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This page relates to the famous south indian actress, Vanisri
Born Ratna Kumari
(1948-08-03) August 3, 1948 (age 66)
Nellore, India
Occupation Actor
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)

Vanisri or Ratna Kumari (born 3 August 1948), also known as Vanisree or Vanishree, is a popular Telugu actress in the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. Her portfolio also includes Kannada and Tamil films.

Early life[edit]

Vanisri was born in Nellore, Madras state Tamil nadu, India in 1948. Actor S V Ranga Rao gave her screen name Vanisri.


She gained attention with a supporting role in a film penned by K. Balachander titled Sukha Dukhalu (1967), where the famous song "Idi Mallela Velayani" was picturized on her. It led to her first starring role in Telugu films, Marapurani Kadha (1967). She remained a heroine after this film and held the top spot through most of the 1970s.

Vanisri had several super hit and silver jubilee movies, such as Krishnaveni(Telugu Remake of Kannada Movie Sharapanjara), Prem Nagar, Dasara Bullodu, Aradhana, Jeevitha Chakram, Rangula Ratnam, Sri Krishna Tulabharam, Bhakta Kannappa, and Bobbili Raja, etc. 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). 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. She often portrays arrogant mothers-in-law or aunts. Vanisri has acted in television serials as well.

She also worked as politician in Congress party.

Personal life[edit]

Vanisri is married to a doctor and has a daughter and a son, who are also doctors. She lives in Hyderabad now.



Main article: Vanisri filmography
  • Satya Harishchandra in Kannada in 1965
  • Bangaru Panjaram in Telugu in 1965
  • Mangamma Sapatham in Telugu in 1965
  • Shri Krishna Tulabharam in Telugu in 1966
  • Rangula Ratnam 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


Social Service and Welfare Activities[edit]

  • Adharana - Vansiri constructed a home for aged in Film Industry.
  • A Mobile Theatre to spot talent from various parts of Andhra Pradesh.
  • A school to help the poor who cannot afford expensive education.
  • A Hospital constructed for tribal people,at Bayyanna gudem, Khammam district of Andhrapradesh.


External links[edit]

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231 news items

The Star Online

The Star Online
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0700

SMK St Mark incoming president R. Vanisri announced plans for a carnival day, appreciation for parents and teachers, treasure hunt, recycling programme and visit to an old folks home. SMK Convent Bukit Mertajam incoming president Alynna Teoh Sher ...


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 ...

Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:18:45 -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 ...


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:58:32 -0700

மும்பை தொடர் குண்டு வெடிப்பு வழக்கில் தூக்கு தண்டனை பெற்றுள்ள யாகூப் மேமன், கடந்த ஆண்டு அரசியல் பொருளாதாரத்தில் முதுகலை ...


Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:20:46 -0700

பிகார் சட்டப்பேரவைத் தேர்தலை முன்னிட்டு பிரசாரங்களில் ஈடுபட வசதியாக, பிகார் முதல்வர் நிதிஷ்குமார் புனேயில் இருந்து புதிய லக்ஸரி பஸ் ...
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:33:58 -0700

கேரள முதல்வர் உம்மன் சாண்டியைப் போலவே அச்சு அசலாகத் தோற்றமளிக்கும் சவூதி அரேபியாவைச் சேர்ந்த நபர், இந்த மாத இறுதியில் கேரளா ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:48:45 -0800

Ramanaidu has also introduced several heroes, including his son Venkatesh, heroines such as Vanisri, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor, Khushboo, Katrina Kaif, many directors and music directors. He worked with almost all the superstars of Indian cinema, including ...
The New Indian Express
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:39:29 -0700

The deceased was identified as Guguloth Vanisri. According to Lambada Hakkula Porata Samithi leader Uday Singh, the girl belonged to Maripeda and was studying third year mechanical engineering. On Wednesday, the parents of Vanisri were informed by ...

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