Madhavi
Madhaviheadshot.jpg
Born
Kanaka Vijayalakshmi

Years active1976–1996
Spouse(s)
Ralph Sharma
(m. 1996)

Kanaka Vijayalakshmi, known by her stage name Madhavi is an Indian actress known for her works in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi films. In a career spanning seventeen years, she has acted in around 300 films and was hailed as one of the leading actresses of South Indian cinema in the 1980s.

Early life

Madhavi was born in Hyderabad, India to Sasirekha and Govindaswamy.[1] She grew up with a sister and a brother, named Keerthi Kumari and Dhananjay respectively.[2] She learnt Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheswari and folk dance from Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances. She attended Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad, Abids Branch.[3]

Career

Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film Thoorupu Padamara when she was a teenager. The film became a huge hit.[4] She acted in a number of films with Telugu actor Chiranjeevi. Her first movie with Chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982. She acted again with Chiranjeevi in the movie Khaidi which was a massive hit. Her last movie in Telugu was Big Boss (another Chiranjeevi film). K. Balachander then cast her in a supporting role in his Telugu film Maro Charitra (1978). She reprised her role in its Hindi remake Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), which became the top-grossing film of 1981. In both films, she played a lonely wealthy woman who falls in love with Kamal Haasan's character. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.[5] K. Balachander introduced her to the Tamil film industry with Thillu Mullu (1981), opposite Rajinikanth. By the end of the decade, she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath (1990).

She appeared in many Malayalam films especially in those starring Mohanlal and Mammootty. She portrayed Unniyarcha in the National Award-winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha. Her portrayal as a mother who dies of leukemia in Akashadoothu won her the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress for 1993. Other films include Ormakkayi, Changatham, Novemberinte Nashtam and Nombarathi Poovu.

She has acted in many Kannada movies alongside Kannada actors including Dr. Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Anant Nag and Ambareesh. With Rajkumar she acted in many movies including Haalu Jenu, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Anuraga Aralithu, Shruthi Seridaaga, Jeevana Chaitra, Aakasmika, Odahuttidavaru, Haalu Jenu and Malaya Marutha.

Madhavi acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai, Tik Tik Tik, Kaakki Sattai, Sattam, Ellam Inba mayam and Mangamma Sabadham. Her films with Rajinikanth include Garjanai, Thillu Mullu, Thambikku Entha Ooru, Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal and Viduthalai. She was in Enga Oor Kannagi, Neethi Devan Mayakkam and Nirabaraadhi.

Most of her author-backed roles were in Malayalam films. She has won three Kerala State Film Awards, one for Best Actress and two for Second Best Actress.

Personal life

In 1996, her Hindu spiritual teacher Swami Rama arranged her marriage to one of his followers, a pharmaceutical businessman named Ralph Sharma. Ralph first met Swami Rama at the age of 32 at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy.,[6] and Madhavi first met him in 1995. They were married on 14 February 1996.[7] They have three daughters and live in New Jersey.[8]

Awards and honours

Year Award Award Category Work Result Reference
1981 Kerala State Film Awards Second Best Actress Valarthu Mrugangal Won
1982 Best Actress Ormakkayi Won [9]
1993 Second Best Actress Aakashadoothu Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Malayalam Won [10]

Selected filmography

This section is missing information about Odia films. Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page. (January 2021)

Telugu

Year Film Role Notes
1976 Thoorpu Padamara Kalyani
1977 Amara Deepam Madhavi
Sneham
1978 Maro Charitra Sandhya
1979 Iddaru Asadhyule
Pranam Khareedu Venkatalakshmi Guest Appearance
Tayaramma Bangarayya Aruna
Kukka Katuku Cheppu Debba Parvati
Kothala Raayudu
Mande Gundelu Rani
Ra Ra Krishnayya
Edi Papam Edi Punyam Aruna
Oka Challani Ratri Nirmala
Anthuleni Vintha Katha
Kaliyuga Mahabharatam
1980 Agni Sanskaram
Mudumulla Bandham Radha
Triloka Sundari
1981 Vaaralabbai Kamala
Chettaniki Kallu Levu Rekha
Ooriki Ichina Maata Rupa
Amavasya Chandrudu Nancy
Tholi Kodi Koosindi Jabili
1982 Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya Jayalaxmi Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Balidanam
Prayanamlo Padanisalu
Edi Dharmam Edi Nyayam? Bharathi
1983 Roshagadu Sailaja
Simhapuri Simham Madhavi
Khaidi Madhulatha
Picchi Pantulu
1984 Bhale Ramudu
1985 Sanchalanam
Chattamtho Poratam Bharathi
Jai Bethala
Mahasakthi
1987 Donga Mogudu Ravi Teja's wife
Marana Sasanam
Parasakthi Madhavi
1991 Mathru Devo Bhava Sarada Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1995 Big Boss

Kannada

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Garjane Geetha
Garuda Rekhe
Anupama Anupama
1982 Haalu Jenu Kamala
Gandugali Rama
1983 Onde Guri
Chinnadantha Maga Usha
1984 Chanakya
Rudranaga
Shiva Kanye
Khaidi Madhulatha
1985 Gedda Maga
1986 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma Parvati
Anuraga Aralithu Ashadevi
Malaya Marutha Girija
1987 Shruthi Seridaaga Radha
1988 Ramanna Shamanna
1992 Jeevana Chaitra Meenakshi
1993 Aakasmika Clara
1994 Odahuttidavaru

Malayalam

Complete list of Madhavi's Malayalam Movies are available from the MSI Database.[11]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Lava Seetha
1981 Valarthu Mrugangal Janu Won — Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Garjanam Geetha
Poochasanyasi Sandhya
1982 Anuraagakkodathi Anuradha
Ormakkayi Susanna Won — Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Kurukkante Kalyanam Saritha
John Jaffer Janardhanan Nancy
Novemberinte Nashtam Meera
Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam Siji
1983 Ponthooval
Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Herself
Hello Madras Girl Saritha
Changatham Annie
1984 Akkare Padmavathi
Vikatakavi Santhi
Mangalam Nerunnu Rajani
Kurishuyudham Susy, Daisy Double role
1985 Oru Kudakeezhil Vijayalakshmi
Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Seetha
1986 Sobharaj Nisha
Oru Katha Oru Nunakkatha Amminikkutty
1987 Nombarathi Poovu Padmini
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Unniyarcha
1993 Akashadoothu Annie Won — Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Won — Filmfare Award for Best Actress — Malayalam
Gandhari Gandhari
1994 Sudhinam Vinodini
1995 Chaithanyam Savithri
Aksharam Gayathri Devi
1996 Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan Sridevi

Tamil

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Pudhiya Thoranangal
1980 Veera Penn
1981 Enga Ooru Kannagi Jabili
Amara Kaaviyam Aruna
Thillu Mullu Sarojini
Garjanai Geetha
Sathyam Sundaram
Raja Paarvai Nancy
Tik Tik Tik Sharadha
Ellam Inba Mayyam Madhavi
Panimalar
1982 Neethi Devan Mayakkam
Kavithai Malar
1983 Sattam Radha
Sattathukku Oru Saval
Chandi Samundi
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru Sumathi
Niraparaathi Radha
1985 Kaakki Sattai Anitha
Jhansi Rani
Mangamma Sabadham Nancy
Andavan Sothu
Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal Padma
1986 Viduthalai Radha
Vettaipuli
1987 Oor Kuruvi
1990 Athisaya Piravi Rambha Guest appearance

Hindi

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye Sandhya Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1983 Andha Kanoon Zakhiya Khan Special appearance
1984 Mujhe Shaktee Do
1985 Misaal
1985 Geraftaar Inspector Geeta Sinha
1987 Loha Anita
1987 Kalyug Aur Ramayan Sarita
1987 Satyamev Jayathe Pooja Shastry
1987 Insaaf Kaun Karega Priya
1988 Pyar Ka Mandir Radha
1988 Mar Mitenge Radha
1988 Falak Rita D'Souza
1989 Paraya Ghar
1989 Jaaydaad Advocate Anjali
1989 Lashkar Anand's wife
1989 Zakhm
1989 Nafrat Ki Aandhi Geeta
1990 Sheshnaag Banu
1990 Muqadammah
1990 Haar Jeet
1990 Swarg Janaki Kumar
1990 Agneepath Mary Mathew
1990 Agneekaal Asha
1991 Maza Pritesh
1992 Sarphira Prema
1992 Lambu Dada Anita
1992 Jigar
1994 Khudai Sakhi Swami

References

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  5. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  6. ^ Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy[1][2]
  7. ^ South Siren Madhavi back from exile
  8. ^ "Maadhavi". Maadhavi. 14 February 1996. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  9. ^ "State Film Awards (1981–90)". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
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  11. ^ "Maadhavi's Complete Malayalam Filmography". MSI. Retrieved 9 June 2012.