Vijaya Shanthi

Occupation:
Actress
Awards:
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, FilmF
Vijaya Shanthi
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Real/Other Names:: Shanti
Date of Birth:: June 24, 1964(Age-46)
Place of Birth:: Andhra Pradesh,

Mini Biography

Background and career:
Vijayashanti's given name was 'Shanti'. Her screen name was based onher aunt Vijaya Lalitha, who was a veteran heroine in Telugu and Tamilfilms.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 (DesamloDongalu Paddaaru, Vandemaataram, Pratighatana, Aruna kiranam, RepatiPourulu, Devalayam, etc), and in glamorous roles (Challenge, Desodhdhaarakudu, Pasivaadi Praanam, Muddula Krishnaiah, Agni Parvatam, gang leader etc). By 1985 she was exclusively acting in Telugu films.

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 PradeshState award for best actress. The success of this movie saw her movingaway from glamorous roles and limiting herself to tough lady roles.These tough lady roles made her a Superstar and became the highest paidactor in Telugu. In 1990, Kartavyam was dubbed into Tamil as Vijayanthi IPSand its success brought her superstardom in Tamil cinema as well. (Itwas also remade in Hindi as Tejaswini, with herself playing the leadrole. As expected, Tejaswini did very well at the Hindi box-office).Though she limited herself to acting in Telugu movies, it did not stopher 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 Movies.

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 thatno top hero was willing to act in her movie for the fear of beingsidelined. She once joked in an interview, when asked of the differencebetween her and the other heroes: "There aren't many differences. Oneis, they dance around the trees with heroines imported from Bombay; andI dance around trees with heroes imported from Bombay. The otherdifference is, when in a slump, they can try a remake from otherlanguages; but I don't get a subject to remake, and also they normallysave heroines from the hands of villain and she usually save the heroesfrom the hands of villains".
Limiting herself to heroine-oriented films did not stop her fromcontinuing as Number One. Between 1990 and 2000, she acted in filmslike Police-Lockup, Rowdy Inspector, Shatruvu, Mondi Mogudu - PenkiPellaam, Tejaswini, Mannan and Osey Ramulamma. Osey Ramulamma brokeseveral 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. Inher long career as a heroine, she has acted in over 165 films. No otheractress except Sri Devi and Ramya Krishnan in Indian cinema has lastedfor as long a period without turning to 'maternal' roles! At 44, sheremains very fit, and may return to the screen with yet anothersuperlative performance.
Two of her very close friends are Suhasini Mani Ratnamwho has been instrumental in improving her hair dressing skills and hercompetitor Radha , with whom she shares special friendships. In fact,in one of the interviews to a Telugu magazine, Vijayashnathi hasmentioned that she considers Suhasini as her elder sister who has beenprotective of her in her difficult times.

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 herpolitical career. By 2004, she had stopped signing new films.Ironically, she was a failure as a politician.
In General Election 2009 of 15th Lok Sabha she won Medak seat