Raasi (actress)

Raasi (born Vijaya) is an Indian actress who predominantly appeared in Telugu and Tamil films. She is credited as Manthra in Tamil films.[2] She appeared in films such as Subhakankshalu (1997), Gokulamlo Seeta (1997) and Pelli Pandiri (1998). In 2020, she made her debuted in television with Girija Kalyanam and Janaki Kalaganaledu.

Raasi
Born
Vijaya

29 June[1]
Other namesManthra
OccupationActress
Years active1986–2006
2013–present
Spouse(s)
Sri Muni
(m. 2005)

Personal lifeEdit

Raasi was born as Vijaya in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] She married film director Sri Muni.[3]

Film careerEdit

At the age of 6, she started acting as a child actress in the 1986 Telugu film, Mamatala Kovella (1986).[1]

She also worked in the Hindi movies Rangbaaz (1996), Jodidar (1997) and Suraj (1997) with Mithun Chakraborty.

In Telugu, Raasi rose to fame with Subhakankshalu (1997). She was labelled "traditional" after Gokulamlo Seeta (1997). Later, hits like Snehithulu (1998), Pandaga (1998), Gilli Kajjalu (1998), Devullu (2000) and proved her mettle as an actress. When Raasi's career started taking a nosedive, she took to doing item numbers in Telugu films like Samudram (1999).[4]

She debuted her first Tamil film Priyam. Following a prolific year 1996, she received offers including the Vijay-starrer Love Today (1997) and the Ajith Kumar-starrer Rettai Jadai Vayasu (1997). A further opportunity to work with T. Rajender in a project titled Ilam Kaadhalargal, however failed to materialise despite production work taking place.[5] Some of her other movies in Tamil are Periya Idathu Mappillai (1997), Ganga Gowri (1997), Thedinen Vanthathu (1997), Kondattam (1998), Kalyana Galatta (1998), Pudhu Kudithanam (1999), Kannan Varuvaan (2000), Kuberan (2000) and Simmasanam (2000).

She played a negative character in Telugu movie Nijam (2003), which was directed by Teja.[6]

After her marriage, she took a break from acting and made a comeback in character roles.[7]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1986 Mamatala Kovela Hero's daughter Telugu
1988 Rao Gari Illu Chitti Telugu
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Young Lakshmi Malayalam
1989 Bala Gopaludu Telugu
1991 Aditya 369 Kishore's friend Telugu
1992 Ankuram Sindhura's sister Telugu
1994 Palnati Pourusham Raja Rao's daughter Telugu
1996 Priyam Preetha Tamil
1996 Angaara Chutki Hindi credited as Vijaya
1996 Rangbaaz Hindi credited as Vijaya
1997 Suraj Hindi credited as Vijaya
1997 Love Today Preethi Tamil
1997 Periya Idathu Mappillai Priya Tamil
1997 Ganga Gowri Ganga Tamil
1997 Thedinen Vanthathu Janaki Tamil
1997 Rettai Jadai Vayasu Anjali Tamil
1997 Pelli Pandiri Kasthuri Telugu
1997 Gokulamlo Seetha Sirisha Telugu
1997 Subhakankshalu Nandini Telugu
1997 Evandi Pelli Chesukondi Telugu
1997 Jodidar Landlord's daughter Hindi credited as Manthra[8]
1998 Kondattam Vidhya Tamil
1998 Pandaga Prameela Telugu
1998 Vasantha Vasantha Telugu
1998 Suprabhatam Vasundhara Telugu
1998 Kalyana Galatta Pooja Tamil
1998 Gilli Kajjalu Sruthi Telugu
1998 Snehithulu Mahalakshmi Telugu
1998 Manasichi Choodu Yamuna Telugu
1998 Kalavari Chellelu Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Roopa Telugu
1999 Neti Gandhi Telugu
1999 Swapnalokam Swapna Telugu
1999 Harischandraa Nandini Telugu
1999 Daddy Daddy Subadhra Telugu
1999 Veedu Samanyudu Kadhu Telugu
1999 Seenu Herself Telugu
1999 Krishna Babu Shilpa Telugu
1999 Samudram Herself Telugu Item number
1999 Pudhu Kudithanam Nila Tamil
1999 Preyasi Rave Mahalakshmi Telugu Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1999 Pallavur Devanarayanan Seethalakshmi Malayalam credited as Mantra[8]
1999 AK-47 Telugu
1999 Sneha Mahalakshmi Kannada Debut film
2000 Postman Sirisha Telugu
2000 Manasu Paddanu Kaani Swati Telugu
2000 Balaram Telugu
2000 Kannan Varuvaan Rajeshwari Tamil
2000 Oke Maata Telugu
2000 Shivaji Telugu
2000 Kuberan Chandra Tamil
2000 Simmasanam Manju Tamil
2000 Moodu Mukkalata Aliveni Telugu
2000 Ammo! Okato Tareekhu Gayatri Telugu
2000 Devullu Nirmala Telugu
2001 Maa Aavida Meeda Vottu Mee Aavida Chala Manchidi Subhadra Telugu
2001 Deevinchandi Lakshmi Telugu
2001 Cheppalani Vundi Vani / Rani Telugu
2001 Akka Bavekkada? Sowmya Telugu
2002 Naga Pratista Naga Lakshmi Telugu
2002 Raja Herself Tamil Item number
2002 Police Sisters Ramya Telugu
2002 2 Much Geeta Telugu
2002 Trinetram Vijaya Telugu
2002 Jamindaru Kannada
2002 Sandade Sandadi Vasundhara Telugu
2002 Coolie Telugu
2002 Ninne Preethisuve Meghamala Kannada
2003 Nijam Malli Telugu
2003 Aalukkoru Aasai Manthra Tamil
2003 Fools Telugu
2003 Raja Narasimha Mahalakshmi Kannada
2003 Sriramachandrulu Sailaja Telugu
2004 Venky Herself Telugu
2004 Oka Pellam Muddu Rendo Pellam Vaddu Satya Telugu
2004 Devi Abhayam Lakshmi Telugu
2006 Suyetchai MLA Tamil
2013 Onbadhule Guru Neelambari Tamil
2013 Man of the Match Telugu
2015 Vaalu Mrs. Stephen Tamil
2016 Kalyana Vaibhogame Parimala Devi Telugu
2016 Kavalai Vendam Divya's mother Tamil
2016 Padesave Swathi's mother Telugu
2017 Aakatayi Vikranth's mother Telugu
2017 Lanka Rebecca Telugu

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "ఓహో… అభినయ'రాశి'". NTV Telugu (in Telugu). Archived from the original on 12 July 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ Prakash, BVS (28 July 2000). "Raasi: An award for Preyasi Raave?". Screen Magazine. Indian Express Group. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  3. ^ kavirayani, suresh (23 April 2017). "Lanka movie review: Raasi's return not a good one!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Raasi plays vamp, rockets to the top". Rediff. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/soc.culture.tamil/ibv76-CAjoA
  6. ^ https://movies.fullhyderabad.com/nijam/telugu/nijam-movie-reviews-1687-2.html
  7. ^ https://www.indiaglitz.com/actress-manthra-it-raid-vijay-ajith-heroine-tamil-news-247015
  8. ^ a b IMDB Listing

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