Vinodhini

Vinodhini is an Indian film and Tamil television actress, who has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films and Tamil serials. Beginning her acting career as a child artist, she went on to play lead and supporting roles before acting in television series as well.[1] She was credited as Shwetha in Kannada films.

Vinodhini
Other namesVinothini, Vinodini, Shwetha, Baby Lakshmi
OccupationActress
Years active1982–Present

CareerEdit

Vinodhini began her acting career as a child artist, appearing in films including Manal Kayiru, Puthiya Sagaptham and Mannukkul Vairam,[1] before going on to enact lead roles in Tamil films. In 1992, she was directed by Balu Mahendra in Vanna Vanna Pookkal. Although the film was critically as well as commercially successful—it won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and completed a 100-days run in theatres[2]—it failed to propel Vinodhini's career.[3] That year, she debuted in Malayalam cinema with Soorya Manasam and the Kannada film industry with Chaitrada Premanjali, where she took on the stage name Shwetha. Both films were successes.[4][5] After appearing in several Tamil films, including Balu Mahendra's Marupadiyum, Visu's Pattukottai Periyappa, Rama Narayanan's Vaanga Partner Vaanga,[6] and two K. S. Ravikumar films, Suriyan Chandiran and Muthukulikka Vaariyala, most of them featuring her in secondary characters, she shifted her focus to Kannada films by the mid-1990s, where she continued to play lead roles. Her work in Tamil films in the late 90s was limited to minor supporting roles and guest appearances. Films in she made brief appearances include Praveen Gandhi's action film Ratchagan,[7] Sundar C.'s comedy flick Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga [8] and N. Mathrubootham's Puthira Punithama.[9]

Vinodhini soon started acting in television serials, such as the drama series Chithi, Agal Vilakku[1] and Kannadi Kathavugal,[10] and the comedy series Vidathu Sirippu by Crazy Mohan.[11] Besides, she hosted a television show for eight years.[1] She made a return to Tamil films with a supporting role as the female lead's (Meera Jasmine) sister in Kasthuri Maan in 2005. In its review, The Hindu stated that she gave a "very appealing performance" in the film.[12] Since, she has appeared in minor roles in two Karu Pazhaniappan films.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1982 Manal Kayiru Tamil Credited as Baby Lakshmi
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham Shanthi Tamil
1986 Mannukkul Vairam Tamil Credited as Baby Lakshmi
1991 Chithirai Pookkal Bharathi Tamil
1991 Aatha Un Koyilile Easwari Tamil
1991 En Aasai Rasathi Rasathi Tamil
1992 Vanna Vanna Pookkal Manoranjitham Tamil
1992 Abhirami Maheshwari Tamil
1992 Annai Vayal Tamil
1992 Kizhakku Veedhi Tamil
1992 Soorya Manasam Susi Malayalam
1992 Chevalier Michael Malayalam
1992 Chaitrada Premanjali Anju Kannada
1993 Marupadiyum Priya Tamil
1993 Suriyan Chandiran Tamil
1993 Athma Pathma Tamil
1993 Gejje Naada Kannada
1993 Ponnu Chami Maya Malayalam
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga Vairam Tamil
1994 En Rajangam Sugandhi Tamil
1994 Chinna Madam Chithra Tamil
1994 Pattukottai Periyappa Tamil
1994 Njan Kodiswaran Maya Malayalam
1995 Kalyanam Tamil
1995 Ilavarasi Tamil Special appearance
1995 Muthukulikka Vaariyala Tamil
1995 Thondan Selvi Tamil
1996 Veettukulle Thiruvizha Krishnaveni Tamil
1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Malayalam
1996 Hettavaru Kannada
1996 Karpoorada Gombe Yashodha Kannada
1996 Minugu Thare Kannada
1996 Muddina Aliya Kannada
1997 Nodu Baa Nammoora Kannada
1997 Baduku Jataka Bandi Mala Kannada
1997 Lakshmi Mahalakshmi Anitha Kannada
1997 Ratchagan Tamil
1997 Thadayam Jyothi Tamil
1998 Agni Sakshi Kannada
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Anjali Tamil
2000 Puthira Punithama Tamil
2001 Kotigobba Kannada
2001 Namma Samsara Ananda Sagara Kannada
2004 Kutumba Megha Kannada
2005 Kasthuri Maan Prema Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Visalakshi's neighbor Tamil
2011 Sadhurangam Sandhya's Sister in law Tamil
2017 Konjam Konjam Tamil

TelevisionEdit

Serial Role Channel
Udal Porul Anandhi Doordarshan
Anandha Bhavan Durga Sun TV
Chithi Charulatha Sun TV
Kannadi Kadhavugal Doordarshan
Agal Vilakkugal Sun TV
Vidathu Sirippu Janaki Jaya TV
Kudumbam Sun TV
Virodhi
Penn Bommaigal
Sukhavasam (Malayalam)
Sorgam Sun TV
Vaa Vathiyare Vaa Polimer TV
Siri Siri Crazy Janaki Kalaignar TV
Agni Natchathiram Nalini Sun TV
Roja Pachaikili / Thangapavanu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Hindu : Comic interlude". thehindu.com.
  2. ^ Dhananjayan, G. (3 November 2014). "PRIDE OF TAMIL CINEMA: 1931 TO 2013". google.co.uk.
  3. ^ "The Hindu : Young and mature at once". thehindu.com.
  4. ^ "Raghuveer passes away!". Sify.
  5. ^ "Chaitrada Premanjali actor Raghuveer no more". The Times of India.
  6. ^ Mannath, Malini (21 January 1994). "Parting kick". The Indian Express.
  7. ^ "A-Z (V)". Indolink Tamil. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Unkkage Ellam Unakkaga". itgo.com.
  9. ^ "Thambathyam Puthira Punithama". chennaionline.com. Archived from the original on 16 March 2001. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Kannaadi Kadhavugal". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "The Hindu : Crazy robot". thehindu.com.
  12. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Chennai / Film Review : Wholesome treat for the festive occasion". thehindujobs.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010.

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