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Born Rathna Kumari
(1948-08-03) 3 August 1948 (age 67)
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Other names Kalabinetri
Occupation Actress

Vanisri, (born Rathna Kumari) is an Indian film actress known for her works predominately in Telugu cinema, few Kannada and Tamil films.[1][2] In a film career spanning forty years she has received three Filmfare Awards South, including the Nandi Awards, and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award.[1] She gained attention with a supporting role in a film penned by K. Balachander titled Sukha Dukhalu, and Marapurani Kadha (1967). Vanisri was then starred in super hits such as Krishnaveni ,Prem Nagar, Dasara Bullodu, Aradhana, Jeevitha Chakram, Rangula Ratnam, Sri Krishna Tulabharam, Bhakta Kannappa, and Bobbili Raja, etc.[3]

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 number of films such as Uyarntha Manithan (1968), Nirai Kudam (1969), Vasantha Maligai (1972), Sivakamiyin Selvan (1974), Vani Rani (Tamil remake of the Hindi film Seeta Aur Geeta) (1974) and Nallathoru Kudumbam (1979).[4][3]

1980 to Present[edit]

In the late 1970s, Vanisri left films to get married and have a son and a daughter. Vanisri returned to film in the late 1980s acting in mother roles, 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.[3]


Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Other honors
  • Meena Kumari award at the Vamsi Awards in 2004
  • Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi awards by the Siva Foundation in 2005

Selected Filmography[edit]

Main article: Vanisri filmography

Potti pleader in Telugu in 1966

  • Ummadi Kutumbam in Telugu in 1967
  • Aada Paduchu in Telugu in 1967
  • Kanchukota in Telugu in 1967
  • Ranabheri in Telugu in 1968
  • Asadhyudu in Telugu in 1968
  • Nindu Hridayalu in Telugu in 1969
  • Bhale Rangadu in Telugu in 1969
  • Aatmeeyulu in Telugu in 1969
  • Jagat Jetteelu in Telugu in 1970
  • Drohi in Telugu in 1970
  • Kathanayika Molla in Telugu in 1970
  • Iddaru Ammayilu in Telugu in 1970
  • Kaasidre Kailasa in Kannada in 1970
  • Prem Nagar in Telugu in 1971
  • Jeevitha Chakram in Telugu in 1971
  • Pavithra Bandham in Telugu in 1971
  • Dasara Bullodu in Telugu in 1971
  • Mooga Prema in Telugu in 1971
  • Debbaku Taa Dongala Muthaa in Telugu in 1971
  • Chinnanaati Snehithulu in Telugu in 1971
  • Chinna Naati Snehithulu in Telugu in 1971
  • Vichitra Bandham in Telugu in 1972
  • Koduku Kodalu in Telugu in 1972
  • Aaradhana in Telugu in 1972
  • Datha Puthrudu in Telugu in 1972
  • Amma Maata in Telugu in 1972
  • Minor Babu in Telugu in 1973
  • Manchivaadu in Telugu in 1973
  • Kannavari Kalalu in Telugu in 1974
  • Maya Maschindra in Telugu in 1975
  • Bhakta Kannappa in Telugu in 1976
  • Aradhana in Telugu in 1976
  • Chakradhari in Telugu in 1977
  • Aalu Magalu in Telugu in 1977
  • Devadasu Malli Puttadu in Telugu in 1977
  • Simha Baludu in Telugu in 1978
  • Kondura in Hindu in 1978
  • Ramachilaka in Telugu in 1978
  • Gorantha Deepam in Telugu in 1978
  • Enki Naayud Baava in Telugu in 1978
  • Anugraham in Telugu in 1978
  • Sri Vinayaka Vijayam in Telugu in 1980
  • Mahaa Lakshmi in Telugu in 1980
  • Devudu Mamayya in Telugu in 1981
  • Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu in Telugu in 1989
  • Ganda Mane Makkalu in Kannada in 1989
  • Bobbili Raja in Telugu in 1990
  • Qaidi Dada in Telugu in 1990
  • Seetharathnamgari Abbayi in 1992
  • Rajeshwari Kalyanam in Telugu in 1993
  • Atta sommu alludi Daanam
  • Attaku koduku mamaku alludu
  • Rao garintlo rowdi
  • Swathi chinukulu
  • Agni
  • Collector Gari Alludu
  • Yevandee Aavida Vacchindi in 1993
  • Allari Alludu in 1993
  • Peddinti Alludu
  • Bombai Priyudu
  • Hello Alludu
  • Badradri Ramudu
  • Main Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal in Hindi in 1999



External links[edit]

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785 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:33:38 -0700

Following her success, Vanisri also pulled off Vani Rani , where there are twin sisters, of whom one is docile, and the other confident. Most recently, Sneha in Parthiban Kanavu , Jyothika in Perazhagan , and Priya Mani in Charulatha did dual roles ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:15:00 -0700

“Phoning to congratulate me, Vanisri recalled the Vasantha Maaligai song,” informs Susheela, who draws attention to 'Engo Pirandavaram' as a classical delight composed by S. Balachander. The 'ghost makers' of today would love to have something on the ...


Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:53:23 -0700

"We are ready to introduce this vaccine in Andhra Pradesh, which will protect the state's children from severe diarrhoea," Vanisri Saride, Joint Director, Child Health and Immunisation, told reporters. Very shortly the vaccine programme will be ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0700

... Vanisri Saride, joint director, child health and immunisation, said the vaccine will soon become a part of the state government's Universal Immunisation Programme and health staff in districts had been imparted training for implementation of the ...
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0700

Addressing a media orientation workshop organized by the state government and UNICEF ahead of the launch, Vanisri Saride, joint director, child health and immunisation, said the vaccine will soon become a part of the state government's Universal ...
Web India 123
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 22:48:45 -0700

The rotavirus vaccination in India can prevent 41,000 to 48,000 deaths of children under 5 years of age," Dr Vanisri Saride , Joint Director, Child Health and Immunisation, Andhra Pradesh government, said.Based on the recommendation by the National ...

Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:28:49 -0800

Priya, one of the most popular TV actresses today, confessed that veteran actress Vanisri is one of her inspirations and a role model. No wonder, the actress was on cloud nine when she bumped into Vanisri at a recent event and even got a picture ...


Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:41:15 -0800

Dasara Bullodu is one film that is a trendsetter of sorts in the history of Telugu cinema. The film starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Vanisri is an evergreen hit which had super hit music. In fact, his other film Antastulu was another landmark film ...

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