Asha Kelunni Nair (born 8 July 1966), better known by her stage name Revathi, is an Indian film actress and director, known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam cinema.[4] She has won several accolades, including the National Film Awards in three different categories, and six Filmfare Awards South.[5]

Revathi at the screening of Masaala at PVR Phoenix (1) (cropped).jpg
Asha Kelunni Nair

(1966-07-08) 8 July 1966 (age 54)
Cochin, Kerala, India
Years active1980 – present
m. 1986; div. 2013)
RelativesGeetha Vijayan (cousin)
Niranjana Anoop (niece) [3]
AwardsFull List

Early lifeEdit

Revathi was born Asha Kelunni Nair in Cochin (present-day Kochi) to Malank Kelunni Nair, a major in the Indian Army, who hails from Kalladikkod, Palakkad, and Lalitha Kelunni.[6] Malayalam actress Geetha Vijayan is her cousin.[7]

When she was in school, she took part in a fashion show. Group photos were taken during the show and a photo was chosen to be the cover of a popular Tamil magazine. This happened to be her photo, which was seen by the director Bharathiraja, who at that time was on the lookout for a new heroine for his latest venture, Mann Vasanai. [8]


Personal lifeEdit

Revathi pledging to be an organ donor

Revathi married cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon in 1986. The couple didn't have any children. However, following differences between them, they started living separately from 2005 and were granted divorce on 23 April 2013[9] by Chennai Additional Family Court.[10]As of 2018, she revealed that she has a five-year old biological daughter named Mahee through In Vitro Fertilisation.[11]

In the mediaEdit

Revathi is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, having studied since the age of seven and performed her arangetram in Chennai in 1979.[12] She has been considered as one of the all-time top actresses of Tamil cinema and South Indian cinema. She was one of the most successful leading actresses of South Indian cinema, also one of the highest paid South Indian actresses alongside her contemporaries, like Vijayashanti, Radhika and Radha. Revathi was the only South Indian actress of 80s and 90s to win the Filmfare best actress award in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, including three consecutive wins in Tamil. Apart from films, Revathi has been involved in a variety of social organisations, the most notable being the Banyan, Ability foundation, Tanker foundation and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[13]



  1. ^ "Court grants divorce to actor Revathi". The Times of India. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ Revathy, Suresh Chandra Menon granted divorce – Oneindia Entertainment
  3. ^ "Films, a family affair!". Deccan Chronicle. 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  5. ^ "40th National Film Awards – 1993" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals – 1993. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ ""அப்போ நிதானம் காட்டியிருந்தா, என் சினிமா ட்ராக்கே மாறியிருக்கும்!" - ரேவதி ஷேரிங்ஸ்". Vikatan.
  7. ^ "ഏകാന്തചന്ദ്രിക ഇവിടെയുണ്ട് !". manoramaonline. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
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  9. ^ Actress Revathi Divorced – Find what you like – tikkview
  10. ^ Deccan Chronicle
  11. ^ "சோதனை குழாய் மூலம் குழந்தை பெற்றேன்.. மனம் திறந்த நடிகை ரேவதி..!". Puthiya Thalaimurai.
  12. ^ Harsha Koda ( "". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  13. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.

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