Ramya Krishnan

Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970),[1] also credited as Ramya Krishna (in the Telugu and Kannada film industries) is an Indian actress.[2] She has appeared in over 260 films in five languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi. Ramya has won four Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Ramya Krishnan
Ramya Krishnan.jpg
Ramya in 2017
Born (1970-09-15) 15 September 1970 (age 52)
Other namesRamya Krishna
Years active1985–present
(m. 2003)
RelativesCho Ramaswamy (uncle)

She is known for playing Neelambari in Padayappa which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for the 2009 comedy film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam. Ramya's portrayal of Sivagami Devi in the Baahubali series (2015–17) received universal acclaim. Both Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and its sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) are among the highest grossing Indian films.[3] Her performance in the franchise won her several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu (2016 and 2018) and a Andra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress (2016).

Ramya Krishnan received international media attention for her performance in Baahubali for both sequels. She started to act in more Tamil television series airing on Sun TV and less on movies. Notable series include Vamsam, Shakthi and as a judge on Bigg Boss Jodigal. Following the COVID-19 diagnosis of Kamal Haasan in November 2021, Krishnan hosted Bigg Boss Tamil Season 5 and became the first, and so far only, woman to have hosted Bigg Boss Tamil.

Early lifeEdit

Ramya was born on 15 September 1970 in Madras (present-day Chennai).[1] She is the niece of the late Tamil film actor, comedian and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Cho Ramaswamy.[4] She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western, and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances.[5]

Film careerEdit

Debut and early struggles (1985–1988)Edit

She started her acting career with the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol. Although this was the first movie where she acted, it had a delayed release in 1986. Her first release was Vellai Manasu in 1985, a Tamil movie opposite Y. G. Mahendra. Her first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu (1986). Then she went on to play supporting roles in Tamil films which include Padikkadavan (1985) starring Rajinikanth and Per Sollum Pillai (1987) starring Kamal Haasan. In Telugu, she starred with Rajendra Prasad in Madana Gopaludu (1987), Bhama Kalapam (1988), Asthulu Anthasthulu (1988) and Bava Marudula Saval (1988). She worked in Malayalam films such as Orkkappurathu, Aryan and Anuragi with Mohanlal. She enjoyed success in Kannada movies as well. One of her earlier roles as heroine was in Krishna Rukmini opposite superstar Vishnuvardhan. She played a small role in the Hindi film Dayavan that starred veteran actor Vinod Khanna.[6]

Breakthrough in Telugu and Hindi (1989–1998)Edit

After a series of failures in both Tamil and Telugu, she achieved fame through K. Viswanath's Sutradharulu, released in 1989. The film went on to win National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. After this, she featured in many movies and emerged as a leading actress in Tollywood (Telugu film Industry) alongside many other famous south Indian actresses. Her breakthrough came from K. Raghavendra Rao directorial movies where she emerged as a commercial romantic diva, due to successful movies such as Alludugaru (1990), Allari Mogudu (1992), Major Chandrakanth (1993) along with Mohan Babu and Allari Priyudu (1993) along with Rajasekhar. She played the role of a devoted wife of Sri Annamacharya, which was played by Nagarjuna in the film Annamayya (1997). In 1998, she played a leading role in Kante Koothurne Kanu. She received a Nandi Award for Best Actress from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her performance in the film. Her biggest Kannada hits include Gadibidi Ganda (1993) and Mangalyam Tantunanena (1998) with Ravichandran.

Ramya made her debut as a heroine in Hindi films with Yash Chopra's Parampara (1993). She acted in a few more Hindi films including Subhash Ghai's Khalnayak (1993), Mahesh Bhatt's Chaahat (1996), David Dhawan's Banarasi Babu (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) along with Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda and Shapath with Mithun Chakraborty.

Comeback to Tamil cinema and debut in TV serials (1999–2009)Edit

After a four-year break from Tamil cinema, in 1999, Krishnan played the female antagonist in Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth. The critic from Rediff stated "Ramya does a fantastic job. She is vicious to her dying breath, when she declares she will revenge herself in her next life. She does a fabulous tandav of rage when her father commits suicide".[7] She went onto receive several awards including Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize. She then starred in commercially successful films like Budget Padmanabhan and Panchatanthiram. The critic from Screen called her performance in Panchatanthiram "one of the finest performances ever".[8] Ramya has also acted in many devotional films including Ammoru (1995), Rajakali Amman (2000), Nageswari (2001), Sri Raja Rajeshwari (2001) and Annai Kaligambal (2003).

Her notable film in Malayalam was Ore Kadal (2007) with Mammootty, which received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. She had acted as the mother-in-law of N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the movie Naa Alludu (2005) marked for her role and later in the film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009). She also appeared in a guest role in item songs in Tollywood and Kollywood.

She turned to acting in TV serials before hosting a game show called Thanga Vettai, on Sun TV, and judging a dance show, Jodi Number One, on Vijay TV. Krishnan is stepping in television serials for the first time. She was seen in Kalasam in two roles. One of them is Neelambari, a character she played in the Rajinikanth starrer Padayappa. In 2009, she appeared in Suresh Krissna's Arumugam and Rama Narayanan's Kutti Pisasu.[9]

Versatility in roles (2010–2014)Edit

She continued her stay under the Sun TV banner to act in Thangam, Vamsam and Rajakumari. Later, Krishnan acted in supporting roles in Telugu as Ranga The Donga (2010), Yamudiki Mogudu (2012) and in Kannada as Sweety Nanna Jodi (2013 and Maanikya (2014). Krishna acted as Goddess Parvati in Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Charitra (2014) with Suman.[10]


The Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu giving away a special award to film artiste, Ramya Krishnan, at the 30th Ugadi Celebrations & Puraskar Presentation - 2018, organised by Delhi Telugu Academy, in New Delhi

In 2015, Krishnan acted in S.S. Rajamouli's film Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion, where she played Rajamata Sivagami Devi. Her performance met with the critical acclaim and the films became the highest grossing Indian films. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo praised Ramya's performance and stated "Ramya Krishnan once again aces with her part".[11] She received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu for both films. After the success of Baahubali, she reunited with Mohan Babu in Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu (2015) and Nagarjuna in Soggade Chinni Nayana (2016).[citation needed] In 2019, she played a porn actress in Super Deluxe directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. Srivatsan S from The Hindu stated her role as "boldest role yet".[12][13]

She made her debut in the digital platform with Queen in 2019.[14] The critic from India Today stated "Ramya Krishnan as the failing actress and a budding politician (the later part of Shakthi's life) puts in a measured performance and it is what stands out in a series that relies heavily on performances".[15] In 2022, Ramya appeared in Dharma Productions and Puri Jagannadh's sports action film Liger.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Telugu film director Krishna Vamsi[17] on 12 June 2003. The couple have a son.[18]


Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Nandi Awards Best Actress Kante Koothurne Kanu Won [citation needed]
1999 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Special Prize Padayappa Won [19]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress - Tamil Won [20]
2007 Dubai Amma Awards Best Supporting Actress Ore Kadal Won [citation needed]
Amrita Film Awards Won [citation needed]
2009 57th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress - Telugu Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Won [21]
Nandi Awards[22] Best Supporting Actress Raju Maharaju Won [23]
2015 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Sweety Nanna Jodi Nominated [citation needed]
Nandi Awards Best Supporting Actress Baahubali: The Beginning Won [24]
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [25]
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Won [citation needed]
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Supporting Actress - Telugu Won [26]
Best Supporting Actress - Tamil Won [27]
63rd Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Won [28]
2017 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress - Telugu Soggade Chinni Nayana Nominated [29]
Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam Aadupuliyattam Nominated [29]
65th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress - Telugu Baahubali: The Conclusion Won [30]
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Supporting Actress Won [31]
2018 7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress - Telugu Nominated [32]
2019 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Supporting Actor - Female Super Deluxe Won [33]
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Won [34]
8th South Indian International Movie Awards Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Nominated [35]


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