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Lakshmi Narayan (born 13 December 1952) is an
Indian film actress in Tamil Nadu, India. She has won a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award in the Best Actress
Lakshmi is best known for her title role in the Hindi hit film
Julie (1975) for which she won
the Filmfare Best Actress
also directed a Kannada movie Makkala Sainya.
Her father Yaragudipati Varada Rao (aka
Y.V. Rao), originally from Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, was a filmmaker and
actor whose films dealt with important social issues. Her
mother Kumari Rukhmani was a Tamil actress, whose mother Nungambakkam
Janaki was also an actress. They
eased her into films, making her a third-generation film actress.
She was fifteen when she started acting in films. Her first film
was a Tamil film titled Jeevanamsam (1968).
She became a star in South India in the 1970s acted in all four
South Indian languages: Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Her Malayalam
film Chattakari (1974) was remade in Hindi
as Julie (1975) and in Telugu as
Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). In addition to the Filmfare Best Actress
Award, she won an award from the Bengal Film
Journalists' Association Awards for most outstanding work
of the year, for her work in Julie.. She is
a versatile actress with glamourous touch. In a telugu fil
Panthulamma she acted opposite Ranganath is credited to be one of
After her success in Julie however, she didn't star in
many Hindi films and instead concentrated on doing more South
Indian films. She won the National Film Award
for Best Actress for the Tamil film Sila Nerangalil Sila
Manithargal (1977), becoming the first South Indian actress to
win in that category for a Tamil film. When her career as a leading
lady ended in the 1980s, she started playing supporting roles as
mother and later as grandmother. She played Aishwarya Rai's
grandmother in Jeans (1998) and Kareena Kapoor's
grandmother in Hulchul (2004). She has performed in more
than 400 films and has also been involved in politics.
Lakshmi took a break from acting to host two talk shows,
including the Tamil talk show achamillai, achamillai.
After the talk shows ended, she returned to acting in films. She is
fluent in all four South Indian languages. She presently hosts a
talk show in Kannada for Suvarna channel called "Edu Kathe ala
Lakshmi was married three times. Her first marriage was to
Baskar, which was arranged by her parents when she was seventeen.
Her only biological child, Aishwarya, was born in 1971. Her
marriage ended in divorce, and she gained custody of her daughter,
who later became an actress in the 1990s, making her a fourth
generation actress. Lakshmi fell in love with her Chattakari leading
man Mohan, but that relationship ended. While she was shooting
En Uyir Kannamma, she and actor-director Sivachandran fell
in love and got married.
Her daughter Aishwarya, gave birth to a baby girl in the mid
1990s, making Lakshmi into a real-life grandmother. Lakshmi
adopted a baby girl in 2001.