December 13, 1952 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Relatives||Y. V. Rao (father)
Kumari Rukhmini (mother)
Nungambakkam Janaki (maternal grand mother)
Lakshmi Narayan (born Lakshmi Yaragudipati on 13 December 1952) is an Indian film actress known for her works in Indian film industry. One of her famous films is Julie in which she played the title role that fetched her several awards.
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 movie Chattakari (1974) which won her Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. 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.
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. She also starred in many Malayalam films. Her performances in Chalanum & Mohiniyottam fetched her more Filmfare awards. She has acted in many successful films opposite top stars. She acted with popular actor Anant Nag in more than 25 films. 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 Idu 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, 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. Her marriage ended in a divorce, and she gained custody of her daughter, who later became an actress in the 1990s, making her a fourth generation actress. Later She married Mohan Sharma her co-star in Chattakari, Malayalam movie. That also ended up in divorce. She and actor-director K.S. Sivachandran fell in love and got married.
While she was shooting En Uyir Kannamma, she and actor-director Narayan Sivachandran got married. She was long associated with Kannada actor Ananth Nag in the 1980s. Her daughter Aishwarya, gave birth to a baby girl in the mid 1990s, making Lakshmi a grandmother. Lakshmi adopted a baby girl in 2001.
|1974||Chattakari||Julie||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
|Chalanum||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|1976||Mohiniyattom||Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress|
|Vida Parayum Munpe|
|1982||Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam||Deepthi|
|1983||Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu||Adv. Rajalakshmi|
|Karyam Nissaram||Ammini Kutty|
|Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Anu|
|Nathi Muthal Nathi Vare|
|1984||Piriyilla Naam||Lakshmi Menon|
|Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Maheswariyamma|
|Manasse Ninakku Mangalam|
|Ningalil Oru Sthree|
|Vannu Kandu Keezadakki|
|1990||Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu||Sreedevi Rosario|
|Poochakkaru Mani Kettum||Kunjukuttiyamma|
|2009||IG||Dhurga Prasad's Mother|
|2013||Zachariayude Garbhinikal||Sister Jasmine|
|1968||Goadalli CID 999|
|1976||Naa Ninna Mareyalaare|
|1979||Naa Ninna Bidalaare|
|1979||Naa Ninna Mariyalaare|
|1981||Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi|
|1983||Mududida Thaavare Aralithu|
|1983||Nodi Swamy Naavirodey Heege|
|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||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress|
|1977||Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|1978||Oru Nadigai Naadakam Paarkiral|
|1983||Unmaigal||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaram|
|1987||Kudumbam Oru Koyil|
|1986||Sravana Megalu||Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress|
|2002||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo|
|1975||Julie||Julie||Filmfare Award for Best Hindi Actress|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Sunita|