Urvashi (actress)

Kavitha Ranjini, known by the stage name Urvashi is an Indian film actress, dubbing artist, television host, script dialogue writer and producer known for her works in the South Indian film industry.[2]

Urvashi
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Born
Kavitha Ranjini
Other namesKavitha Manoranjini, Oorvasi, Urvasi, Oorvashi
Spouse(s)
  • (m. 2000; div. 2008)
  • Shivaprasad
    (m. 2013)
[1]
Children2
Parent(s)
  • Chavara V. P. Nair
  • Vijayalakshmi
Relatives

Urvashi was a prominent lead actress of the 1980s and 1990s, primarily in Malayalam and Tamil films. She has written the films Ulsavamelam and Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu, the latter was also produced by her. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Achuvinte Amma (2005).[3] She has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress a record five times, which includes three consecutive wins from 1989 to 1991. She has also received two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Urvashi was born to popular drama actors Chavara V. P. Nair and Vijayalakshmi. Her elder sisters are actresses Kalaranjini and Kalpana. Her two brothers, Kamal Roy and late Prince had also acted in few Malayalam movies. Prince (Nandu of Layanam fame) committed suicide at the age of 26.[4] She had her primary education from Fort Girl's Mission High School, Thiruvananthapuram, until fourth grade and later at Corporation Higher Secondary School, Kodambakkam until ninth grade, when the family shifted to Chennai. She couldn't continue her studies since she had become busy with her movie career by then.[5] Firstly, Urvashi was acting in three films, Bhagyaraj saw the rush and booked her in Munthanai Mudichi. Those three directors helped Urvashi to get preference in Munthanai Mudichi call-sheets. They calculated that the film would become a hit, then they could release their films with much profit.

Urvashi married film actor Manoj K. Jayan on 2 May 2000. They have a daughter, born in November 2001. After divorce from her first husband Manoj K. Jayan in 2008, Urvashi married Chennai based builder Sivaprasad in November 2013. The couple had a boy in August 2014.[6]

CareerEdit

She acted in around 500 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. She started her acting career as a child artist, at the age of 8, in a Malayalam movie Vidarunna Mottukal, released in 1977, her sister Kalpana also debuted in the same movie. She then acted in Kathirmandapam, released in 1979, as Jayabharathi's daughter. She acted as Srividya's dance student in the movie Digvijayam, released in 1980, she plays Krishna in the song sequence Madhumaasa Nikunjathil, where her sister Kalpana plays Radha.[7] She has also acted as a child artist in Ninaivukal Maraivathillai, a Tamil movie, in 1983, but it was never released. Then she acted as a heroine, at the age of 13, to Karthik in the movie Thodarum Uravu, which completed shooting in 1983, but released in 1986.[3]

Her first released film as heroine was Munthanai Mudichchu (Tamil, directed by K. Bhagyaraj) in 1983, making her debut movie. Ethirppukal (Malayalam, 1984) was one of her earlier films in Malayalam. During the peak of her career, she starred in M. P. Sukumaran Nair's award-winning film Kazhakam in 1995, without taking a single penny as remuneration. She was awarded Best Actress for this role. She has acted in some advertisements, and has participated in many stage shows also.

She has acted in successful movies in Kannada such as Shravana Bantu, E Jeeva Ninagagi, Nanu Nanna Hendthi and Rama Shama Bhama and she became one of the best actresses in Kannada cinema, She has acted with Dr. Rajkumar, Ravichandran, Vishnuvardhan, Kamal Haasan and Ramesh Arvind in Kannada.

FilmographyEdit

As actressEdit

Malayalam filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Child artist
1979 Sikharangal Child artist
Kathirmandapam Child artist
Sayoojyam Child artist Song Scene
1980 Dwik Vijayam Dance Student
1982 Yaagam
1983 Hello Madras Girl Latha
1984 Ethirppukal Sudha
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Thulasi
Nirakkoottu Sasikala
Daivatheorthu Nani
Pathamudayam Valsala
Karimpinpoovinakkare Chandrika
1986 Yuvajanotsavam Sindhu
Sunil Vayassu 20 Premalatha
Mizhineerpoovukal Aswathy
Sukhamo Devi Devi
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Rajani
Manasilloru Manimuthu Radhika
Desatanakkili Karayarilla Devika
Onnu Randu Moonnu -
Moonnu Masagalkku Munpu Raji
Nandi Veendum Varika Devayani
1987 Adimakal Udamakal Indu
New Delhi Uma
Agni Muhurtham Sudha
Kottum Kuravayum -
Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku Sophie
Naalkkavala Amina
Irupatham Noottandu Jyothi
Swargam -
1988 Anuragi Leelamma
Mukthi Sudharma
Mattoral Veni
Padamudra Lakshmi
Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Snehalatha
Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Alice Simon
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Annie
Abkari Sridevi
1 August Valsala
1921 Thulasi
Thanthram Susanna
1989 Pandu Pandoru Deshathu
Varnatheru Asha
Swagatham Philomina Francis
New Year Rekha
Akshrathettu Sumathi
Mazhavil Kavadi Anandavalli First State Award
Chakkikotha Chankaran Roshney
Adikkurippu Geetha
Mrigaya Annamma
1990 Varthamanakalam Arundhathi Menon First State Award
Noottonnu Raavukal Sudha
Nammude Naadu Bindu
Vyuham Lakshmi
Kuttettan Rose Mary
Marupuram Retna
Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Geetha
Thoovalsparsham Maya
Thalayanamanthram Kanchana Second State Award
Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Chandrika
Kouthuka Varthakal Aswathy
Lal Salam Annamma
Arhatha Aswathy
1991 Vishnulokam Kasthoori
Souhridham Shiny
Mukha Chithram Savithrikutty/Lakshmikutty Third State Award
Kakkathollayiram Revathy Third State Award
Kadinjool Kalyanam Hrudayakumari Third State Award
Chanchattam Yamuna
Bharatham Devi Third State Award
Kanalkkattu Aasha
Koodikazhcha Alice
Inspector Balram Preethi Krishna Mathur
Bhoomika Radha
1992 Utsava Melam Kanaka Prabha Story
Thiruthalvaadi Lathika
Soorya Gayathri Rugmini
Snehasagaram Treesa
Simhadhwani Jayasree
Sathyapathijna Sreekutty
Ponnaramthottathe Rajavu Radhika
My Dear Muthachan Clara
Malootty Raji
Ente Ponnu Thampuran Kavitha
Aparatha Prabha
Ardram Mary
Aham Renjini
Yodha Damayanthi
Kizhakkan Pathrose Chala Mary
1993 Venkalam Thankamani
Sthreedhanam Vidhya
Narayam Gayathri
Mithunam Sulochana
Koushalam Maya Devi
Kalippattam Saroja
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Sherley
Ithu Manju Kaalam Aswathy & Revathy (double role)
Aayirappara Parvathy
Palayam Jancy
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Susie
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Bhagyarekha/Sujatha Writer & Producer
Kudumba Visesham Geetha
The City Dr. Jyothy
Bharya Shailaja
1995 Thovalapookkal Chempakam
Spadikam Thulasi
Simhavalan Menon Geethanjali
1996 Kazhakam Radha
1997 Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam Sree Devi
Janadhipathyam Indira Menon
1999 Garshom Noorja Film Council Award
Aayiram Meni Alice
Niram Herself Archive footage
Uncredited cameo
2005 Achuvinte Amma K. P. Vanaja National Award, Amritha TV Award,Film Council Award
2006 Madhuchandralekha Chandramathi Fifth State Award
2007 Ayur Rekha Alice Extended cameo
2008 Twenty:20 Herself Archive footage
Uncredited cameo
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Molly
2010 Mummy & Me Clara
Sakudumbam Shyamala Minister Shyamala Vasudevan
Best of Luck Thamara
2011 Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam Molly
Kadhayile Nayika Nandhini
Maharaja Talkies Vimala
2012 Lumiere Brothers Herself Archive footage
Lakshmi Vilasam Renuka Makan Raghuram Renuka
Manjadikuru Sujatha
2014 My Dear Mummy Katrina
2016 Vismayam Lakshmi Partially reshot version of Manamantha
2018 Aravindante Athidhikal Girija
Ente Ummante Peru Aisha
2019 Swarnamalsyangal Herself Archive footage
2020 Dhamaka Annamma
Varane Avashyamund Dr. Sherly Extended Cameo
2021 Kesu Ee Veedinte Nadhan Rathnamma Filming
Ranjan Pramod's Untitled film _ Pre-production

Tamil filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mundhanai Mudichu Parimalam
Apoorva Sahodarigal Rosy
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Film actress
Komberi Mookan Priya
Nerupukkul Eeram Ganga
Oh Maane Maane Stella
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Latha
Anbe Odi Vaa Seetha
Ezhuthatha Sattangal Meena
Vai Pandal Santhi
Vengaiyin Mainthan Yamuna
Oorukku Upadesam Janaki
Shanthi Mugurtham Santhi
Neram Nalla Neram Vadivu
Vellai Pura Ondru Padma
Ninaivukal Maraivathillai -
Maaman Machaan -
Oomai Janangal x
Vamsa Vilakku x
1985 Andha Oru Nimidam Vasanthi
Aduthathu Albert Radha
Naam Iruvar Ratha
Oru Malarin Payanam Kalyani
Raja Yuvaraja Meena
Deivapiravi Lalitha
Panam Pathum Seyyum Jayanthi
1986 Thodarum Uravu Julie
Kaidhiyin Theerpu Stella & Preethi
Machakaran -
1987 Paruva Ragam Rohini
1988 Patti Sollai Thattathe Seetha
1989 Idhu Unga Kudumbam Janaki
Paasa Mazhai Gomathi
1990 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Tiruppurasundari
Pengal Veettin Kanngal Raadha
1991 Mookuthi Poo Meley -
Nangal x
1994 Subramaniya Swamy Amudha
Magalir Mattum Janaki State Award
Veera Padhakkam Vishalakshi
Vanaja Girija Chellamma
1995 Naan Petha Magane Uma Maheswari
Mayabazar Sujatha (Suji) / Mayamma
Ayudha Poojai Vasantha
Thaikulame Thaikulame Janaki
Pullakuttikaaran Azhagu Critics Award
1996 Aruva Velu Maruthayi
Irattai Roja Uma Filmfare Award
Vetri Vinayagar Ponni
1997 Ettupatti Rasa Palaniyamma
Mannava Sinthamani
Aravindhan Gayathri
Vasuki Vasuki / Kodeeswari
1999 Suyamvaram Arivolimangai
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Padmini
Viralukketha Veekkam Gayatri
Kummi Paattu Kamakshi
Kaama x
2001 Sigamani Ramamani Ramamani
2002 Panchathantiram Ammini
Game Janaki
Thamizh Kalaiselvi
2003 Three Roses Chandralekha
Thennavan Pushpalatha
Success Radha
Thaaye Bhuvaneswari Parvathi Partially reshot vesion of Vijayadasami
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Maami
2006 Desiya Paravai Malini
2007 Malaikottai Kamala
Kalakkura Chandru Host
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Kalyani Edison Film Award
Vaamanan Divya's mother
Peranmai Victoria
2010 Manmadan Ambu Mallika
2011 Doo Vasanth's mother
Venghai Thangam
Vedi Dr. Radha Jeyachandran
2012 Sollithara Naanirukkiren -
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Chandra
2014 Un Samayal Arayil Chechi
Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal KG's mother
Pechiyakka Marumagan Pechiyakka
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Vasanth's mother
Uthama Villain Varalakshmi
Savaale Samaali Urvashi
Inji Iduppazhagi Rajeswari
India Pakistan Kathik's mother
2016 Adida Melam Annapoorniyamma
Unnodu Ka Rajalatchumi
Pencil Rajeshwari
Vaaimai Narayani
Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum Pavithra's mother
Bayam Oru Payanam Abhinaya's mother
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Gomathi Gopalakrishnan
Mannavan Vanthanadi
2017 Shivalinga Arasuvai Annalakshmi
Magalir Mattum Gomatha Nominated for Film Fare Award 2019-Best Supporting Actress
Palli Paruvathile Sarangan's wife
2018 Koothan Kalairasi
2019 Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Chakra Mahadevi
Pottu Mohana
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Lakshmi Krishnan Segment: Ilamai Idho Idho
Soorarai Pottru Pechi, Maara's mother
Mookuthi Amman Paalthangam, Ramasamy's mother[8]
TBA Oh Andha Naatkal Thripurasundari
Mappilai Vinayagar -
Daavu -
Thiruvalar Panjangam -
Kopperundevi -
Nenjamellam Kadhal

Kannada filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Nyaya Neethi Dharma
Akhanda Brahmacharigalu
1982 Shankar Sundar
1984 Shravana Banthu Urvashi/Mary/Saraswathi
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi Urvashi
Shabash Vikram Gayatri
1986 Sathya Jyothi Sujatha
Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Rohini
1987 Anthima Ghatta Sunitha
Premaloka Rohini
1988 New Delhi Uma
31 December Radha
1996 Jeevanadhi Dr.Priyadarshini
1999 Habba Ambi's wife
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Suguna
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Alamelu
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Urmila
Vijaya Dashami Parvathy
2005 Rama Shama Bhama Bhamamani
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla Cook
Arjun Vishalakshi Jayasimha
2009 Iniya Kamala
Raaj the Showman Herself Special appearance
2010 Preeti Hungama Police Inspector
2012 Golmal Gayathri Gayathri
2014 Brahma -
Oggarane Beautician
2015 Ram-Leela Baby
2016 Shivalinga Anusooya
Jaggu Dada Jaggu Dada's mother
2018 Sur Sur Batti Baddi Gowramma

Telugu filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Rustum Padma
Ammayiloo! Preminchandi! Film actress Partially reshot version of Dhavani Kanavugal
Udhdhandudu -
1985 Kala Rudrudu -
Bhale Thammudu Latha
1986 Jeevana Poratam Mallika
1988 Anthima Theerpu Uma
1989 Chettu Kinda Pleader Sujatha
1999 Kaama x
2000 Vijayaramaraju Rani
2002 Sandade Sandadi Lakshmi
Allari Ramudu Collector
2004 Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari Anjali Murthy
Swarabhishekam Rukminiamma
2005 Chakram Lakshmi
2010 Maro Charitra Durga
2014 Brahma -
Ulavacharu Biryani Beautician
2015 Jil Jai's aunt
Size Zero Rajeswari
2016 Express Raja Vasanthakokila (Uthaman's mother)
Sardaar Gabbar Singh Madhumati
Manamantha Lakshmi
2019 Oh Baby Sulochana
Raju Gari Gadhi 3 Rajamatha

Hindi filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 New Delhi Uma

Voice creditEdit

Year Title Role Voice to Language
2002 Nandanam Janaki Kalarenjini Malayalam
2010 Drohi Shruthi Poonam Bajwa Telugu
2018 Itly Lilly Kalpana Tamil

In other rolesEdit

Year Film Role Language Note
1992 Utsavamelam Story Writer Malayalam
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Story Writer Malayalam
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Producer Malayalam
1994 Paatta Bhasthi Story Writer Telugu
2002 Panchatantram Dubbing Telugu Dubbed project
2012 Chellathambi Dubbing Tamil Dubbed project
2015 Uttama Villain Dubbing Telugu Dubbed project
2016 Namadhu Dubbing Tamil Dubbed project
2016 Pencil Dubbing Telugu Dubbed project
2017 Shivalanga Dubbing Telugu Dubbed project
2017 Magalir Mattum Singer Tamil Song-"Carratu Pottazhaga"
2019 Oh! Baby Dubbing Tamil Dubbed project

AwardsEdit

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
10th Vijay Awards
  • 2018: Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress - Magalir Mattum
8th South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Amrita Film Awards
Nana Film Weekly Awards
Other Film Awards
Television Awards
  • 2008: Best Anchor award (Surya TV) for game show "Swarnamazha" (Malayalam)
  • 2010: Popular Game Show (Surya TV) for "Rani Maharani" (Malayalam)
  • 2002: Best Anchor Award (Raj TV Award) for "Take It Easy Urvashi" (Tamil)

Television careerEdit

Year Program Channel Role Language Notes
1999 Panchami Sun TV Tamil Horror Serial
Asianet Channel Asianet Promo anchor Malayalam Ad
2000 Dr. Vidya DD Podhigai Actress Tamil Serial
2002 Take It Easy Urvashi Raj TV Anchor Tamil
2003 Bhagyalakshmi Kairali TV Anchor Malayalam
2005-2006 Atthai Sun TV Annapoorna Tamil Serial
2006-2007 Swarnamazha Surya TV Anchor Malayalam
2007 Thanga Vettai Sun TV Anchor Tamil Replaced Ramya Krishnan
2008-2011 Rani Maharani Surya TV Anchor Malayalam season 1-4
2010 Mammootty The Best Actor Award Asianet Judge Malayalam
2010 Munch Star singer Junior Asianet Judge Malayalam
2011 Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2012 Mummy & Me Surya TV Anchor Malayalam
2012-2013 Comedy Festival 2 Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2013,2019 Comedy Stars Asianet Judge Malayalam
2013-2014 Crazy Couple Zee Kannada Anchor Kannada
2014 Star Challenge Surya TV Participant Malayalam
2014 Back to School Star Vijay Participant Tamil
2015-2017 Jeevitham Sakshi Kairali TV Anchor Malayalam Replaced Sheela
2015- 2016 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Komalla Tamil Serial
2016,2018 Comedy Utsavam Flowers TV Judge Malayalam
2017 Komady Circus Mazhavil Manorama Judge Malayalam
2017 Laughing Villa Season 2 Surya TV Judge Malayalam
2017 Vamsam Sun TV Sundari Tamil Serial
2018 Urvasi Theatres Asianet Herself Malayalam
2019 Thirumanam Colors Tamil Marriage counselor Tamil Serial
Special appearance
2019 Nalla Best Family Flowers TV Herself Malayalam

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IST (1 April 2014). "Popular Actress Urvashi Enters into Wedlock Again". Ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ "നായികമാര്‍ എന്തിന് ഭയക്കണം?, Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Mathrubhumi.com. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
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  4. ^ "Friday Review uh kkk ch jo khelz must c free urdu \ spam p shav KFC : The Urvashi formula". The Hindu. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ PK Sreenivasan. "മുന്താണെ മുടിച്ചും പതിനാലുകാരി കവിതയും" (in Tamil). Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Actress Urvashi's Second Marriage with Sivaprasad". 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Cinemaa Chirimaa with Kalpana and Manju Pilla: 22-9-2014". mazhavilmanorama. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Watch: 'Mookuthi Amman' trailer shows Nayanthara taking on a villainous godman". The News Minute. 25 October 2020. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.

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