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Vijayashanti (born 24 June 1966) is an Indian actress, film producer and politician. In a film career spanning 40 years, she has acted in 187 feature films in a variety of roles in various languages predominantly in Telugu films, in addition to Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam films. She is widely referred as the "Lady Superstar", "Lady Amitabh", and "The Action Queen of Indian Cinema", She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her work as a female cop in Kartavyam for depicting both aggression and feminity with balance and restraint (1990). She is a recipient of several accolades, including four Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for Best Actress, seven Filmfare Awards South together with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and the Kalaimamani Award from Tamil Nadu Government.Having made her acting debut in the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram (1980), she went on to star in successful films like Netrikkan (1981), Neti Bharatam (1983), Agni Parvatam (1985), Challenge (1984), Pratighatana (1985), Muddula Krishnayya (1986), Repati Pourulu (1986), Pasivadi Pranam (1987), Muvva Gopaludu (1987), Yamudiki Mogudu (1988), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989), Janaki Ramudu (1988), Muddula Mavayya (1989), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Karthavyam (1990), Indrudu Chandrudu (1989), Lorry Driver (1990), Sathruvu (1990), Gang Leader (1991), Mannan (1992), Rowdy Inspector (1992), Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam (1992), Chinarayudu (1993) and Police Lockup (1993), Osey Ramulamma (1997). Vijayashanti had established herself as one of the leading actresses of Telugu cinema. In 1987, she appeared in Swayam Krushi alongside Chiranjeevi, which was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival, and Padamati Sandhya Ragam with Hollywood actor Thomas Jane, which was screened at the Louisville International Film Festival.She entered state politics in 1998. She served as the Member of Parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha, representing the Medak constituency from Telangana Rashtra Samithi. As of November 2023, she is a member of the Indian National Congress.

Early life

Vijayashanti was born on 24 June 1966 in Madras to Satti Srinivas Prasad, a native of Anaparthi, in East Godavari, and his wife, Satti Varalakshmi, a native of Warangal and elder sister of actress and producer Vijayalalitha. Vijayashanti has said that she prefers to think of herself as being from Telangana rather than Madras, although as of 2004 she had never visited her ancestral village of Ramannagudem near Eturnagaram.She completed her 10th class at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai, before starting her film career.

Film career

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 13 in 1980, Tamil film ''Kallukkul Eeram'', directed by P S Nivas starring Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie ''Kilaadi Krishnudu'', opposite Krishna, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She got a role in the Telugu film ''Satyam-Sivam'' (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.Initially she played many character role like sister, daughter and then after a couple of inconsequential movies came ''Pellichoopulu'' (1983), which brought recognition. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil film ''Thooral Ninnu Pochchu''. Her breakthrough movie was ''Neti Bharatam'' (1983), and from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna.Vijayashanthi’s first collaboration with director T Krishna promoted liberal ideas. The movie was a musical hit and besides critical reception, the film bagged three state Nandi awards in Best Feature Film, Best Music, and Best Supporting Actor categories. In 1985, ''Pratighatana'', one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi and powerfully sung by S. Janaki.In 1992 ''Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam'' was a huge success. Vijayashanti played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In the 1990s, Vijayashanti was the only actress demanding highest remuneration in India, equal to her co-stars Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi. Most of her films with Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Balakrishna (17 films) were huge hits and her on-screen chemistry was huge success on par with the box office. In K. Viswanath's ''Swayam Krushi'', where she acts as an illiterate woman who falls in love with a cobbler played by Chiranjeevi. The film received recognition at the International Film Festival of India and the Asia Pacific Film Festival. Additionally, it earned a special mention at the Moscow International Film Festival and was dubbed into Russian. She starred in ''Sathruvu'', ''Surya IPS'' and ''Chinarayudu'', along with Daggubati Venkatesh. She starred alongside Rajinikanth as the antagonist in the film ''Mannan'', and with Kamal Haasan as an investigative reporter in ''Indrudu Chandrudu''. She acted in two movies with Suresh Gopi, ''Yuvathurki'' and ''Kallu Kondoru Pennu''. She produced the film ''Nippu Ravva'' (1993), starring Balakrisna.In 1989, she was introduced to Hindi cinema by K. Viswanath alongside Anil Kapoor in the film ''Eeshwar'', a remake of his Telugu film ''Swathi Muthyam''. Her second Hindi film was ''Muqaddar Ka Badshaah'', a remake of the Telugu film ''Aswaddama''. In the Hindi version, she acted with another National Award-winning actress - Shabana Azmi. Her other starrers are ''Apradhi'', in which she is co-starring with Anil Kapoor and ''Tejaswini'', a remake of ''Karthavyam'', directed by N. Chandra. Another Bollywood movie of hers is ''Gundagardi'' (1997), starring Dharmendra in an action role. In 1996, she was paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ''Zamaanat'', directed by S. Ramanathan, but the film was shelved.In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi reached the status of a "HERO" at box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie ''Karthavyam'' (1990), her performance as a tough cop under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film was made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone. ''Karthavyam'' followed the story of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (Vijayashanti):who strives to confront a corrupt local leader Muddukrishnayya and his son's atrocities are committed to making a difference and seeking justice. The film was screened at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.In 1990, ''Karthavyam'' was dubbed into Tamil as ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' and its success brought her fame in Tamil cinema. (It was also remade in Hindi as ''Tejaswini'', with herself playing the lead role. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box office.) The film inspired the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi to take up the civil services exam; she cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai. ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai. This record was broken by a dubbed version of ''Baahubali'' in August 2015.A. M. Ratnam, Vijayashanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer. As an executive producer for Vijayashanti, he made the award-winning ''Karthavyam'' on the banner of Sri Surya Movies. On the same banner, she produced and acted in ''Aashayam'' released in 1993, which had a decent run. In ''Police Lockup'' she played a dual role, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, for which she won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Later she played action roles. In ''Osey Ramulamma'' (1997), she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, giving Vijayashanti her fourth Nandi Award and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial.Vijayashanti returned to cinema after a sabbatical of 13 years, starring in the 2020 film ''Sarileru Neekevvaru'' where Mahesh Babu played the main protagonist.Her last seen movie is ''Nayudamma'', released in 2006. Anil Ravipudi shared a welcome picture on Twitter on 12 August 2019 announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He wrote "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board".

Film career (1980-present)

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 14 in 1980, Tamil film ''Kallukkul Eeram'', directed by P S Nivas starring Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie ''Kilaadi Krishnudu'', opposite Krishna, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She got a role in the Telugu film ''Satyam-Sivam'' (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.Initially she played many character role like sister, daughter and then after a couple of inconsequential movies came ''Pellichoopulu'' (1983), which brought recognition to her as a star. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil film ''Thooral Ninnu Pochchu''. Her breakthrough movie was ''Neti Bharatam'' (1983), and from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna. He spotted her on the sets of his friend Madala Rangarao's ''Navodayam''. He saw her perform and predicted that she would turn out to be a good actress. In 1985, ''Pratighatana'', one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi and powerfully sung by S. Janaki.In 1992 ''Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam'' was a huge success. Vijayashanti played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In 1994 it was remade into Hindi as ''Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin''. In the 1990s, Vijayashanti was the only actress demanding highest remuneration in India, equal to her co-stars Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi.Initially she played many character role like sister, daughter and then after a couple of inconsequential movies came ''Pellichoopulu'' (1983), which brought recognition to her as a star. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil film ''Thooral Ninnu Pochchu''. Her breakthrough movie was ''Neti Bharatam'' (1983), and from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna. He spotted her on the sets of his friend Madala Rangarao's ''Navodayam''. He saw her perform and predicted that she would turn out to be a good actress. In 1985, ''Pratighatana'', one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi and powerfully sung by S. Janaki.In 1992 ''Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam'' was a huge success. Vijayashanti played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In 1994 it was remade into Hindi as ''Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin''. In the 1990s, Vijayashanti was the only actress demanding highest remuneration in India, equal to her co-stars Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi. Most of her films with Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Balakrishna (17 films) were huge hits and her on-screen chemistry was huge success on par with the box office. In K. Viswanath's ''Swayam Krushi'', where she acts as an illiterate woman who falls in love with a cobbler played by Chiranjeevi. Her dialogue in ''Atta Soodamakayya'' is highly applauded along with her performance in ''Swayam Krushi''. She starred in ''Sathruvu'', ''Surya IPS'' and ''Chinarayudu'', along with Daggubati Venkatesh. She starred alongside Rajinikanth as the antagonist in the film ''Mannan'', and with Kamal Haasan as an investigative reporter in ''Indrudu Chandrudu''. She acted in two movies with Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi, ''Yuvathurki'' and ''Kallu Kondoru Pennu''. She produced the film ''Nippu Ravva'' (1993), starring Balakrishna, under the banner Yuvarathna Arts.In 1989, she was introduced to Hindi cinema by K. Viswanath alongside Anil Kapoor in the film ''Eeshwar'', a remake of his Telugu film ''Swathi Muthyam''. Her second Hindi film was ''Muqaddar Ka Badshaah'', a remake of the Telugu film ''Aswaddama''. In the Hindi version, she acted with another National Award-winning actress - Shabana Azmi. Her other starrers are ''Apradhi'', in which she is co-starring with Anil Kapoor and ''Tejaswini'', a remake of ''Karthavyam'', directed by N. Chandra. Another Bollywood movie of hers is ''Gundagardi'' (1997), starring Dharmendra in an action role. In 1996, she was paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ''Zamaanat'', directed by S. Ramanathan, but the film was shelved.In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi reached the status of a "HERO" at box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie ''Karthavyam'' (1990), her performance as a tough cop under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film was made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone. The film was screened at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.In 1990, ''Karthavyam'' was dubbed into Tamil as ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' and its success brought her fame in Tamil cinema. (It was also remade in Hindi as ''Tejaswini'', with herself playing the lead role. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box office.) The film inspired the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi to take up the civil services exam; she cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai. ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai. This record was broken by a dubbed version of ''Baahubali'' in August 2015.A. M. Ratnam, Vijayashanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer. As an executive producer for Vijayashanti, he made the award-winning ''Karthavyam'' on the banner of Sri Surya Movies. On the same banner, she produced and acted in ''Aashayam'' released in 1993, which had a decent run. In ''Police Lockup'' she played a dual role, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, for which she won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Later she played action roles. In ''Osey Ramulamma'' (1997), she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, giving Vijayashanti her fourth Nandi Award and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial.Vijayashanti returned to cinema after a sabbatical of 13 years, starring in the 2020 film ''Sarileru Neekevvaru'' where Mahesh Babu played the main protagonist.Her last seen movie is ''Nayudamma'', released in 2006. Anil Ravipudi shared a welcome picture on Twitter on 12 August 2019 announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He wrote "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board". She was paid 4 crores for her re-entry film Sarileru Neekevvaru.

Film career (1980–present)

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 14 in 1980, Tamil film ''Kallukkul Eeram'', directed by Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie ''Kilaadi Krishnudu'', opposite Krishna, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She got a role in the Telugu film ''Satyam-Sivam'' (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.Initially she played many character role like sister, daughter and then after a couple of inconsequential movies came ''Pellichoopulu'' (1983), which brought recognition to her as a star. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil film ''Thooral Ninnu Pochchu''. Her breakthrough movie was ''Neti Bharatam'' (1983), and from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna. He spotted her on the sets of his friend Madala Rangarao's ''Navodayam''. He saw her perform and predicted that she would turn out to be a good actress. In 1985, ''Pratighatana'', one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi and powerfully sung by S. Janaki. In K. Viswanath's ''Swayam Krushi'', where she acts as an illiterate woman who falls in love with a cobbler. Her dialogue ''Atta Soodamakayya'' is highly applauded along with her performance in ''Swayam Krushi''.In 1992 ''Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam'' was a huge success. Vijayashanti played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In 1994 it was remade into Hindi as ''Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin''. In the 1990s, Vijayashanti was the heroine demanding highest remuneration in India equal to her co-stars Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan.Initially she played many character role like sister, daughter and then after a couple of inconsequential movies came ''Pellichoopulu'' (1983), which brought recognition to her as a star. This was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's Tamil film ''Thooral Ninnu Pochchu''. Her breakthrough movie was ''Neti Bharatam'' (1983), and from there she started acting in women-centric roles, teaming up with T. Krishna. He spotted her on the sets of his friend Madala Rangarao's ''Navodayam''. He saw her perform and predicted that she would turn out to be a good actress. In 1985, ''Pratighatana'', one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, won her accolades and a state Nandi Award for the first time. She delivered a powerful performance in the song "Ee Dhuryodhana Dusshasana", penned by legendary lyricist Veturi and powerfully sung by S. Janaki. In K. Viswanath's ''Swayam Krushi'', where she acts as an illiterate woman who falls in love with a cobbler. Her dialogue ''Atta Soodamakayya'' is highly applauded along with her performance in ''Swayam Krushi''.In 1992 ''Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam'' was a huge success. Vijayashanti played a bold lady speaking Telangana slang and delivered the career-defining song "Laloo Darwaja Laskar". In 1994 it was remade into Hindi as ''Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin''. In the 1990s, Vijayashanti was the heroine demanding highest remuneration in India equal to her co-stars Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan. Her collaboration with Chiranjeevi (19 films) and Nandamuri Balakrishna (17 films) were huge hits at the box office. She starred alongside Rajinikanth as the antagonist in the film ''Mannan'', and with Kamal Haasan as an investigative reporter in ''Indrudu Chandrudu''. She acted in two movies with Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi, ''Yuvathurki'' and ''Kallu Kondoru Pennu''. She produced the film ''Nippu Ravva'' (1993), starring Balakrishna, under the banner Yuvarathna Arts.In 1989, she was introduced to Hindi cinema by K. Viswanath alongside Anil Kapoor in the film ''Eeshwar'', a remake of his Telugu film ''Swathi Muthyam''. Her second Hindi film was ''Muqaddar Ka Badshaah'', a remake of the Telugu film ''Aswaddama''. In the Hindi version, she acted with another National Award-winning actress - Shabana Azmi. Her other starrers are ''Apradhi'', in which she is co-starring with Anil Kapoor and ''Tejaswini'', a remake of ''Karthavyam'', directed by N. Chandra. Another Bollywood movie of hers is ''Gundagardi'' (1997), starring Dharmendra in an action role. In 1996, she was paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ''Zamaanat'', directed by S. Ramanathan, but the film was shelved.In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi reached the status of a "HERO" at box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie ''Karthavyam'' (1990), her performance as a tough cop under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film was made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone. The film was screened at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.In 1990, ''Karthavyam'' was dubbed into Tamil as ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' and its success brought her fame in Tamil cinema. (It was also remade in Hindi as ''Tejaswini'', with herself playing the lead role. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box office.) The film inspired the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi to take up the civil services exam; she cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai. ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai. This record was broken by a dubbed version of ''Baahubali'' in August 2015.A. M. Ratnam, Vijayashanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer. As an executive producer for Vijayashanti, he made the award-winning ''Karthavyam'' on the banner of Sri Surya Movies. On the same banner, she produced and acted in ''Aashayam'' released in 1993, which had a decent run. In ''Police Lockup'' she played a dual role, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, for which she won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Later she continued her career in action roles. In ''Osey Ramulamma'' (1997), she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, giving Vijayashanti her fourth Nandi Award and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial.Vijayashanti returned to cinema after a sabbatical of 13 years, starring in the 2020 film ''Sarileru Neekevvaru'' where Mahesh Babu played the main protagonist.Her last seen movie is ''Nayudamma'', released in 2006. Anil Ravipudi shared a welcome picture on Twitter on 12 August 2019 announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He wrote "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board". She was paid 4 crores for her re-entry film Sarileru Neekevvaru.

Early career (1980–1982)

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 13 in 1980, Tamil film ''Kallukkul Eeram'', directed by P S Nivas starring Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie ''Kilaadi Krishnudu'', opposite Krishna, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She got a role in the Telugu film ''Satyam-Sivam'' (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

Early career

Vijayashanti began her acting career at the age of 14 in 1980, Tamil film ''Kallukkul Eeram'', directed by Bharathiraja. In the same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema with the movie ''Kilaadi Krishnudu'', opposite Krishna, directed by Vijaya Nirmala. She got a role in the Telugu film ''Satyam-Sivam'' (1981), the cast of which included N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

National Award and Woman-oriented roles (1990-2006)

In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi reached the status of a "HERO" at box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie ''Karthavyam'' (1990), her performance as a tough cop under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film was made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone. The film was screened at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when the she jumped for a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.In 1990, ''Karthavyam'' was dubbed into Tamil as ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' and its success brought her fame in Tamil cinema. (It was also remade in Hindi as ''Tejaswini'', with herself playing the lead role. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box office.) The film inspired the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi to take up the civil services exam; she cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai. ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai. This record was broken by a dubbed version of ''Baahubali'' in August 2015.A. M. Ratnam, Vijayashanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer. As an executive producer for Vijayashanti, he made the award-winning ''Karthavyam'' on the banner of Sri Surya Movies. On the same banner, she produced and acted in ''Aashayam'' released in 1993, which had a decent run. In ''Police Lockup'' she played a dual role, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, for which she won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Later she played action roles. In ''Osey Ramulamma'' (1997), she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, giving Vijayashanti her fourth Nandi Award and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial.

National Award and Woman-oriented roles (1990–2006)

In a carefully nurtured career, Vijayashanthi reached the status of a "HERO" at box office parlance. In the blockbuster movie ''Karthavyam'' (1990), her performance as a tough cop under the direction of Mohan Gandhi won her the National Film Award from the Government of India and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. Actor Ravi Teja was introduced in the film as a side artist. The film was made with a budget of about 90 lakhs and grossed over 7 crores in southern territories alone. The film was screened at the 14th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries. She was the third woman from Telugu cinema to win the award after Sharada and Archana.The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to woman-oriented roles. "There were people who questioned how can a Heroine attain the image of Hero & charge highest remuneration. But, I had overcome all the hurdles and answered critics with successful films," she answered.Vijayashanti didn't rely on stunt doubles for performing risky stunts in many films. There were times when she jumped from a height of 30 feet and she hardly cared about the injuries.In 1990, ''Karthavyam'' was dubbed into Tamil as ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' and its success brought her fame in Tamil cinema. (It was also remade in Hindi as ''Tejaswini'', with herself playing the lead role. This, too, did very well at the Hindi box office.) The film inspired the then 10-year old C. Indhumathi to take up the civil services exam; she cleared the UPSC exam and bagged 151st rank and placed in Madurai. ''Vyjayanthi IPS'' ran for 50 days in Vetri theater in Chennai. This record was broken by a dubbed version of ''Baahubali'' in August 2015.A. M. Ratnam, Vijayashanti's personal make-up man, turned out to be a money-making producer. As an executive producer for Vijayashanti, he made the award-winning ''Karthavyam'' on the banner of Sri Surya Movies. On the same banner, she produced and acted in ''Aashayam'' released in 1993, which had a decent run. In ''Police Lockup'' she played a dual role, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, for which she won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Later she continued her career in action roles. In ''Osey Ramulamma'' (1997), she played a downtrodden woman who rose against her oppressors. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, this was the biggest blockbuster of the year, giving Vijayashanti her fourth Nandi Award and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actress. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial. This film gave her another name, called as "Ramulamma/Ramulakka" by the people. The music of this film, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas, also won the Nandi Award.Later, she appeared in women oriented movies like ''Adavi Chukka'' and ''Rowdy Durbar'', directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.Vijayashanthi has also worked for many commercials like Chandana Bros., and Power Detergent soap. She was the first actress to be first featured in a Saree commercial.

Comeback into films (2019–present)

Vijayashanti returned to cinema after a sabbatical of 13 years, starring in the 2020 film ''Sarileru Neekevvaru'' where Mahesh Babu played the main protagonist.Her last seen movie is ''Nayudamma'', released in 2006. Anil Ravipudi shared a welcome picture on Twitter on 12 August 2019 announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He wrote "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board". She was paid 4 crores for her re-entry film Sarileru Neekevvaru.

Comeback into films (2019-present)

Vijayashanti returned to cinema after a sabbatical of 13 years, starring in the 2020 film ''Sarileru Neekevvaru'' where Mahesh Babu played the main protagonist.Her last seen movie is ''Nayudamma'', released in 2006. Anil Ravipudi shared a welcome picture on Twitter on 12 August 2019 announcing her return to films with a makeup mirror placed in front of her. He wrote "After 13 years.. It's make up time for Vijayashanthi garu.. Nothing has ever changed in all these 13 years. Same discipline, same attitude and same dynamism. Welcome on-board". She was paid 4 crores for her re-entry film Sarileru Neekevvaru.

Political career

In 1998, Vijayashanti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was soon made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha). In 1998, her first public meeting was held at Nellore, a big hit in support of BJP. During the 1999 general election she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah Lok Sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress(I). However, she withdrew from the race after Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from Bellary. In 1996, Vijayashanti, who is pro-BJP, vowed her support to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and was a star campaigner for then Chief Jayalalitha. Vijayashanti is the star campaigner for BJP Lok Sabha Polls in Tamil Nadu along with Cricketer Srikkanth.She started her own political party, Talli Telangana, in January 2005, which she merged into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) due to lack of strength and support. From 1999, her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004, she had stopped signing up for new films. In the 2009 general election, she won as a Member of Parliament from the Medak constituency from BRS. In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of BRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR. She contested in the assembly elections from Medak in the 2014 general elections from Indian National Congress party and lost as MLA. After some inactive years, in 2018 AICC president Rahul Gandhi appointed Vijayashanti as star campaigner and adviser to the election campaign committee of Telangana PCC.Vijayashanti in March 2019, started a controversy after she compared Narendra Modi to a terrorist and claimed he was “ruling like a dictator”. She made these statements at a rally in Telangana's Shamshabad village in Ranga Reddy district. Vijayashanti said, “He is appearing like a terrorist. Instead of loving his people, he is scaring them. And said this is not a characteristic of a prime minister.She resigned from the Congress in November 2020 and rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 6 December 2020 in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.In November 2023, she left BJP and rejoined Congress on 17 November 2023, in the presence of Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Political career (1998–present)

In 1998, Vijayashanti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was soon made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha). In 1998, her first public meeting was held at Nellore, a big hit in support of BJP. During the 1999 general election she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah Lok Sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress(I). However, she withdrew from the race after Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from Bellary. In 1996, Vijayashanti, who is pro-BJP, vowed her support to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and was a star campaigner for then Chief Jayalalitha. Vijayashanti is the star campaigner for BJP Lok Sabha Polls in Tamil Nadu along with Cricketer Srikkanth.She started her own political party, Talli Telangana, in January 2005, which she merged into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) due to lack of strength and support. From 1999, her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004, she had stopped signing up for new films. In the 2009 general election, she won as a Member of Parliament from the Medak constituency from BRS. In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of BRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR. She contested in the assembly elections from Medak in the 2014 general elections from Indian National Congress party and lost as MLA. After some inactive years, in 2018 AICC president Rahul Gandhi appointed Vijayashanti as star campaigner and adviser to the election campaign committee of Telangana PCC.Vijayashanti in March 2019, started a controversy after she compared Narendra Modi to a terrorist and claimed he was “ruling like a dictator”. She made these statements at a rally in Telangana's Shamshabad village in Ranga Reddy district. Vijayashanti said, “He is appearing like a terrorist. Instead of loving his people, he is scaring them. And said this is not a characteristic of a prime minister.She resigned from the Congress in November 2020 and rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 6 December 2020 in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.In November 2023, she left BJP and rejoined Congress on 17 November 2023, in the presence of Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Political career (1998-present)

In 1998, Vijayashanti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was soon made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha). In 1998, her first public meeting was held at Nellore, a big hit in support of BJP. During the 1999 general election she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah Lok Sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress(I). However, she withdrew from the race after Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from Bellary. In 1996, Vijayashanti, who is pro-BJP, vowed her support to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and was a star campaigner for then Chief Jayalalitha. Vijayashanti is the star campaigner for BJP Lok Sabha Polls in Tamil Nadu along with Cricketer Srikkanth.She started her own political party, Talli Telangana, in January 2005, which she merged into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) due to lack of strength and support. From 1999, her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004, she had stopped signing up for new films. In the 2009 general election, she won as a Member of Parliament from the Medak constituency from BRS. In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of BRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR.In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in agitation of Telangana movement. The resignation was later rejected by the speaker of the house, as it was not in the proper format. Later, she actively participated in politics for separate Telangana State (region), in which she played a key role.Vijayashanti joined the Indian National Congress party in February 2014 after a split with TRS chief KCR. She contested in the assembly elections from Medak in the 2014 general elections from Indian National Congress party and lost as MLA. After some inactive years, in 2018 AICC president Rahul Gandhi appointed Vijayashanti as star campaigner and adviser to the election campaign committee of Telangana PCC.Vijayashanti in March 2019, started a controversy after she compared Narendra Modi to a terrorist and claimed he was “ruling like a dictator”. She made these statements at a rally in Telangana's Shamshabad village in Ranga Reddy district. Vijayashanti said, “He is appearing like a terrorist. Instead of loving his people, he is scaring them. And said this is not a characteristic of a prime minister.She resigned from the Congress in November 2020 and rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 6 December 2020 in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.In November 2023, she left BJP and rejoined Congress on 17 November 2023, in the presence of Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Personal life

Vijayashanti is married to M. V. Srinivas Prasad in 1988. He does real estate business around Chennai and Hyderabad. He is a nephew to Daggubati Purandareswari.
Source: Wikipedia

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