Vanisri (born Rathna Kumari) is an Indian actress known for her works predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada films. In a film career spanning 40 years, she has received three Filmfare Awards South, the Nandi Awards and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award.
3 August 1948
|Spouse(s)||Doctor Karunakaran (m.1978-present)|
Vani made her debut with the 1964 Kannada movie Veera Sankalpa. She gained attention with a supporting role in a film penned by K. Balachander titled Sukha Dukhalu, and Marapurani Kadha (1967). Vanisri has starred in super hits such as Krishnaveni, Prem Nagar, Dussehra Bullodu, Aradhana, Jeevitha Chakram, Rangula Ratnam, Sri Krishna Tulabharam, Bhakta Kannappa, and Bobbili Raja.
She played dual roles in Iddaru Ammayilu (1972) (Telugu remake of 1969 release Kannada film Kappu Bilupu), Ganga Manga (1973 remake of the Hindi film Seeta Aur Geeta), Jeevana Jyothi (1975), and Chilipi Krishnudu (1978). She financed and starred in Shyam Benegal's only Telugu film Anugraham (1977), co-starring Smita Patil.
She acted with Sivaji Ganesan in a 11 films such as Uyarntha Manithan (1968), Nirai Kudam (1969), Kulama Gunama (1971), Vasantha Maligai (1972), Sivakamiyin Selvan (1974), Vani Rani (Tamil remake of the Hindi film Seeta Aur Geeta) (1974), Rojavin Raja (1976), Ilaya Thalaimurai (1977), Punniya Boomi (1978), Vaazhkai Alaigal (1978) and Nallathoru Kudumbam (1979). In 2013, she received the state Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contribution to Telugu cinema.
Vanisri married Dr. Karunkaran in 1978 and left the film industry. The couple have a son and a daughter. Vanisri returned to film to acting in mother roles from 1989, such as her character in Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989). She was also in the 1999 Hindi film Main Tere Pyar Mein Pagal, directed by Telugu director K. Raghavendra Rao.
She lost her son Abhinaya Venkatesha Karthik aged 36 on 23 May 2020 due to cardiac arrest.
Awards and honoursEdit
|Year||Award||Award Category||Awarded Work|
|1973||Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Best Actress Award||Jeevana Tarangalu|
|1974||Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Best Actress Award||Krishnaveni|
|1975||Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Best Actress Award||Jeevana Jyothi|
|2001||Tamil Nadu State Film Awards||Kavignar Kannadasan Award||Contribution to film industry|
|2004||Vamsi Awards||Meena Kumari award at the Vamsi Awards||Contribution to film industry|
|2005||Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi Awards||Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi awards by the Siva Foundation||Contribution to film industry|
|2013||Nandi Awards||Raghupathi Venkaiah Award.||Contribution to film industry|
- "Resting on her laurels". The Hindu.
- "Vanisri News - List Of Indian Actresses on Newsaajtak - Newsaajtak - News Aajtak - Newsaajtak.in".
- "Vanisri is my inspiration: Priya". The Times of India.
- Correspondent, Special. "S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hema Malini bag NTR awards".
- "Prem Nagar actress Vanisri's son Abhinaya Venkatesha Karthik dies of cardiac arrest".