiren -
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Chandra
2014 Un Samayal Arayil Chechi
2014 Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal KG's mother
2014 Pechiyakka Marumagan Pechiyakka
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Vasanth's mother
2015 Uthama Villain Varalakshmi Dubbed into Malayalam as Uthama Villain
2015 Savaale Samaali Urvashi
2015 Inji Iduppazhagi Rajeswari
2015 India Pakistan Kathik's mother
2016 Adida Melam Annapoorniyamma
2016 Unnodu Ka Rajalatchumi
2016 Pencil Rajeshwari
2016 Vaaimai Narayani
2016 Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum Pavithra's mother
2016 Bayam Oru Payanam -
2016 Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Gomathi Gopalakrishnan
2017 Shivalinga Arasuvai Annalakshmi
2017 Magalir Mattum Gomatha Dubbed into Malayalam as "Mayavarnangal"
2017 Palli Paruvathile Sarangan's wife
2018 Oh Andha Naatkal Thirupurasundari Filming
2018 Pottu - Filming
2018 Dillukku Duddu 2 - Filming
2018 Koothan - Filming
2018 Kopperundevi - Filming
2018 Mappilai Vinayagar - Filming
2018 Daavu - Filming
2018 Nenjamellam Kadhal - Filming

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Buddhu - Filming
2018 Limit - Filming
2018 Sur Sur Batti - Filming
2016 Jaggu Dada Jaggu Dada's mother Dubbed in Hindi as Khatarnak Khiladi 3
2016 Shivalinga Anusooya Dubbed in Hindi & Telugu as Shivalinga
2015 Ram-Leela Baby
2014 Oggarane Beautician
2014 Brahma -
2010 Preeti Hungama Police Inspector
2009 Raaj the Showman Herself Special appearance
2009 Iniya -
2008 Arjun Vishalakshi Jayasimha
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla Cook
2005 Rama Shama Bhama Bhamamani
2003 Vijaya Dashami Parvathy Dubbed into Telugu as Pedamma Talli
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Urmila
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Alamelu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Suguna
1999 Habba Ambi's wife Dubbed in Hindi as Kalyug Ka Pandav
1996 Jeevanadhi Dr.Priyadarshini
1988 31 December Radha
1988 New Delhi Uma
1987 Premaloka Rohini Dubbed into Telugu as Premalokam
1987 Anthima Ghatta Sunitha
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Rohini
1986 Shankar Sundar
1986 Sathya Jyothi
1985 Shabash Vikram Gayatri Dubbed in Tamil as Kadamai Enathu Udamai
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi Urvashi
1984 Shravana Banthu Urvashi/Mary/Saraswathi
1980 Akhanda Brahmacharigalu
1980 Nyaya Neethi Dharma

Telugu films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Rustum Padma Dubbed into Tamil as Machachakkalai
1984 Ammayiloo! Preminchandi! Film actress
1984 Udhdhandudu -
1985 Kala Rudrudu -
1985 Bhale Thammudu Latha
1986 Jeevana Poratam Mallika
1988 Anthima Theerpu Uma
1989 Chettu Kinda Pleader Sujatha
1999 Kaama -
2000 Vijayaramaraju Rani
2002 Sandade Sandadi Lakshmi
2002 Allari Ramudu Collector Dubbed in Hindi as Main Hoon Khuddar
2004 Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari Anjali Murthy
2004 Swarabhishekam Rukminiamma
2005 Chakram Lakshmi Dubbed in Hindi as Chakran
2010 Maro Charitra Durga
2014 Brahma -
2014 Ulavacharu Biryani Beautician
2015 Jil Jai's aunt
2015 Size Zero Rajeswari
2016 Express Raja Vasanthakokila (Uthaman's mother)
2016 Sardaar Gabbar Singh Madhumati Dubbed in Hindi as Sardaar Gabbar Singh
2016 Manamantha Lakshmi

Hindi films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 New Delhi Uma

Voice Credit[edit]

Year Title Role Voice to Language
2002 Nandanam Janaki Kalarenjini Malayalam
2002 Panchatantram Mrs. Ammini Iyappan Nair Herself Telugu
2015 Uttama Villain Varalaxmi Herself Telugu
2016 Namadhu Lakshmi Herself Tamil
2016 Pencil Rajeswari Herself Telugu
2017 Shivalanga Arasuvai Annalakshmi Herself Telugu
2018 Iddli Lilly Kalpana Tamil

Other works[edit]

Year Film Role Language Note
1992 Utsavamelam Story Writer Malayalam
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Story Writer Malayalam
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Producer Malayalam
2017 Magalir Mattum Singer Tamil Song-"Carratu Pottazhaga"
1994 Paatta Bhasthi Story Writer Telugu

Television career[edit]

year Program Channel Role Language Notes
2000 Dr. Vidya DD Podhigai Actress Tamil Serial
2002 Take It Easy Urvashi Raj TV Anchor Tamil
2003 Bhagyalakshmi Kairali TV Anchor Malayalam
2006-2007 Swarnamazha Surya TV Anchor Malayalam
2007 Thanga Vettai Sun TV Anchor Tamil Replaced Ramya Krishnan
2008-2011 Rani Maharani Surya TV Anchor Malayalam season 1-4
2011 Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2012 Mummy & Me Surya TV Anchor Malayalam
2012-2013 Comedy Festival 2 Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2013 Comedy stars Asianet Judge Malayalam
2013-2014 Crazy Couple Zee Kannada Anchor Kannada
2014 Star Challenge Surya TV Participant Malayalam
2015-2017 Jeevitham Sakshi Kairali TV Anchor Malayalam Replaced Sheela
2015- 2016 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Komalla Tamil Serial
2016 Comedy Utsavam Flowers TV Judge Malayalam
2017 Komady Circus Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2017 Laughing Villa Season 2 Surya TV Judge Malayalam
2017 Vamsam Sun TV Sundari Tamil Serial
2018 Urvasi Theatres Asianet Herself Malayalam

Other Shows[edit]

year Program Channel Role Language Notes
2013 Champions Surya TV Guest Malaylam
2014 Jeevitham Ithuvare Jaihind TV Guest Malayalam
2014 Youth Tube Asianet News Guest Malayalam
2015 Comedy Super Nite Flowers TV Guest Malayalam
Star Chat Guest Malaylam
Annorikkal Guest Malayalam
Alli Darbar Guest Tamil
Asianet News Guest Malayalam
Nere Chovve Guest Malayalam
Behindwoods Guest Tamil
Indiaglitz Guest Tamil
Shruti.tv Guest Tamil
Nettv.4u Guest Tamil
N Studio Guest Tamil
2014 Kelvi Pathi Kindal Pathi Puthuyugam TV Guest Tamil
2017 JB Junction Kairali TV Guest Malayalam
2017 Comedy Super Nite 2 Flowers TV Guest Malayalam
2017 Tharapakittu Kaumudy TV Guest Malayalam
2017 Comedy Super Nite Season 3 Flowers TV Guest Malayalam
2017 Indiaglitz Tamil Guest Tamil
2017 Lal Salam Amrita TV Guest Malayalam
2017 Badai Bungalow Asianet Guest Malayalam
2018 I Personally Kappa TV Guest Malayalam
2018 Art Cafe (Aravindante Athithi Urvashi) Kairali People Guest Malayalam
2018 Morning Show Media One Guest Malayalam

References[edit]

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