Padmini (actress)

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Padmini Ramachandran
PadminiTM.jpg
BornPadmini
(1932-06-12)June 12, 1932[1]
Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore
DiedSeptember 24, 2006(2006-09-24) (aged 74)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesNatiya Peroli, Pappima
ReligionHindu
Spouse(s)Ramachandran
ParentsGopala Pilla, Saraswathiyamma
 
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Padmini Ramachandran
PadminiTM.jpg
BornPadmini
(1932-06-12)June 12, 1932[1]
Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore
DiedSeptember 24, 2006(2006-09-24) (aged 74)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesNatiya Peroli, Pappima
ReligionHindu
Spouse(s)Ramachandran
ParentsGopala Pilla, Saraswathiyamma

Padmini (12 June 1932[1] – 24 September 2006) was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer who acted in over 250 Indian films.[1] She acted in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. Padmini, with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called the "Travancore sisters".[2]

Padmini was born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram in what was then the princely state of Travancore (now the Indian state of Kerala). She was the second daughter of SreeThankappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma both comes from noble Nair families.[1] Her sisters, Lalitha and Ragini, were also well known film actresses. Together, the three were known as the Travancore sisters.[2] Padmini and her sisters learnt bharathanatyam from Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalingam Pillai. The trio were the disciples of Indian dancer Guru Gopinath. They learnt Kathakali and Kerala Natanam styles of dancing from him. N.S. Krishnan noticed her talents while she was presenting Parijatha Pushpapaharanam in Thiruvananthapuram. After that performance, he said that in the future she will become an actress. She was thus cast as heroine in his own production Manamagal. The Travancore Sisters grew up in a joint family tharavadu 'Malaya Cottage' in Poojappura, Trivandrum.[4] The matriarchial head of the family was Karthiyayini Amma whose husband was PK Pillai (Palakunnathu Krishna Pillai of Cherthala) alias 'Penang Padmanabha Pillai'. PK Pillai had six sons of whom Satyapalan Nair (Baby) was a leading producer of many early Malayalam films. Another son, Raveendran Nair's daughter Latika Suresh, is a leading producer of Malayalam TV programs. They performed at the 1955 Filmfare Awards.[5]

Career[edit]

At the age of 14, Padmini was cast as the dancer in the Hindi film Kalpana (1948), launching her career.[3] She acted in films for nearly 30 years.[4]

Padmini in Payal (1957)

Padmini starred with several of the most well-known actors in Indian film, including Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Sathyan, Prem Nazir, Rajkumar, Gemini Ganesan and S. S. Rajendran. She appeared with Sivaji Ganesan in 59 films.

She acted mostly in Tamil films. Ezhai Padum Padu released in 1950 was her first film in Tamil.[1] Her association with Sivaji Ganesan started with Panam in 1952.[3] Some of her noted Tamil films include Thanga Padhumai, Anbu, Kaattu Roja, Thillana Mohanambal, Vietnam Veedu, Edhir Paradhathu, Mangayar Thilakam and Poove Poochudava. Some of her popular Malayalam films include Prasanna, Snehaseema, Vivaahitha, Adhyaapika, Kumara Sambhavam, Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu, Vasthuhara and Dolar.[2]

In two of her popular Bollywood films — Mera Naam Joker and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai — she was paired with Raj Kapoor. She did another film with Raj Kapoor AashiQ (1962). Her other Bollywood films include Payal (1957), Afsana (1966), Vaasna (1968), Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) and Babubhai Mistry's Mahabharat (1965).[1] In Mera Naam Joker she played very bold role of a girl who used to dress like a boy till acccidently her real sex is noticed by the hero of the film Raj Kapoor.The film had hot scencs involving Padmini.

Her most famous was Thillana Mohanambal, a Tamil film, where she plays a dancer competing against a musician to see whose skills are better.[2] She also acted in a Indian-Soviet film Journey Beyond Three Seas (Hindi version: Pardesi) based on the travelogues of Russian traveler Afanasy Nikitin (called A Journey Beyond the Three Seas, which is now considered a Russian literary monument), in which she plays the role of Lakshmi, a royal dancer.

Personal life[edit]

Both Padmini and Vyjayanthimala, trained classical dancers, vied with each other. They were at the height of their careers and there was professional rivalry between them! Interestingly, the real-life envy did creep into the reel-life dance drama which added its own sugar and spice to the impact of the sequence. [sic]

Randor Guy[5]

After her marriage to Ramachandran, a U.S.-based physician[2] in 1961,[1] she retired temporarily from films and focused on family life and refining her classical dance.[2] She settled in the United States[3] and in 1977 opened her classical dance school in New Jersey, the Padmini School of Fine Arts.[3] Today, her school is considered as one of the largest Indian classical dance institutions in America.[citation needed]

Actress Sukumari is the trio's maternal first cousin. Shobana, the famous dancer, is the niece of Padmini. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Actors Vineeth and Krishna are relatives.

Padmini died of a heart attack at the Chennai Apollo Hospital on 24 September 2006. She is survived by a son, who is settled in the United States.

Padmini was well known for her professional rivalry with actress Vyjayanthimala, the successful dancer-actress.[5] They performed a dance number in the Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban; the well known song was "Kannum Kannum Kalanthu" which was sung by P. Leela and Jikki. In the song they were pitted against each other. Due to their professional rivalry the song has a cult following since the film was released; the popularity of the song surpasses the popularity of the film.[5]

Awards[edit]

Won
Nominations

Filmography[edit]

Tamil[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1986Lakshmi VanthachuRajeswari
1986Thaikku Oru Thalattu
1985Poove PoochudavaPungavanathamaSundari's grandmother
1976Gurudhatchanai
1976Athiparashakthidubbed in Hindi as "Jai Jagat Janani"
1974Devi Shri Kaumariamman
1974Thayi
1972Appa Tata
1971Iru ThuruvamKumari
1971Annai Velankanni
1971Rickshawkaran
1970Ethirkalam
1970Penn DeivamPonnamma
1970Vietnam VeeduSavitri
1970Vilaiyattu PillaiMaragatham
1968Thillana MohanambalMohanambal
1968Thirumal Perumai
1967Engaluckum Kalam Varum
1967Iru Malargal
1967Paladai
1967Pesum Daivam
1967Thiruvarutselvar
1966ChitthiMeenakshi
1966Saraswathi SabathamDevi Maa Parvati 'Shakti'
1966Thaaye Unakkaga
1963Naan Vanangum Daivam
1962Raani Samyuktha
1962Senthamarai
1962Vikramadithan
1961Sri Valli
1961ArasilangkumariAnbukarasi
1960Deivapiravi
1960Mannadhi Mannan
1960Meenda Sorgam
1960Raja Desingu
1959Daivame Thunai
1959MaragathamMaragatham/Alamu
1959Ponnu Vilayum Bhoomi
1959Thangapathumai
1959Veerapandiya Kattabomman
1957Raja Rajan
1957Puthaiyal
1956Madurai VeeranVelaiammai
1956Raja Rani
1955Mangaiyar ThilakamSulochana
1955Kaveri
1955Koteeswaran
1954Edhir Paradhathu
1954Illara Jyothi
1954Kalyanam Panniyum BrammachariPadmini
1954Sorgavasal
1954Thookku Thookki
1953Marumagal
1952Panam
1952Velaikkaran
1952Kanchana
1951Manamagal
1950Ezhai Padum Padu
1950Maruthanattu Ilavrasi

Hindi[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1982Dard Ka RishtaGuest artist
1970MastanaGauri
1970Aansoo Aur MuskanMary
1970Mera Naam JokerMeena/Meena Banu Bochali/Master Meenu
1969Bhai BahenRani/Tara
1969MadhaviRajkumari Mangala V Singh
1969Chanda Aur BijliBijli
1969Nannha FarishtaGauri
1967WomanParvati
1968Vaasna
1966Afsana
1965MahabharatDraupadi / Sairantri
1965KaajalBhanu
1962Aashiq
1961Apsara
1960KalpanaKalpana
1960Aai Phirse Bahar
1960SingaporeLata
1960Aai Phirse Bahar
1960BindyaBindya 'Bindu'
1960Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti HaiKammo
1959Amar Shaheed
1958Raagini
1958Amar DeepRoopa
1958Mujrim
1958Raj Tilak
1958Sitamgar
1957Pardesi
1957PayalKamla
1957Qaidi
1952Mr SampatMalini Devi

Malayalam[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1994DollarAmmachi
1991VaasthuhaaraBhavani
1984Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum NattuKunjoonjamma Thomas
1979Ezham KadalinakkareRadha
1978Anthonees Punyavaalan
1977Velaankanni Mathavu
1971Raathrivandi
1970Sabarimala Sree Dharmashastha
1970VivaahithaMeena
1969Sandhya
1969Kumara SambhavamSathi,Parvathydouble role
1968Aparaadhini
1968AdhyaapikaSaramma
1966Kanakachilanka
1964Atom BombSushama
1964Devaalayam
1961Ummini ThankaThanka
1959Minnalppadayaali
1959Chathurangam
1954SnehaseemaOmana
1953Aashadeepam
1952Kanjana
1950Chandrika
1950Prasanna
1933Marthanda VarmaParukutty

Telugu[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1953Oka Talli Pillalu
1953Ammalakkalu
1952Kanchana
1952DharmadevataNarthaki

TV Series[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002An American DreamParvathy Amma

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Front Page : Queen of Tamil cinema no more". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Friday Review Chennai : Beauty, charm, charisma". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Entertainment / Interview : The tillana glitter is intact". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2004-09-24. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Beauty, charm, charisma". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Sep 29, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c Randor Guy (2011-03-26). "Vanjikottai Vaaliban 1958". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Miscellaneous / This Day That Age: dated March 17, 2010: Afro-Asian film festival". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Sulochana Pattabhiraman (2001-02-04). "A role model". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 

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