Vanitha Krishnachandran

Vanitha Krishnachandran is an Indian film and television actress. She was a prominent actress during the 1980s and has done nearly 170 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films along with several Malayalam and Tamil Television serials.[2]

Vanitha Krishnachandran
Sai Vanitha

(1966-03-14) 14 March 1966 (age 56)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1979–1986
Parent(s)Ganeshan, Kamala, Kiran (Star Nephew)[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Vanitha was born to Ganeshan and Kamala as the youngest of four children at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. Her father is from Manjeri, Kerala, whose paternal ancestors originally hail from Tamil Nadu and her mother is from Tiruchirappalli. She was originally named Sai Vanitha, since her parents were huge devotees of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba. She has two elder sisters, Sai Prashanthi and Sai Jayalakshmi and an elder brother, Sai Ram. She had her primary education from RSK Higher Secondary School, Tiruchirappalli. She stopped studies after tenth grade since she became busy with movies by then.[1]

She married Malayalam actor and singer Krishnachandran on 11 May 1986 with whom she had starred in Eenadu, Vanithapolice, Belt Mathai, Deeparadhana and a few other films.[3] The couple have a daughter, Amritavarshini born in 1990 who is married to Navaneeth, a native of Palakkad, currently residing in Canada. They currently reside in Thiruvananthapuram.


Vanitha entered the film industry as a 13-year-old and her debut film was Padai Maarinal directed by national award-winning director Durai, in 1979 in which she played a school girl.[2] She played the lead role in her first Malayalam film, Chandrabimbam and became popular among Malayalis with her roles in Eenadu, Kaikeyi, and Enickum Oru Divasum.[3] She acted opposite Mammooty and Mohanlal, in 'Vikatakavi and Chakravalam Chuvannappol, respectively. She said "I worked round-the-clock in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films" and "cut down my assignments following my marriage".[4] The last film she did before marriage was Kalyana Agathigal which was her 100th film.[4]

In 2001, In Tamil, she made a comeback with a negative role in K. Balachander's television serial Kaalmulaitha Aasai. She has continued to act in serials in Tamil, such as Alaigal, and Kolangal, and in Malayalam. She portrayed Jalaja teacher in K. K. Rajeev's serial Amma Manasu [3] and has said that it was the real break in her second innings.[2] She also played the role of a mother in Tamil films like Kana Kandaen, Kalabha Kadhalan and Parijatham and in many Malayalam films.[2]

Partial filmographyEdit





  • Dharma (1985)

Television serialsEdit

Year Title Role Channel Language
2001–2003 Kaalmulaitha Aasai Valli Sun TV Tamil
Alaigal Seetha
2003–2006 Kolangal Saradha
2004–2005 Engirundho Vandhaal Vijaya Jaya TV
2005–2006 Alli Raajiyam Malarvizhi Sun TV
2006–2007 Amma Manassu Jalaja Teacher Asianet Malayalam
2007 Kanavugal Aayiram Jaya TV Tamil
Mounam Nombaram Rachel Kairali TV Malayalam
2008 January Asianet
2009 Coimbatore Ammayi Amrita TV
2009–2011 Madhavi Sun TV Tamil
2009 Kudumbayogam Dathamma Surya TV Malayalam
Aagneyam DD Malayalam Malayalam
2011–2012 Deivathinte Swantham Devootty Kalyani Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam
2011–2013 Akashadoothu Mary Surya TV Malayalam
2011–2012 Paattukalude Paattu Sulochana Surya TV Malayalam
2012 Kumkumapoovu Professor Rajalakshmi Asianet Malayalam
Chandralekha Asianet Malayalam
2017–2019 Mullum Malarum Kanthiyamma Zee Tamil Tamil
2017 Nilavum Nakshathrangalum Amrita TV Malayalam
2018–2019 Kalyana Parisu 2 Subbulakshmi Sun TV Tamil
2019 Queen Janani Devi MX Player
2021–Present Aanpirannol Daisy Teacher Amrita TV Malayalam
TBA Queen 2 Janani Devi (Webseries) Tamil

Other TV ShowsEdit

  • JB Junction
  • Tharapakittu
  • Red Carpet
  • Manassiloru Mazhavillu
  • Lakshmi Jewellery - advertismenet


  • Asiavision Television Awards 2012 - Best Character Actress - Kumkumapoovu
  • Asianet Television Award for Best Actress (Character) 2006 - Best Character Actress - Ammamanassu
  • Drishya Television Award for Best Actress (Character) 2006 - Best Character Actress - Ammamanassu


  1. ^ a b "Vanitha interview". Mangalam. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Sudhish, Navamy (12 October 2013). "The new generation mom". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Tailor-made role - TVDM". The Hindu. 7 July 2006. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Grillmill - CHEN". The Hindu. 5 March 2010. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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