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Ex-Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by A. Narendra
Succeeded by Vacant
Constituency Medak
Personal details
Born (1966-06-24) 24 June 1966 (age 49)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died none
Spouse(s) M. V. Srinivas Prasad
Residence Hyderabad,Telangana, India
Occupation Actress, Politician
Religion Hindu

Vijayashanti is an Indian film actress and a politician from the state of Telangana. Prior to joining politics in 2004, she has acted in over 186 movies in seven languages inclTelugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She is credited as "The Lady Superstar" of South Indian cinema. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Karthavyam in 1991 and she has also won five Filmfare Best Actress Awards in Telugu, four Nandi Awards and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South).


She was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 24 June 1966.[1] Her parents, Varalaxmi and Srinivas Prasad, from Ramannagudem in Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh (now in Telangana).[2] She completed her 10th class at Holy Angels High School, Chennai, before starting her film career.[3]

Early career[edit]

Her given name is 'Shanti'. She began her acting career in 1980 as the leading lady in the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram ("The moisture inside stone / rock") directed by Bharathiraja. The same year, she debuted in Telugu with the movie Kilaadi Krishnudu , pairing opposite Krishna. She was given screen name "Vijaya Shanthi" based on her aunt and veterna actress Vijaya Lalitha. She got a role in the Telugu film Satyam-Sivam (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

Glamour Queen & Dream Girl[edit]

By 1985 she was exclusively acting in Telugu films. She became a Glamour Queen of the Telugu film industry. She is one of the leading actress who played both glamour and performance oriented films. Her glamour roles were brought out by K. Raghavendra Rao and A. Kodandarami Reddy in films like Challenge, Kondaveeti Raja, Pasivadi Pranam, Muddula Krishnaiah, Agni Parvatam, Yamudiki Mogudu, Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu, Muddula Mavayya, Kondaveeti Donga, Gang Leader etc. All these films scored her the most successive heroine in late 1980's

In 1992 Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam was a huge success. She played a role of a bold lady speaking Telangana slang in the role.[citation needed] and the song ‘Laloo Darwaja Laskar’ became a career defining song for her as well. In the 1990s, she was the only actress demanding 10 million (US$150,000) as remuneration for a film .[citation needed] Most of her films with Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Balakrishna (16 films) were huge hits and her onscreen chemistry with both the lead actors worked very well at the boxoffice. She has acted alongside Tamil superstars Rajinikanth in the film Mannan as the antagonist and with Kamal Hassan in Indrudu Chandrudu. She also acted with yesteryear heroes like superstar Krishna, Shoban Babu.

Action heroine[edit]

Her break through movie was Neti bharatham(1983), from there she started acting lady oriented roles teaming up with T.Krishna. In 1985 Pratighatana from the same director won her accolades and a state Nandi award for the first time. Films like Repati Pourulu, Aruna kiranam, Vandemataram and Bharatha Nari are some other movies winning some state awards. In the blockbuster movie Karthavyam (1990), her performance as a tough cop (modeled after real-life supercop Kiran Bedi) won her the National Film Award from Indian Government and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. She became third women to win national award for best actress from Telugu industry. The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to tough lady roles. These tough lady roles made her a leading actress at box-office ratings in Telugu films.

In 1990, Karthavyam was dubbed into Tamil as Vijayanthi IPS and its success brought her actress in Tamil cinema as well. (It was also remade in Hindi as Tejaswini, with herself playing the lead role. As expected, Tejaswini did very well at the Hindi box-office). In 1993 she acted in a double action role Police lock up directed by Kodi Ramakrishna was a superhit. After she started concentrating on Action roles, something special is her nativity showing.

In 1997 she did Osey Ramulamma directed by Dasari Narayana Rao was a biggest blockbuster of the year and winning her another Nandi Award. From this film onwards she is mostly called as "Ramulamma" by the people.

Political career[edit]

In 1998 Vijayashanti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was soon made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha).[4] During the 1999 general election she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah Lok Sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress(I) (however, she withdrew from the race after Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from Bellary). She started her own political party, Talli Telangana, which merged into Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) due to lack of strength and support, in January 2009.

From 1999 her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004 she had stopped signing new films. In the 2009 general election, she won as a Member of Parliament from Medak constituency.[5] In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of TRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.[6] In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as they were not in the proper format. Later she was actively participating in Politics for separate Telangana state (region).

Vijayashanti joined Indian National Congress party on FEB 2014 after split with TRS chief KCR and contesting to Loksabha elctions 2014 on congress ticket.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to M. V. Srinivas Prasad. She made that public in her application to election commission.[8] He produced a movie "Nippuravva" under the banner of "Yuvaratna arts". He is a real estate businessman in Andhra Pradesh State, South India.


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
Other honors



  1. Indiramma


  1. Sivani
  2. Sri Bannari Amman (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Maha Chandi'


  1. Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama co-starring Raghu
  2. Sambhavi IPS
  3. Saahasa Baludu Vichitra Kothi
  4. Rifles (Kannada) dubbed into Telugu as 'Vandemaataram'


  1. Vijayanthi
  2. Adavi Chukka .... Chukkamma/Santhi co-starring Charan Raj


  1. Rajasthan (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Rajastan', co-starring Sarath Kumar
  2. Bharata Rathna co-starring Vinod Kumar


  1. Thadayam .... Lawyer Nandhini (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Chattam', co-starring Ramkee
  2. Srivaarante Maa Vaare co-starring Suman
  3. Kallukonduru Penn (Malayalam)


  1. Rowdy Darbaar co-starring Ramkee
  2. Gundagardi (Hindi) co-starring Aditya Pancholi and Dharmendra
  3. Osey Ramulamma .... Ramulamma co-starring Krishna and Ramkee (dubbed into Tamil as 'Adimai Penn')


  1. Young Turks (YUVATHURKI) (Malayalam) dubbed into Telugu as 'Delhi Dairy', co-starring Suresh Gopi


  1. Street Fighter - Vijayashantii


  1. Lady Boss co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Lady Boss')
  2. Maga Rayudu
  3. Tejasvini .... Asst. Supt. of Police Tejasvini Joshi
  4. Kuntee Putrudu co-starring Mohan Babu
  5. Attaa Kodallu co-starring Shashi Kumar
  6. Rowdy Mogudu co-starring Mohan Babu


  1. kunthi putrudu co-starring Mohan Babu
  2. Aasayam co-starring Jagapathi Babu (dubbed into Tamil as 'Aasayam')
  3. Doragaariki Donga Pellaam .... Rani co-starring Krishna
  4. Chinarayudu co-starring Venkatesh
  5. Nippu Ravva co-starring Balakrishna
  6. Police Lockup (Vijaya, Shanti) co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Police-Lockup')
  7. Mechanic Alludu co-starring Chiranjeevi (dubbed into Tamil as 'Mechanic Maappillai')


  1. Mannan co-starring Rajanikanth(Tamil)
  2. Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam co-starring Suman
  3. Rowdy Inspector co-starring Balakrishna (dubbed into Tamil as 'Auto Raani')
  4. Aparadhi .... Paro co-starring Anil Kapoor


  1. Jaitra Yaatra co-starring Nagarjuna
  2. Gang Leader .... Kanyakumari co-starring Chiranjeevi
  3. Stuartpuram Police Station co-starring Chiranjeevi
  4. Talli Tandrulu co-starring Balakrishna
  5. Lorry Driver co-starring Balakrishna
  6. Muddula Menalludu co-starring Balakrishna
  7. Surya IPS co-starring Venkatesh


  1. Karthavyam .... Vyjayanthi co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Vyjayanthi IPS')
  2. Palnaati Rudraiah co-starring Suman
  3. Kondaveeti Donga .... Srilatha co-starring Chiranjeevi
  4. Muqaddar Ka Badshaah .... Bharti Rathod
  5. Naagaastram co-starring Krishna
  6. Shatruvu .... Vijaya co-starring Venkatesh


  1. Bhale Donga co-starring Balakrishna
  2. Vijay co-starring Nagarjuna
  3. Koduku Diddina Kaapuram co-starring Krishna
  4. Gunda Raajyam co-starring Krishna
  5. Bhaarata Naari co-starring Vinod Kumar
  6. Dorikite Dongalu co-starring Sobhan Babu
  7. Rudranetra co-starring Chiranjeevi
  8. Eeshwar .... Lalita co-starring Anil Kapoor
  9. Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu .... Rekha co-starring Chiranjeevi
  10. Indrudu Chandrudu co-starring Kamal Hassan
  11. Muddula Mavayya .... Radha co-starring Balakrishna


  1. Inspector Pratap co-starring Balakrishna
  2. Donga Pelli co-starring Sobhan Babu
  3. Aswadhdhaama co-starring Krishna
  4. Yamudiki Mogudu co-starring Chiranjeevi
  5. Yuddha Bhoomi co-starring Chiranjeevi
  6. Manchi Donga co-starring Chiranjeevi
  7. Janaki Ramudu co-starring Nagarjuna


  1. Padamati Sandhya Ragam co-starring Thomas Jane
  2. Bhargava Ramudu co-starring Balakrishna
  3. Kalyana Thambhulam co-starring Shobhan Babu
  4. Bhanumati Gari Mogudu co-starring Balakrishna
  5. Muddayi co-starring Krishna
  6. Swayam Krushi .... Ganga co-starring Chiranjeevi
  7. Dongagaru Swagatam co-starring Sobhan Babu
  8. Pasivadi Pranam co-starring Chiranjeevi
  9. Muvva Gopaludu co-starring Balakrishna
  10. Saahasa Samrat co-starring Nandamuri Balakrishna


  1. Desooddharakuduco-starring with Nandamuri Balakrishna
  2. Jeevana Poraatam co-starring with Shobhan Babu
  3. Samsaaram Oka Sangeetam co-starring Chandramohan
  4. Aruna Kiranam co-starring Raja Sekhar
  5. Samaajamlo Stree co-starring Suman and Bhanu Chandar
  6. Brahmashtram co-starring with krishna
  7. Dhairyavanthudu co-starring Chiranjeevi
  8. Repati Pourulu co-starring Rajasekhar
  9. Chanakya Shapadham co-starring with Chiranjeevi
  10. Kondaveeti Raja co-starring Chiranjeevi
  11. Naaga Devata co-starring Arjun
  12. Sravana Sandhya co-starring Sobhan Babu
  13. Sakkanodu co-starring Sobhan Babu
  14. Apoorva Sahodarulu co-starring Balakrishna
  15. Muddula Krishnaiah .... Vijayashanti co-starring Balakrishna


  1. Pratighatana .... Jhansi co-starring Chandra Mohan and Raja Shekhar
  2. Srivaru co-starring Sobhan Babu
  3. Ooriki Soggaadu co-starring Sobhan Babu
  4. Darja Donga co-starring Suman
  5. Chiranjeevi co-starring Chiranjeevi
  6. Thirugubaatu co-starring with Mohanbabu
  7. Sreevaru co-starring with Shobhan babu
  8. Agni Parvatam co-starring Krishna
  9. Desamlo Dongalupaddaru co-starring Suman
  10. Devalayam co-starring Sobhan Babu
  11. Bhandhi co-starring with Krishnam raju
  12. Kottha pelli Kuthuru
  13. Pattabhishekham co-starring Balakrishna
  14. Vande Mataram co-starring Rajasekhar


  1. Kurra cheshtalu co-starring with suman
  2. Kutumba gouravam co-starring with Muralimohan
  3. Adadhani saaal co-starring with Murali mohan
  4. Veerabhadhrudu co-starring with karthik
  5. Dongallo dora co-starring with Suman
  6. Raaraju co-starring with krishnam raju
  7. Jadagantalu co-starring with suresh
  8. Enkennalli charithra co-strring with Suman
  9. Abhimanyudu co-starring with shobhan babu
  10. Challenge .... Haarika co-starring Chiranjeevi
  11. Mahanagaramlo Maayagaadu co-starring Chiranjeevi
  12. SP Bhayankar co-starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Krishnam Raju
  13. Sundari-subbarao co-starring with chandhra mohan
  14. Devanthakudu co-starring Chiranjeevi


  1. Kalyana Kanavugal (Tamil)
  2. Thalaimagan (Tamil)
  3. Villiyanur Matha (Tamil)
  4. Neeru Pootha Neruppu (Tamil)
  5. Keralida hennu (Kannada)
  6. Pandanti kaapuraniki Pannendu suthralu
  7. Dharmathmudu
  8. Pelli Chesi chupistam
  9. Amaayaka chakra varthy
  10. Sangarshana co-starring Chiranjeevi
  11. Navodayam
  12. Mukku pudaka
  13. Neti Bharatam co-starring Suman
  14. Pelli Choopulu
  15. Rakasi loya
  16. Shri Ranganeetulu co-starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao


  1. Vedikkai Manidhargal (Tamil)
  2. Nizhal Thedum Nenjangal (Tamil)
  3. Manjal nilla (Tamil)
  4. Ilan jodigal (Tamil)
  5. krishnavatharam co -starring with krishna
  6. prathikaram co starring with shobhan babu
  7. Vamsha gouravam co-starring with Shobhan babu
  8. Pelleedu Pillalu .... Santhi


  1. Sivappu Malli (Tamil)
  2. Pattam Parakkattum (Tamil)
  3. Sandhana malargal (Tamil)
  4. Nenjile Thunivirunthaal (Tamil)
  5. Netrikann (Tamil)
  6. Rajangam (Tamil)
  7. Pandanti Jeevitham co starring with Shoban Babu
  8. Satyam Sivam co starring with NTR&ANR


  1. Khiladi Krishnudu co-starring Krishna
  2. Kallukkul Eeram (Tamil)

Filmography (producer)[edit]

  1. Kartavyam
  2. Tejaswini (1994) — Hindi
  3. Adavi Chukka (1999) — Telugu


External links[edit]

Preceded by
A. Narendra
Member of Parliament from Medak
2009 – present