Padmavati Rao

Padmavati Rao, credited as Akshatha Rao in Kannada films, is an Indian film actress, theatre personality, poet, dancer and translator.[1][2] She is known for her theatre activities and performances in movies including Ondanondu Kaladalli (1978), Pardes (1997), Padmaavat (2018) and Tanhaji (2020).

Padmavati Rao
Other namesAkshatha Rao, Pinty
  • Actress
  • theatre activist
Years active1978 - present
FamilyArundathi Nag (sister)

Personal lifeEdit

Padmavati was born in Delhi. She is the sister of actress Arundhati Nag.[2]


Film career

Rao's debut movie was 1978 Kannada film Ondanondu Kaladalli, directed by Girish Karnad. In 1981, she played the title role of Geetha in the film Geetha, directed by Shankar Nag. She went on to appear in movies including Pardes and Padmaavat.[3] She played Amitabh Bacchan's wife in the critically acclaimed film Te3n, directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. She performed as Jijabai, mother of Shivaji, in the 2020 film Tanhaji.

Theatre career

Rao's career was started with theatre activities. She has conducted and performed plays and workshops across India. She first acted in theatre under the direction of Shankar Nag. She assisted him in Malgudi Days as assistant director, also acted and dubbed for the same project.[4] In her theatre career, Rao has worked with Girish Karnad, M. S. Sathyu, Ramesh Talwar, Shaukat Azmi, A. K. Hanagal and many other theatre personalities.[5] Her theatre work Kitchen Poems, a solo performance, was much appreciated.[6] She has been doing theatre activities for children.[5][7][8]


Year Film Language Role Notes
1978 Ondanondu Kaladalli Kannada Savanthri Debut film
1981 Geetha Kannada Geetha
1997 Pardes Hindi Narmada
2016 Te3n Hindi Nancy
2018 Ek Sangaychay Marathi
Padmaavat Hindi Kunwar Baisa
Phamous Hindi Lall's mother
2019 Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal Malayalam Bini Noorjehan
2020 Tanhaji Hindi Jijabai
Raat Akeli Hai Hindi Pramila Singh
2021 Maara Tamil Meenakshi/Mary Aunty Amazon Prime Film


  1. ^ Ranjan Govind (4 May 2020). "This refrigerator made by Padmavati Rao does not run on electricity". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b Vidya Iyengar (19 June 2016). "I lead my life in disbelief". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  3. ^ Namrata Joshi (24 January 2018). "Padmaavat' review: an insipid love letter to Rajputs". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  4. ^ Nina C George (20 May 2020). "How Shankar Nag's Malgudi Days come into life". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b Bindu Gopal Rao (17 July 2016). "From stage to stage". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  6. ^ Deepa Ganesh (8 October 2015). "A Kitchen Katha". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  7. ^ "A bagful of tales..." Deccan Herald. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Metrolife in the city". Deccan Herald. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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