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Madhavi is a famous South Indian film actress. She played the heroine role for 17 years in seven languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Bengali, and Hindi. So far she acted in more than 300 films.

Early life

Madhavi was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her parents are Sasirekha and Govinda Swamy. She grew up with a brother and sister. She learnt classical dance, Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheshwari and folk dances from Mr. Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances. She also attended Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad.

Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film “Thoorupu Padamara” when she was a teenager. The film became a huge hit. K. Balachander then cast her in a supporting role in his hit Telugu film Marocharithra (1979).

She repeated her role in the Hindi remake Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), which became the top grossing film of 1981. In both films, she showed remarkable sensitivity as a lonely wealthy woman who falls in love with Kamal Haasan. She earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Director K. Balachander was so impressed with her performance in both films that he introduced her to the Tamil film industry in the film Thillu Mullu (1981) with Rajinikanth. By the end of the decade, she was starring opposite superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath (1990).

Madhavi later acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai, Tik Tik Tik, Kaakki Chattai and Mangamma Sabadham appearing in a swimsuit in all the films. Other films with Rajinikanth included Garjanai and Thambikku endha ooru. Being talented, she showed her ability in movies like Needhi dhevan Mayakkam and Nirabaraadhi. She acted in number of films with Telugu star hero Chiranjeevi.Her first movie with chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982,Later she acted agiain with Chiranjeevi in block bluster movie Khaidi.Her last movie in Telugu was Big Boss(again Chiranjeevi movie

She acted in number of Kannada movies which have been a big success. She acted with many popular Kannada heroes including Dr. Raj Kumar, Vishnu Vardhan, Anant Nag and Ambareesh.

She also donned many roles in Malayalam movies with superstars like Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her beautiful portrayal of the legendary “Unniyaarcha” in the national award winning movie “Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha” was well appreciated. Also a very notable film was “Aakashadooth” in which she had done a very popular mother role who met her end with lukeamia.

Personal life

After going through many difficulties including caught for immoral activities, in 1996, her spiritual teacher ‘Swami Rama’ arranged her marriage to one of his disciples, a businessman (pharmaceuticals) named Ralph Sharma, who is half-Indian and half-German. She married him within a couple of weeks after meeting him. They have three children and live in New Jersey.

Now retired from films, she has indicated that she still feels the urge to act when she sees good films.

She has also an official website.

Kannada Filmography

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1981 Garjane Rajinikanth C.V.Rajendran
1981 Anupama Anant Nag
1982 Khaidi Vishnuvardhan
1986 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma Dr.Rajkumar Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
1987 Shruti Seridaga Dr. Rajkumar M.S.Rajashekhar
1994 Oda Huttidavaru Dr. Rajkumar Dorai-Bhagavaan
1986 Anuraaga Aralitu Dr. Rajkumar M.S.Rajashekhar
1982 Haalu Jenu Dr. Rajkumar M.S.Rajashekhar
1987 Chanakya Vishnuvardhan
1986 Malaya Marutha Vishnuvardhan Lalitha Ravi
1991 Jeevana Chaithra Dr.Rajkumar Dorai-Bhagawan
1983 Rudranaga Vishnuvardhan
1993 Aakasmika Dr.Rajkumar T.S. Nagabharana

Telugu Filmography

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
Anthu Leni Kada Rajini Kanth, Kamalhasn Balachandran
1982 Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya Chiranjeevi First Diamond Jubilee film
1982 Khaidhi Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao Kodanda Rami Reddy A.
1978 Maro Charithra Kamal Haasan, Saritha Balachander
Thoorpu Padamara
Judge gari kuthuru
Bottu katuka
Chattaniki kallu leyu
Ra ra krishayya
Chattaniki veyi kallu
Mathrudevo Bhava

Malayalam Filmography

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1980 Lava Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer, Sathar T.Hariharan
1981 Valarthu Mrugangal Sukumaran, Ratheesh T.Hariharan
1981 Garjanam Rajinikanth C.V.Rajendran
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Jagathy, Bahadoor Sathyan Anthikkad
1982 Sindoorasandhyakku Mounam Mohanlal, Ratheesh, Lakshmi, Prathap Pothan I. V. Sasi
1982 Ormakkayi Nedumudi Venu, Adoor Bhasi Bharathan Won State Award
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan Ratheesh, Mammootty, Ravindran I. V. Sasi
1983 Changatham Mammootty, Mohanlal, Jagathy Bharathan
1983 Hello Madras Girl Mohanlal, Shankar, Poornima Jayaram J. Williams
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Prem Nazir, Sreenivasan, Maniyanpilla Raju, Vijay Menon Lenin Rajendran Guest Role
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Mohanlal, Venu Nagavalli Sathyan Anthikkad
1987 Nombarathi Poovu Mammootty, Shaari, Jagathy Padmarajan Won State Award
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Geetha T.Hariharan
1993 Aakashadooth Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sibi Malayil Won State Award
1993 Gandhari Siddique, Saikumar Sunil
1994 Sudinam Jayaram, Sudheesh, Dileep Nisar
1995 Aksharam Suresh Gopi, Annie, Narendra Prasad Sibi Malayil
1995 Chaitanyam Murali Jayan Varkala

Tamil Filmography

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1980 Trilok Sundari Narasimha Rajju Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
1981 Thillu Mullu Rajinikanth K.Balachander
1981 Garjanai Rajinikanth C.V.Rajendran
1981 Raja Parvai Kamal Hassan Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan, Radha Bharathiraja
1983 Sattam Kamal Haasan K.Vijayan
1984 Thambikku entha oru Rajinikanth, Sulakshana Rajasekhar
1985 Kaakki Sattai Kamal Haasan, Ambika Rajasekhar
1985 Mangamma Sabatham Kamal Haasan K.Vijayan
1985 Unn Kannil Neer Vazhdidal Rajinikanth Balu Mahendra
1986 Viduthalai Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganesan Rajasekhar
Veera Pen Jaishankar
Ellam Inbamayam Kamal Hassan
Pancha Kalyani Sudhakar

Hindi Filmography

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1981 Ek Duje Ke Liye Kamal Haasan, Rati Agnihotri K. Balachander
1983 Andha Kanoon Rajinikanth, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Amitabh Bachchan T.Rama Rao Special Appearance
1984 Mujhe Shakti Do Vinod Mehra
1984 Taqatwala
1985 Misaal Naseeruddin Shah, Vijeta Pandit Humayun Mirza, Maharukh Mirza, Sharukh Mirza
1986 Jwala Puneet Issar, Goga Kapoor Sudesh Issar
1987 Loha Vikas Anand, Dharmendra Raj.N.Sippy
1987 Kalyug aur Ramayan Manoj Kumar, Rajiv Goswami Babubhai Mistri
1987 Satyamev Jayathe Vinod Khanna, Meenakshi Seshadri Raj.N.Sippy
1988 Pyar Ka Mandir Mithun Chakraborty, Bharat Bhusan K.Bapaiah
1988 Mar Mitenge Mithun Chakraborty, Jeetendra Kawal Sharma
1989 Paraya Ghar Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Prada Kalpataru
1990 Haar Jeet Kabir Bedi, Shafi Inamdar Avtar Boghal
1990 Swarg Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla David Dhawan
1990 Agneepath Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty Mukul S. Anand
1992 Saphira Sanjay Dutt, Kimi Katkar Ashok Gaekwad
1992 Lambu Dada Master Akash, Mahesh Anand, Kabir Bedi Sharad Chaudary

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