Maheswari is an Indian former actress, who appeared predominantly in Telugu and Tamil language films. She was one of the leading actresses in Telugu and Tamil films from 1994 to 2000. She appeared alongside major South Indian stars like Jagapati Babu, J. D. Chakravarthy, Ravi Teja, Ajith Kumar, Vikram, Prabhu, Arjun Sarja, Prabhu Deva, and Shiva Rajkumar. She is best known for her performances in Pelli (1997), Gulabi (1995), Karuththamma (1994), and Ullaasam (1997).[citation needed]

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Born (1977-08-26) 26 August 1977 (age 44)
Other namesMahe, Mahi, Maggi
Fashion designer
Years active1994-2000 (films)
2010-2014 (television)
(m. 2008)
RelativesSri Devi (aunt)
Avishek Karthik (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Maheswari was born into a Telugu speaking family to Mohan Reddy and Suryakala. She has a brother Avishek Karthik who is also an actor. Late veteran actress Sridevi was her maternal aunt.

Personal lifeEdit

Maheshwari married an engineer named Jayakrishna in 2008. Their marriage was an arranged one. Her husband is a Telugu man originally from Guntur, and is based in Hyderabad. He is the owner and the managing director of a payment software company in Hyderabad.


Maheswari started her film career at the age of 17 in year 1994 through the Tamil film, Karuththamma directed by Bharathiraja and the movie was successful at box office and the song 'Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru' made her famous among Tamil audience. She became popular in Telugu with her second Telugu film named Gulabi in 1995. She played the lead role of Pooja opposite with actor J. D. Chakravarthy. After that she got many offers in movies. Maheswari's first Kannada film was the 1995, Annavra Makkalu. She did her first horror film, Deyyam in 1996 under the production and direction of Ram Gopal Varma. She acted as Mahi, the sister of Sindhu who bought a new estranged house near the graveyard. In this film, she was partnered again with actor, J. D. Chakravarthy and also in 1996 Telugu crime film, Mrugam. In 1997, she starred in Kodi Ramakrishna film, Pelli (film) along with Vadde Naveen. She also did the Telugu films, Priyaragalu, Jabilamma Pelli and Nesam. She was also in the lead role in the multi-award-winning film, Nee Kosam in 1999. Her role as the wealthy Sasirekha gave Maheswari the Nandi Award for Best Actress. She also got her fame in the Tamil film, Ullasam in 1997. Maheswari did few more Tamil and Telugu films including the Maa Balaji, a remake of the Malayalam comedy film, Punjabi House. Maheswari made an elegant performance and succeeded as a heroine for almost 10 years in Telugu and Tamil industry.

After appearing in Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa, she quit the film industry at the peak of her career in 2000. She married Jayakrishna a software engineer at Tirupati in 2008.

She has since appeared in television for serials after her marriage. In 2010, Maheswari appeared in the serial, Soundaravalli. Then, she featured in the comedy serial, My Name is Manga Tayaru (Telugu) and My Name Is Mangamma (Tamil) in 2012 on Zee TV which was a super hit among households. She has also featured in the serial Adhey Kangal in 2014 which aired on Jaya TV.

She is currently pursuing an alternate career as a fashion designer and recently opened a store and launched her new label ‘Mahe Ayyapan’[1] in Hyderabad inaugurated by her aunt Sridevi.[1][2]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1994 Karuththamma Rosy Tamil
1995 Ammayi Kapuram Telugu
Gulabi Pooja Telugu Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Khaidi Inspector Telugu
Annavra Makkalu Pooja Kannada
1996 Deyyam Mahi Telugu
Mrugam Telugu
Panchalankurichi Alamu Tamil
1997 Jabilamma Pelli Jyothi Telugu
Pelli Telugu Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Priyaragalu Sneha Telugu
Veerudu Telugu
Nesam Madhu Tamil
Ullaasam Megha Tamil
1998 Navvulata Chandana Telugu
En Uyir Nee Thaane Seema Tamil
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Pooja Tamil
Rathna Mala Tamil
1999 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Shweta Tamil
Maa Balaji Pooja Telugu
Suyamvaram Aishwarya Tamil
O Panaipotundi Baboo! Telugu
Preminchedi Endukamma Swapna Telugu
Ramasakkanodu Meenakshi Telugu
Velugu Needalu Telugu
Nee Kosam Sasirekha Telugu Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actress
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2000 Athey Manithan Bhavani Tamil
Balaram Telugu
Maa Annayya Nandini Telugu
Nagulamma Nagulamma Telugu
Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa Padmini Telugu


Year Title Role Channel Language
2010 Soundaravalli Mahalakshmi Jaya TV Tamil
2012–2013 My Name is Manga Tayaru Manga Tayaru Zee Telugu Telugu
2012–2013 My Name Is Mangamma Mangamma Zee Tamil Tamil
2014 Adhey Kangal Uma Jaya TV Tamil

2022 Sridevi drama company judge etv



  1. ^ "'My aunt has been my backbone' - Maheswari, Sridevi's niece". Deccan Chronicle. 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Maheshwari is a talented designer: Sridevi - Times of India". The Times of India.

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