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Vanisri, (born Rathna Kumari) is an Indian film
Indian film
actress known for her works predominately in Telugu and Tamil, few Kannada
Kannada
and Hindi films.[1][2] In a film career spanning forty years she has received three Filmfare Awards South, including the Nandi Awards, and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award.[1] She gained attention with a supporting role in a film penned by K. Balachander
K. Balachander
titled Sukha Dukhalu, and Marapurani Kadha (1967). Vanisri was then starred in super hits such as Krishnaveni ,Prem Nagar, Dussehra Bullodu, Aradhana, Jeevitha Chakram, Rangula Ratnam, Sri Krishna Tulabharam, Bhakta Kannappa, Bobbili Raja, etc.[3] If there was a star heroine in the Telugu film industry, who ruled on par with the heroes, it must be only Vanisri.She was the only actress during that period who commanded a high remuneration than her male co stars. She played dual roles in Iddaru Ammayilu
Iddaru Ammayilu
(1972) (Telugu remake of 1969 release Kannada
Kannada
film Kappu Bilupu), Ganga Manga (1973 remake of the Hindi
Hindi
film Seeta Aur Geeta), Jeevana Jyothi (1975), and Chilipi Krishnudu (1978). She financed and starred in Shyam Benegal's only Telugu film Anugraham
Anugraham
(1977), co-starring Smita Patil. She acted with Sivaji Ganesan in a number of films such as Uyarntha Manithan
Uyarntha Manithan
(1968), Nirai Kudam
Nirai Kudam
(1969), Vasantha Maligai
Vasantha Maligai
(1972), Sivakamiyin Selvan (1974), Vani Rani (Tamil remake of the Hindi
Hindi
film Seeta Aur Geeta) (1974) and Nallathoru Kudumbam
Nallathoru Kudumbam
(1979).[4][3] In 2013, she received the state Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contribution to Telugu cinema.[5]

Contents

1 1980 to Present 2 Awards 3 Selected filmography

3.1 Telugu 3.2 Tamil 3.3 Kannada 3.4 Hindi

4 References 5 External links

1980 to Present[edit] In the late 1970s, Vanisri left films to get married and have a son and a daughter. Vanisri returned to film in the late 1980s acting in mother roles, such as her character in Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989). A practicing Shaivite Hindu, Vanisri is very religious. She was also in the 1999 Hindi
Hindi
film Main Tere Pyar Mein Pagal directed by Telugu director K. Raghavendra Rao.[3] Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards

2013 - Raghupathi Venkaiah Award.[5]

Filmfare Awards South

1973 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jeevana Tarangalu 1974 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Krishnaveni 1975 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jeevana Jyothi

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Kavignar Kannadasan Award in 2001

Other honors

Meena Kumari award at the Vamsi Awards in 2004 Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi awards by the Siva Foundation in 2005

Selected filmography[edit] Main article: Vanisri filmography

Telugu[edit]

Sri Krishna Tulabharam
Sri Krishna Tulabharam
(1966) Kanchukota (1967) Ummadi Kutumbam
Ummadi Kutumbam
(1967) Ranabheri (1968) Lakshmi Nivasam (1968) Asadhyudu (1968) Kalisina Manusulu (1968) Sukha Dukhalu (1968) Aggi Baraata (1968) Bhale Rangadu
Bhale Rangadu
(1969) Drohi (1970) chitti chellalu (1970) Kathanayika Molla (1970) Pavithra Bandham (1971) Dasara Bullodu
Dasara Bullodu
(1971) Premanagar (1971 Vichitra Bandham
Vichitra Bandham
(1972) Koduku Kodalu
Koduku Kodalu
(1972) Datha Puthrudu (1972) Manchivaadu (1973) Kannavari Kalalu (1974) Maya Maschindra (1975) Devadasu Malli Puttadu
Devadasu Malli Puttadu
(1977) Simha Baludu
Simha Baludu
(1978) Ramachilaka (1978) Gorantha Deepam (1978) Anugraham
Anugraham
(1978) Sri Vinayaka Vijayam (1980) Mahaa Lakshmi (1980) Devudu Mamayya (1981) Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu
Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu
(1989) Swathi Chinukulu
Swathi Chinukulu
(1989) Agni (1989) Rao Garintlo Rowdi (1990) Bobbili Raja
Bobbili Raja
(1990) Qaidi Dada (1990) Collector Gari Alludu (1991) Peddinti Alludu
Peddinti Alludu
(1991) Atta Sommu Alludi Daanam (1992) Seetharatnam Gari Abbayi (1992) Evandi Aavida Vachindi (1993) Rajeshwari Kalyanam (1993) Attaku Koduku Mamaku Alludu (1993) Allari Alludu
Allari Alludu
(1993) Hello Alludu (1994) Bombay Priyudu (1996) Badradri Ramudu (2004)

Tamil[edit]

Namma Veettu Lakshmi (1966) Kathal Padhuthum Paadu
Kathal Padhuthum Paadu
(1966) Kaaveri Mannan (1966) Thanga Thambi
Thanga Thambi
(1967) Apoorva Piravigal (1967) Bhakta Prahlada (1967) Bhavani
Bhavani
(1967) Kadhalithal Podhuma (1967) Thamarai Nenjam (film)
Thamarai Nenjam (film)
(1968) Teacheramma (1968) Kannan En Kadhalan
Kannan En Kadhalan
(1968) Nervazhi (1968) Uyarndha Manidhan
Uyarndha Manidhan
(1968) Manasatshi (1969) Annaiyum Pithavum
Annaiyum Pithavum
(1969) Kuzhandhai Ullam (1969) Kanni Pen (1969) Atthai Magal (1969) Aayiram Poi
Aayiram Poi
(1969) Nirai Kudam
Nirai Kudam
(1969) Porchilai (1969) Thabalkaran Thangai
Thabalkaran Thangai
(1970) Sangam (1970) Ethirkalam
Ethirkalam
(1970) Thalaivan (1970) Aathi Parasakthi
Aathi Parasakthi
(1971) Nangu Suvargal
Nangu Suvargal
(1971) Kulama Gunama
Kulama Gunama
(1971) Irulum Oliyum
Irulum Oliyum
(1971) Velli Vizha
Velli Vizha
(1972) Vasantha Maligai
Vasantha Maligai
(1972) Avasara Kalyanam
Avasara Kalyanam
(1972) Deiva Kuzhandhaigal (1973) Sivagamiyin Selvan
Sivagamiyin Selvan
(1974) Vani Rani (1974) Oorukku Uzhaippavan
Oorukku Uzhaippavan
(1976) Rojavin Raja
Rojavin Raja
(1976) Thaaliya Salangaiya (1977) Ilaya Thalaimurai
Ilaya Thalaimurai
(1977) Kanchi Kamakshi (1978) Vaazhkai Alaigal
Vaazhkai Alaigal
(1978) Punniya Boomi
Punniya Boomi
(1978) Nallathoru Kudumbam
Nallathoru Kudumbam
(1979)

Kannada[edit]

Satya Harishchandra (1965) Kaasidre Kailasa (1970) Ganda Mane Makkalu (1989)

Hindi[edit]

Kondura
Kondura
(1978) Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal (1999)

References[edit]

^ a b "Resting on her laurels". The Hindu.  ^ " Vanisri News - List Of Indian Actresses on Newsaajtak - Newsaajtak - News Aajtak - Newsaajtak.in".  ^ a b c " Vanisri is my inspiration: Priya". The Times of India.  ^ "Vanisri".  ^ a b Correspondent, Special. "S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hema Malini bag NTR awards". 

Gerry Horthy's External links[edit]

Vanisri on IMDb

v t e

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

1980–1990

1980: L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(director and producer) 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(director and producer) 1982: B. A. Subba Rao
B. A. Subba Rao
(director, producer and writer) 1983: M. A. Rahman 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor) 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer) 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer) 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer) 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(actor) 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(actor, director, and producer)

1991–2000

1991: Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(Film director) 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer) 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer) 1994: Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi
(actress) 1995: Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer) 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997: V. Madhusudhan Rao 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor) 1999: Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(actress and producer) 2000: Kanta Rao
Kanta Rao
(actor, producer)

2001–present

2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor) 2002: P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(playback singer) 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer) 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer) 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director) 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor) 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer) 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director) 2009: K. Ragava (producer) 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director) 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director) 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna
Kodi Ramakrishna
(director) 2013: Vanisri (actress) 2014: Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(actor) 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer) 2016: Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(actor, producer)

v t e

Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress

1972-1980

Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa
(1972) Vanisri (1973) Vanisri (1974) Vanisri (1975) Jayasudha (1976) Jayasudha (1977) Talluri Rameshwari (1978) Sujatha (1979) Jyothi (1980)

1981-2000

Raadhika (1981) Jayasudha (1982) Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(1983) Suhasini (1984) Vijayashanti (1985) Lakshmi (1986) Vijayashanti (1987) Bhanupriya
Bhanupriya
(1988) Vijayashanti (1989) Vijayashanti (1990) Sridevi
Sridevi
(1991) Revathi
Revathi
(1992) Vijayashanti (1993) Aamani (1994) Soundarya
Soundarya
(1995) Tabu (1996) Vijayashanti (1997) Soundarya
Soundarya
(1998) Soundarya
Soundarya
(1999) Richa Pallod
Richa Pallod
(2000)

2001-2020

Bhumika Chawla (2001) Sadha
Sadha
(2002) Asin
Asin
(2003) Trisha (2004) Trisha (2005) Genelia D'Souza
Genelia D'Souza
(2006) Trisha (2007) Swathi Reddy
Swathi Reddy
(2008) Anushka Shetty
Anushka Shetty
(2009) Anushka Shetty
Anushka Shetty
(2010) Nayanthara
Nayanthara
(2011) Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
(2012) Nithya Menen
Nithya Menen
(2013) Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan
(2014) Anushka Shetty
Anushka Shetty
(2015) Samantha

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