Rambha (born Vijayalakshmi; 5 June 1976) is an Indian actress. In a career spanning over 15 years, Rambha appeared in several films across eight languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. She was one of the leading Indian actress in the late 90s till early 2000s.
5 June 1976
Early life and backgroundEdit
Rambha was born as Vijayalakshmi in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 5 June 1976 into a Telugu-speaking family. She did her schooling at Atkinsons Senior Secondary School, Vijayawada. While she was studying in her 7th standard, she acted as Ammavaru (Mother Goddess) for her school's Annual Day competition. The event had been attended by director Hariharan who stayed in contact and later introduced her as the female lead in Malayalam film, Sargam. Her first on-screen name was Amrutha, which she later changed as Rambha after the character name in her Telugu debut movie Aa Okkati Adakku.
Rambha gave up her education aged 15 and then started her career with Hariharan's Malayalam film Sargam (1992) opposite Vineeth. The film performed well at the box office and she was spotted by director E. V. V. Satyanarayana who then cast her in the Telugu film Aa Okkati Adakku (1992), where she was paired opposite Rajendra Prasad. The film performed well and prompted several film offers for the actress from several different film industries across India. During the height of her career in the late 1990s, Rambha deliberately continued to pick glamorous roles to garner film offers. In successful films such as Hitler (1997) starring Chiranjeevi, Rambha appeared in roles which were inconsequential to the plot and purely depicted as the lead actor's love interest.
She started her career as a producer with help of her brother in Three Roses (2003), in which Jyothika, Laila and Rambha played the lead characters. However, the film failed at the box office and she fell heavily into debt after the film's release. She sold her house at Mount Road, Chennai in order to pay the debt, while she was also booked in a cheque-bounce case filed by the financiers of the movie.
Rambha has acted in several languages and always maintained a successful balance in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Bhojpuri and Bengali. In 2010, Rambha shot alongside Prakash Raj for a thriller film titled Vidiyum Varai Kathiru. The film was shot in three languages namely Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, but the film did not have a theatrical release.
After her marriage she had given up films as she felt her popularity in films has faded away where she notice that she was not getting meaty roles as she used to and has judged a very popular Tamil TV show Maanada Mayilada, and the Telugu dance show Dhee. After a long gap she came back from Toronto, she appeared as a judge of Zee Telugu dance show ABCD-Anybody Can Dance and judged Kings of Comedy Juniors on Vijay TV.
She is a brand ambassador for Kolors health care, Chennai
Rambha married Indrakumar Pathmanathan, a Canada-based Sri Lankan Tamil businessman, on 8 April 2010 at Karnataka Kalyana Mandapam in Tirumala. They settled in Toronto. They have two daughters and a son.
- In the order of languages in which she appeared the most to the least.
|1992||Aa Okkati Adakku||Rambha||Telugu Debut film|
|1993||Evandi Aavida Vachindi||Jhansi|
|Tholi Muddhu||Divya||Replaced Divya Bharti|
|Pachcha Toranam||Latha Devi|
|Hello Brother||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Kanne Pettaro"|
|M Dharmaraju M.A|
|Maya Bazaar||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|1996||Bombay Priyudu||Raga Sudha||Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|Sri Krishnarjuna Vijayam||Apasara|
|Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Chaligali Jhummandhi"|
|Love Story 1999||Swapna|
|Iddaru Mitrulu||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Hey Rukkuman"|
|2001||Mrugaraju||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Ramaiah Paddaleti"|
|2005||Alex||Kiran TV News Reporter Deepika|
|Gopi – Goda Meeda Pilli||Goddess Lakshmi|
|2007||Desamuduru||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Attaantode Ittaantode"|
|Yamadonga||Herself||Cameo appearance in the song "Nachore Nachore"|
|Kadhalar Dhinam||Herself||Cameo appearance in song "Oh Mariya"|
|Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga||Indhu|
|Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Herself||Guest appearance|
|Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Alamelu Kandhasamy|
|Banda Paramasivam||Manju Cheran|
|2004||Chatrapathy||Herself||Cameo appearance in song "Ore Oru Raathirikku"|
|Azhagiya Theeye||Herself||Cameo appearance in song "Dil Mera Loot Liya"|
|2005||Sukran||Herself||Cameo appearance in song "Saathikadi"|
|2009||Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali||Lakshmi|
|1998||Gharwali Baharwali||Manisha Verma|
|1999||Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal||Sonali|
|Beti No.1||Priya Bhatnagar|
|Dil Hi Dil Mein||Special appearance|
|2001||Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Tara|
|2002||Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Nita|
|Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai||Cameo appearance|
|2004||Dukaan: Pila House||Kasthuribai|
|2005||Pandu Ranga Vittala|
|2006||Gandugali Kumara Rama|
|2008||Kabadi Kabadi||Pooja/Sneha||Double role|
|Banke Bihari M.L.A.|
|2009||Quick Gun Murugan||Mango Dolly|
|2009-2012||Manada Mayilada||Kalaignar TV||As a judge for Season 2, 3, 5 and 7|
|2011||Dhee Ultimate Dance Show||ETV Telugu||As a judge for Season 4|
|2014||Back to School||Star Vijay||Participant|
|2014||Jodi No 1||Star Vijay||As a judge for Season 8|
|2017||ABCD-Anybody Can Dance||Zee Telugu||Judge|
|2017||Kings of Comedy Juniors||Star Vijay||Judge|
- "Actress Rambha moves court for legal custody of children". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
- "20 साल में इतनी बदल गई 'जुड़वा' गर्ल, फिल्में छोड़ कर रही बेटियों की परवरिश". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 5 June 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- "In Fiji they planted a tree called Rambha Tree". Indian Express. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Rambha's dumb blonde act". India Today. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
- "Watch Back to School episode 2 Online on hotstar.com". Hotstar. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "I crave for attention". rediff.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- P. Sreekumaran (19 July 2005). "Rambha regains reel happiness!". Apunkachoice.com. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Rambha comes clean". IndiaGlitz.com. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- Udasi, Harshikaa (27 August 2009). "Rambha ho!". The Hindu.
- "Kolors Weight Loss Treatment Reviews-Actress Ramba". Kolors Health Care. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Ramba's wedding, a grand affair". IndiaGlitz.com. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- Ramchander (17 October 2013). "Rambha's Marriage Ends?". FiLMiBEAT.
- "Actress Rambha delivered a baby girl in Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Both baby and mother are fine". Times of India. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Rambha welcomes her third child and it is a boy". India Today. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2020.