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Born Nalini
Tamil Nadu, India
Other names M.G.R. Latha, Latha Sethupathi
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Sethupathi
Children Srinivas, Karthik

Latha (born Nalini), also known as M.G.R. Latha, Latha Sethupathi, is a top Indian actress, who played leading roles in south Indian films during the 1970s and early 1980s. She is also known for her roles in various megaserials in Tamil and Telugu language and continues to be popular in the industry.

Early life[edit]

Her photogenic looks and dancing skills attracted attention from the Tamil film industry. She entered films when she was fifteen and was encouraged by her aunt actress Kamala Kotnis.[1] Her first film was in Ulagam Sutram Valiban (1973), whose star and producer was M. G. Ramachandran.[2][3] She is from the Sethupathy clan, the Royal family of Ramnad and her father was Shanmugha Rajeswara Sethupathi and mother is Leelarani.[4] Actor Rajkumar Sethupathy is her brother.


Latha became a very successful actress and has won several awards. She has acted in excess of one hundred films spanning Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Her first film was Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973), in which she starred alongside M. G. Ramachandran. It was shot exclusively in foreign locations such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. The film's success skyrocketed her to the top of the industry and she was felicitated by the press for being the best and most glamorous amongst all the four actresses in the film. She remained M. G. Ramachandran's leading lady for several years in Tamil films. He recommended her to star Akkineni Nageswara Rao for Andala Ramudu (1973), thus making her debut in Telugu films.[5] She specialized in playing glamorous roles in Tamil and Telugu films. She played the Zeenat Aman role in two remakes of Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973): the Telugu film Annadammula Anubandham(1975) and the Tamil film Naalai Namathay (1975). She played Jaya Bhaduri's role from Zanjeer (1973 film) in the Telugu remake Nippulanti Manishi(1974) and the Tamil remake Sirithu Vazha Vendum (1974). She won a Filmfare Award for her performance in Vattathukkul Sadhuram. The Kalaimamani award was bestowed upon her by the State Government of Tamil Nadu for her achievements in the film industry. She has also received awards from the Government of Tamil Nadu as well as the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her acting ability. She was also briefly involved in politics, as her father, Shanmugha Rajeswara Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad, was once a politician.,[6][7] She played a vital role in Rajinikanth's movie, Shankar Salim Simon. This role made her one of the only 2 actresses, along with Lakshmi, to be paired with MGR & Rajinikanth in the 1970s Tamil movies.

After a hiatus of 14 years, she successfully reprised her career by acting in leading roles in many mega serials in Tamil and Telugu. In 2002, the actress played vicious mothers-in-law in Telugu television serials Eenati Ramayanam,[8] Pavithrabandham and Matti Manishi.[9] Most recently, she has gained much notoriety alongside Raadhika Sarathkumar in the Tamil television serials Chitthi, Kasthuri, Selvi and most famously in Arase (Arasi). Her role in Arase (Arasi) is very popular amongst the demographic of Tamils that religiously follow mega serials, namely housewives and children. Her role is best known for her catchphrases 'Pada Pada Padannu irukkiradhu' and 'Idhu Rombo Too Much' and the humorous portrayal of the character.[10]

Notable filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Role Notes
1973 Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Tamil
1973 Andala Ramudu Telugu Sita
1973 Gandhi Puttina Desham Telugu
1974 Netru Indru Naalai Tamil
1976 Uzhaikkum Karangal Tamil Muthamma
1975 Pallandu Vazhga Tamil Saroja
1975 Naalai Namadhe Tamil Rani
1975 Ninaithadhai Mudippavan Tamil Mohana
1974 Sirithu Vazha Vendum Tamil Mala
1976 Needhikku Thalaivanangu Tamil
1974 Urimai Kural Tamil
1974 Sivakamiyin Selvan Tamil
1974 Nippulanti Manishi Telugu
1976 Magaadu Telugu
1977 Meenava Nanban Tamil
1977 Navarathinam Tamil Manikkum
1977 Kurukshetram Telugu Satyabhama
1978 Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan Tamil
1978 Shankar Salim Simon Tamil
1978 Aayiram Jenmangal Tamil Savithri
1978 Varuvan Vadivelan Tamil
1979 Andadu Aagadu Telugu
1979 Neeya Tamil
1979 Shringara Ramudu Telugu
1980 Love in Singapore Malayalam
1981 Pinneyum Pookkunna Kadu Malayalam
1981 Parvathy Malayalam
2016 Kadikara Manithargal (film) Tamil

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Sethupathi, a Singapore businessman and has 2 sons Srinivas and Karthik.[11][12]


External links[edit]

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