Urvashi (actress)

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Urvashi
Born Kavitha Ranjini
(1967-01-25) 25 January 1967 (age 49)[1]
Kerala, India
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Manoj K. Jayan (2000–2008)
(Divorced)
Shivaprasad (2013–present)[2]
Parent(s) Chavara V.P.Nair, Vijayalakshmi
Family Kalaranjini (sister)
Kalpana (Malayalam actress) (sister)
Kamal Roy (brother)
Prince (brother)

Kavitha Ranjini, known by the stage name Urvashi, is an Indian film actress and producer.[3]

Ranjini was a prominent lead actress from 1983 to 1999. 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 six times, which includes three consecutive wins from 1989 to 1991.

Personal life[edit]

Urvashi was born in 25 January 1967 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 a young age of 17.[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 became busy with her movie career by then.[6]

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, Urvasi 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 400 films in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Hindi. She started her acting career as a child artist, at the age of 10, in a Malayalam movie, Kathirmandapam released in 1979, as Jayabharathi's daughter. She acted as Srividya's dance student in the movie in Digvijayam released in 1980 who 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 got 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 film released 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.

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
2016 Vismayam Post-Production
2016 Don't Worry Be Happy Anjana Delayed
2016 Aparajitha Lakshmi
2016 Kunjiyammakku Anju Makkalanu Kunjiyamma
2016 Thamaasha Kalyaanam Preetha
2016 Ponmutta Thankam
2016 Aadu Thoma Sobha
2016 Olive Marangal Pookumbol Guest Role Filming
2016 Thaakol Bus Conductor Vasumathi
2016 Celebrations Vinaya Chnadrika
2014 My Dear Mummy Katrina
2012 Manjadikuru Sujatha
2012 Lakshmi Vilasam Renuka Makan Raghuram Renuka
2011 Kadhayile Nayika Nandhini
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam Molly
2010 Best of Luck Thamara
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala M. L. A. Shyamala Dubbed into Tamil as "Chella Thambi"
2010 Mummy & Me Clara Film Fare Award
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Molly Nana Film Weekly Award
2008 Chandranilekkoru Vazhi Urvashi
2007 Ayur Rekha Alice Extended cameo
2006 Madhuchandralekha Chandramathi Fifth State Award
Dubbed into Telugu as "Madhuchanralekha"
2005 Achuvinte Amma K. P. Vanaja National Award
2002 Nandanam Voice for Janaki(Kalarenjini)
1999 Aayiram Meni Alice
1999 Garshom Noorja Film Council Award
1997 Janadhipathyam Indira Menon
1997 Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam Radha
1996 Kazhakam Radha Fourth State Award, Film Fare award
1995 Simhavalan Menon Geethanjali
1995 Spadikam Thulasi
1995 Thovalapookkal Chempakam
1994 Bharya Shailaja
1994 The City Dr. Jyothy Dubbed into 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 into 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 into Tamil,Telugu,Hindi as "Asokan","Yoddha","Dharam Yoddha" respectively
1992 Aham Renjini
1992 Ardram Geetha
1992 Aparatha Prabha
1992 Ente Ponnu Thampuran Kavitha
1992 Malootty Raji
1992 My Dear Muthachan Clara
1992 Ponnaramthottathe Rajavu Radhika
1992 Sathyapathijna Sreekutty
1992 Simhadhwani Jayasree Dubbed into Telugu as "Simha Dhwani"
1992 Snehasagaram Thresa
1992 Soorya Gayathri Rugmini
1992 Thiruthalvaadi Lathika
1992 Utsava Melam Kanaka Prabha Story
1991 Bhoomika Radha
1991 Inspector Balram Preethi Krishna Mathur Dubbed into 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 into 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
1989 Mrigaya Annamma Dubbed into 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
1986 Nirakkoottu Sasikala
1985 Ente Ammu,Ninte Thulasi,Avarude Chakki Thulasi
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare Chandrika
1985 Pathamudayam Valsala
1984 Daivatheorthu Nani
1984 Ethirppukal Sudha
1983 Hello Madras Girl Latha
1980 Dwik Vijayam Dance Student
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 Ninaivukal Maraivathillai
1984 Vamsa Vilakku
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru -
1984 Vai Pandal -
1984 Neram Nalla Neram -
1984 Maman Machan
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Herself
1984 Komberi Mookan
1984 Shanthi Mugurtham Santhi
1984 Neruppukkul Eeram Ganga Dubbed into Telugu as "Nippu Rava"
1984 Oh Maane Maane -
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Latha
1984 Anbe Odi Vaa Seetha Mohan
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan Yamuna
1984 Oorkku Upadesam Janaki
1984 Ezhuthatha Sattangal Meena
1985 Andha Oru Nimidam Vasanthi Dubbed into Hindi as "Mahaan"
1985 Aboorva Sahotharigal Rosy
1985 Aduthathu Albert Radha
1985 Raja Yuvaraja Meena
1985 Daiva Piravi Lalitha
1985 Naam Iruvar -
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam -
1985 Panam Pathum Seyyum -
1986 Thodarum Uravu Julie
1986 Machakaran
1986 Kaidhiyin Theerpu Stella & Preethi
1987 Paruva Ragam Rohini
1988 Patti Sollai Thattathe Seetha
1989 Idhu Unga Kudumbam Janaki
1989 Paasa Mazhai -
1990 Pengal Veettin Kanngal -
1991 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Tiruppurasundari Dubbed into Telugu as "Michael Madana Kama Raju" and Hindi as "Mumbai Gang"
1991 Mookuthi Poo Meley
1991 Nangal
1994 Subramaniya Swamy Amudha
1994 Magalir Mattum Janaki State Award
Dubbed into 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
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"
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Palaniyamma
1997 Mannava Sinthamani Dubbed into Telugu ad "Eshwar"
1997 Aravindhan Gayathri
1997 Vasuki Vasuki/Kodeiswari
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 into Telugu as "Election Commissioner"
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Maami
2007 Malaikottai Kamala Dubbed into Telugu as "Bhayya"
2007 Kalakkura Chandru Host
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Kalyani Edison Film Award
2009 Vaamanan Divya's mother
2009 Peranmai Victoria Dubbed into Hindi as "Kasam Hindustan Ki"
2010 Manmadan Ambu Mallika Dubbed into Telugu as "Manmadha Banam"
2011 Doo Vasanth's mother
2011 Venghai Thangam Dubbed into Hindi as "Meri Taqat Mera Faisla" and into Telugu as "Simha Putrudu"
2011 Vedi Doctor Dubbed into Hindi as "The Fighter Mard No.1"
2012 Sollithara Naanirukkiren -
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Chandra
2014 Un Samayal Arayil Chechi
2014 Pechiyakka Marumagan Pechiyakka
2014 Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal KG's mother
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Vasanth's mother
2015 Uthama Villain Varalakshmi
2015 Savaale Samaali Urvashi
2015 Inji Iduppazhagi Rajeswari
2015 India Pakistan Kathik's mother
2016 Adida Melam -
2016 Unnodu Ka Rajalatchumi
2016 Pencil Rajeshwari
2016 Vaaimai - Filming
2016 Kopperundevi - Filming
2016 Mappilai Vinayagar - Filming
2016 Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum - Filming
2016 Pottu Filming
2016 Bayam Oru Payanam Filming
2016 Kadaikann Parvai Filming

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Buddhu Filming
2016 Limit Filming
2016 Jaggu Dada Jaggu Dada's mother
2016 Shivalinga Anusooya
2015 Ram-Leela Baby
2014 Oggarane -
2014 Brahma - Dubbed into Hindi as "The Real Leader- Brahma" and to Tamil as "Brahma"
2010 Preeti Hungama Police Inspector
2009 Raaj the Showman Herself Special appearance
2009 Iniya -
2008 Arjun Vishalakshi Jayasimha
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla
2005 Rama Shama Bhama Bhama State Award
2003 Vijaya Dashami Parvathy
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Urmila
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Alamelu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Suguna
1999 Habba - Dubbed into Hindi as "Kalyug Ka Pandav"
1996 Jeevanadhi Dr.Priyadarshini
1988 31 December Radha
1988 New Delhi Uma
1987 Premaloka Rohini
1987 Anthima Ghatta Sunitha
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Rohini
1986 Shankar Sundar
1986 Sathya Jyothi
1985 Shabash Vikram -
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi -
1984 Shravana Banthu Urvashi/Mary/Saraswathi
1980 Nyaaya Neethi Dharma

Telugu films[edit]

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

Hindi films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 New Delhi Uma
1999 Kaama

Producer[edit]

Story writer[edit]

Television career[edit]

  • Swarnamazha (2008) (Surya TV) - Anchor
  • Rani Maharani (2010) (Surya TV) - Anchor
  • Take It Easy Urvashi (2002)(Raj TV) - Anchor
  • Mummy & Me (Surya TV) - Anchor
  • Bhagyalakshmi(2003) (Kairali TV)
  • Crazy couple (2014) (Zee TV )
  • Jeevitham Sakshi(2015 to Present ) (Kairali TV) - Anchor
  • Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval (Sun TV) as Komalla - Actress
  • Comedy Stars (Asianet) - Judge
  • Comedy Festival (Mazhavil Manorama) - Judge
  • Comedy Super Nite (Flowers TV) - Special guest
  • Champions (Surya TV) - Special guest
  • Jeevitham Ithuvare (Jaihind TV) - Special guest
  • Kelvi Pathi Kindal Pathi
  • Youth Tube
  • Star Chat
  • Surya Challenge

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