Ramya Krishnan
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Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970), also credited as Ramya Krishna (in the Telugu and Kannada film industries) is an Indian actress. She has appeared in over 260 films in five languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Ramya has won four Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize. She is known for playing Neelambari in Padayappa which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for the 2009 dramedy Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam. Ramya's portrayal of Sivagami Devi in the Baahubali series (2015–17) received universal acclaim. Both Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and its sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) are among the highest grossing Indian films. Her performance in the franchise won her several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu (2016 and 2018) and a State Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress (2016).

Early life

Ramya was born in Madras (present-day Chennai). She is the niece of the Tamil film actor, comedian and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Cho Ramaswamy. She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances.

Film career

Ramya started her acting career in 1984 at the age of 14 in the Tamil film Vellai Manasu, opposite Y. G. Mahendra. Ramya's first Telugu film was Bhale Mithrulu (1986). She achieved fame through Kasinadhuni Viswanath's Sutradharulu, released in 1989. She emerged as a leading actress in the Telugu industry alongside Soundarya, Meena, Roja and Nagma in the 1990s. As her breakthrough came from K. Raghavendra Rao directorial movies where she emerged as a commercial romantic diva of the season, due to successful movies such as Alludugaru (1990), Allari Mogudu (1992), Major Chandrakanth (1993) along with Mohan Babu and Allari Priyudu (1993) along with Rajasekhar. She played the role of a devoted wife of Sri Annamacharya, which was played by Nagarjuna in the film Annamayya (1997). She received a prestigious Nandi Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her performance in Dasari Narayana Rao's film Kante Koothurne Kanu (1998). She played the lead role in the Hindi action comedy film Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) along with Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda. She played the female antagonistic role in the Tamil film Padayappa (1999) along with Rajinikanth. She also appeared in Hindi film Banarasi Babu in 1997 and acted in a viral web series Queen (2019). She had worked in Kannada films such as Gadibidi Ganda, Mangalyam Tantunanena, Neelambari, Raktha Kanneeru. She was a judge in a dancing show on STAR Vijay: Jodi Number One, season 1, followed by season 5. Her most recent films are Baahubali: The Beginning, where she played Sivagami, the Queen mother and Soggade Chinni Nayana, where she played the role of Satyabhama and she also played a very important role in Allari Naresh's movie Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu. She earned praise for her performance as Rajamatha Sivagami in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

Debut and early struggles (1985–1988)

At the age of 13, she started her acting career with the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol. Although this was the first movie where she acted, it had a delayed release in 1986. Thus, her first release was Vellai Manasu in 1985, a Tamil movie opposite Y. G. Mahendra. Krishnan's first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu (1986). Then she went on to play supporting roles in Tamil films which include Padikkadavan (1985) starring Rajinikanth and Per Sollum Pillai (1987) starring Kamal Haasan. In Telugu films, she starred with Rajendra Prasad in Madana Gopaludu (1987), Bhama Kalapam (1988), Asthulu Anthasthulu (1988) and Bava Marudula Saval (1988). Krishnan had worked in Malayalam films such as Orkkappurathu, Aryan and Anuragi with Mohanlal. Krishnan has also enjoyed success in Kannada movies. One of her earliest movie roles was in Krishna Rukmini with Vishnuvardhan. Her Hindi debut was in the film Dayavan that co-starred veteran actor Vinod Khanna.

Breakthrough in Telugu and Hindi (1989–1998)

After a series of failures in both Tamil and Telugu, she achieved fame through K. Viswanath's Sutradharulu, released in 1989. The film went onto win National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. After this, she was featured in many movies where she emerged as a leading actress in Tollywood (Telugu film Industry) alongside many other famous south Indian actresses. Her breakthrough came from K. Raghavendra Rao directorial movies where she emerged as a commercial romantic diva, due to successful movies such as Alludugaru (1990), Allari Mogudu (1992), Major Chandrakanth (1993) along with Mohan Babu and Allari Priyudu (1993) along with Rajasekhar. She played the role of a devoted wife of Sri Annamacharya, which was played by Nagarjuna in the film Annamayya (1997). In 1998, she played a leading role in Kante Koothurne Kanu. She received a Nandi Award for Best Actress from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her performance in the film. Her biggest Kannada hits include Gadibidi Ganda (1993) and Mangalyam Tantunanena (1998) with Ravichandran. Krishnan made her debut in Hindi in Parampara under Yash Chopra direction. Then she acted in a few Hindi films including Subhash Ghai's Khalnayak (1993), Mahesh Bhatt's Chaahat (1996), David Dhawan's Banarasi Babu (1997) and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) along with Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda.

Comeback to Tamil cinema and debut in TV serials (1999–2009)

After a four-year break from Tamil cinema, in 1999, Krishnan played the female antagonistic role in the Tamil film Padayappa along with Rajinikanth. The critic from Rediff stated "Ramya does a fantastic job. She is vicious to her dying breath, when she declares she will revenge herself in her next life. She does a fabulous tandav of rage when her father commits suicide". She went onto receive several awards including Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize. She then starred in commercially successful films like Budget Padmanabhan and Panchatanthiram. The critic from Screen called her performance in Panchatanthiram as her "one of the finest performances ever". In her career, Krishnan played many devotional films including Ammoru (1995), Rajakali Amman (2000), Nageswari (2001), Sri Raja Rajeshwari (2001) and Annai Kaligambal (2003). She had appeared as a doctor in the film Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! (2002) in Tamil and Tulasi (2007) in Telugu. Her notable film in Malayalam was Ore Kadal (2007) with Mammootty, which received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. She had acted as the mother-in-law of N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the movie Naa Alludu (2005) marked for her role. She showed her motherly charm in a simplest, pleasant and lovely manner onscreen in the film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009). She also appeared in a guest role in item songs in Tollywood and Kollywood. She turned to acting in TV serials before hosting a game show called Thanga Vettai, on Sun TV, and judging a dance show, Jodi Number One, on Vijay TV. Krishnan is stepping in television serials for the first time. She was seen in Kalasam in two roles. One of them is Neelambari, a character she played in the Rajinikanth starrer Padayappa, an ordinary middle-class woman competing with business tycoon Sudha Chandran and fighting male chauvinism. In 2009, she appeared in Suresh Krissna's Arumugam and Rama Narayanan's Kutti Pisasu.

Versatility in roles (2010–2014)

She continued her stay under the Sun TV banner to act in Thangam, Vamsam and Rajakumari. She also owns a firm in the name of her son, Ritwik. Later, Krishnan acted in supporting roles in Telugu as Ranga The Donga (2010), Yamudiki Mogudu (2012) and in Kannada as Sweety Nanna Jodi (2013 and Maanikya (2014). Krishna acted as Goddess Parvati in Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Charitra (2014) with Suman.

2015–present

In 2015, Krishnan acted in S.S. Rajamouli's film Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion, where she played Rajamata Sivagami Devi. Her performance met with the critical acclaim and the films became the highest grossing Indian films. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo praised Ramya's performance and stated "Ramya Krishnan once again aces with her part". She received Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu for both films. After the success of Baahubali, she reunited with Mohan Babu in Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu (2015) and Nagarjuna in Soggade Chinni Nayana (2016). In 2019, she played a porn actress in Super Deluxe directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. Srivatsan S from The Hindu stated her role as "boldest role yet".She made her debut in the digital platform with Queen in 2019. The critic from India Today stated "Ramya Krishnan as the failing actress and a budding politician(the later part of Shakthi's life) puts in a measured performance and it is what stands out in a series that relies heavily on performances".Krishnan will be seen next in the Puri Jagannadh romantic sports film Liger.
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