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Ex-Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by A. Narendra
Succeeded by Kotha Prabhakar Reddy
Constituency Medak
Personal details
Born (1966-06-24) 24 June 1966 (age 51)[1]
Madras, Madras State, India
(now Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Spouse(s) M. V. Srinivas Prasad
Occupation Actress, Politician, Producer

Vijayashanti Srinivas is an Indian film actress, producer and a politician.[2] In a film career spanning thirty years, she has acted in over one hundred and eighty feature films in a variety of roles in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has been called "The Lady Superstar" and "Lady Amitabh" of South Indian cinema.[3][4][5] She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her work as a "super cop" in Karthavyam (1991), and has also garnered seven Filmfare Awards South, six for best acting & one for Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South) in the year 2003, and four state Nandi Awards for best acting.[6]

In 1985 Vijayashanti has garnered the state Nandi Award with her role in Pratighatana. In 1987 she has appeared in works such as Swayam Krushi alongside Chiranjeevi, screened at the Moscow International Film Festival, and Padamati Sandhya Ragam alongside Hollywood actor Thomas Jane, screened at the Louisville's International Film Festival.[7] She then appeared in hits such as Agni Parvatam, Challenge, Kondaveeti Raja, Pasivadi Pranam, Rudranetra, Muddula Krishnaiah, Yamudiki Mogudu, Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu, Muddula Mavayya, Kondaveeti Donga, Gang Leader establishing herself as one of the leading actress of Telugu cinema, and being cited in the media as one of the nation's most popular and attractive personalities of the 1980s.[3][4]She was the only actress who demanded high remuneration equal to her male counter parts during 1990's.Her remuneration for Telugu move karthavyam was ₹ 1crore which was the highest ever remuneration paid for a female actor during that period .She joined state politics in the year 2004.[8][9]


Vijayashanti was born in Madras, Madras State on 24 June 1965[10] to Varalaxmi and Srinivas Prasad, who migrated to Madras from Ramannagudem in Warangal district, Telangana. She has said that she prefers to think of herself as being from Telangana rather than Madras, although as of 2004 she had never visited her parents' village.[11] She completed her 10th class at Holy Angels High School, Madras, before starting her film career.[12]


Film Career (1979-2003)[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 13 in 1980, playing the leading lady in the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram ("The moisture inside stone / rock"), directed by Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie Kilaadi Krishnudu, opposite Krishna. She was given screen name "Vijaya Shanthi", which was based on that of her aunt and veteran 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.[citation needed]

Breakthrough (1992-1993)[edit]

In 1992 Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam was a huge success. In that she played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In the 1990s, she was the only actress demanding highest remuneration in India equal to her co-superstars.[13] Most of her films with Telugu superstars Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Balakrishna (17 films) were huge hits and her on-screen chemistry with both of those men worked very well. She also acted opposite Daggubati Venkatesh in Sathruvu, Surya IPS and Chinarayudu. She also acted alongside Tamil superstars Rajinikanth, as the antagonist in the film Mannan, and with Kamal Hassan as an investigative reporter in Indrudu Chandrudu. She acted in two movies with Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi, being Yuvathurki and Kallu Kondoru Pennu.[citation needed]

Action oriented roles (1990-2003)[edit]

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 policeman (modelled after the real-life Kiran Bedi) won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win that award. 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 in Telugu films.[citation needed]

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. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box-office). The film influence the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi.[14] Vijayanthi IPS ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai and this record is broken by a dubbed version of Baahubali in August 2015.[15]

A. M.Ratnam, who was Shanti's personal make-up artist, turned out to be money-making producer. Vijayashanti financially supported him and made the award-winning Karthavyam. In 1993 she acted in a dual role Police lock up directed by Kodi Ramakrishna was a superhit. After she started concentrating on action roles, something special is her naivity showing. In 1997 she did Osey Ramulamma, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao and this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, winning her fourth Nandi Award. From this film onward she is mostly called as "Ramulamma" by the people. Later she appeared in strong roles in movies like Adavi Chukka and Rowdy Durbar, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.[citation needed] She also worked in a Bollywood movie Gundagardi (1997) in an action role opposite Aditya Pancholi. Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the only actress to be first featured in a saree commercial. Later many actress followed her and are featured in many saree and dress commercials.

Political Career (1998-2014)[edit]

In 1998 Vijayashanti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was soon made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha).[16] 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, in January 2009 which she merged into Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) due to lack of strength and support. From 1999 her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004 she had stopped signing up for new films. In the 2009 general election, she won as a Member of Parliament from Medak constituency.[17] In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of TRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.[18] 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), which she played a key role in the process.[citation needed]

Vijayashanti joined Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after split with TRS chief KCR and contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2014 on a Congress ticket.[19] She lost in those elections and then announced that she was retreating from politics. She said she would return to the cineman in 2016 once she found a suitable script.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to a real-estate businessman M. V. Srinivas Prasad.[12]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
T. S. R. Awards
  • Silver Screen Empress Award


Year Film Role Language Notes
1980 Kallukkul Eeram Tamil Debut in Tamil
Khiladi Krishnudu Telugu Debut in Telugu
1981 Satyam Shivam Telugu
Pandanti Jeevitham Telugu
Rajangam Tamil
Netrikkann Tamil
Nenjile Thunivirunthal Tamil
Sandhana Malargal Tamil
Pattam Parakkattum Telugu
Sivappu Malli Tamil
1982 Pelleedu Pillalu Santhi Telugu
Vamsha Gouravam Telugu
Prathikaram Telugu
Krishnavatharam Telugu
Ilan Jodigal Tamil
Manjal Nilla Tamil
Nizhal Thedum Nenjangal Tamil
Vedikkai Manidhargal Tamil
1983 Shri Ranganeetulu Telugu
Rakasi Loya Telugu
Pelli Choopulu Telugu
Neti Bharatam Telugu
Mukku pudaka Telugu
Navodayam Telugu
Sangarshana Radha Telugu
Amaayaka Chakra Varthy Telugu
Pelli Chesi Chupistam Telugu
Dharmathmudu Telugu
Pandanti Kaapuraniki Pannendu Suthralu Jaya Telugu
Keralida Hennu Kannada
Neeru Pootha Neruppu Tamil
Villiyanur Matha Tamil
Thalaimagan Tamil
Kalyana Kanavugal Tamil
1984 Devanthakudu Telugu
Sundari Telugu
S.P. Bhayankar Telugu
Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu Telugu
Challenge Haarika Telugu
Abhimanyudu Telugu
Enkennalli Charithra Telugu
Jadagantalu Telugu
Raaraju Telugu
Dongallo Dora Telugu
Veerabhadhrudu Telugu
Adadhani Sawal Telugu
Kutumba Gouravam Telugu
Kurra Cheshtalu Telugu
1985 Vande Mataram Telugu
Pattabhishekam Telugu
Kottha pelli Kuthuru Telugu
Bhandhi Telugu
Devalayam Telugu
Desamlo Dongalupaddaru Telugu
Agni Parvatam Telugu
Thirugubaatu Telugu
Chiranjeevi Telugu
Darja Donga Telugu
Ooriki Soggaadu Telugu
Srivaru Telugu
Pratighatana Jhansi Telugu Won first Nandi Award for Best Actress
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah Telugu
Apoorva Sahodarulu Telugu
Sakkanodu Telugu
Sravana Sandhya Telugu
Naaga Devata Telugu
Kondaveeti Raja Rani Telugu
Chanakya Shapadham Telugu
Repati Pourulu Telugu
Dhairyavanthudu Lavanya Telugu
Brahmashtram Telugu
Samaajamlo Stree Telugu
Aruna Kiranam Telugu
Samsaaram Oka Sangeetam Telugu
Jeevana Poratam Telugu
Deshoddharakudu Telugu
1987 Sahasa Samrat Telugu
Muvva Gopaludu Nirmala Telugu
Pasivadi Pranam Geetha Telugu
Dongagaru Swagatam Telugu
Swayam Krushi Ganga Telugu
Muddayi Telugu
Bhanumati Gari Mogudu Bhanumati Telugu
Kalyana Thambhulam Telugu
Bhargava Ramudu Telugu
Padamati Sandhya Ragam Sandhya Telugu
1988 Janaki Ramudu Janaki Telugu
Manchi Donga Vijaya Telugu
Yuddha Bhoomi Kumari Telugu
Yamudiki Mogudu Gowri Telugu
Aswadhdhaama Telugu
Donga Pelli Telugu
Inspector Pratap Telugu
1989 Muddula Mavayya Radha Telugu
Indrudu Chandrudu Reporter Durga Telugu
Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu Sasi Rekha Telugu
Eeshwar Lalitha Hindi
Rudranetra Pratima Telugu
Dorikite Dongalu Telugu
Bhaarata Naari Telugu Won the second Nandi Award
Gunda Raajyam Telugu
Koduku Diddina Kaapuram Telugu
Vijay Telugu
Bhale Donga Rekha Telugu
1990 Shatruvu Vijaya Telugu
Naagaastram Telugu
Muqaddar Ka Badshaah Bharthi Rathod Telugu
Kondaveeti Donga Srilekha Telugu
Palnaati Rudraiah Telugu
Karthavyam Vyjayanthi IPS Telugu National Award and Nandi Award for Best Actress, also Producer

Dubbed in Tamil as Vyjayanthi IPS

1991 Surya IPS Sirisha Telugu
Muddula Menalludu Telugu
Lorry Driver Telugu
Talli Tandrulu Telugu
Stuartpuram Police Station Alakananda Telugu
Gang Leader Kanyakumari Telugu
Jaitra Yatra Telugu
1992 Aparadhi Paro Telugu
Rowdy Inspector Rani Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Auto Raani
Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam Ammulu / Chandrakala Telugu
Mannan Shanti Devi Tamil
1993 Mechanic Alludu Chitti Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Mechanical Mappillai
Police Lockup Vijaya, Shanti Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Police Lockup
Nippu Ravva Telugu Also producer
Chinarayudu Gowri Telugu
Doragaariki Donga Pellaam Rani Telugu
Aashayam Telugu Also Producer, Dubbed in Tamil as Aasayam
Kunthi Putrudu Telugu
1994 Rowdy Mogudu Telugu
Attaa Kodallu Telugu
Tejasvini ASP Tejasvini Joshi Hindi Also producer
Maga Rayudu Sudharani Telugu
Lady Boss Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Lady Boss
1995 Street Fighter Telugu
1996 Yuvathurki Malayalam Dubbed in Telugu as Delhi Diary
1997 Osey Ramulamma Ramulamma Telugu Won the Nandi Award for 4th time. Dubbed in Tamil as Adimai Penn
Gundagardi Hindi
Rowdy Darbaar Telugu
1998 Kallukonduru Penn Malayalam
Srivaarante Maa Vaare Nagamani Telugu
Thadayam Nandhini Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Chattam
1999 Suryodayam Tamil
Bharata Rathna Telugu
Rajasthan Tamil
2000 Sri Srimati Satyabhama Satyabhama Telugu
Adavi Chukka Chukkamma, Santhi Telugu Also producer
2001 Vyjayanthi Vyjayanthi Telugu
2002 Rifles Kannada
Saahasa Baludu Vichitra Kothi Telugu
Sambhavi IPS Sambhavi Telugu
Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama Sathyabhaama Kannada
2003 Sri Bannari Amman Amman Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Maha Chandi
Sivani Sivani Telugu
2004 Indiramma Indira Telugu
2006 Naayudamma Naayudamma, Jhansi Telugu


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  3. ^ a b "The Hindu : Metro Plus Visakhapatnam / Personality : Glam girl to Nayudamma". 
  4. ^ a b "The Hindu : Hail rainmakers!". 
  5. ^ "Action queen takes on all comers". 5 April 2009 – via The Hindu. 
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  7. ^ " US edition: Inscrutable Americans - soon at a theatre near you". 
  8. ^ "The Hindu : Srikkanth, Vijayashanthi star campaigners for BJP". 
  9. ^ "Vijayashanthi meets fluorosis victims". 13 January 2007 – via The Hindu. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
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  17. ^ "Page Not Found". 
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  19. ^ "TRS MP Vijayashanthi joins Congress day after party rules out merger". 27 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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