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Aarathi (born 1954)[1] is an Indian actress turned director who works predominantly in Kannada language films. She is best known for her acting prowess in many author-backed female-centric roles during the 1970s and 1980s. After her self-declared retirement from films in the late 1980s, she returned as director with Mithayi Mane (2005), which met with critical appreciation and also won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children's Film.[2]

Aarathi
Born1954 (age 64–65)[1]
Other namesRanganayaki
OccupationActress, film director
Years active1970-1986; 2005
Spouse(s)Puttanna Kanagal
Raghupathy
Chandrashekhar Desaigowdar

As a lead actress in more than 125 feature films, Aarathi was among the top league of actresses of her time, having won the Filmfare awards and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress four times each. She was also nominated as the Member of Legislative Council at the Vidhana parishad, making her only the second actress after B. Jayamma at that point of time.[2]

CareerEdit

After a short role in Gejje Pooje (1969), Aarathi went on to star as a leading actress in many successful films such as Naagarahaavu, Edakallu Guddada Mele, Bili Hendthi, Dharmasere, Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Ranganayaki, Hombisilu, Upasane, Shubhamangala and Kaliyuga.[3] In 1975 the runaway success of the female-centric Shubhamangala in which she played a spoilt rich girl who transforms into an independent and mature young woman, catapulted her to the top rungs of fame. Between 1981-85 she became the highest paid Kannada actress, starring in ten to twelve films every year, most of which turned out to be commercially successful. In her illustrious career spanning 15 years she has portrayed a wide variety of roles: A classical singer in Upasane, doctor in Hombisilu and Mahatyaaga, teacher in Suvarna Sethuve, lawyer in Preethi Vatsalya and Kumkuma Thanda Sowbhagya, a middle class girl turned high society call girl in Nagarahavu, actress in Ranganayaki, revenge-seeking protagonist in Manini, Samarpane and Mullina Gulabi, journalist in Paduvarahalli Pandavaru and police officer in Nyaya Ellide. She has however played a double role in only one film - Sati Sakkubai. She has also portrayed physically challenged characters effectively - blind girl in Katha Sangama, deaf-mute in Dharmasere, immobile in Preetisi Nodi - all of which prove her unquestionable versatility. Even in Raj Kumar movies like Raja Nanna Raja and Premada Kanike she had a strong roles giving her equal footage with the superstar. While she was well-known for the strong female-centric dramas, she has proved her mettle in glamorous roles and breezy entertainers as well - Sipayi Ramu, Muyyige Muyyi, Hanthakana Sanchu, Kuduremukha, and Pedda Gedda to name a few.

Aarathi has worked opposite all the leading actors of her time - Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Srinath, Ananth Nag, Shankar Nag, Ashok, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and Gangadhar. She was responsible for resurrecting the careers of senior actors Rajesh (Kaliyuga) and Kalyan Kumar (Thayiya Nudi) as well as launching newer actors in their earlier movies - Jai Jagadish (Phalitamsha & Bhagyavantha), Ashok (Thayiya Madilalli, Archana), Prabhakar (Muttaide Bhagya) and Srinivas Murthy (Parajitha). Her collaboration with director Puttanna Kanagal produced cult films that were commercially successful and critically acclaimed as well. They worked together in twelve films.[3] In 1986 she directed a TV series, Namma Nammalli.[1] Presently, she's occupied with charitable work for her husband's charitable foundation in the US.

Personal lifeEdit

Aarathi was the muse of her mentor, director Puttanna Kanagal. He fell in love with her during the making of Shubhamangala and they had a daughter Yashaswini in 1977. However they separated in 1981 due to creative differences. She was briefly married to politician Raghupathy after that. Aarathi left the film industry in 1987 and moved to the United States where she married Chandrashekar Desaigoudar. She had a second daughter with Chandrashekar. Her elder daughter, Yashaswini, scripted the story for Mithayi Mane.

FilmographyEdit

As directorEdit

Year Film title Notes
2005 Mithayi Mane Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children film

As actressEdit

Year Film Notes Heroes
1970 Gejje Pooje Debut film SRK Urs
Inti Gowravam Telugu film Newcomer
Kallara Kalla Supporting role None
Takka! Bitre Sikka!! Srinath
1971 Kasturi Nivasa Special appearance Raj Kumar
Makane Ninakku Vendi Malayalam film Prem Nazir
Anugraha Srinath
Prathidhawani Raj Kumar
Nyayave Devaru Raj Kumar
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama Raj Kumar
1972 Sipayi Ramu Raj Kumar
Ooriki Upakari Telugu film Shobhan Babu
Bhale Huchcha Raj Kumar
Naagarahaavu Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress Vishnuvardhan
1973 Mane Belagida Sose Gangadhar
Edakallu Guddada Mele Won-Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting actress Chandrashekhar
Mooroovare Vajragalu Raj Kumar
1974 Bangaarada Panjara Raj Kumar
Nanu Baalabeku Srinath
Upasane Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress Newcomer Mannur
Gumasthavin Magal Tamil film Kamalahasan, Shiv Kumar
Mannina Magalu Supporting role None
Maha Thyaga Newcomer Nanda Kishore
Bhale Bhatta Newcomer Nagaraja
1975 Daari Tappida Maga Raj Kumar
Shubhamangala Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress Srinath
Bili Hendthi Newcomer Anil Kumar
Devara Kannu Lokesh
1976 Katha Sangama Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress Gangadhar
Hosilu Mettida Hennu Vishnuvardhan
Premada Kanike Raj Kumar
Punaradatta Lokesh
Bahaddur Gandu Raj Kumar
Raja Nanna Raja Raj Kumar, Chandrashekhar
Baalu Jenu Gangadhar, Rajinikanth
Phalitamsha Jai Jagdish
Aparadhi Srinath
1977 Maagiya Kanasu Srinath
Pavana Ganga Srinath
Anuroopa Anant Nag
1978 Kudure Mukha Anant Nag
Hombisilu Vishnuvardhan
Maathu Tappada Maga Anant Nag, Rajinikanth
Muyyige Muyyi Vishnuvardhan
Paduvarahalli Pandavaru Special Appearance None
Anuraga Bandhana Newcomer Basant Kumar Patil
Premayana Anant Nag
Vasanthalakshmi Vishnuvardhan
Balu Aparoopa Nam Jodi Srinath
1979 Dharmasere Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Srinath
Adalu Badalu Srinath
Naniruvude Ninagagi Vishnuvardhan
Manini Vishnuvardhan, Lokesh
Nentaro Gantu Kallaro Vishnuvardhan
1980 Bhaktha Siriyala Lokesh
Hanthakana Sanchu Vishnuvardhan
Bangarada Jinke Vishnuvardhan
Nyaya Neethi Dharma Ambarish
Anurakthe Newcomer Gautam, Manu
1981 Ranganayaki Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Ashok
Thayiya Madilalli Shankar Nag
Naari Swargakke Daari Lokesh, Srinivasa Murthy
Ganesha Mahime Ashok
Bhagyavantha Jai Jagdish
Chadurida Chitragalu Rajesh, SRK Urs
Bhagyada Belaku Manu
Edeyuru Siddalingeshwara Lokesh
Preetisi Nodu Vishnuvardhan
1982 Pedda Gedda Dwarkish
Archana Ashok, Lokesh
Mullina Gulabi Anant Nag, Jai Jagdish
Karmika Kallanalla Vishnuvardhan, Manu
Mava Sose Saval Ambarish
Parajitha Srinivas Murthy
Nyaya Yellide None
Kannu Terasida Hennu Ashok
Suvarna Sethuve Vishnuvardhan
Hasyaratna Ramakrishna Anant Nag
Raja Maharaja Ashok
1983 Tirugu Baana Ambarish
Gedda Maga Shankar Nag
Jaggu Ambarish
Nyaya Gedditu Special Appearance Prabhakar
Kalluveene Nudiyithu Vishnuvardhan
Thayiya Nudi Kalyan Kumar
Sididedda Sahodara Vishnuvardhan, Prabhakar
Kranthiyogi Basavanna Ashok
Ananda Sagara Srinivas Murthy
Mutthaide Bhagya Prabhakar
Aakrosha Srinath, Shankar Nag
Chalisada Sagara Anant Nag, Srinath
Samarpane Rajeev, Jai Jagdish
1984 Kaliyuga Rajesh
Khaidi Vishnuvardhan
Pooja Phala Srinath
Premave Balina Belaku Anant Nag
Hennina Saubhagya Ashok, Lokesh
Bekkina Kannu None
Ramapurada Ravana Toogudeep Srinivas
Pavitra Prema Shankar Nag
Ajnathavasa Srinath
Avala Antaranga Kalyan Kumar
Preethi Vathsalya Prabhakar, Srinath
Bilee Gulabi Special Appearance Kalyan Kumar
1985 Kurudoddi Kurukshetra None
Nee Nakkaga SRK Urs
Sati Sakkubai Srinath
Lakshmi Kataksha Rajeev
Haavu Eni Aata Anant Nag
Kumkuma Thanda Saubhagya Srinath
Swabhimana Prabhakar
Vajra Mushti Special Appearance Rajeev
Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya Lokesh
Thulasi Dala Sharat Babu
1986 Bettada Thayi Srinath
Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu Vishnuvardhan
Seelu Nakshatra Prabhakar
Tiger Prabhakar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.
  2. ^ a b "Arthi - Amazing Actress". Supergoodmovies.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Home". dis Week Bangalore. 16 December 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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