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Tulasi (or Tulasi Shivamani) (born 20 June 1967) is an Indian actress. She is the grandchild of Dr.Muthuvenkataraman, who is a personal advisor in astrology and an acquaintance of Indira Gandhi, served 30 years of service in Delhi with her and resigned two years before she was assassinated, he is also the founder of the All India Sai Samaj (based in Mylapore), and went on to take service of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and developed the Mylapore Temple. The statue was installed by him and the Annadānam was started in the year 1990, grandchild Tulasi’s name in Mylapore and Coimbatore, simultaneously. She started her career as a child actress, then became a lead actress and later did supporting roles in mother characters.[1] She has acted in over 300 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi languages.[2]



Tulasi made her debut in the Telugu film Bharya when she was three months old in 1967. For a song in the 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 then featured in one song when she was one-and-half year old in Jeevanatarangalu and said that she became a full-fledged actor when she was three.[3] She had never been to school.[3]

She got married at age 28 to Kannada director Sivamani.[2] She stated that "I met him in the morning and by evening we tied the knot".[4] She has one son Sai Tarun with him. 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 later also began acting in mother roles in Tamil films like Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu, Easan, Mankatha, Sundarapandian, Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer and Pandiya Naadu. 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
1981 Mudda Mandaram Telugu
1981 Rama Dhandu Telugu
1982 Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
1982 Nalugu Stambhalata Telugu
1982 Subhalekha Lakshmi Telugu
1983 Maga Maharaju NA Telugu
1983 Ee Pillaku Pellavuthundha Telugu
1983 Konte Kodallu Bhagyalakshmi Telugu
1983 Nelavanka Lalita Telugu
1983 Trisulam Telugu
1983 Mantri Gari Viyyankudu Suseela Telugu
1984 Anubandham Telugu
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil
1984 Disco King Telugu
1984 Nagabekamma Nagabeku Kannada
1984 Indina Ramayana Kannada
1985 Preminchu Pelladu Telugu
1985 Muchataga Mugguru Telugu
1985 Sri Katna Leelalu Telugu
1986 Henne Ninagenu Bandhana Kannada
1986 Piranthaen Valarnthaen Tamil
1986 Poojaku Panikiraani Puvvu Telugu
1987 Aranyakanda Neela Telugu
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai Tamil
1987 Thambathyam Tamil
1987 Raaga Leela Tamil
1988 Kanchana Seetha Telugu
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Kannada
1988 Jeevana Ganga Telugu
1990 Alajadi Telugu
1990 Appu Malayalam
1991 Killer Telugu
1992 Chitram Bhalare Vichitram Meera Telugu
1994 Mahanadi Manju Tamil
1999 Kannayya Kittayya Telugu
2003 Excuse Me Kannada
2005 Gunna Kannada
2006 Chellata Kannada
2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi Kannada
2006 Honeymoon Express Kannada
2006 Sirivanta Kannada
2006 Jothe Jotheyali Kannada
2007 Poojari Kannada
2007 Ee Preethi Onthara Kannada
2007 Savi Savi Nenapu Kannada
2008 Sangama Kannada
2008 Neenyare Kannada
2009 Ullasa Utsaha Kannada
2009 Rajkumari Kannada
2009 Josh Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2009 Minchu Kannada
2009 Raaj the Showman Kannada
2009 Rajani Kannada
2010 Punda Kannada
2010 Nanjangud Nanjunda Kannada
2010 Sihi Gaali Kannada
2010 Easan Chezian's Mother Tamil
2010 Darling Rajeshwari Telugu
2011 Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu Tamil
2011 Mankatha Tamil
2011 Mr. Perfect (film) Vicky's Mother Telugu
2012 Rajadhani Kannada
2012 Julai Kaameshwari Murthy Telugu
2012 Paagal Kannada
2012 Sundarapandian Archana's mother Tamil
2013 Sthreeshakthi Kannada
2013 Iddarammayilatho Komali's mother Telugu
2013 Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer Shweta's mother Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Pandiya Naadu Sivagami Chidambaram Tamil
2013 Khatarnak Umesh Reddy Kannada
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Chellamma Tamil
2014 Ambareesha Kannada
2014 Ninnindale Kannada
2015 Aambala Tulasi Tamil
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie Hari's Mother Malayalam
2015 Srimanthudu Narayana Rao's sister-in-law Telugu
2015 Kaththukkutti Arivazhagan's mother Tamil
2014 Ramleela Kannada
2014 RX Soori Kannada
2016 Ammayitho Abbayi Telugu
2016 Kalpana 2 Kannada
2016 Viraat Kannada
2016 Saagasam Tamil
2016 Aarathu Sinam Aravind's mother Tamil
2016 Zero Priya's neighbour Tamil
2016 Brahmotsavam Varalakshmi Telugu
2016 Wagah Vasu's mother Tamil
2016 Hyper Surya's mother Telugu
2016 Metro Arivazhagan's Mother Tamil
2017 Nenu Local Keerthi's Mother Telugu
2017 Rogue (2017 film) Telugu
2017 Meda Meeda Abbayi Srinu's mother Telugu
2017 Nenjil Thunivirundhal Kumar's mother Tamil
2017 Richie Radha Tamil
2018 Nimir Valli's mother Tamil
2018 Mahanati Madhuravani's mother Telugu/Tamil
2018 Aatagallu Telugu
2018 Neevevaro Kalyan's mother Telugu
2018 Happy Wedding Akshara's mother Telugu
2018 Nannu Dochukunduvate Meghana's mother Telugu
2018 Sarkar M. Masilamani's wife Tamil


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