Ranjitha (born Sri Valli)[1] is an Indian sannyasi and former film and television actress. She has acted in a number of Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films.[2][3][4]

Ranjitha
Born
Sri Valli

June 4, 1975
OccupationActress, sannyasi
Years active1992–1999 (Lead actress)
2001–2010 (Supporting actress)
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Spouse(s)R.Nallakannu

Her first film was a Telugu film, Kadapa Reddemma. She made her Tamil film debut in the 1992 Bharathiraja film, Nadodi Thendral. She played lead roles in Tamil films till 1999.

She wed Army Major Rakesh Menon in 2000. She briefly retired from acting after her wedding. Since her comeback in 2001, she has been acting in supporting roles in films and lead roles in television shows. In 2010, she was met with widespread controversy after alleged footage of her with self-proclaimed godman Nithyananda was leaked by Sun TV.[1][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Ranjitha has dismissed claims that the footage shows any inappropriate behavior with Nithyananda. Ranjitha also held a press conference to announce [that], "The video is fabricated. I am not the person in it. In fact, at that time, I was in a room that I was sharing with another female devotee in the Dhyanapeetham ashram. I blame myself for this. It has affected my career though some people still have faith in me."

Ranjitha also alleged that “a Christian missionary and some vested interests, including politicians” were responsible for associating her with the footage and that she “was threatened not to speak about the tapes. Vested interests have been threatening me not to divulge any information.”[11]

On 27 December 2013, she took up sannyasa under Swami Nithyananda.[12] She took the name "Nithyananda Moyi" right now[when?] she is serving as a Sri Mahant at Nithyananda Dhyanapeetham.

FilmographyEdit

TamilEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Nadodi Thendral Poonguruvi Debut film
1992 Pondatti Rajyam Bharathi
1992 Kizhakku Veedhi Kalpana
1993 Walter Vetrivel Meena
1993 Madurai Meenakshi Meenakshi
1993 Mutrugai Gowri
1993 Band Master Meenakshi
1994 Amaidhi Padai Kuyili
1994 Veettai Paru Naattai Paru
1994 Captain Gowri
1994 Adharmam Ranjitham
1994 Jai Hind Priya
1994 Thozhar Pandian Soundarya
1994 En Aasai Machan Meenakshi
1994 Periya Marudhu Kaveri
1994 Atha Maga Rathiname Pandiamma
1995 Karuppu Nila Divya
1995 Thottil Kuzhandhai Raani
1995 Karnaa Amudha
1995 Chinna Vathiyar Mythili
1995 Thamizhachi Thamizhselvi
1995 Paattu Vaathiyar Deivanai
1995 Makkal Aatchi Parvathi
1995 Seethanam Radha
1996 Thayagam Shakeela
1996 Musthaffaa Kavitha
1996 Purushan Pondatti Rajeswari
1997 Pagaivan Esther
1998 Urimai Por Ranji
1998 Taj Mahal Machakanni's sister-in-law
2000 Independence Day Ranjitha
2001 Maayan Gurumayi
2003 Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu
2005 Amudhey Susi Guest appearance
2005 Selvam Dr. Lakshmi
2006 Amirtham Collector
2006 Sasanam Saroji
2006 Nenjil Jil Jil Kalyani
2007 Maya Kannadi Herself Cameo appearance
2007 Dhandayuthapani Sandhya
2008 Bommalattam Rana's wife
2008 Saroja Special appearance
2009 Azhagar Malai Malar
2009 Villu Pugazh's mother
2010 Raavanan Annam

MalayalamEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Mafia Rekha
1993 Johnnie Walker Mridula
1993 Chamayam Ammu
1993 Customs Diary Thara
1994 Vishnu Parvathi
1995 Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum Radha
1995 Sindoora Rekha Ramani
1995 Karma Reshma
1997 Suvarna Simhaasanam Unnimaya
1997 Oru Yathramozhi Nandhini
1998 Thattakam Leena
1998 British Market Mercy
1998 Rakthasakshikal Sindabad Kuttathi
1998 Kaikudunna Nilavu Bhama
2010 Puthumukhangal Treesa Jacob

TeluguEdit

KannadaEdit

TelevisionEdit

AwardsEdit

1996 – Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress for Maavichiguru[1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "On the comeback trail". The Hindu. 16 September 2001. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Ranjitha's new plans". IndiaGlitz. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Ranjitha to direct Kareena?". IndiaGlitz. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Ranjitha profile". jointscene.com. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  5. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R (8 June 2006). "`It was luck that made me an actor'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  6. ^ "விஜய் அம்மாவாக ரஞ்சிதா!". Thats Tamil (in Tamil). 17 November 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Ranjitha not marriage jinxed". Oneindia. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  8. ^ Prasad, Ayyappa (24 September 2004). "SOUTHERN BYTES". Screen India. Indian Express. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  9. ^ "மீண்டும் களமிறங்கிய ரஞ்சிதா". Yahoo Entertainment (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Medical tests exonerate Nithyananda of rape charge?". 15 October 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/Ive-been-made-a-scapegoat-Ranjitha/article15501063.ece. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Actress Ranjitha Takes up Sanyasashrama". News Karnataka. Bangalore, India. 27 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Roja". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 June 2003. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  14. ^ "From the master's stable". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2010.

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