Tulasi (actress)

Tulasi (or Tulasi Shivamani) (born 20 June 1967) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil cinema. She started her career as a child actress. Later she appeared in lead actress and supporting actress roles.[1] She has acted in over 300 films in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bhojpuri languages.[2] She won two Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Award.

CareerEdit

Tulasi made her debut in the Telugu language when she was three months old in 1967. For a song in a film, a baby was needed and Tulasi was placed in the cradle after actress Savitri had requested Tulasi's mother, who was a friend of her.[3] She was featured in a song when she was three-and-half years old in Jeevanatarangalu and said that she became a full-fledged actor when she was four.[3] She had never been to school.[3]

She got married at age 28 to Kannada director Sivamani.[2] She stated, "I met him in the morning and by evening we tied the knot".[4] They have one son, Sai Tarun. Tulasi decided to quit acting after getting married, working only occasionally as a voice actor in Telugu films, including ones by Mani Ratnam.[1] When her son was around six years old, she received several mother character roles. She initially declined them all, but finally signed on one Kannada film, Excuse Me, in which she played mother to Divya Spandana and which became a big hit.[2] After that she was doing three films a year in Kannada.

She began to act mainly in mother roles in Telugu and Tamil film industries. Her notable supporting roles include performances in Sasirekha Parinayam, Mr. Perfect, Darling, Srimanthudu, Iddarammayilatho, Nenu Local, Mahanati & Dear Comrade in Telugu and Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu, Easan, Mankatha, Sundarapandian, Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer and Pandiya Naadu in Tamil. Tulasi has said that Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer, in which she had played mother to Manisha Yadav's character, changed her life and brought her an "identity as a screen mother".[2] Her portrayal of Chellamma in Pannaiyarum Padminiyum was praised too,[1] with critics stating that she was "brilliant",[5][6] and had given her "career best performance".[7]

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1967 Bharya Telugu
1969 Jeevana Tarangalu Telugu
1977 Chillarakottu Chittamma Telugu
1978 Seetamalakshmi Telugu
1979 Sankarabharanam Sankaram Telugu
1981 Nyayam Kavali Padma Telugu
Mudda Mandaram Telugu
Rama Dhandu Telugu
1982 bhakthadruva markhandeya Telugu
Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
Nalugu Stambhalata Telugu
Subhalekha Lakshmi Telugu
1983 Maga Maharaju NA Telugu
Ee Pillaku Pellavuthundha Telugu
Konte Kodallu Bhagyalakshmi Telugu
Nelavanka Lalita Telugu
Trisulam Telugu
Mantri Gari Viyyankudu Suseela Telugu
1984 Anubandham Telugu
Kotha Dampathulu Telugu
Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil
Disco King Telugu
Nagabekamma Nagabeku Kannada
Indina Ramayana Kannada
1985 Preminchu Pelladu Telugu
Muchataga Mugguru Telugu
Srivaru Telugu
Sri Katna Leelalu Telugu
1986 Driver Babu Radha Telugu
Henne Ninagenu Bandhana Kannada
Piranthaen Valarnthaen Tamil
Poojaku Panikiraani Puvvu Telugu
1987 Aranyakanda Neela Telugu
Dhoorathu Pachai Tamil
Thambathyam Tamil
Raaga Leela Telugu
1988 Kanchana Seetha Telugu
Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Kannada
Jeevana Ganga Telugu
1990 Alajadi Telugu
Appu Malayalam
1991 Killer Telugu
1992 Chitram Bhalare Vichitram Meera Telugu
1993 Kannayya Kittayya Telugu
1994 Mahanadi Manju Tamil
2003 Excuse Me Kannada
2005 Gunna Kannada
2006 Chellata Kannada
Sevanthi Sevanthi Kannada
Honeymoon Express Kannada
Sirivanta Kannada
Jothe Jotheyali Kannada
2007 Poojari Kannada
Ee Preethi Onthara Kannada
Savi Savi Nenapu Kannada
2008 Sangama Kannada
Neenyare Kannada
2009 Sasirekha Parinayam Telugu
Rajkumari Kannada
Naa Girlfriend Baga Rich Sravya's mother Telugu
Josh Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
Minchu Kannada
Raaj the Showman Kannada
Rajani Kannada
2010 Ullasa Utsaha Kannada
Punda Kannada
Nanjangud Nanjunda Kannada
Sihi Gaali Kannada
Easan Chezian's Mother Tamil
Darling Rajeshwari Telugu
2011 Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu Tamil
Mankatha Tamil
Mr. Perfect Vicky's Mother Telugu
2012 Rajadhani Kannada
Julai Kaameshwari Murthy Telugu
Paagal Kannada
Sundarapandian Archana's mother Tamil
2013 Sthreeshakthi Kannada
Iddarammayilatho Komali's mother Telugu
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer Shweta's mother Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pandiya Naadu Sivagami Chidambaram Tamil
Khatarnak Umesh Reddy Kannada
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Chellamma Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Ambareesha Kannada
Ninnindale Kannada
2015 Aambala Tulasi Tamil
Oru Vadakkan Selfie Hari's Mother Malayalam
Srimanthudu Narayana Rao's sister-in-law Telugu
Kaththukkutti Arivazhagan's mother Tamil
Ramleela Kannada
RX Soori Kannada
2016 Ammayitho Abbayi Telugu
Kalpana 2 Kannada
Viraat Kannada
Saagasam Tamil
Aarathu Sinam Aravind's mother Tamil
Zero Priya's neighbour Tamil
Brahmotsavam Varalakshmi Telugu
Wagah Vasu's mother Tamil
Hyper Surya's mother Telugu
Metro Arivazhagan's Mother Tamil
2017 Nenu Local Siri Telugu
Rogue Telugu
Kannada
Nakshatram Rama Rao's mother Telugu
Meda Meeda Abbayi Srinu's mother Telugu
Nenjil Thunivirundhal Kumar's mother Tamil
C/O Surya Surya's mother Telugu
Oye Ninne Vishnu's mother Telugu
Richie Radha Tamil
2018 Nimir Valli's mother Tamil
Mahanati Madhuravani's mother Telugu
Aatagallu Munna's mother Telugu
Neevevaro Kalyan's mother Telugu
Happy Wedding Akshara's mother Telugu
Nannu Dochukunduvate Meghana's mother Telugu
Sarkar M. Masilamani's wife Tamil
2019 Dear Comrade Jaya's mother Telugu
iSmart Shankar Telugu
Queen Ranganayaki Tamil Web series
2020 Naadodigal 2 Jeeva's mother Tamil
2021 Sashi Raj's mother Telugu
Mosagallu Padma Telugu
SR Kalyanamandapam Santhi Telugu
Navarasa Kamal's mother Tamil Web series
Ellam Sheriyakum Ancy's mother Malayalam
Adbhutham Vennala's Grandmother Telugu
Oka Chinna Family Story Rukmini Telugu Web series
Skylab Gowri's mother Telugu
2022 Veeramae Vaagai Soodum Porus's and Dwaraka's mother Tamil
F3 Venky's stepmother Telugu
Konda Konda Chennamma Telugu
Karthikeya 2 Karthik's mother Telugu
Thank You (2022 film) Abhi's mother Telugu
Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Durga Tamil
Naan Mirugamaai Maara Tamil
2023 Bhola Shankar Telugu

AwardsEdit

Nandi Awards[8]
Filmfare Awards South

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Rao, Subha J. (9 May 2015). "Chellamma chronicles Actress Tulasi" – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tulasi rocks in her third innings". The New Indian Express. 13 November 2013
  3. ^ a b c Y. Sunita Chowdhary (9 July 2012). "My First Break: Tulasi". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Actress Tulasi – Prabhas Thinks I'm Hot". cinegoer.net. 10 August 2011
  5. ^ "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum". Sify. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Review: Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is refreshing". Rediff.
  7. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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