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Female actress Vijayashanti from India, famous due to bollywood

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Vijayashanti actress

Vijayashanti is an Indian actress who has starred in over 185 movies in seven languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India on June 24, 1964. She is credited as "The Lady Superstar" and "The Action Queen of Indian Cinema".

Background and career
Vijayashanti's given name was 'Shanti'. Her screen name was based her aunt Vijaya Lalitha, who was a veteran heroine in Telugu and Tamil films.

She began her acting career in 1979 at the age of 15 as the leading lady in the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram ("Stones Have Tears") directed by the legendary Tamil film-maker Bharati Raja. The same year, she debuted in her native Telugu with the movie Kilaadi Krishnudu ('Cunning Krishna'), pairing opposite superstar Krishna.

For the first few years, she portrayed mostly glamour roles. Notable among them is her role in the Telugu film Satyam-Shivam (1981), the cast of which included the two legends of Telugu Cinema - NTR and ANR.

Vijayashanti's first break as a performer came in the 1983 Telugu film Neti Bharatam directed by T. Krishna. The next few years saw her in performance-oriented roles (Desamlo Dongalu Paddaaru, Vandemaataram, Pratighatana, Aruna kiranam ,Repati Pourulu, Devalayam, etc), and in glamorous roles (Challenge, Desodhdhaarakudu, Pasivaadi Praanam, Muddula Krishnaiah, Agni Parvatam, etc). By 1985 she was exclusively acting in Telugu films.


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As an action heroine and mass entertainer
In the blockbuster movie Karthavyam (1990), her electrifying performance as a tough cop (modeled after real-life supercop Kiran Bedi) won her the National Film Award from Indian Government and an Andhra Pradesh State award for best actress. The success of this movie saw her moving away from glamorous roles and limiting herself to tough lady roles. These tough lady roles made her a Superstar and became the highest paid actor in Telugu. In 1990, Kartavyam was dubbed into Tamil as Vijayanthi IPS and its success brought her superstardom in Tamil cinema as well. (It was also remade in Hindi as Tejaswini, with herself playing the lead role. As expected, Tejaswini did very well at the Hindi box-office). Though she limited herself to acting in Telugu movies, it did not stop her from being treated as a highly rated heroine in Tamil films. Following the success of Vijayanthi IPS, the producers of her films began releasing Tamil versions of her movies simultaneously with the Telugu versions.


The superstar of Indian cinema
She was treated as one of the top superstars in the Indian cinema. Her image as a superstar so outgrew that of her male counterparts that no top hero was willing to act in her movie for the fear of being sidelined. She once joked in an interview, when asked of the difference between her and the other heroes: "There aren't many differences. One is, they dance around the trees with heroines imported from Bombay; and I dance around trees with heroes imported from Bombay. The other difference is, when in a slump, they can try a remake from other languages; but I don't get a subject to remake, and also they normally save heroines from the hands of villain and she usually save the heroes from the hands of villains".

Limiting herself to heroine-oriented films did not stop her from continuing as Number One. Between 1990 and 2000, she acted in films like Police-Lockup, Rowdy Inspector, Shatruvu, Mondi Mogudu - Penki Pellaam, Tejaswini, Mannan and Osey Ramulamma. Osey Ramulamma broke several box-office records, and won her, her 4th Andhra Pradesh State award for Best Actress in 1997.Her latest film is Nayudamma, which was released in August 2006, after two years in production. In her long career as a heroine, she has acted in over 165 films. No other actress except Sri Devi in Indian cinema has lasted for as long a period without turning to 'maternal' roles! At 44, she remains very fit, and may return to the screen with yet another superlative performance.

Two of her very close friends are Suhasini Mani Ratnam and her competitor Radha , with whom she shares special friendships.


Political career
In 1997, she started her political career by joining the BJP. Soon she was made the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing (Bharateeya Mahila Morcha). During the 1999 Indian general elections, she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah lok-sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress(I) (However, she withdrew from the race after Sonia Gandhi decided to contest from Bellary). She started her own political outfitTalli Telangana and later merged into Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) in January 2009.

From 1999, her movie appearances decreased as she focused on her political career. By 2004, she had stopped signing new films. Ironically, she was a failure as a politician.


Filmography (actress)
2006

Naayudamma co-starring Prabhu Deva
2004

Indiramma
2003

Shivani
Bhannari Amman (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Maha Chandi'
2002

Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama co-starring Raghu
Sambhavi IPS
Sahasa Baludu Vichitra Kothi
Rifles (Kannada) dubbed into Telugu as 'Vandemaataram'
2001

Vijayanthi
Adavi Chukka .... Chukkamma/Santhi co-starring Charan Raj
1999

Rajasthan (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Rajastan', co-starring Sarath Kumar
Bharata Ratha co-starring Vinod Kumar
1998

Thadayam .... Lawyer Nandhini (Tamil) dubbed into Telugu as 'Chattam', co-starring Ramkee
Srivaarante Maa Vaare co-starring Suman
Kallukonduru Penn (Malayalam)
1997

Rowdy Darbaar co-starring Ramkee
Goondaa Gardi (Hindi) co-starring Aditya Pancholi and Dharmendra
Osey Ramulamma .... Ramulamma co-starring Krishna and Ramkee (dubbed into Tamil as 'Adimai Penn')
1996

Young Turks (Malayalam) dubbed into Telugu as 'Delhi Dairy', co-starring Suresh Gopi
1995

Street Fighter - Vijayashantii
1994

Lady Boss co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Lady Boss')
Maga Raayudu
Tejasvini .... Asst. Supt. of Police Tejasvini Joshi
Kuntee Putrudu co-starring Mohan Babu
Attaa Kodallu co-starring Anand
Rowdy Mogudu co-starring Mohan Babu
1993

Aasayam co-starring Jagapathi Babu (dubbed into Tamil as 'Aasayam')
Doragaariki Donga Pellaam .... Rani co-starring Krishna
Surya IPS co-starring Venkatesh
China Raayudu co-starring Venkatesh
Nippu Ravva co-starring Bala Krishna
Police Lockup (Vijaya, Shanti) co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Police-Lockup')
Mechanic Alludu co-starring Chiranjeevi (dubbed into Tamil as 'Mechanic Maappillai')
1992

Mannan co-starring Rajanikanth
Mondi Mogudu - Penki Pellaam co-starring Suman
Rowdy Inspector co-starring Bala Krishna (dubbed into Tamil as 'Auto Raani')
Aparadhi .... Paro co-starring Anil Kapoor
1991

Jaitra Yaatra co-starring Nagarjuna
Gang Leader .... Kanyakumari co-starring Chiranjeevi
Stoovertpuram Police Station .... Alakananda co-starring Chiranjeevi
Talli Tandrulu co-starring Bala Krishna
Lorry Driver .... Jaya co-starring Bala Krishna
Muddula Menalludu co-starring Bala Krishna
1990

Karthavyam .... Vyjayanthi co-starring Vinod Kumar (dubbed into Tamil as 'Vijayanthi IPS')
Palnaati Rudraiah co-starring Suman
Kondaveeti Donga .... Srilatha co-starring Chiranjeevi
Muqaddar Ka Badshaah .... Bharti Rathod
Naagaastram co-starring Krishna
Shatruvu' .... Vijaya co-starring Venkatesh
1989

Bhale Donga co-starring Bala Krishna
Vijay co-starring Nagarjuna
Koduku Diddina Kaapuramco-starring Krishna
Gunda Raajyam co-starring Krishna
Bhaarata Naari co-starring Vinod Kumar
Dorikite Dongalu co-starring Sobhan Babu
Rudranetra co-starring Chiranjeevi
Eeshwar .... Lalita co-starring Anil Kapoor
Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu .... Rekha co-starring Chiranjeevi
Indrudu Chandrudu co-starring Kamal Hasan
Muddula Mamaiah .... Radha co-starring Bala Krishna
1988

Inspector Pratap co-starring Bala Krishna
Donga Pelli co-starring Sobhan Babu
Aswadhdhaama co-starring Krishna
Yudda Bhoomi co-starring Chiranjeevi
Manchi Donga co-starring Chiranjeevi
Janaki Ramudu co-starring Nagarjuna
1987

Padmati Sandhyaragam co-starring with Tom
bhargava Ramudu co-starring with Bala Krishna
Kalyana thambhulam co-starring with shobhan babu
Bhanumati Gaari Mogudu co-starring Bala Krishna
Yamudiki Mogudu co-starring Chiranjeevi
Muddayi co-starring Krishna
Swayam Krushi .... Ganga co-starring Chiranjeevi
Dongagaru Swagatam co-starring Sobhan Babu
Pasivadi Pranam co-starring Chiranjeevi
Muvva Gopaludu co-starring Bala Krishna
Sahasa Samrat co-starring Bala Krishna
1986

Deshoddhorakudu co-starring with Bala krishna
jeevana poratam co-starring with shobhan babu
samsaram oka sangeetham co-starring with chandramohan
Aruna Kiranam co-starring Raja Sekhar
Samaajamlo Stree co-starring Suman and Bhanu Chandar
Brahmashtram co-starring with krishna
Dairyavanthudu co-starring Chiranjeevi
Repati Pourulu co-starring Raja Sekhar
chankya shapadham co-starring with chiranjeevi
Kondaveeti Raja co-starring Chiranjeevi
Naaga Devata co-starring Arjun
Sravana Sandhya co-starring Sobhan Babu
Sakkanodu co-starring Sobhan Babu
Apoorva Sahodarulu co-starring Bala Krishna
Muddula Krishnaiah .... Vijayashanti co-starring Bala Krishna
1985

Pratighatana .... Jhansi co-starring Chandra Mohan and Raja Shekhar
Srivaru co-starring Sobhan Babu
Ooriki Soggaadu co-starring Sobhan Babu
Darja Donga co-starring Suman
Chiranjeevi co-starring Chiranjeevi
Thirugubatu co-starring with Mohanbabu
Agni Parvatam co-starring Krishna
Desamlo Dongalupaddaru co-starring Suman
Devalayam co-starring Sobhan Babu
Bhandhi co-starring with Krishnam raju
Kothapelli Kuthuru
Pattabhishekham co-starring Bala Krishna
Vande Mataram co-starring Rajasekhar
1984

Kurra cheshtalu co-starring with suman
Kutumbha gouravam co-starring with Muralimohan
Adadhani saaal co-starring with Murali mohan
Veerabhadhrudu co-starring with karthik
Dhongallo dora co-starring with Suman
Raaraju co-starring with krishnam raju
Jadagantalu co-starring with suresh
Enkennalli charithra co-strring with Suman
Abhimanyudu co-starring with shobhan babu
Challenge .... Haarika co-starring Chiranjeevi
Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu co-starring Chiranjeevi
SP Bhayankar co-starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Krishnam Raju
Sundhari-subbarao co-starring with chandhra mohan
Devanthakudu co-starring Chiranjeevi
1983

Kalyana Kanavugal (Tamil)
Thalaimagan (Tamil)
Villiyanur Matha (Tamil)
Neeru Pootha Neruppu (Tamil)
Keralida hennu (kannada)
Pandanti kapuraniki 12 suthralu (telugu)
Dharmathmudu (telugu)
Pelli Chesi chupistam (telugu)
Amayaka chakra varthy (telugu)
Sangarshana co-starring Chiranjeevi
Navodayam
Mukku pudaka (telugu)
Neti Bharatam co-starring Suman
Pelli Choopulu
Rakasi loya (telugu)
Shri Ranganeethulu co-starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
1982

Vedikkai Manidhargal (Tamil)
Nizhal Thedum Nenjangal (Tamil)
Manjal nilla (Tamil)
Ilan jodigal (Tamil)
krishnavatharam co -starring with krishna
prathikaram co starring with shobhan babu
Vamsha gouravam co-starring with Shobhan babu
Pelleedu Pillalu .... Santhi
1981

Sivappu Malli (Tamil)
Pattam Parakkattum (Tamil)
Sandhana malargal (Tamil)
Nenjile Thunivirunthaal (Tamil)
Netrikann (Tamil)
Rajangam (Tamil)
Pandanti jeevitham co starring with Sobhan babu
satyam sivam co strring with NTR&ANR
1980

Kallukkul Eeram (Tamil)
1979

Kiladi Krishnudu co-starring Krishna
vijaya shanhi thudumu

Filmography (producer)
Kartavyam (1990) Telugu
Nippu Ravva (1992) Telugu
Tejaswini (1994) Hindi
Adavi Chukka (1999) Telugu

Incomplete films
Below is a list of Vijayashanti's incomplete movies. Some of them were announced but never started; some more were started but never finished.

Zamaanat (Hindi)
Akshaya Paatra
Zindabad
Adavi Raani
Home Minister
Raayala Seema Raktam
Tamasoma Jyotirgamay

Awards and accolades
Osey Ramulamma (1997) - AP State Award as Best Actress
Kartavyam (1990) - AP State Award as Best Actress, Indian Govt Award as Best Actress
Bharatanaari (1989) - AP State Award as Best Actress
Pratighatana (1986) - AP State Award as Best Actress


FilmFare award for Lifetime Achievement in Indian Cinema
Numerous other awards

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