Ranjini (actress)

Sasha Selvarajoo, better known as Ranjini, is a popular Indian actress known for her roles in Tamil and Malayalam films of the mid-1980s and early 1990s.

Born
Sasha Selvarajoo

1970 (age 49–50)
NationalitySingaporean Tamil
OccupationFilm actress
Lawyer
Entrepreneur
Social-Activist
Years active1985–1992
2014–present

Selvarajoo made her debut in the 1985 Tamil film Muthal Mariyathai directed by P Bharathiraja.[1] In 1987, she acted in Lenin Rajendran's Swathi Thirunal, a biopic on the Travancore ruler of the same name. Her second Malayalam film Chithram (1988), written and directed by Priyadarshan, went on to become a huge box office success.

Mohanlal-Ranjini was considered a golden duo in Malaylam cinema as all their films were commercial successes.[2] Koothara, directed by Srinath Rajendran, will mark her comeback to acting after a hiatus of two decades.

CareerEdit

Ranjini was born in Singapore as Sasha Selvarajoo to Selvarajoo and Lilly Selvarajoo, belonging to fourth generations of Singapore, roots from Tirunelveli.[3] She was introduced to films by famous director P Bharathiraja, a friend of her father. Bharathiraja gave her the screen name of "Ranjini" for his 1985 film Muthal Mariyathai. Ranjini whose family was in Singapore then had flown down to Chennai taking a break from studies with the hope that the shooting would get over within two weeks.[4]

Her first Malayalam film was Swathi Thirunal in 1987, directed by Lenin Rajendran. The film was a critical success. She went on to act Malayalam films like Chithram, Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988) and Kottayam Kunjachan (1990).

Ranjini quit acting in films at the peak of her career to move to London, where she continued her studies.[5] Her last film was Customs Diary (1993), directed by TS Suresh Babu. In London, she also did a degree in credit management and later acquired a law degree. She also worked for BBC for a short time.[4] She is a graduate lawyer and is currently working as a joint director in an overseas education institution in Kochi, Kerala. She is married to Malayali businessman Pierre Kombara.[4]

Ranjini was in the committee of "Nirbhaya-Kochi", an initiative of district administration under Ernakulam District Collector, MG Rajamanickam IAS(The Welfare for Women & Children Safety)in 2014. She was also in the founding committee of "Stree", a project for Women and Health under Maradu municipality in 2016.She regularly appears as a panelist on TV debates for various social topics on National, Malayalam & Tamil Channels.In 2018, she was one of 12 elite panelists invited by The National Commission for Women to a discussion on Sexual Harassment at Workplace.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Program Role Channel language
2014 Lunars Comedy Express Judge Asianet Plus Malayalam
Comedy stars season 2 Asianet
Gruhalakshmi Jaihind TV
Patturumaal Kairali TV
Veruthey Alla Bharya Mazhavil Manorama
2015 Yuvatharam Jaihind tv
2017 Malayali Veettamma Flowers TV
2018 Makkal Mandram Panelist Thanthi TV Tamil
2019-Present Sharp Shoot Debate Moderator Jaihind TV Malayalam

Beauty PagentsEdit

  • Miss India/Kerala 2010 (Miss World-Femina) as Judge
  • Miss South India 2012 (Miss Asia-Manappuram) as Judge
  • Mrs Malayali 2019 as Judge

Tamil filmsEdit

Year No: Film Character Director
1985 1 Mudhal Mariyathai Sevuli P. Bharathiraja
1986 2 Avalai Cholli Kutramillai A.A.Soman
3 Kadalora Kavithaigal Gangamma Bharathiraja
4 Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum E. Ramdoss
5 Paru Paru Pattanam Paru Manobala
6 Needhana Andha Kuyil
7 Nalellam Pournami
8 Mannukkul Vairam Chitte Manoj kumar
1987 9 Kudumbam Oru Koyil A. C. Tirulokchandar
10 Aayusu Nooru Ponmani Rajan
11 Paasam Oru Vesham
12 Muthukkal Moondru A. Jagannathan
13 Parisam Pottachu K.Shozharajan
14 Arul Tharum Ayyappan Dasarathan
15 Velicham Sundar.K.Vijayan
1988 16 Thaimel Aanai L.Raja
17 Urimai Geetham Ganga R. V. Udayakumar
1989 18 Puthu Mappillai B.S.Subramaniyan
19 Poruthadhu Podhum P. Kalaimani
20 Neruppu Nila
21 Sariyana Jodi
22 Dilli Babu Pandiarajan
23 Sagalakala Sammandhi Visu
24 Ellame En Thangachi Visu
25 Samsarame Saranam Jeevabalan
1990 26 Kalyana Rasi K.Sivaprasad
1991 27 Sir...I Love You Lalitha G.N.Rangarajan

Malayalam filmsEdit

No: Year Film Character Director Notes
1 1987 Swathi Thirunal Sugandhavalli Lenin Rajendran Her debut film in Malayalam
2 1988 Chithram Kalyani Priyadarshan
3 Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu Sumitra Priyadarshan
4 Adholokam Thevalakkara Chellappan
5 1989 Varnam Ammu Ashokan
6 News Megha Shaji Kailas
7 Kaalal Pada Maya Menon Viji Thampi
8 1990 Kauthuka Varthakal Rose Mary Thulasidas
9 Rajavazhcha Mini Sasikumar
10 Anantha Vruthantham Lateesha P Anil
11 Prosecution Jyothi Thulasidas
12 Orukkam Radha K Madhu
13 Mukham Usha Mohan
14 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Mary Viji Thampi
15 Pavakkooth Krishna K. Sreekuttan
16 Thooval Sparsam Sujatha Kamal
17 Khandakavyam Vasan
18 Sandram Police Officer's wife Thaha
19 Sunday 7 PM Dilip's step moter/Dilip's lover Shaji Kailas
20 Kottayam Kunjachan Mollykkutty T S Suresh Babu
21 Vembanad Abused/Lead role Prof. Sivaprasad
22 1991 Agni Nilavu Rekha N Sankaran Nair
23 1992 Kingini Nandhini A N Thampi
24 1993 Customs Diary Priya T. S. Suresh_Babu 50th Film
25 2008 Twenty:20 (film) Ranjini Joshiy Archive footage
26 2014 Ring Master Elizabeth Rafi Come back film
27 2014 Koothara Ram's mother Srinath Rajendran
28 2016 Pa Va Lillykutty Sooraj Tom
29 2018 Mohanlal Herself Sajid Yahiya Photo only /Archive footage/Uncredited role

TeluguEdit

Year No: Film Character Director
1988 1 August 15 Rathri Sheela P. N. Ramachandra Rao

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Interview with Ranjini". Vanitha (in Malayalam).
  2. ^ "People still call me Kalyani: Ranjini". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Ranjini - Mangalam Varika". Mangalam. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Will she? Won't she?". Deccan Chronicle. 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ People still call me Kalyani: Ranjini (Navamy Sudhish) 24 September 2013 [1]

6. https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/singaporean-actress-ranjini-shining-star-of-1980s-malayalam-and-tamil-cinema

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