Vennira Aadai Nirmala

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Vennira Aadai Nirmala (born as A. B. Shanthi in Kumbakonam) is an Indian actress who has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. She was a prominent lead actress from 1960s and 70s. She is credited as Ushakumari in Malayalam film industry.

Vennira Aadai Nirmala
Born
Shanthi

Other namesNirmala (Nimmi), Usha kumari
OccupationActress
Years active1965–present
ParentFather : Aranmanai L Balakrishnan - Mother : Rukmani
Websitehttp://venniraaadainirmala.com/

Personal lifeEdit

She was born as Shanthi to Aranmanai L Balakrishnan and Rukmani at Kumbakonam. She had four siblings. She remains unmarried.[1]

Acting careerEdit

Debuting through C. V. Sridhar's Vennira Aadai in 1965, she has acted as lead roles in over 400+ films encompassing four languages - Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu & Kannada. Her screen name in Malayalam films was 'Usha Kumari' In addition to her acting career, Nirmala is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.[2][3] She acted in the TV series - Deivamagal.

Political careerEdit

M. G. Ramachandran had adopted her as his sister and wanted to be his heir in politics. But she refused.[4] MGR had nominated her to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council. Her swearing in ceremony was scheduled for 23 April 1986. Nirmala had earlier declared insolvency and according to Article 102-(1)(c) of the Indian Constitution, an insolvent person can not serve as a member of parliament or state legislature.[5][6]

This annulment made Nirmala's nomination valid and the writ petition against it was dismissed. However, Nirmala withdrew her nomination to the council. Miffed with this incident, MGR decided to abolish the council.[7]

Partial filmographyEdit

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TamilEdit

Malayalam: Credited as UshakumariEdit

  1. Kaattu Thulasi - 1965
  2. Station Master
  3. Janma Bhoomi
  4. Kalli Penn
  5. Sharjah To Sharjah (2001)
  6. Poomarathanalil (1997)
  7. Kilungaatha Changalakal (1981)
  8. Kaanthavalayam (1980)
  9. Bhakthahanuman (1980)
  10. Ashwaradham(1980) as Lakshmi
  11. Iniyum Kaanaam (1979) as Nirmala
  12. Veerabhadran (1979)
  13. Randil Onnu (1978)
  14. Chakraayudham (1978)
  15. Velluvili (1978) as Savithri
  16. Hemantharaathri (1978)
  17. Thacholi Ambu (1978)
  18. Guruvayoor Keshavan (1977)
  19. Sreemurukan (1977)
  20. Amba Ambika Ambaalika (1976) as Sathyavathi
  21. Maanishaada (1975)
  22. Thomasleeha (1975)
  23. Njaan Ninne Premikkunnu (1975) as Gracy
  24. Suprabhaatham (1974)
  25. Durga (1974)
  26. Paavangal Pennungal (1973)
  27. Aashaachakram (1973)
  28. Shaasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu (1973) as Suvarna
  29. Thaniniram (1973)
  30. Thenaruvi (1973) as Thulasi
  31. Jesus (1973) as Mary Magdalna
  32. Maravil Thirivu Sookshikkuka (1972) as Maalu
  33. Lora Nee Evide (1971) as Lora
  34. Panchavankaadu (1971) as Devamma
  35. Dathuputhran (1970) as Omana
  36. Bheekara Nimishangal (1970) as Indira
  37. Cross Belt (1970) as Leela/Mrs.Robert
  38. Vivaahitha (1970) as Leela
  39. Janmabhoomi (1969) as Madhavi
  40. Koottukudumbam (1969) as Radhika
  41. Vilakkappetta Bandhangal (1969)
  42. Punnapura Vayalar (1968) as Chinnamma
  43. Yakshi (1968) as Vijayalakshmi
  44. Sahadharmini (1967)
  45. Maadatharuvi (1967)
  46. Thalirukal (1967)
  47. NGO (1967)
  48. Sheelavathi (1967) as Saraswathi
  49. Iruttinte Athmavu (1967) as Prema
  50. Ramanan (1967) as Karthi
  51. Jeevikkaan Anuvadikkoo (1967)
  52. Kayamkulam Kochunni (1966) as Nabeesa
  53. Station Master (1966) as Geetha & Omana
  54. Kallippennu (1966) as Kallippennu
  55. Chettathi (1965) as Susheela
  56. Kaattuthulasi (1965) as Thulasi

TeluguEdit

KannadaEdit

  • Sri Renukadevi Mahathme (1975)
  • Kari Naga (1985)

Television serialsEdit

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2000 Micro Thodargal- Mounam Oru Bashai Raj TV
2001 Meendum Meendum Sirippu Sun TV [citation needed]
2004–2006 Kalki Jaya TV
2006-2007 Raja Rajeswari Sun TV
2008 Manikoondu Parvathi Devi Sun TV
2013–2018 Deivamagal Janaki Chidambaram
2004 Aaradhana A series on Indian Music Composers Doordarshan Producer,Screenplay writer and Actor
2007 Be'zubaan A Tele series in Hindi Doordarshan
2009 Sri Aandal Dance Drama Doordarshan
2009-2010 Pushpanjali A Tele series Doordarshan
2012-2017 Konjum Salangai & Dheem Tharikita Tele series based on Classical dance competition among children successfully telecasted for over five years. DD Podhigai
2021 Saadhana Bharatam Exclusive YouTube Channel which explores Bharatanatyam and also incites motivation for youth to excel in their careers and much more. Channel Link:[8] YouTube

Awards and honoursEdit

  • 2009; Kaviarasu Kannadasan Tamizh Sangam Award[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ഞാന്‍ വിവാഹം കഴിക്കില്ല, നൃത്തം ചെയ്ത് അച്ഛനെ സമ്പന്നനാക്കും; ഇപ്പോഴും അവിവാഹിതയായി ജീവിക്കുന്ന മലയാളത്തിന്റെ താരറാണി".
  2. ^ Randor Guy (31 October 2008). "Trend-setter". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 November 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ M. Balaganessin (3 April 2007). "She wants novel role". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  4. ^ The two women who took on Jayalalithaa
  5. ^ Rs. 4.5 lakh-fine slapped on `Vennira Aadai' Nirmala[Usurped!]
  6. ^ Court imposes Rs. 4.65-lakh fine on Vennira Adai Nirmala
  7. ^ TN to get back Upper House
  8. ^ "Sadhana Bharatam - YouTube". YouTube.
  9. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (3 July 2009). "A gathering of greats". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.