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Vanisri Film Actress | South Indian Film Actress

Vanisri or Ratna Kumari was born on 3 August 1948 Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. She is also known as Vanisree or Vanishree, is a popular Telugu actress in the mid 1960s to the late 1970s. Her portfolio also includes Kannada and Tamil films.

S V Ranga Rao gave her screen name Vanisri.


Her first film was Marapurani Kadha. She gained attention with a supporting role in a film penned by K. Balachander titled Sukha Dukhalu, where the famous song “idi mallela velayani” was picturized on her. She became a heroine and held the top spot through most of the 1970s. Vanisri had several super hit and silver jubilee movies, such as Krishnaveni, Prema Nagar, Dasara Bullodu, Aradhana, Jeevitha Chakram, Rangula Ratnam, Shri Krishna Tulabharam, Bhakta Kannappa, and Bobbili Raja, etc. She played dual roles in Iddaru Ammayilu (1972), Ganga Manga (1973 remake of the Hindi film Seeta Aur Geeta), Jeevana Jyothi (1975), and Chilipi Krishnudu (1978). She financed and starred in Shyam Benegal’s only Telugu film Anugraham (1977), co-starring Smita Patil. She acted with Sivaji Ganesan in a number of films such as Uyarntha Manithan (1968), Nirai Kudam (1969), Vasantha Maligai (1972), Sivakamiyin Selvan (1974), Vani Rani (1974) and Nallathoru Kudumbam (1979). In the late 1970s, Vanisri left films to get married and have a son and a daughter.
Vanisri returned to film in the late 1980s acting in mother roles, such as her character in Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989). She was also in the 1999 hindi film Main Tere Pyar Mein Pagal directed by Telugu director K. Raghavendra Rao. She often portrays arrogant mothers-in-law or aunts. Vanisri has acted in television serials as well.

She also worked as politician in Congress party. Vanisri is married and has a daughter and a son. She lives in Chennai.


  • 1973 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jeevana Tarangalu
  • 1974 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Krishnaveni
  • 1975 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jeevana Jyothi
  • Kavignar Kannadasan Award in 2001
  • Meena Kumari award at the Vamsi Awards in 2004
  • Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi awards by the Siva Foundation in 2005
Bhishma in Telugu in 1962Yedhureetha in Telugu in 1963
Devatha (1964 film) in Telugu in 1964Veera Sankalpa in Kannada in 1964
Chitti Chellelu in Telugu in 1965Bangaru Panjaram in Telugu in 1965
Mangamma Sapatham (1965 film) in Telugu in 1965Shri Krishna Tulabharam in Telugu in 1966
Rangula Ratnam in Telugu in 1966Ummadi Kutumbam in Telugu in 1967
Thanga Thambi in Tamil in 1967Apoorva Piravaigal in Tamil in 1967
Aada Paduchu in Telugu in 1967Kanchukota in Telugu in 1967
Ranabheri in Telugu in 1968Uyarntha Manithan in Tamil in 1968
Nindu Hridayalu in Telugu in 1969Bhale Rangadu in Telugu in 1969
Aatmeeyulu in Telugu in 1969Nirai Kudam in Tamil in 1969
Drohi in Telugu in 1970Kathanayika Molla in Telugu in 1970
Prem Nagar in Telugu in 1971Jeevitha Chakram in Telugu in 1971
Dasara Bullodu in Telugu in 1971Chinnanaati Snehithulu in Telugu in 1971
Chelleli Kapuram in Telugu 1971Vichitra Bandham in Telugu in 1972
Vasantha Maligai in Tamil in 1972Koduku Kodalu in Telugu in 1972
Iddaru Ammayilu in Telugu in 1972Bangaru Babu in Telugu in 1972
Aaradhana in Telugu in 1972Datha Puthrudu in Telugu in 1972
Jeevana Tarangalu in Telugu in 1973Ganga Manga in Telugu in 1973
Deshoddharakulu in Telugu in 1973Sivakamiyin Selvan in Tamil in 1974
Vani Rani in Tamil in 1974Krishnaveni in Telugu in 1974
Abhimanavathi in Telugu in 1975Chikati Velugulu in Telugu in 1975
Jeevana Jyothi in Telugu in 1975Pooja in 1975
Secretary in Telugu in 1976Bhakta Kannappa in Telugu in 1976
Aradhana in Telugu in 1976Chakradhari in Telugu in 1977
Aalu Magalu in Telugu in 1977Simha Baludu in Telugu in 1978
Kondura in Hindu in 1978Ramachilaka in Telugu in 1978
Gorantha Deepam in Telugu in 1978Devadasu Malli Puttadu in Telugu in 1978
Anugraham in Telugu in 1978Shri Vinayaka Vijayam in Telugu in 1980
Devudu Mamayya in Telugu in 1981Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu in Telugu in 1989
Bobbili Raja in Telugu in 1990Qaidi Dada in Telugu in 1990
Seetharathnamgari Abbayi in 1992Rajeshwari Kalyanam in Telugu in 1993
Atta sommu alludi DaanamAttaku koduku mamaku alludu
Rao garintlo rowdiSwathi chinukulu
AgniCollector gari alludu
Allari alludu in 1993Peddintialludu
Bombai priyuduHello Alludu
Badradri ramuduMain Tere Pyaar Mein Pagal in Hindi in 1999
Vanisri Film Actress | South Indian Film Actress

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