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Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byA. Narendra
Succeeded byKotha Prabhakar Reddy
Personal details
Born (1966-06-24) 24 June 1966 (age 53)[1][2]
Madras, Madras State, India
(now Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
Spouse(s)M. V. Srinivas Prasad
OccupationActress, Politician, Producer

Vijayashanti Srinivas is an Indian film actress, producer and a politician.[3] In a film career spanning 30 years, she has acted in over 180 feature films in a variety of roles in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has been referred as "Lady Superstar" and "Lady Amitabh" of South Indian cinema.[4][5][6][7] She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress[8] for her work as a "super cop" in Kartavyam (1990), for depicting both aggression and feminity with balance and restraint. She 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 Actress.[9]

In 1985, Vijayashanti won the state Nandi Award with her role in Pratighatana. In 1987, she appeared in Swayam Krushi alongside Chiranjeevi, screened at Moscow International Film Festival, and Padamati Sandhya Ragam with Hollywood actor Thomas Jane, screened at Louisville International Film Festival.[10] She appeared in successful films like Agni Parvatam (1984), Challenge (1984), Pratighatana (1985), Repati Pourulu (1986), Pasivadi Pranam (1987), Muvva Gopaludu (1987), Yamudiki Mogudu (1988), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989), Janaki Ramudu (1988), Muddula Mavayya (1989), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Indrudu Chandrudu ( 1989), Lorry Driver (1990), Sathruvu (1990), Gang Leader (1991), Mannan (1992), Rowdy Inspector (1992), Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam (1992) Chinarayudu (1993) and Police Lockup (1993), 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 late 80s and 90s.[4][5] She was the only actress who demanded high remuneration equal to her male counterparts during the 1990s. Her remuneration for the Telugu movie Karthavyam was ₹ 1 crore, which was the highest ever paid to a female actor during that period. She joined state politics in the year 1998.[11][12]


Vijayashanti was born in Madras, Madras State on 24 June 1966[13] 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.[14]

She completed her 10th class at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai, before starting her film career.[15]


Film career (1979-2006)[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 14 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, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She was given the 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.

Balance of Glamour and Women-centric roles (1983-1993)[edit]

After a couple of inconsequential movies, came Pellichoopulu (1983), directed by P. Sambasivarao, which brought recognition to her as a star. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil Film Thooral Ninnu Pochchu. If Pellichoopulu got her the much-needed recognition, her breakthrough movie was Neti Bharatam (1983), from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna. T. Krishna spotted her on the sets of his friend Madala Rangarao's Navodayam. He saw her perform and predicted that she would turn out to be a good actress. In 1985, Pratighatana, a biggest blockbuster of the year from the same director won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi Sundararama Murthy and powerfully sung by S. Janaki. It was her association with T. Krishna that catapulted Vijayashanthi to stardom- Neti Bharatam, Desamlo Dongalu Paddaru, Pratighatana, Devaalayam, Vande Mataram and Repati Pourulu. This film was released after death of the movie director T. Krishna.

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 1994 it was remade into Hindi as Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin, starring Sridevi in her role. In the 1990s, she was the only actress demanding highest remuneration in India, equal to her co-stars Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi.[16] Most of her films with Telugu superstars Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Balakrishna (17 films) were huge hits and her on-screen chemistry with both the actors worked very well at the box office. Be it in K. Viswanath's Swayam Krushi, where she acts as an illiterate woman who falls in love with a cobbler played by Chiranjeevi. Her dialogue Atta Soodamakayya is highly applauded along with her performance in Swayam Krushi. She starred in Sathruvu, Surya IPS and Chinarayudu, along with Daggubati Venkatesh.Starred with Akkineni Nagarjuna in vijay, Janaki Ramudu and Jaitra Yatra.She starred 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.

Hindi cinema[edit]

In 1989, she was introduced to Hindi cinema by K. Viswanath alongside Anil Kapoor in the film Eeshwar, a re-make of his Telugu film Swathi Muthyam. It proved a success and offers poured in, but she did not accept any of them because she felt that the Bollywood industry was dead slow and she wanted to do a lot of films in a year. Her second Hindi film was Muqaddar Ka Badshaah, a remake of the Telugu film Aswaddama. In the Hindi version, she acted with another National award-winning actress - Shabana Azmi. Her other starrers are Apradhi, in which she is paired with Anil Kapoor and Tejaswini, a remake of Karthavyam, directed by N. Chandra. Another Bollywood movie of her is Gundagardi (1997), starring Dharmendra in an action role. In 1996, she is paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Zamaanat, directed by S. Ramanathan.[17]

National Award and Lady-oriented roles (1990-2003)[edit]

In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi since then has reached the status of a "Hero" in box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie Karthavyam (1990), her performance as a tough cop (modelled after the real-life supercop Kiran Bedi) under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film, made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone.[18] The film is screened at 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[19] She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana. The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to lady oriented roles. According to Sify, In a hero-worshipping world of Indian Cinema, to be precise, South Indian cinema, there is one heroine who calls her shots is Vijayashanti.[20] "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all of the hurdles and answered the critics with successful films". Vijayashanti didn't rely on dupes for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the Dynamic Actress used to jump for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.[21]

In 1990, Karthavyam was dubbed into Tamil as Vyjayanthi 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 influenced the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi, the seed of inspiration for her to take up the civil services exam who has cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai [22] Vyjayanthi IPS ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai and this record was broken by a dubbed version of Baahubali in August 2015.[23]

A. M. Ratnam, who was Shanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer.[24] Being an Executive Producer for Vijayashanti, he has made the award-winning Karthavyam on the banner of Sri Surya Movies and on the same banner, she produced and acted in Aashayam released in 1993 had a decent run as well. Police Lockup, she played a dual role, which was directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, another success, she gained one more Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[25] Later she verge on to action roles, something special is her nativity showing in any character she depicts. Osey Ramulamma (1997), where she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao was the biggest blockbuster of the year, winning her fourth Nandi Award and fifth Filmfare Award for Best Actress,[26] this film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award. Later, she appeared in critically acclaimed women oriented movies like Adavi Chukka and Rowdy Durbar, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first ever actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial, which is followed by several actresses till date.

Comeback into Films (2019)[edit]

The Superstar actress returned to face arc lights after a sabbatical 13 years in cinema, will be starred in upcoming 2020 film Sarileru Neekevvaru while Mahesh Babu playing the main protagonist.[27][28] Her last seen movie is Nayudamma, released in 2006. The Director of the film Anil Ravipudi shares a welcome picture on Twitter announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He writes "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board".[29][30]

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).[31] In 1998, her first public meeting was held at Nellore, a big hit in support of BJP.[32] 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). In 1996, Vijayashanti, who is Pro-BJP, vowed her support to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and is a star campaigner for then Chief Jayalalitha[33] Vijayashanti is the star campaigner for BJP Lok Sabha Polls in Tamil Nadu along with Cricketer Srikkanth.[34] 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 the Medak constituency from TRS.[35] In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of TRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.[36] In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. 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), in which she played a key role in the process. Vijayashanti joined Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after split with TRS chief KCR.[37] She contested in the Assembly Elections from Medak (Assembly constituency) in 2014 General Elections from Indian National Congress party and lost as MLA. After an inactive bunch of years in 2018 AICC president Rahul Gandhi appointed Vijayashanti as star campaigner and adviser to the election campaign committee of Telangana PCC[38]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to a real-estate businessman M. V. Srinivas Prasad.[15] He produced a movie Nippu Ravva (1993), starring Balakrishna under the banner Yuvarathna arts.


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
T. S. R. Awards
  • Silver Screen Empress Award 2011


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 Sri Ranga Neethulu Telugu
Rakasi Loya Telugu
Pelli Choopulu Telugu
Neti Bharatam Telugu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film Silver 1983
Mukku Pudaka Telugu Tamil remake of Gopurangal Saivathillai
Navodayam Telugu
Sangharshana Radha Telugu
Amaayaka Chakra Varthy Telugu
Pelli Chesi Chupistam Telugu
Dharmathmudu Telugu
Pandanti Kaapuraniki Pannendu Suthralu Jaya Telugu
Keralida Hennu Kannada Remake of Nyayam Kavali
Neeru Pootha Neruppu Tamil
Villiyanur Matha Tamil
Thalaimagan Tamil
Kalyana Kanavugal Tamil
1984 Devanthakudu Telugu
Sundari Subbarao 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
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah Vijaya Telugu
Apoorva Sahodarulu Telugu
Sakkanodu Telugu
Sravana Sandhya Sravani Telugu Remade into Hindi as Majaal
Naaga Devata Telugu
Kondaveeti Raja Rani Telugu
Chanakya Shapadham Telugu
Repati Pourulu Saraswathi Telugu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film Silver 1986
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Dhairyavanthudu Lavanya Telugu
Brahmasthram Telugu
Samaajamlo Stree Karuna Telugu
Aruna Kiranam Aruna 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 Won Filmfare Award for Best Actress 1987
Muddayi Telugu
Bhanumati Gari Mogudu Bhanumati Telugu
Kalyana Thambhulam Telugu
Bhargava Ramudu Latha Telugu
Padamati Sandhya Ragam Sandhya Telugu
Sardar Krishnama Naidu Telugu
1988 Janaki Ramudu Janaki/Lakshmi Telugu
Manchi Donga Vijaya Telugu
Yuddha Bhoomi Kumari Telugu
Yamudiki Mogudu Gowri Telugu
Aswadhdhaama Telugu
Donga Pelli Shanti Telugu
Inspector Pratap Telugu
1989 Muddula Mavayya Radha Telugu
Indrudu Chandrudu Reporter Durga Telugu
Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu Sasi Rekha Telugu
Eeshwar Lalitha Hindi Her First Hindi film
Rudranetra Pratima Telugu
Dorikite Dongalu Telugu
Bhaarata Naari Telugu Won the second Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Gunda Raajyam Telugu
Koduku Diddina Kapuram Sasi Rekha Telugu
Vijay Telugu
Bhale Donga Rekha Telugu
1990 Shatruvu Vijaya Telugu
Naagaastram Telugu
Muqaddar Ka Badshaah Bharthi Rathod Hindi
Kondaveeti Donga Srilekha Telugu
Palnaati Rudraiah Telugu
Kartavyam Vyjayanthi IPS Telugu National Film Award for Best Actress
Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu
Also Producer. Dubbed in Tamil as Vyjayanthi IPS
Muddula Menalludu Shanti Telugu
Lorry Driver Jayamma Telugu
1991 Surya IPS Sirisha Telugu
Talli Tandrulu Kavitha Telugu
Stuartpuram Police Station Alakananda Telugu
Gang Leader Kanyakumari Telugu
Jaitra Yatra Telugu
1992 Aparadhi Paro Hindi
Rowdy Inspector Rani Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Auto Raani
Chinarayudu Gowri Telugu
Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam Ammulu / Chandrakala Telugu Remade into Hindi as Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin
Mannan Shanti Devi Tamil
1993 Mechanic Alludu Chitti Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Mechanical Mappillai
Police Lockup Vijaya, Shanti (Double Role) Telugu Won Filmfare Award for Best Actress 1993
Dubbed in Tamil as Police Lockup
Nippu Ravva Telugu Producer
Doragaariki Donga Pellaam Rani Telugu
Aashayam Sarojini 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 Best Actress for 4th time
Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu)
Dubbed in Tamil as Adimai Penn
Gundagardi Deepa Hindi
Rowdy Darbaar Telugu
1998 Kallu Kondoru Pennu Sita Malayalam
Srivaarante Maa Vaare Nagamani Telugu
Thadayam Nandhini Tamil Producer, Dubbed into 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
Vande Matharam Gayatri Kannada
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
2020 Sarileru Neekevvaru Filming Telugu Acting in a film after 13 years


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