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. She has acted in over 300 films in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bhojpuri languages. She won two Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Award.
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. 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. She had never been to school.
She got married at age 28 to Kannada director Sivamani. She stated, "I met him in the morning and by evening we tied the knot". 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. 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. 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". Her portrayal of Chellamma in Pannaiyarum Padminiyum was praised too, with critics stating that she was "brilliant", and had given her "career best performance".
|Ee Pillaku Pellavuthundha||Telugu|
|Mantri Gari Viyyankudu||Suseela||Telugu|
|Sri Katna Leelalu||Telugu|
|Henne Ninagenu Bandhana||Kannada|
|Poojaku Panikiraani Puvvu||Telugu|
|Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara||Kannada|
|1992||Chitram Bhalare Vichitram||Meera||Telugu|
|Ee Preethi Onthara||Kannada|
|Savi Savi Nenapu||Kannada|
|Naa Girlfriend Baga Rich||Sravya's mother||Telugu|
|Josh||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada|
|Raaj the Showman||Kannada|
|2011||Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu||Tamil|
|Mr. Perfect||Vicky'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|
|Oru Vadakkan Selfie||Hari's Mother||Malayalam|
|Srimanthudu||Narayana Rao's sister-in-law||Telugu|
|Aarathu Sinam||Aravind's mother||Tamil|
|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|
|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|
|2020||Naadodigal 2||Jeeva's mother||Tamil|
|Navarasa||Kamal's mother||Tamil||Web series|
|Ellam Sheriyakum||Ancy's mother||Malayalam|
|Oka Chinna Family Story||Rukmini||Telugu||Web series|
|2022||Veeramae Vaagai Soodum||Porus's and Dwaraka's mother||Tamil|
|Karthikeya 2||Karthik's mother||Telugu|
|Thank You (2022 film)||Abhi's mother||Telugu|
|Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu||Durga||Tamil|
|Naan Mirugamaai Maara||Tamil|
- Rao, Subha J. (9 May 2015). "Chellamma chronicles Actress Tulasi" – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Tulasi rocks in her third innings". The New Indian Express. 13 November 2013
- Y. Sunita Chowdhary (9 July 2012). "My First Break: Tulasi". The Hindu.
- "Actress Tulasi – Prabhas Thinks I'm Hot". cinegoer.net. 10 August 2011
- "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum". Sify. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
- "Review: Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is refreshing". Rediff.
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- "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)