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Ranjini
Born Sasha Selvaraj
1970 (age 43)
Singapore
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actress
Lawyer
Business

Sasha Selvaraj, better known as Ranjini, is a Singapore-born Indian actress known for her roles in the Malayalam and Tamil films of the mid-1980s and early 1990s.

Selvaraj made her debut in the 1985 Tamil film Muthal Mariyathai directed by P Bharathiraja.[1] In 1987, she acted in Lenin Rajendran's Swathi Thirunal, a biopic on the Travancore ruler of the same name. Her second Malayalam film Chithram (1988), written and directed by Priyadarshan, went on to become a huge box office success.

Mohanlal-Ranjini was considered a golden duo in Malaylam cinema as all their films were commercial successes.[2] Koothara, directed by Srinath Rajendran, will mark her comeback to acting after a hiatus of two decades.

Career[edit]

Ranjini was born in Singapore as Sasha Selvaraj to Selvaraj and Lilly Selvaraj, originally from Tirunelveli.[3] She was introduced to films by famous director P Bharathiraja, a friend of her father. Bharathiraja gave her the screen name of "Ranjini" for his 1985 film Muthal Mariyathai. Ranjini whose family was in Singapore then had flown down to Chennai taking a break from studies with the hope that the shooting would get over within two weeks.[4]

Her first Malayalam film was Swathi Thirunal in 1987, directed by Lenin Rajendran. The film was a critical success. She went on to act Malayalam films like Chithram, Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988) and Kottayam Kunjachan (1990).

Ranjini quit acting in films at the peak of her career to continue her studies and spent more time with her family in Singapore.[5] Her last film was Customs Diary (1993), directed by TS Suresh Babu. She travelled to London to do degree in credit management and later also acquired a law degree. She also worked for BBC for a short time.[6]

She is a graduate lawyer and is currently working as a joint director in an overseas education institution in Kochi, Kerala. She is married to Malayali businessman Pierre Kombara.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Year No: Film Character Director
1985 1 Mudhal Mariyathai Sevuli P. Bharathiraja
1986 2 Avalai Cholli Kutramillai A.A.Soman
3 Kadalora Kavithaigal Bharathiraja
4 Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum E. Ramdoss
5 Paru Paru Pattanam Paru Manobala
6 Needhana Andha Kuyil
7 Nalellam Pournami
8 Mannukkul Vairam Chitte Manoj kumar
1987 9 Kudumbam Oru Koyil A. C. Tirulokchandar
10 Aayusu Nooru Ponmani Rajan
11 Paasam Oru Vesham
12 Muthukkal Moondru A. Jagannathan
13 Parisam Pottachu K.Shozharajan
14 Arul Tharum Ayyappan Dasarathan
15 Velicham Sundar.K.Vijayan
1988 16 Thaimel Aanai L.Raja
17 Urimai Geetham Ganga R. V. Udayakumar
1989 18 Puthu Mappillai B.S.Subramaniyan
19 Poruthadhu Podhum P. Kalaimani
20 Neruppu Nila
21 Sariyana Jodi
22 Dilli Babu Pandiarajan
23 Sagalakala Sammandhi Visu
24 Ellame En Thangachi Visu
25 Samsarame Saranam Jeevabalan
1990 26 Kalyana Rasi K.Sivaprasad
1991 27 Sir...I Love You G.N.Rangarajan

Malayalam films[edit]

No: Year Film Character Director Notes
1 1987 Swathi Thirunal Sugandhavalli Lenin Rajendran Her debut film in Malayalam
2 1988 Chithram Kalyani Priyadarshan
3 Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu Sumitra Priyadarshan
4 Adholokam Thevalakkara Chellappan
5 1989 Varnam Ammu Ashokan
6 News Megha Shaji Kailas
7 Kaalal Pada Maya Menon Viji Thampi
8 1990 Kauthuka Varthakal Rose Mary Thulasidas
9 Rajavazhcha Mini Sasikumar
10 Anantha Vruthantham Lateesha P Anil
11 Prosecution Jyothi Thulasidas
12 Orukkam Radha K Madhu
13 Mukham Usha Mohan
14 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Mary Viji Thampi
15 Pavakkooth Krishna K. Sreekuttan
16 Thooval Sparsam Sujatha Kamal
17 Khandakavyam Vasan
18 Sandram Police Officer's wife Thaha
19 Sunday 7 PM Dilip's step moter/Dilip's lover Shaji Kailas
20 Kottayam Kunjachan Mollykkutty T S Suresh Babu
21 1991 Agni Nilavu Rekha N Sankaran Nair
22 1992 Kingini A N Thampi
23
24 2014 Ring Master Elizabeth Rafi Come back film
25 Koothara Ram's mother Srinath Rajendran

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