Urvashi (actress)

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Urvashi
Born Kavitha Ranjini
Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Manoj K. Jayan (2000–2008)
(Divorced)
Shivaprasad (2013–present)[1]
Parent(s) Chavara V.P.Nair, Vijayalakshmi
Family Kalaranjini (sister)
Kalpana (sister)
Kamal Roy (brother)
Prince (brother)

Kavitha Ranjini, known by stage name Urvashi, is an Indian film actress and producer.[2]

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).[3] 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 Trivandrum, Kerala to actor Chavara V. P. Nair and Vijayalakshmi. Her elder sisters are actresses Kalaranjini and Kalpana. Her two brothers, Late Kamal Roy and Late Prince had also acted in few Malayalam movies. Her two brothers Kamal Roy and Prince died at their young age of 17 and 27.[4] 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.[5]

After divorce from her first husband Manoj K Jayan in 2008, Urvasi married Chennai based builder Sivaprasad in November 2013. In August 2014 the couple was blessed with a baby boy. [6]

Acting career[edit]

She acted in around 300 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.[7] 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 15, to Karthik in the movie Thodarum Uravu which completed shooting in 1983 but released in 1986.[3] 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
  • 1984: Savithry Award for Best Actress - Munthanai Mudichchu
  • 1983: Best New face Madras Telugu Film Academy Award - Munthanai Mudichchu
  • 1994: Special Jury Award for Best Actress - Magalir Mattum
  • 1995: Kalai Vaanar Award for Best Actress by Tamil Nadu Government
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
Amritha Film Awards
Nana Film Weekly Awards
Other Film Awards
  • 1992 :Ujala Award for Best Actress -Kizhakkan Pathrose & Venkalam
  • 1993 :Ujala Award for Best Actress - Kalippattam & Sthreedhanam
  • 1993 : Woman of the Year Award By Film Fans Association for various films
  • 1994 : Chennai Film City Academy Award for Best Actress - Naan Petha Magane & Vanaja Girija (Tamil)
  • 1996 : Screen Videocon Award for Best Actress - Irattai Roja (Tamil)
  • 1999 : Film Council Audience Award for Best Actress -Garshom & Kottappurathe Koottukudumbam
  • 2005 : Best Actress Award by Film Fans Association -Achuvinte Amma
  • 2005 : Suvarna TV Special Award for Best Actress - Rama Bama Shama (Kannada)
  • 2009 : Edison Award for Best Actress in Character Role -Siva Manasulla Sakthi (Tamil)
  • 2010: Jaihind TV Special Award for Best Actress - Mummy & Me
  • 2010 : Jayan Smaraka Award for Best Actress - Mummy & Me & Sakudumbam Shyamala
Television Awards
  • 2008 : Best Anchor award for game show "Swarnamazha"
  • 2010 : Popular Game Show for "Rani Maharani"
  • 2002 : Best Anchor Award (Raj TV Award)for "Take It Easy Urvashi"

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 My Dear Mummy Katrina
2012 Manjadikuru Sujatha
2012 Lakshmi Vilasam Renuka Makan Raghuram Renuka
2011 Kadhayile Nayika Nandhini
2011 Maharaja Talkies Vimala
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam Molly
2010 Best of Luck Thamara
2010 Sakudumbam Shyamala M. L. A. Shyamala
2010 Mummy & Me Clara
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Molly
2008 Chandranilekkoru Vazhi Urvashi
2007 Ayur Rekha Alice
2006 Madhuchandralekha Chandramathi
2005 Achuvinte Amma K. P. Vanaja
2004 Thalamelam
2004 Swapnanubhavam
2002 Nandanam Voice for Janaki(Kalarenjini)
1999 Aayiram Meni Alice
1999 Garshom Noorja
1997 Janadhipathyam Indira Menon
1997 Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam Radha
1996 Kazhakam Radha
1995 Simhavalan Menon Geethanjali
1995 Spadikam Thulasi
1995 Thovalapookkal Chempakam
1994 Bharya Shailaja
1994 The City Dr. Jyothy
1994 Kudumba Visesham Geetha
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Bhagyarekha/Sujatha
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Susie
1993 Palayam Jancy
1993 Aayirappara Parvathy
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
1992 Aham Renjini
1992 Ardram -
1992 Aparatha Prabha
1992 Ente Ponnu Thampuran Kavitha
1992 Malootty Raji
1992 My Dear Muthachan Clara
1992 Ponnurukkum Pakshi
1992 Ponnaramthottathe Rajavu Radhikakutty
1992 Sathyapathijna Sreekutty
1992 Simhadhwani Jayasree
1992 Snehasagaram Thresa
1992 Soorya Gayathri Rugmini
1992 Thiruthalvaadi Lathika
1992 Utsava Melam Kanaka Prabha
1991 Bhoomika Radha
1991 Inspector Balram Preethi Krishna Mathur
1991 Koodikazhcha Alice
1991 Kanalkkattu -
1991 Bharatham Devi
1991 Chanchattam Yamuna
1991 Kadinjool Kalyanam Hrudayakumari
1991 Kakkathollayiram Revathy
1991 Mukha Chithram Savithrikutty/Lakshmikutty
1991 Souhridham Shiny
1991 Vishnulokam -
1990 Arhatha Aswathy
1990 Varthamanakalam Arundhathi Menon
1990 Lal Salam Annamma
1990 Kouthuka Varthakal Aswathy
1990 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Chandrika
1990 Thalayanamanthram Kanchana
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
1989 Adikkurippu Geetha
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran Roshney
1989 Mazhavil Kavadi Anandavalli
1989 Akshrathettu Sumathi
1989 Adhipan
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 Ithra Mathrem
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

Tamil films[edit]

Year Title Role CO-STARS
1983 Mundhanai Mudichu Parimalam Bakyaraj,Deepa
1983 Ninaivukal Maraivathillai
1984 Vamsa Vilakku
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru
1984 Komberi Mookan Thiyagarajan,Saritha
1984 Shanthi Mugurtham
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Mohan,Ambika,Radha,Rajasulochana,Y.Gee.Mahendran,Uma,V.K.Ramasamy
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan
1985 Andha Oru Nimidam Vasanthi Kamalhasan
1985 Aboorva Sahotharigal Suhasini,Radha
1985 Aduthathu Albert Radha Prabhu,Indra,Senthamarai
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam
1986 Thodarum Uravu Julie
1989 Patti Solla Thattathey Seetha
1991 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Tiruppurasundari Kamalhasan,Roobini,Kushboo,Nasar,Jayabarathi,Manorana,Delhi ganesh,
1994 Magalir Mattum Janaki Nasar,Revathi,Rohini
1994 Vanaja Girija Chellamma Nepholian,Ramki,Kushboo,Mohini,Visu
1994 Subramaniya Swamy Amudha Pandiyarajan,Priya raman
1995 Naan Petha Magane Uma Maheswari
1995 Mayabazar Sujatha
1995 Veera Padhakkam
1995 Ayudha Poojai Vasantha
1995 Thaikulame Thaikulame
1995 Pullakuttikaaran
1996 Aruva Velu Maruthayi
1996 Irattai Roja Uma
1996 Vetri Vinayagar Ponni
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Palaniyamma
1997 Mannava Sinthamani
1997 Aravindhan Gayathri
1999 Suyamvaram Arivolimangai
1999 Viralukketha Veekkam Gayatri
1999 Kummi Paattu
2001 Sigamani Ramamani Ramamani
2002 Panchathantiram Ammini
2002 Thamizh Kalaiselvi
2003 Three Roses Chandralekha
2003 Thennavan Pushpalatha
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Maami
2007 Malaikottai Kamala
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Kalyani
2009 Vaamanan Divya's mother
2009 Peranmai Victoria
2011 Doo
2011 Manmadan Ambu Mallika
2011 Venghai Thangam
2011 Vedi Doctor
2012 Sollithara Naanirukkiren
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Chandra
2014 Un Samayal Arayil
2014 Pechiyakka Marumagan
2014 Vizhi Moodi Yosithal
2014 Mappilai Vinayagar
2014 Savaale Samaali
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Nakul's Genius Mom
2015 Uthama Villain Varalakshmi (Kamal's Wife)
2015 Vaaimai
Inji Iduppazhagi

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Oggarane
2009 Iniya
2008 Arjun
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla
2005 Rama Shama Bhama Bhama
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Urmila
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Alamelu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
1999 Habba
1996 Jeevanadhi
1988 31 December
1987 Premaloka Rohini
1987 Anthima Ghatta
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Rohini
1986 Shankar Sundar
1986 Sathya Jyothi
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi
1984 Shravana Banthu Urvashi/Mary/Saraswathi
1980 Nyaaya Neethi Dharma

Telugu films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Size Zero
2015 Jil Jai's aunt
2014 Ulavucharu Biriyani
2010 Maro Charitra
2005 Chakram Lakshmi
2004 Swarabhishekam
2004 Intlo Sreemathi Veedhilo Kumari Anjali Murthy
2002 Sandade Sandadi Lakshmi
2000 Vijayamaraju
1989 Chettu Kinda Pleader Sujatha
1988 Anthima Theerpu
1985 Bhale Thammudu
1986 Jeevanaporatam
1984 Rustum Padma

Producer[edit]

Story writer[edit]

References[edit]

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