December 13, 1952
Madras, Madras Presidency, India
|Spouse(s)||Bhaskar (1969–1974) (divorced)
Mohan Sharma (1975–1980)(divorced)
K. S. Narayan Sivachandran
|Children||Aishwarya (b. 1971)|
|Parents||Y. V. Rao
Lakshmi Narayan (born Lakshmi Yaragudipati on 13 December 1952) is an Indian film actress known for her works in Indian film industry. Starting to act at the age of 15, she made her silver screen debut as an actress with the Tamil film Jeevanamsam in 1968, in the same year she was starred in the Kannada film Goadalli CID 999 starring Rajkumar.In 1974, she starred in her First Malayalam movie Chattakari which went on to become blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Telugu, Malayalam, and various other languages. She has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards,Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress,the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards and various other state awards. Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in the year 1975, with the women-centric Julie, the remake of Malayalam film Chattakari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade she switched over to character roles.
Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran Telugu film maker Yaragudipati Varada Rao, Andhra Pradesh, whose films dealt with important social issues.Her mother Kumari Rukhmini was a Tamil actress, whose mother Nungambakkam Janaki was also an actress.
She established herself as a successful and popular actress in South India in the 1970s acting in all four South Indian languages: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Lakshmi rose to fame from her First Malayalam movieChattakari (1974) which won her Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. movie Chattakari has the distinction of being the first Malayalam film to run continuously for 40 weeks in a Bangalore theatre.Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to a Filmfare Best Actress Award, she also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for the "most outstanding work of the year", for her work in Julie. She is a versatile actress with a glamorous touch. In the Telugu film Panthulamma, she is credited with giving one of her best performances.
After the success of her debut Malayalam film Chattakari, she starred in Many Superhit Films in Malayalam. Her Performance in Chalanum & Mohiniyottam fetched her Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. She has acted in many successful films paired with Nithya Haritha Nayakan (Evergreen Hero) Prem Nazir, also Mohan Sharma, MG Soman, Kamal Hassan,Mammooty, Mohanlal to name a few.
She acted with almost all the leading actors and Stars of South India, but it was her combination with popular actor Anant Nag in 70s and 80s that really struck a chord with the audience. Ananth Nag and Lakshmi are considered one of the all-time greatest pairs in South Indian cinema. They acted together in more than 25 films. Their pair was considered the right recipe for success. Most of the films based on TaRaSu novels based on the life of middle class young couples.
After her success in Julie, however, she didn't star in many Hindi films and instead concentrated on doing more South Indian films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1977), becoming one of the first South Indian actresses to win in that category for a Tamil film. When her career as a leading lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as a mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's grandmother in Jeans (1998) and Kareena Kapoor's grandmother in Hulchul (2004). She has performed in more than 400 films and has also been involved in politics.
Lakshmi took a break from acting to host two talk shows, including the Tamil talk show Achamillai, Achamillai. After the talk shows ended, she returned to acting in films. She is fluent in all four South Indian languages. She hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called [du Kathe Alla Jeevana. She also hosts a talk show in Tamil for Vijay TV called Kadhai Alla Nijam. She also directed a Kannada film Makkala Sainya. she has hosted a talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called Neena? Naana?
Currently she is one among the Judge Panel for a Malayalam reality Show "Champions" in Surya TV.
Lakshmi was married thrice. Her first marriage was to Bhaskar in 1969, a Malayali, who worked with an insurance company. It was arranged by her parents when she was seventeen. Her only biological child, Aishwarya, was born in 1971. Later She married Mohan Sharma in 1975 her co-star in Chattakari, Malayalam movie which also ended up in divorce in late 1980's.
While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma, She and actor-director K.S. Sivachandran fell in love and got married in 1989. She was long associated with Kannada actor Ananth Nag in the 1980s. Lakshmi adopted a baby girl in the year 2000 named Samyuktha.
|1974||Chattakari||Julie||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
|1975||Picnic (1975 film)||Maala|
|Chalanum||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|1976||Mohiniyaattam (film)||Mohini||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|Kaduvaye Pidicha Kiduva|
|Chila Nerangalil Chila Manushyar|
|Vida Parayum Munpe|
|1982||Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam||Deepthi|
|1983||Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu||Adv. Rajalakshmi|
|Karyam Nissaram||Ammini Kutty|
|Bandham (1983 film)|
|Nathi Muthal Nathi Vare|
|Sandhya Vandanam (film)||Mini|
|1984||Piriyilla Naam||Lakshmi Menon|
|Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Maheswariyamma|
|Ningalil Oru Sthree||Renuka|
|1985||Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki|
|1990||Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu||Sreedevi Rosario|
|Poochakkaru Mani Kettum||Kunjukuttiyamma|
|2009||IG||Dhurga Prasad's Mother|
|2013||Zachariayude Garbhinikal||Sister Jasmine|
|2014||Ormayundo Ee Mukham||Gautham's grandmother|
|1968||Goa Dalli CID 999|
|1976||Naa Ninna Mareyalare|
|1979||Naa Ninna Bidalaare|
|1979||Naa Ninna Mariyalaare|
|1981||Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi|
|1983||Mududida Tavare Aralithu|
|1983||Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige|
|1984||Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba|
|1987||Onde Gudina Hakkigalu|
|1990||Lion Jagapathi Rao|
|1993||Hoovu Hannu||Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
|1993||Jaga Mechida Huduga|
|1999||Chennappa Channe Gowda|
|2007||Hethare Hennanne Herabeku|
|2008||Vamshi||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1974||Dikkatra Parvathi||Parvathi||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress|
|1977||Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal||Ganga||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|1978||Oru Nadigai Naadakam Paarkiral|
|1985||Sri Raghavendra||Saraswati Bai|
|Udhaya Geetham||Leela Chowdhry|
|Oru Malarin Payanam|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaram||Uma|
|1987||Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|1990||En Uyir Kannamma|
|2009||Unnaipol Oruvan||Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu|
|1986||Sravana Megalu||Won Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu)|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo|
|1975||Julie||Julie||Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Sunita|