Bharathi Vishnuvardhan


Bharathi Vishnuvardhan (born 15 August 1948),[1] also known mononymously as Bharathidevi, is an Indian film and Kannada television actress known primarily for her work in Kannada cinema and serials. She began her career in 1966, as a lead actress, with the Kannada movie Love in Bangalore.

Bharathi Vishnuvardhan
Born
Bharathidevi Rao

(1948-08-15) 15 August 1948 (age 71)
Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
OccupationActress
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Vishnuvardhan (1975–2009; his demise)
ChildrenKeerthi, Chandana
Parent(s)Father: Ramachandra Rao
Mother: Bhadravathi
AwardsPadma Shri (2017)

In a career spanning over 50 years, Bharathi has appeared in 150 films. Apart from 100 films in Kannada, she has also acted in a handful of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. In the course of her career, she became known for portrayal of the roles mythological and historical characters, and also that of a student, a romantic and a rural belle.[1] Her role in Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970) as Chennambike won her a Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the government of India.[2]

Personal life

Bharathi was born into the Marathi-speaking family in Bhadravathi on 15 August 1948 in the erstwhile Indian State of Mysore (now Karnataka).[1] Her father Ramachandra Rao was a Tailor & Mother Bhadravathi Bai was a home maker. Bharathi did her Nursery education at Bharathi Vidya Shala & furthur education was at Malleshwaram Ladies Association (M.L.A) High School, Bangalore. Then she studied college at Maharani's Women's Science College in Bengaluru, she was very much active in sports, dance and her childhood ambition was to become a basket ball player or an Athlete. She started her acting in 1964. Photos of her dance performance caught the eyes of Kannada film actor Kalyan Kumar, who cast her in his film Love in Bangalore. But, her second film Dudde Doddappa saw theatrical release first.[1]

Bharathi married actor Vishnuvardhan on 27 February 1975 in Bengaluru. They have adopted two daughters - Keerthi and Chandana. Dr. Vishnuvardhan died in 2009, aged 59.[3]

Career

Bharathi's first claims to fame were her supporting roles in the 1966 film Nadodi, starring M. G. Ramachandran and Saroja Devi, where she played the elder sister to Saroja Devi, and then her role in Chandhrodhayam, as the supporting actress to Jayalalithaa. The song "Ulagum Engum Orey Mozhi", picturised on her with M. G. Ramachandran established her as a star and Nadodi is the only film where she was cast as M.G.R's heroine. She then received offers as the lead heroine in Tamil films which became hits, like Deiva Cheyal and Namma Veetu Lakshmi, both with Muthuraman, Poovum Pottum with A.V.M. Rajan, Avalukendru Oru Manam opposite Gemini Ganeshan. Thanga Thambi, Valiba Virundhu, Enga Papa, Nimardhu Nil, Meendum Vazhven, Nee Vazha Vendum, - all six opposite Ravichandran, Naan Yaar Theriyuma, Unakkum Enakkum, Naangu Killadigal, Ponvandu and Nil Kavani Kadhali - all five opposite Jaishankar, Uyirandhan Manidhan with Sivakumar and Thanga Surangam with Shivaji Ganeshan. She again acted with MGR-Jayalalithaa in Annamitta Kai in 1972. Her last Tamil film as leading heroine was Nee Vazha Vendum in 1977.

She was introduced to Hindi Cinema by director A. Bhimsingh with film Mehrban (1967) and Saadu Aur Shaitaan (1968).

Her first Kannada film was the 1966 romantic comedy Love in Bangalore. She was critically acclaimed for her roles in Kannada movies like Sandhya Raga, Runa Mukthalu, Bangaaradha Manushya, Doorada Betta, Gandondu Hennaru, Bangarada Jinke, Bhagya Jyothi and the Kannada Doordarshan serial Janani.

In 2012, she appeared as a strict, no-nonsense sessions court judge in T.N. Seetharam's Kannada daily serial Mukta-Mukta.

She has acted alongside Rajkumar, Dilip Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, ANR, M. G. Ramachandran, NTR, Prem Nazir, Gemini Ganesan, Manoj Kumar, Kalyan Kumar, Udaykumar, Vishnuvardhan, Jaishankar, Ravichandran, Shoban Babu, Krishna, R. Muthuraman, A.V.M. Rajan, Krishnam Raju, Kanta Rao, Haranath, Sivakumar, Vinod Khanna, Rakesh Roshan, Ambrish, Ananth Nag, Chalam, Rajesh, Gangadhar, Vinod Mehra and many other popular actors.

Bharathi has acted in a number of Hindi films as well, like Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970) starring Balraj Sahni, where she was cast opposite Rakesh Roshan in his debut film, Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Hum Tum Aur Woh and Mastana, both with Vinod Khanna, Prabhat Khanna's Uttar Dakshin (1987), Izzatdaar (1990 with Dilip Kumar), Mehmood's Kunwaara Baap (1974), Naya Din Nayi Raat, Aao Pyaar Karen (1994, with Saif Ali Khan and Shilpa Shetty), and many more.

Bharathi has acted in various Malayalam films with many other leading actors, but in character roles.

In Tamil, she acted as the leading heroine to all four doyens of Tamil film industry in those days: Sivaji Ganesan, M.G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan and R. Muthuraman.

In the Telugu cinema field, she has acted in Jai Jawan (1970), Govula Gopanna (1968), Sipayi Chinnayya and Bangaru Gajulu (all with Akkineni Nageswara Rao), which were hits.

Apart from acting, Bharathi has also been a singer and associate director in the film industry. She has sung a duet with T.M. Soundarrajan for Snehithi, a Tamil film. The song "Thanga Nilave Nee Illamal" is picturised on Gemini Ganesan and herself. She sang a Kannada song "Ee Notake Mai Matake" with her husband Vishnuvardhan for the movie Nagara Hole.

She worked as associate director to K. S. L. Swamy for the movies Karune Illada Kanoonu, Huli Hejje and the classic Malaya Marutha.

She had represented Karnataka State Level Throw-ball team during her college days.

Filmography

Below is a list of a few films in which Bharathi Vishnuvardhan has performed.[4]

Year Film Language Role Director Notes
1966Love in BangaloreKannadaKalyan Kumar
1966Dudde DoddappaKannadaKalpanaB. R. Panthulu
1966Emme ThammannaKannadaB. R. Panthulu
1966Sandhya RagaKannadaS. K. Bhagavan
A.C. Narasimhamurthy
1966Madhu MalathiKannadaMadhumalathiS. K. A. Chari
1966NadodiTamilMeena DharmalingamB. R. PanthuluDebut in Tamil
1966ChandhrodhayamTamilKamalaK. Shankar
1966Enga PappaTamilB. R. Panthulu
1966Namma Veettu LakshmiTamilB. R. Panthulu
1967Beedhi BasavannaKannadaVijayaB. R. Panthulu
1967RajashekaraKannadaMangalaG. V. Iyer
1967Thanga ThambiTamilParvathiFrancis Ramanath
1967Rajadurgada RahasyaKannadaMangalaA.C. Narasimhamurthy
1967MehrbanHindiGeeta Shanti SwarupA. Bhimsingh
1967Deiva CheyalTamilM. G. Balu
1967Valiba VirundhuTamilMurasoli Maran
1967Naan Yaar TheriyumaTamilV.N.Ramanan
1967Aggi DoraTeluguB. Vittalacharya
1967Gange GowriKannadaGangeB. R. Panthulu
1967Pattukunte PadiveluTeluguM. Mallikarjuna Rao
1968Uyarndha ManithanTamilGowriKrishnan-Panju
1968Sadhu Aur ShaitaanHindiVidya Shastri/ChuniyaA. Bhimsingh
1968AmmaKannadaB. R. Panthulu
1968Mana SamsaramTeluguC. S. Rao
1968Ninne PelladutaTeluguB. V. Srinivas
1968Nimirindhu NilTamilDevan
1968Kalisina ManasuluTeluguKamalakar Kameswara Rao
1968ManassakshiKannadaS. K. A. Chari
1968Bangaru GaajuluTeluguC. S. Rao
1968Govula GopannaTeluguC. S. Rao
1968Poovum PottumTamilDada Mirasi
1968Nane BhagyavathiKannadaT. V. Singh Thakur
1968Lakshmi NivasamTeluguV. Madhusudana Rao
1969Nangu KilladigalTamilL. Balu
1969Mayor MuthannaKannadaSiddalingaiah
1969Ardha RathriTeluguP. Sambasiva Rao
1969Gandondu HennaruKannadaMeenaB. R. Panthulu
1969Thanga SurangamTamilAmuthaT. R. Ramanna
1969Shiva BhakthaKannadaK. V. Srinivas
1969Padicha KallanMalayalamM. Krishnan Nair
1969Sipayi ChinnayyaTeluguShobhaG. V. Sheshagiri Rao
1969ChadurangaKannadaN. C. Rajan
1969Nil Gavani KadhaliTamilC. V. Rajendran
1969GruhalakshmiKannadaVijaya Satyam
1970Jai JawanTeluguD.Yoganand
1970Aliya GeleyaKannadaB. R. Panthulu
1970AkhanduduTeluguV. Ramachandra Rao
1970Baalu BelagithuKannadaLakshmiSiddalingaiah
1970Sri KrishnadevarayaKannadaChinnaB. R. PanthuluKarnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1970Purab Aur PaschimHindiGopiManoj Kumar
1970Hasiru ThoranaKannadaMeenaT. V. Singh Thakur
1970SnehithiTamilG. Ramakrishnan
1970Bhale JodiKannadaSunithaY. R. Swamy
1970MastanaHindiSharadaAdurthi Subba Rao
1970Ghar Ghar Ki KahaniHindiSeemaT. Prakash RaoFamous for Sama Hai Suhana song
1970Rangamahal RahasyaKannadaVijay
1971Avalukendru Oru ManamTamilC. V. Sridhar
1971Sri Krishna Rukmini SatyabhamaKannadaSathyabhamaK. S. L. Swamy
1971Duniya Kya JaneHindiC. V. Sridhar
1971Kula GouravaKannadaPeketi Sivaram
1971Thayi DevaruKannadaSiddalingaiah
1971SeemaHindiSurendra Mohan
1971Hum Tum Aur WohHindiAartiShiv Kumar
1971Andam Kosam PandemTeluguA.Sheshagiri Rao
1971Namma SamsaraKannadaSiddalingaiah
1971Meendum VazhvenTamilT. N. Balu
1970Andariki MonagaduTeluguM. Mallikarjuna Rao
1971Naa ThammuduTeluguK. S. Prakash Rao
1972Janma RahasyaKannadaS. P. N. Krishna
1972Jeevana JokaliKannadaGeetapriya
1972Jaga Mecchida MagaKannadaHunsur Krishnamurthy
1972Hrudaya SangamaKannadaBelli/ChandraRashi Brothers
1972Annamitta KaiTamilDoctor Kalpana
1972Bangaaradha ManushyaKannadaLakshmiSiddalingaiah
1972Aankh MicholiHindiRamanna
1972Unakkum EnakkumTamilN. S. Maniam
1972Sub Ka SaathiHindiA. Bhimsingh
1972Chitti ThalliTelugu
1973BidugadeKannadaY. R. Swamy
1973SwayamvaraKannadaY. R. Swamy
1973Doorada BettaKannadaSiddalingaiah
1973PonvanduTamilN. S. Maniam
1973Neramu SikshaTeluguK. Viswanath
1974Mugguru AmmayiluTeluguKotayya Pratyagatma
1974Anna AttigeKannadaM. R. Vittal
1974Onde Roopa Eradu GunaKannadaA. M. SameevullaIn song "O Udala Sarala"
1974Kunwara BaapHindiRadhaMehmood
1974ThulasiTeluguK. Babu Rao
1974Amma ManasuTeluguK. Viswanath
1974Anaganaga Oka ThandriTeluguC. S. Rao
1974Adapillala ThandriTeluguK. Vasu
1974HarathiTeluguP. Lakshmi Deepak
1975Devara GudiKannadaR. Ramamurthy
1975KaveriKannadaH. N. Reddy
1975Kotha KapuramTeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975Bhagya JyothiKannadaK. S. L. Swamy
1975SaubhagyavathiTeluguP. Chandrasekhara Reddy
1975Puttinti GowravamTeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975Pandanti SamsaramTeluguP. Chandrasekhar Reddy
1975Kathanayakuni KathaTeluguD. Yoganand
1976Makkala BhagyaKannadaK. S. L. Swamy
1975Pellade BommaTeluguChakravarthy
1976Vadhu VaruluTeluguN.D. Vijayababu
1977Devare DikkuKannada
1977ManassakshiTeluguP. Sambasiva Rao
1977Nee Vazha VendumTamilA. Bhimsingh
1977Nagara HoleKannadaMadhu
1978Madhura SangamaKannadaLalithambe in playT. P. VenugopalCameo appearance
1978PrathimaKannada
1978SandharbhaKannada
1979ManiniKannadaK. S. Sethumadhavan
1980ChitrakootaKannadaGowri Sundar
1980Rahasya RathriKannadaM. S. Kumar
1980Bangarada JinkeKannadaT. S. Nagabharana
1982Pedda GeddaKannada
1984RunamukthaluKannadaGodaPuttana Kanagal
1986Tavaru ManeKannada
1986Maneye ManthralayaKannada
1986Namma Oora DevatheKannada
1986Ella HengasarindaKannada
1986UppuMalayalamKhadeeja
1986Padikkatha PadamTamilBharath
1987Uttar DakshinHindiPrabhat Khanna
1987Bandha MuktaKannada
1987Thaliya AaneKannada
1988Shanthi NivasaKannada
1988Mutthinantha ManushyaKannada
1989Yuddha KaandaKannadaK. V. Raju
1990IzzatdaarHindiSujathaKovelamudi Bapayya
1990Bannada GejjeKannadaVyjayanthiRajendra Singh Babu
1990Prema YuddhamTeluguVyjayanthiRajendra Singh Babu
1990Urudhi MozhiTamilR. V. Udayakumar
1991SandhwanamMalayalam
1992KhelHindiKamini/ShardaRakesh Roshan
1993DevaasuramMalayalamNeelakandan's mother
1994Aao Pyaar Karen HindiAnjali
1994SarigamaluTelugu
1995DoreKannada
1995Achan Kombathu Amma Varampathu MalayalamParvathi
1996Katta Panchayathu TamilKarthik's Mother
1997VarnapakittuMalayalamSunny's motherI. V. Sasi
1997Oru YathramozhiMalayalamGovindankutty's mother
1998NakshatratharattuMalayalamSreedevi
2000NarasimhamMalayalamInduchoodan's motherShaji Kailas
2001KarumadikkuttanMalayalamBharathi
2002MazhathullikilukkamMalayalamAlice John
2003Preethi Prema PranayaKannadaSharadha DeviKavitha Lankesh
2005MaharajaKannadaAnnapoornaSai Prakash
2006Photographer MalayalamDijo's & Joy's mother
2006Tananam TananamKannadaShastry's wifeKavitha Lankesh
2009Raaj - The ShowmanKannadaHerselfPrem
2012Crazy LokaKannadaKavitha Lankesh
2012Kanneerinum MadhuramMalayalamVijayakumari
2016Doddmane HudgaKannadaDoddmane Rajeeva's sisterDuniya Soori
2018Raja SimhaKannadaRavi Ram
2018Edakallu Guddada MeleKannada
2019 Kurukshetra Kannada Kunti Naganna
TBAAmbar Caterers[5]TuluJai Prasad

Television

Awards

Padmashri - the 4th highest civilian award of India in 2017[6]

References

  1. "Bharathi Vishnuvardhan: Shining on the silver screen for five decades". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. "Padma Awards 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Vishnuvardhan Death". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  4. Bharathi, IMDb, retrieved 15 January 2008
  5. http://www.tulucinema.com/kannada-actor-bharathi-vishnuvardhan-act-tulu-film-titled-ambar-caterers/
  6. http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=157675