Swathi Reddy (born 19 April 1987) is an Indian actress, television presenter, and playback singer who predominantly works in Telugu films, along with Tamil and Malayalam films. Her nickname Colours Swathi comes from her stint in the Telugu television show Colours, which was telecast on Maa TV. After playing supporting roles, she made her debut as a leading actress in the Tamil film Subramaniapuram (2008). Her role in the Telugu film Ashta Chamma earned her the Filmfare Award and Nandi Award for Best Actress.
19 April 1987
|Other names||Colours Swathi|
Swathi Reddy was born in the city of Vladivostok, located in the southerly reaches of the Russian Far East during the reign of the erstwhile Soviet Union. She was initially given the name Svetlana but later her name was changed to Swathi. She completed her schooling from SFS High School in Visakhapatnam. Her father, who was an officer in the Indian Navy, was training as a submariner in the Soviet Union when she was born. She has one elder brother named Siddharth. Her family moved to Mumbai and later to the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, where she spent most of her childhood. While studying in 11th class, she moved to Hyderabad. She enrolled at St. Mary’s College in Yousufguda, Hyderabad and graduated in biotechnology.
After her EAMCET, she ventured into television at age 17 by hosting a show called Colours. Due to a positive response, the show was further extended and moved to the primetime slot. She went on to present over 150 episodes. After completing the first year of her graduation, she made her debut in feature films.
Reddy made her debut in supporting roles. Her first film in supporting role was Danger, a Telugu Movie. It received negative reviews. Her next movie release was Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule which released in 2007. That film was a hit. In 2008, she debuted as a female lead in her first Tamil movie Subramaniapuram. For her performance in Ashta Chamma, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and Nandi Award for Best Actress. She made her debut in Malayalam films with Amen which was a super hit. Reportedly, Reddy will work in Telugu cinema in sequel Gitanjali 2 directed by Raj Kiran.
Reddy has been occasionally working as a voice actor and playback singer as well. In 2008, she had dubbed for actress Ileana D'Cruz in the film Jalsa. In 2010, she gave her voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS. In 2011, she turned playback singer, rendering her voice for two songs, "Unbelievable" and "A Square B Square", for the soundtrack albums of her own film Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju and 100% Love, respectively.
She has also appeared in an advertisement for "Cadbury's Dairy Milk".
Reddy married her boyfriend Vikas Vasu, a Malayali pilot, on 30 August 2018.
|2007||Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule||Pooja/ Prasunaamba||Telugu|
|2011||Golconda High School||Anjali||Telugu|
|Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju||Krishna||Telugu|
|Swamy Ra Ra||Swathi||Telugu|
|North 24 Kaatham||Narayani||Malayalam|
|Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara||Renu||Tamil|
|2014||Bangaru Kodipetta||Bhanumati Pinnesetty||Telugu|
|Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal||Isa||Malayalam|
|2015||Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeeviyanu||Pinki||Malayalam||Cameo appearance in the Climax portion of the movie|
|2011||Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju||Telugu||"Unbelievable"|
|100% Love||"A Square B Square"|
|2013||Swamy Ra Ra||"Yo Yo Yo Memu Antha"|
Dubbing artist/voice actor
Awards and nominations
|2009||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu||Ashta Chamma||Won|
|2009||Nandi Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2009||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil||Subramaniapuram||Nominated|
|2009||Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress||Nominated|
|2012||Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu||"A Square B Square" from 100% Love||Nominated|
|2012||SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu)||Nominated|
- "Happy Birthday Swathi: From Ashta Chamma to Karthikeya, 5 films of the actress that prove why she is an extraordinary performer". The Times of India. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
- T. Lalith Singh (25 December 2003). "Colourful presence". The Hindu. HYDERABAD. Archived from the original on 9 January 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- Swathi’s big leap in Kollywood. sify.com (5 January 2010).
- Special Correspondent (17 March 2010). "Nandi Award for Ravi Teja, Swati". The Hindu. HYDERABAD. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- "Interview with Swati". idlebrain.com. 14 January 2009.
- Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report. Sify. 6 July 2013
- "Swathi Reddy replaces Anjali?". aptoday.com. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Star touch to animated film on HIV/AIDS". The New Indian Express. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- Cadbury DAIRYMILK AD NAYE RISHTA KA Shubh Aarambh Two sisters AD. Youtube
- "Swathi-Vikas wedding: 7 adorable pictures that will leave you in awe | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
- "Swathi Reddy bags next flick 'London Babulu' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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