Fathima Babu

Fathima Babu is a South Indian actress, former newsreader and socialite based out of Chennai who hails from Puducherry.[1] Born in a Muslim family, Fathima began her public career as a newsreader for more than 25 years with DD Podhigai,[1] the Tamil version of Doordarshan news, and later worked for Jaya TV. She later converted to Hinduism for her husband.[2][3] She subsequently moved on to work in television serials, films and theatre performances, operating in the Tamil and Malayalam languages.[4]

Fathima Babu

(1963-12-26) 26 December 1963 (age 56)
Former Newsreader
Years active1996-present
ChildrenAashiq, Shahrukh


Fathima became a newsreader with DD Podhigai, the Tamil version of Doordarshan, in the late 1980s. In 1989, she briefly went missing causing much speculation as to her disappearance. Several years later, Fathima clarified that during the period she was missing, she was filming for a television serial known as Chithirapaavai and did not want to breach Doordarshan's rule of news anchors not being able to work in serials.[5][6]

Fathima made her film debut through K. Balachander's feminist film Kalki (1996),[1] where she starred alongside an ensemble cast of Shruti, Rahman, Prakash Raj, Geetha, and Renuka. The film garnered positive reviews, with a film critic noting that Fathima "has an impressive debut, performing with confidence".[7] Fathima moved on to play supporting roles in films, often portraying the mother of the lead characters.

Fathima started her own drama production group, Fab's Theatre, which performs shows in Chennai. She was initially introduced to theatre by K. Balachander, who often helped her work on and develop scripts. The group has made shows such as Sethu Vandirikkaen and Thaarama Tallyaa directed by Fathima, which opened in February 2016.[8][9] She was also briefly involved in politics, and campaigned for the AIADMK on behalf of Jayalalithaa, and eventually took up a role as a spokesperson of the party.[10] After Jayalalithaa's death, Fathima joined O. Paneerselvam's team, before ultimately distancing herself from politics. In 2019, she appeared in the reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil 3 on Star Vijay, and was the first contestant to be eliminated.[11]


A widely gossiped urban folklore in Tamil Nadu was that DMK leader M K Stalin had abducted Fathima Babu, who was a Doordarshan Kendra news reader, when his father M. Karunanidhi was Chief Minister in the late 1980s, as she went missing in 1989. Later, she finally denied such an incident ever took place.[6]

She explained, "In those days, I was acting in a television serial Chithirapaavai. Back then Doordarshan had this policy wherein news readers of its bulletins can"t simultaneously cast news and act in serials. Therefore, I was not reading news". Further she said, "On days we had night shifts, the Doordarshan would organise a taxi to drop us back home. So there was no scope for this abduction at all."[5]



Year Film Role Notes
1996 Kalki Kohila
1997 Pasamulla Pandiyare
V. I. P. Priya's mother
Nerukku Ner Alamu
1998 Ulavuthurai Sangeetha's mother
Swarnamukhi Vanaja
Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Visalam
Sollamale Vikram's mother
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Vasanthi
Simmarasi Maragatham's wife
Kannathal Kannatha's mother
Kalyana Galatta Commissioner's wife
1999 Ninaivirukkum Varai Sandhya's mother
Nee Varuvai Ena Subramani's mother
Mudhalvan Aranganathar's wife
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Jamindar's wife
2000 Mugavaree Viji's mother
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Indu's mother
Simmasanam Annapoorani's sister-in-law
Parthen Rasithen Pinky Raja
Anbudan Sathya's mother
Ninaivellam Nee Nurse
2001 Minnale Shanti, Reena's mother
Paarvai Ondre Podhume Visalakshi
Little John Nirmala
Manadhai Thirudivittai Shruti's mother
Aalavandhan Tejaswini's mother
Love Marriage
2002 Alli Arjuna Usha
Youth Sandhya's mother
2003 Manasellam Bala's mother
Lesa Lesa Varalakshmi
Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu
Thithikudhe Venu's adopted mother
Thathi Thavadhu Manasu
Indru Gauthaman's mother
2005 Thirupaachi Raj's wife
Kannadi Pookal
Devathaiyai Kanden Uma's mother
Amudhey Nancy's mother
2007 Adavadi
En Uyirinum Melana Kamakshi
18 Vayasu Puyale Seetha
2008 Kuselan Sister Maria Simultaneously shot in Telugu as Kathanayakudu
Saroja Car passenger Special appearance
Vasool Angayarkanni
Thithikkum Ilamai Defense lawyer
2011 Kasethan Kadavulada
2012 Thiruthani Andiyappan's wife
2013 Puthagam
Naanum En Jamunavum
Thirumathi Thamizh
Chithirayil Nilachoru Church mother
2014 Azhagiya Pandipuram Madhavan's mother
Nee Naan Nizhal Rohit's mother
Namma Gramam Karthyayani


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Raavanaprabhu Mundakkal Sekharan's wife
2002 Onnaman Deepa
2007 Ali Bhai Ambu Bhai's wife
Hallo Shivaraman's mother
2008 Madampi Shyamala's mother
2009 My Big Father Alby's mother
Bhramaram Sivankutty's mother
2010 Oru Naal Varum School Principal
Alexander the Great Sumithra
Shikkar Manu's mother
2011 Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham
Traffic Raihan's mother
2012 Casanovva
The King & the Commissioner Justice Eliyamma Pettikaran
Josettante Hero Sajan's mother
Grandmaster Alice
Gramam Karthyayani Simultaneously shot in Tamil as Namma Gramam
Matinee Fathima
2014 @Andheri
1 by Two Ammukkuty Amma
Asha Black Rohit's mother Simultaneously shot in Tamil as Nee Naan Nizhal


Year Film Role Notes
2008 Kathanayakudu Sister Maria


Year Film Role Actor Director Written By Ref.
2013 Ponniyin Selvan Nandhini Yes No Kalki Krishnamurthy [12]
2014 Koodi Vaazhnthal (Short Play) N/A No Yes Aashiq Babu
2014 Seethai Mark Seeyakaithool (Short Play) Subbamma Yes Yes Sundara Ramasamy
2014 Aan Dharmam (Short Play) Paanjali Yes Yes Jayanthan
2014 Thappattam (Short Play) N/A No Yes Vaseekaran
2014 Naan Avan Illai (Short Play) N/A No Yes Chelli Sreenivasan
2015 Sethu Vandhirukken Vanaja Yes Yes K. Balachander [9]
2016 Thaarama Tallyaa Radha Yes Yes Chitralaya Sriram [8]
2019 Valayil Sikkiya Meen Yes No


Year Program Role Channel Language Notes
1997–1999 Chithirappaavai Saradha DD Podhigai Tamil
2004–2005 Kadamattathu Kathanar Nicolas's Mother Asianet Malayalam
2006 Swami Ayyappan Unnikrishnan's mother Asianet Malayalam
2006–2008 Lakshmi Chandra Sun TV Tamil
2006–2008 Raja Rajeshwari Lakshmi Amma Sun TV Tamil
2008–2010 Thangamana Purushan Lion Janaki Kalaignar TV Tamil
2009–2010 Alaipayuthey Jaya TV Tamil
2017–present Yaaradi Nee Mohini[13] Neelambari Zee Tamil Tamil
2018 Makkal Saraswathi Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Replaced by Shobha Mohan
Aranmanai Kili Judge Kaveri Vijay TV Tamil
Genes Guest Zee Tamil Tamil One episode
2019 Bigg Boss Tamil 3[14] Contestant Vijay TV Tamil Evicted on Day 14


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  2. ^ "Complaint on Kollywood Actress Fathima Babu".
  3. ^ "Fathima Babu converting her religion for her husband".
  4. ^ "Fathima Babu rare photo goes viral". Asianet News.
  5. ^ a b "Stalin did not abduct me: TV news reader sets record straight after 30 years".
  6. ^ a b Kumar, Veera (26 April 2018). "மு.க.ஸ்டாலின் வதந்தி பற்றி இத்தனை வருடங்கள் கழித்து பாத்திமா பாபு வாய் திறக்க காரணம் என்ன?". Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  7. ^ http://www.bbthots.com/reviews/rewind/kalki.html
  8. ^ a b Subramanian, V. (18 February 2016). "An account of family ties". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b Krishnamachari, Suganthy (2 April 2015). "Lacked in originality". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/jayalalithaa-ropes-in-kollywood-to-campaign-for-her-1424759.html
  11. ^ Sharanya CR (11 July 2019). "I wanted people to see and know the real me: Fathima Babu". Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. ^ Charukesi (13 June 2013). "Kalki classic for your ears!". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Team Yaaradi Nee Mohini celebrates 600 episodes milestone; see pics". Times of india.
  14. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Fathima Babu to get evicted from the house?". Times of India.

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