Revathi

Date of Birth: July 08, 1966
Occupation:
Actress, Director
Awards:
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Years Active:
1982-present
Revathi
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Born Asha Kelunni Kutty
8 July 1966 (1966-07-08) (age 44)
India Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation
Actress, director
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse Suresh Menon (1988-2002)
Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress

Revathi (Malayalam: രേവതി; Tamil:) (born as Asha Kelunni Kutty on 8 July 1966) is an award-winning Indian actress and film director. She has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Kanada, Telugu and Hindi movies, directed several feature-length films, and has acted in and produced multiple television programs, totaling over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry and over a hundred films to her credit.

Biography

Revathi was born as Asha Kelunni Kutty in Kochi to Major Kelunni, a major in the Indian Army,1 and Lalitha Kelunni. In 1983, while living in and attending school in Chennai, Tamil Nadu she was spotted by noted Tamil director Bharathiraja, who was searching for a new heroine for his next film, and went on to play the heroine of Mann Vasanai which became a Silver Jubilee hit. Since then, she has acted in over a hundred films spanning all four major South Indian languages as well as Hindi.

Over the course of her career, she has earned numerous awards on both a regional and national basis, including receiving for three consecutive years the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Tamil) (1992-1994, for Thevar Magan, Marupadiyum, and Priyanka), the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Malayalam) for Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal, the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Thevar Magan, as well as the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu) for Ankuram. Alongside these are many awards from the Film Fans Association, the Tamilnadu State Government, Cinema Express, and other organizations.

Mitr, My Friend (2002) was her first full-length directorial venture. A rare Indian English film at the time, Mitr garnered an award for Best Director (English Film) in the National Awards. Her next film as a director, Phir Milenge (2004), created waves as one of the first Hindi movies to deal with the sensitive subject of AIDS. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai, as well as the Malayalam anthology film Kerala Cafe.

Apart from films, she has been involved in a variety of social organisations, the most notable being the Banyan, the Ability Foundation, the Tanker Foundation, and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.

She is trained in the dance form of Bharatanatyam, having studied since the age of seven and performed her arangetram in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1979.2 Her marriage to cinematographer and director Suresh Menon was announced in 1986; they separated in 2002.