Rohini Molleti, known professionally as Rohini, is an Indian actress, screenwriter, dubbing artist and lyricist.[1] She has mainly acted in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, films along with few Kannada films. Having started her acting career at five, she has about 300 south Indian films to her credit.[2] She received National Film Award – Special Mention and Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Special Jury Award for Best Performance as Rangi in the 1995 film Stri.[3][4]

Rohini
Born
Rohini Molleti
Occupations
  • Actress
  • screenwriter
  • lyricist
Years active1974‍–‍present
Spouse
(m. 1996; div. 2004)
Children1

Early life edit

A native of Anakapalli in Andhra Pradesh, Rohini spent all her childhood in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[5] Her father, Appa Rao Naidu, was a panchyat officer and her mother, Radha, was a housewife.[6] Her father always wanted to become an actor, though he could not be an actor owing to various reasons; he encouraged Rohini to become an actress. Her mother died when she was five years old, following which, her father remarried.[7]

Personal life edit

Rohini married actor Raghuvaran in 1996 but divorced in 2004. They have one son.[6][8]

Career edit

She started her career in 1974 as a child actress. She was first seen as a wide-eyed five-year old in Yashoda Krishna, a Telugu film. She is also a popular dubbing artist in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She has voiced six characters in five of Mani Ratnam's films.[9] She lent her voice to actresses like Jyothika (Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu), Aishwarya Rai (Iruvar and Raavanan),[5] Manisha Koirala (Bombay)[1] and Amala (Shiva).[9] She has also dubbed for Girija Shettar in Geethanjali.

She wrote lyrics for the Tamil film Pachaikili Muthucharam, before ending another hiatus by writing all songs in the album, Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey.[10] Her acting skills were recognized and she was given the Kalaimamani award recently.[citation needed]

She writes episodes for Tamil TV serials.[5] She started writing scripts for TV series way back in 1996, and has adapted the Sahithya Academy Award winning novel Verukku Neer for a tele film in 2005.[4] She hosted the live TV talk show Kelvigal Aayiram for Vijay TV, which she said "dealt with issues close to my heart".[9] She moderated the Tamil programme Azhagiya Tamizh Magal on Kalaignar TV[11] and has worked as the anchor of Raj TV's show, Rohini's Box Office in which she reviewed the latest releases.[12]

Being an activist for AIDS awareness, Rohini has also directed short films for M.G.R. Medical University and Tamil Nadu Aids Control Society.[4] In 2008, Rohini had directed a 50-minute documentary Silent Hues about film industry's Child actress, she being one herself.[13] In 2013, she has directed a feature film Appavin Meesai which is yet to be released.[14]

Awards edit

Filmography edit

Rohini has mainly acted in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, films along with few Kannada films. Having started her acting career at five, she has about 130 south Indian films to her credit.[2]

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actress edit

List of Rohini film acting credits
Year Film Role Language Other notes
1974 Harathi Telugu Child actress
Aadambaralu Anubandalu
Intinti Katha
1975 Yashoda Krishna Krishna
Amma Naana
Bhagasthulu
Anna Thammulla Anubandam
Balipeetam
Raktha Sambandalu
Samsaram
Challani Thalli
Bharathi
1976 Bhakta Kannappa
Mayor Meenakshi
Secretary
Mahakavi Kshetrayya Lord Krishna
Raja Ramu
1977 Adavi Ramudu Gowri (Dumb girl)
Moratodu
Khaidhi Kalidasu
Oke Raktham
Kalpana
Ee Tharam Manishi
Jeevana Theeralu
Chiranjeevi Rambabu Rambabu
1978 Nayudu Bava
Thalle Challani Dhaivam
Chilipi Krishnudu
1979 Cheyyethi Jai Kottu[16] Balayya
Maavari Manchitanam
Laxmi Pooja
Shri Vinayaka Vijayamu
1980 Nizhalgal Tamil
Talli Deevena Raji Telugu
1981 Nyayam Kavali Saroja
Illalu Singer in bus
Tyagayya Seethamma
Pedala Brathukulu Kalyani
Sumai Rohini Tamil
1982 Madhura Swapnam Seethalu Telugu
Subbarao Ki Kopam Vachhindi
Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya Turuchi
Naa Desam Sudha
Illali Korikalu Rajini
Nalugu Sthambalata Gayatri
Kakka Devi Malayalam
Dheera Rani
Parvaiyin Marupakkam Viswanathan's daughter Tamil
Kalavari Samsaram Sudha Telugu
Anantha Ragalu Seetha
1983 Ilamai Kaalangal Meera Tamil
Thandikkappatta Nyayangal Lakshmi
Valartha Kada Annam
Maga Maharaju Raju's sister Telugu
Nava Mohini Radha
Rugma Prayaga Malayalam
Ee Yugam
Kuyiline Thedi Meenu
Aa Rathri Radha
1984 Thirakil Alpa Samayam Amina
Piriyilla Naam Sridevi
Parannu Parannu Parannu Mini / Jessy / Sreekutty
Radhayude Kamukan Radha
Shabadham Radha
Ivide Thudangunnu Sheela
Sandarbham Shari
Ariyatha Veethikal Sheela
Oru Painkilikatha Vilasini
Devanthakudu Lalitha Telugu
Thirittu Rajakkal Tamil
Aduthaduthu Malayalam
Theere Pratheekshikkathe Indu
Oru Kochu Swapnam
Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Rohini
Ponmaalai Pozhudhu Tamil
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Rema Malayalam
Anni Radha Tamil
Oru Kudakeezil Sridevi Malayalam
Akalathe Ambili Ashwathy
Ozhivukaalam Chinnu
Nerariyum Nerathu Rathi
Gayathridevi Ente Amma Priya
Orikkal Oridathu Soniya
Ee Thanalil Ithiri Neram Leena
Ivide Ee Theerathu Sreedevi
Aarodum Parayaruthu Girija
Manakkale Thatha Minikutty
Katha Ithuvare Kala
Oru Sandesam Koodi Rema
Mounanombaram Lekha
Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar Sheela
Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam Pushpa
Onnaamprathi Olivil
Ormikkan Omanikkan
Jwalanam
1986 Love Story Shobha
Koodanayum Kattu Liza
Njan Kathorthirikkum Aasi
Abhayam Thedi Vasanthi
Rareeram Chitra
Prathyekam Sradhikkukka
Adiverukal Annakutty
Ponnum Kudathinum Pottu Rani
Karyam Kananayoru Kallachiri
Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu Chellam Tamil
1987 Vrutham Thresia Malayalam
Yaagagni Latha
Onnaam Maanam Poomaanam Rajasree
Theekkattu Mercy
Vamban Viji
P.C. 369 Sudha
Manja Manthrangal Gladia
January Oru Orma Maina
Achuvettante Veedu Aswathy Nair
Itha Samayamayi Alice
Kanan Kothichu
Chamundeshwari Pooja Mahime Kumari Malathi Kannada
Attagaru Zindabad Meenakshi Telugu
1988 Raktha Samharam
Maharajasri Mayagadu Sudha
Jadi Ketha Moodi Gayathri Tamil
Dhwani Sunitha Malayalam
Anuragi Julie
Onninu Purake Mattonnu Sudha
Sankhanaadam Thulasi
Dhinarathrangal Ponni
Paadhamudra Ashwathy
1921 Lakshmi
1989 Kali Kaaryamayi-Crime Branch Sunitha
Agnipravesham
Varnatheru Urmila
Mizhiyorangalil
Dhruva Nakshatram Saroja Telugu
Bhale Dampathulu Susheela
Naa Mogudu Naake Sontham Swathi
Dharmam Vellum Geetha Tamil
1990 Midhya Malayalam
Jawani Zindabad Rama Hindi
Silambu Rasathi Tamil
Pudhu Varisu Nithya
Manasukketha Maapillai
1991 Pavunnu Pavunuthan Pavunnu
Thanthu Vitten Ennai Surya
Jagadeka Veera Padmini Kannada
Ezhunnallathu Malayalam
1992 Rendu Pondatti Kaavalkaaran Rukmini Tamil
Senbaga Thottam Manga
Abhirami Vasanthi
Natchathira Nayagan Radha
1993 Samaagamam Elsamma Malayalam
Marupadiyum Kavitha Tamil
Pudhu Piravi
Aparna Malayalam
Pettredutha Pillai Vaidehi Tamil
Nallathe Nadakkum Jaya
Bandhukkal Sathrukkal Sheela Malayalam
1994 Magalir Mattum Papamma Tamil
Thamarai Poogodai
Puthran Lisa Malayalam
CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. Arundathi Nair/ Revathy Nair
1995 Sundarimaare Sookshikkukka Nimmi
Aasai Ganga Tamil
Stri Rangi Telugu National Film Award – Special Mention
Thondan Subha Tamil
Thotta Chinungi Amlu
Ilavarasi Lakshmi
1996 Veettukulle Thiruvizha Gayathri
2004 Virumaandi Angela Kaathamuthu
Kadhale Engal Desiya Geetham
2005 Ayya Maadasami's Wife
Vairavan
2006 Kaivantha Kalai Stage host
Ilakkanam Susi
2007 Naalaiya Pozhuthum Unnodu Nagai
Thaamirabharani Pechchikani
Onbadhu Roobai Nottu Kameela
Rock n' Roll Nirmala Malayalam
2008 Thalappavu Karthyayani
2009 Vaamanan Rohini Tamil
Yavarum Nalam
13B: Fear Has a New Address
TV Reporter Tamil
Hindi
2 Harihar Nagar Sulochana Malayalam
2010 In Ghost House Inn Sulochana
Pen Singam Surya's mother Tamil
Moscowin Kavery Dance Teacher
Nandalala Mentally ill woman
2011 Ala Modalaindi Revathi Telugu
Payyans Padma Malayalam
City of God Lakshmi
Sankarankovil Padma Muthuvelu Tamil
Innanu Aa Kalyanam Lillykutty Malayalam
2012 Second Show Devaki
Shiva Manasulo Shruti Shiva's mother Telugu
Ishq Jaya
3 Janani's mother Tamil
Diamond Necklace Dr. Savithri Malayalam
18 Vayasu Dr. Suchithra Tamil
Kozhi Koovuthu Valliammai
2013 Thirumathi Thamizh Thamizhselvan's mother
Black Butterfly Benny's mother Malayalam
Jagadguru Adi Shankara Sankara's mother Telugu
Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha Sujatha
Thanga Meenkal Parvathi Tamil
2014 Ninnindale Pramila's Aunty Kannada
Kotha Janta Sirish's Mother Telugu
Venmegam Jyothi Tamil
Oka Laila Kosam Nandana's mother Telugu
Chinnadana Nee Kosam Nandhini's mother
Ormayundo Ee Mukham Vasundhara Devi Malayalam
2015 Sir C. P. Kochu Mary
Baahubali: The Beginning Shivudu / Shiva's mother (Sanga) Telugu/Tamil
Sher Gautam's mother Telugu
Columbus Ashwin's mother
2016 Nenu Sailaja Sailaja's mother
Action Hero Biju Bhavathi Malayalam
Uyire Uyire Tamil
Jeniffer Karuppaiya Jennifer
Gentleman Gautham's mother Telugu
Guppy Guppy's mother Malayalam
54321 Teacher Tamil
Balle Vellaiyathevaa Sakthi's mother
Achamindri Tamizh Selvi, lawyer
2017 Sathya Doctor Malayalam
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Shivudu / Shiva's mother (Sanga) Telugu/Tamil
Role Models Shreya's mother Malayalam
Velaikkaran Ponni Tamil
Juliet Lover of Idiot Vara's mother Telugu
Okka Kshanam Jeeva's mother
2018 Awe! Radha's mother
Rangasthalam Chitti Babu's mother
Meena
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
Goli Soda 2 Inbavalli's mother Tamil
Lover Charita's mother Telugu
Chi La Sow Latha
Traffic Ramasamy Rukku Tamil
Kadal Kuthiraigal Refugee
2019 Ottam Sara Malayalam
Neerthirai Banu Tamil
Jiivi Lakshmi
Manmadhudu 2 Janani Telugu
Magamuni Deivanai Tamil
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Padmamma Telugu
Bigil Anitha's mother Tamil
Thipparaa Meesam Lalita, Mani's mother Telugu
Market Raja MBBS Latha Tamil
Iddari Lokam Okate Varsha's mother Telugu
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Lakshmi
Johaar
V Sreelata, Apoorva's mother
2021 Rang De Sailaja, Anu's mother
Nootokka Jillala Andagaadu GSN's mother
Tuck Jagadish Kumari
Navarasa Vaalambal Tamil
Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam Badhrakali
Rocky Malli
Varudu Kaavalenu Aakash's mother Telugu
2022 Freedom Fight Dhanalakshmi Malayalam Segment : "Old Age Home"
Mike Antony's mother
Ante Sundaraniki Sundar's mother Telugu
Atithi Devo Bhava Abhi's mother
10th Class Diaries
Jiivi 2 Lakshmi Tamil
Sita Ramam Reporter Vijayalakshmi Telugu
Meet Cute Padma
Witness Indrani Tamil
2023 Sridevi Shoban Babu Kamala Telugu [17]
Writer Padmabhushan Saraswati [18]
Das Ka Dhamki Sanjay's mother [19]
Beginning Balu's mother Tamil [20]
Kolaambi Sundarambal Malayalam [21][22]
Thandatti Thangaponnu Tamil [23]
Valatty Sumathi Malayalam [citation needed]
Bro Mark's mother Telugu [24]
Kushi Zoya [25]
Otta Umabba Malayalam [26]
Thaal Malayalam [27]
Extra Ordinary Man Usha Telugu
2024 Vettaiyan TBA Tamil [28]
Ajayante Randam Moshanam TBA Malayalam [29]
Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

As lyricist edit

As director edit

  • 1995 – Chinna Chinna Aasai – Ganga (Sun TV)[30]
  • 2008 – Silent Hues (documentary film)

As dubbing artist edit

List of Rohini film credits as dubbing artist
Year Film Actress Language Other notes
1989 Geethanjali Girija Shettar Telugu Also for the Tamil version Idhayathai Thirudathe
Shiva Amala Telugu Also for the Tamil version Udhayam
1990 Anjali Revathi Telugu Dubbed version
Neti Siddhartha Ayesha Jhulka Telugu
Prema Yuddham Amala Telugu
Aggiramudu Amala Telugu
1991 Chembaruthi Roja Tamil
Shanti Kranti Juhi Chawla Telugu
Rowdy Alludu Shobana Telugu
1992 April 1 Vidudala Shobana Telugu
Prema Sikharam Mamta Kulkarni Telugu
Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren Mohini Tamil
Meera Aishwarya Tamil
Ashokan (Tamil Dubbed version) Madhoo Tamil
Antham Urmila Matondkar Telugu
1993 Gentleman Madhoo Tamil
1994 Aavesham Madhoo Telugu
Vietnam Colony Vineetha Tamil
May Madham Sonali Kulkarni Tamil
1995 Bombay Manisha Koirala Tamil
Asuran Roja Tamil
Villadhi Villain Nagma Tamil
Veluchami Shruti Tamil
Lingababu Love Story Rajashree Telugu
Chinna Vathiyar Ranjitha Tamil
Mr. Madras Vineetha Tamil
Kuruthipunal Gowthami Tamil
Sogasu Chuda Taramaa? Indraja Telugu
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Pooja Bhatt Tamil
Sengottai Rambha Tamil
Kadhal Kottai Heera Rajagopal Tamil
Krishna Heera Rajagopal Tamil
Mr. Romeo Shilpa Shetty Tamil
Kaalapani Tabu Tamil
Telugu
Dubbed versions
Tamizh Selvan Roja Tamil
Indian Manisha Koirala Tamil
Telugu
Dubbed Telugu version
1997 Devathai Keerthi Reddy Tamil
Iruvar Aishwarya Rai Tamil
Telugu
Dubbed Telugu version
Vaazhga Jananayagam Pragathi Tamil
1999 Ooty Roja Tamil
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu Meera Jasmine Telugu Dubbed Telugu version
Arjun Keerthi Reddy Telugu
Perazhagan Jyothika (for the character of Shenbagam) Tamil
Telugu
Dubbed Telugu version
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Jyothika Tamil
2007 Pachaikili Muthucharam Andrea Jeremiah Tamil
Guru Aishwarya Rai Tamil Dubbed Tamil version
2008 Sandai Nadhiya Tamil
Kanchivaram Shriya Reddy Tamil
2009 Pattalam Nadhiya Tamil
2010 Raavanan Aishwarya Rai Tamil
2011 Mappillai Manisha Koirala Tamil
2019 The Lion King Alfre Woodard Tamil For the character Sarabi
2021 99 Songs Manisha Koirala Tamil
Telugu
Dubbed versions
2022 Virata Parvam Nandita Das Telugu
Tamil
Dubbed Tamil version
2023 Sweet Kaaram Coffee Padmavati Rao Tamil Amazon Prime Video Web Series

As playback singer edit

Television edit

Tamil
  • Chinna Chinna Aasai – Ganga (Sun TV (India) ) acted and directed[30]
  • Kelvigal Aayiram (Vijay TV) as Host
  • Azhagiya Tamizh Magal (Kalaignar TV) as Moderator
  • Rohini's Box Office (Raj TV) as Host
  • Kelvigal Neram (Vendhar TV) as Host
  • Geethanjali – Telefilm (Doordarshan) as Writer
  • Engae Aval- Actress
Malayalam
Telugu

Web series edit

Year Series Role Language Notes Ref(s)
2023 Dhootha Madhavi Telugu [31]

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