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Ramya Krishnan Biography – an Indian Actress who works in Several Languages

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Real Name: Ramya Krishnan
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse: Krishna Vamsi
Age: 52

Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970), also credited as Ramya Krishna (in the Telugu and Kannada film industries) is an Indian actress. She has appeared in five languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi. Ramya has won four Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Ramya Krishnan Biography
Ramya Krishnan Biography
Ramya Krishnan Biography
Born 15 September 1970 (age 52)

Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Ramya Krishna
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Krishna Vamsi (m. 2003)
Children 1
Relatives Cho Ramaswamy (uncle)

Early life (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

Ramya was born on 15 September 1970 in Madras (present-day Chennai) to a Telugu father. She is the niece of Tamil film actor, comedian, and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Cho Ramaswamy. She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western, and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances.

Film career (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

Debut and early struggles (1985–1988)

She started her acting career with the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol. Although this was the first movie where she acted, it had a delayed release in 1986. Her first release was Vellai Manasu in 1985, a Tamil movie opposite Y. G. Mahendra. Her first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu (1986). Then she went on to play supporting roles in Tamil films which include Padikkadavan (1985) starring Rajinikanth and Per Sollum Pillai (1987) starring Kamal Haasan. In Telugu, she starred with Rajendra Prasad in Madana Gopaludu (1987), Bhama Kalapam (1988), Asthulu Anthasthulu (1988) and Bava Marudula Saval (1988). She worked in Malayalam films such as Orkkappurathu, Aryan, and Anuragi with Mohanlal. She enjoyed success in Kannada movies as well. One of her earlier roles as heroine was in Krishna Rukmini opposite superstar Vishnuvardhan. She played a small role in the Hindi film Dayavan which starred veteran actor Vinod Khanna.

Breakthrough in Telugu and Hindi (1989–1998)

After a series of failures in both Tamil and Telugu, she achieved fame through K. Viswanath’s Sutradharulu, released in 1989. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. After this, she featured in many movies and emerged as a leading actress in Tollywood (Telugu film Industry) alongside many other famous South Indian actresses. Her breakthrough came from K. Raghavendra Rao’s directorial movies where she emerged as a commercial romantic diva, due to successful movies such as Alludugaru (1990), Allari Mogudu (1992), Major Chandrakanth (1993) along with Mohan Babu and Allari Priyudu (1993) along with Rajasekhar. She played the role of the devoted wife of Sri Annamacharya, which was played by Nagarjuna in the film Annamayya (1997). In 1998, she played a leading role in Kante Koothurne Kanu. She received a Nandi Award for Best Actress from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her performance in the film. Her biggest Kannada hits include Gadibidi Ganda (1993) and Mangalyam Tantunanena (1998) with Ravichandran.

Ramya made her debut as a heroine in Hindi films with Yash Chopra‘s Parampara (1993). She acted in a few more Hindi films including Subhash Ghai‘s Khalnayak (1993), Mahesh Bhatt‘s Chaahat (1996), David Dhawan‘s Banarasi Babu (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) along with Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda and Shapath with Mithun Chakraborty.

Comeback to Tamil cinema and debut in TV serials (1999–2009)

After a four-year break from Tamil cinema, in 1999, Krishnan played the female antagonist in Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth. The critic from Rediff stated, “Ramya does a fantastic job. She is vicious to her dying breath when she declares she will revenge herself in her next life. She does a fabulous tandav of rage when her father commits suicide”. She went on to receive several awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize. She then starred in commercially successful films like Budget Padmanabhan and Panchatanthiram. The critic from Screen called her performance in Panchatanthiram “one of the finest performances ever”. Ramya has also acted in many devotional films including Rajakali Amman (2000), Nageswari (2001), Sri Raja Rajeshwari (2001), and Annai Kaligambal (2003).

Her notable film in Malayalam was Ore Kadal (2007) with Mammootty, which received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. She had acted as the mother-in-law of N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the movie Naa Alludu (2005) marked for her role and later in the film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009). She also appeared in a guest role in item songs in Tollywood and Kollywood.

She turned to acting in TV serials before hosting a game show called Thanga Vettai, on Sun TV, and judging a dance show, Jodi Number One, on Vijay TV. Krishnan is stepping into television serials for the first time. She was seen in Kalasam in two roles. One of them is Neelambari, a character she played in the Rajinikanth starrer Padayappa. In 2009, she appeared in Suresh Krissna’s Arumugam and Rama Narayanan’s Kutti Pisasu.

Versatility in roles (2010–2014)

She continued her stay under the Sun TV banner to act in ThangamVamsam, and Rajakumari. Later, Krishnan acted in supporting roles in Telugu as Ranga The Donga (2010), Yamudiki Mogudu (2012) and in Kannada as Sweety Nanna Jodi (2013 and Maanikya (2014). Krishna acted as Goddess Parvati in Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Charitra (2014) with Suman.


In 2015, Krishnan acted in S.S. Rajamouli‘s film Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion, where she played Rajamata Sivagami Devi. Her performance met with critical acclaim and the films became the highest-grossing Indian films. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo praised Ramya’s performance and stated “Ramya Krishnan once again aces with her part”. She received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for both films. In 2019, she played a porn actress in Super Deluxe directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. Srivatsan S from The Hindu stated her role as the “boldest role yet”.

She made her debut on the digital platform with Queen in 2019. The critic from India Today stated, “Ramya Krishnan as the failing actress and a budding politician (the later part of Shakthi’s life) puts in a measured performance and it is what stands out in a series that relies heavily on performances”. In 2022, Ramya appeared in Dharma Productions and Puri Jagannadh’s sports action film Liger.

Personal life (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

She married Telugu film director Krishna Vamsi on 12 June 2003. The couple have a son.


Filmography (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

Denotes films that have not yet been released


List of Telugu films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
2024 Guntur Kaaram † TBA
2023 Rangamarthanda Raju Garu
2022 The Life of Muthu Narrator Voiceover for Telugu trailer
Liger Balamani Bilingual film; also shot in Hindi
Bangarraju Satyabhama
2021 Romantic Ramya Gowarikar
Republic Vishaka Vani
2018 Shailaja Reddy Alludu Shailaja Reddy Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
2017 Hello Sarojini
Balakrishnudu Bhanumati Devi
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Sivagami Devi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
2016 Soggade Chinni Nayana Satyabhama
2015 Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Priyamvada
Baahubali: The Beginning Sivagami Devi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
2014 Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Charitra Adhiparasakthi, Parvathi Devi
2012 Yamudiki Mogudu Ayyoni
2010 Ranga The Donga Bhavani Prasad’s Wife
2009 Anjani Putrudu Seethammavaru Special appearance
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Raja Lakshmi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
2008 Raju Maharaju Ramya Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress
Mr. Girisham Madhuravani
Hero Triveni Naik
Indrajit Principal Stella Madam
2007 Tulasi Dr Surekha
2006 Sri Krishna 2006 Bhanumati
2005 Naa Alludu Bhanumati
2004 Kedi No. 1 Radha & Seeta
Sri Anjaneyam Siva Prasad’s Wife, Anji’s mother Special appearance
Kushi Kushiga Bhavani
Adavi Ramudu Cameo Special appearance in song ‘Jantanu Vidadeese’
Naani Cameo
Anji Cameo Special appearance in song ‘Chikubuku Pori’
Raktha Kanneeru Kantha
2003 Simhadri Cameo Special appearance in song ‘Chinnadamme Cheekulu’
Tiger Harischandra Prasad Rajeswari
Maa Alludu Very Good Prabhavati
2002 Nilambari Malli
2001 Budget Padmanabham Ramya
2000 Durga Amman Special appearance
Devullu Kanakadurga, Bhramarambika Special appearance
Kouravudu Sashi
Manasu Paddanu Kaani Madhavi
Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi Baby Bhagavathula Bala Tripura Sundari
Sammakka Sarakka Sammakka
Vamsoddarakudu Satyabhama
Oke Maata
1999 Premaku Velayara Cameo Special appearance in song ‘Chinna Gownu Vesukunna’
Iddaru Mitrulu Shanti
English Pellam East Godavari Mogudu Sirisha
Maanavudu Daanavudu Sithara
Aavide Shyamala Shyamala
1998 Love Story 1999 Raaji
Chandralekha Chandra
Deergha Sumangali Bhava Vaani
Kante Kuthurne Kanu Jyothi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Ooyala Swapna
1997 Annamayya Timmakka
Aahvaanam Rajeswari
Chilakkottudu Bombay Papa Cameo appearance
Chinnabbayi Uma Devi
Devudu Shanti
Evandi Pelli Cheskondi Kasthuri
Evandi Mana Ammayi
1996 Soggadi Pellam Janaki
Amma Ammani Chudalani Undhi Janaki
Pellala Rajyam Rajani
Dharma Chakram Sandhya
Adhirindhi Alludu Lakshmi
Vamsanikokkadu Radha Bai
1995 Ammoru Ammoru Dubbed in Tamil as Amman and dubbed in Hindi as Maa Ki Shakti
Gharana Bullodu Papaji
Super Mogudu Ramya Krishna
Alluda Mazaaka Pappi
Aayanaki Iddaru Ramya
Maya Bazaar Cameo
Muddai Muddugumma Roja
Raja Simham Latha
1994 Criminal Ramya
Hello Brother Manga
Allari Premikudu Swapna
Muddula Priyudu Sandhya
Jailor Gari Abbai Vyjayanthi
Mugguru Monagallu Naga Mani
1993 Bangaru Bullodu Rani
Allari Priyudu Lalitha Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Major Chandrakanth Hema
Kirayi Gunda
Allari Alludu Cameo Special appearance in the song ‘Ninnu roaddu meedha’
Brundavanam Latha Devi
1992 Balarama Krishnulu Lalitha
Allari Mogudu Mohana
1991 Parama Sivudu Sita
1990 Iddaru Iddare Aruna
Mamasri Neelima
Dagudumuthala Dampathyam Radha
Agni Pravesam Sahithi
Alludugaru Revathi
1989 Gopala Rao Gari Abbayi Seeta
Swathi Chinukulu Santhi
Paila Pacheesu Saranya
Pinni Rekha
Sutradharulu Seethaalu
1988 Bava Marudula Saval Ramya
Asthulu Anthasthulu Radha
Bhama Kalapam Kavitha
1987 Chakravarthy Lakshmi
Sankeerthana Keerthana
Krishna Leela Leela
Madana Gopaludu Gowri
Sri Devi Kamakshi Kataksham Parvathi Devi, Kanchi Kamakshi Dubbed in Tamil as Kaakkum Kamakshi
1986 Bhale Mithrulu
1984 Kanchu Kagada

Dubbing artist

Year Film Actress Language
2002 Khadgam Sonali Bendre Telugu

Tamil (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

List of Tamil films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
2023 Jailer Vijaya “Viji” Pandian
2019 Super Deluxe Leela
Dev Padmavathy
Vandha Rajava Thaan Varuven Nandhini Prakash
2018 Party Abhirami Unreleased
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Azhagu Meena (Jhansi Rani) Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Queen Mother Sivagami Devi
Mupparimanam Herself Guest appearance in the song ‘Let’s Go Party’
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Queen Regent Sivagami Devi
Aambala Periya Ponnu
2009 Kutti Pisasu Goddess Kinathadi Kaali
Arumugam Malini Devi
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Divya
2004 Kuthu Meena (Dancer) Guest appearance
Kanavu Meippada Vendum Varalakshmi Playback singer for ‘Thazhampoove vaa va’ song
2003 Kurumbu Komalavalli
Anbe Anbe Dancer Guest appearance
Annai Kaligambal Annai Kaligambal/Parvathy
Paarai Vasantha
Kaakha Kaakha Club Dancer Guest appearance
Julie Ganapathi Viji Balakumaran
2002 Jaya Jaya
Baba Neelambari Guest appearance
Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke! Doctor Guest appearance
Panchathantiram Maragathavalli alias Maggie
2001 Parthale Paravasam Commère Guest appearance
Narasimha Onam Festival Dancer Guest appearance
Asathal Gowri
Sri Raja Rajeshwari Raja Rajeshwari
Vaanchinathan Nandhini
Nageswari Nageswari
2000 Rhythm Dancer Guest appearance
Budget Padmanabhan Ramya
Rajakali Amman Goddess Rajakali Amman
Pottu Amman Amman Special appearance
Thirunelveli Azhagamma (Dancer) Guest appearance
1999 Paattali Kannamma
Padayappa Neelambari Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
1995 Raja Enga Raja Lakshmi
1995 Marri Partially reshot
1993 Maathangal Ezhu Savitri
Pon Vilangu Raani
Dhool Parakuthu Raasathi
1992 Thambi Pondatti Mala
Vaaname Ellai Subathra
Naane Varuven Shape shifting Cobra Guest appearance in song ‘Pogathe Ennai Thaandi’
1991 Captain Prabhakaran Poongodi
Vaa Arugil Vaa Chandra
Sigaram Aparna
1990 Puthu Paatu Stephie Guest appearance
Puthiya Charithiram Geetha
Sathya Vaakku
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Inspector Uma
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Urvashi Guest appearance
1988 Thambi Thanga Kambi Chithra
Katha Nayagan Mrs. Nanthagopal Guest appearance
Kunguma Kodu Shanthi
1987 Jallikattu Ramya Krishnan (TV Anchor) Guest appearance
Aankalai Nambathey Ananthi
Per Sollum Pillai Rekha
Vilangu Kavitha
1986 Muthal Vasantham Nithya
Pudhiya Poovithu Alli
Sarvam Sakthimayam Goddess Kaliamman
1985 Paartha Gnabagam Illayo Kasturi / Lalitha Dual role
Padikkadavan Manju
1983 Vellai Manasu Raji

Kannada (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

List of Kannada films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shakthi Shwetha
Krishna Rukmini Rukmini (dancer)
1993 Gadibidi Ganda Mohana
1998 Mangalyam Tantunanena Radha
2000 Yare Nee Abhimani Prajna
Sneha Kavya
2001 Andhra Hendthi
Neelambari Malli / Akhila Sriram “Neelambari” / Durga
2002 Chamundi Cameo in song “Usaravalli”
Ekangi Shilpa
2003 Raja Narasimha Soundarya
Raktha Kanneeru Kantha
2004 Baa Baaro Rasika Ramya
2004 Naanu Naane Cameo in song “Neenade Neenade”
2006 Sri Kalikamba Parvati / Kali
2013 Sweety Nanna Jodi Vasundhara Devi Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2014 Maanikya Lavanya
2016 Jaguar Krishna’s mother Bilingual film
2017 Anjani Putra Anjana Devi


List of Malayalam films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Neram Pularumbol Nancy
1988 Anuragi Annie
Orkkappurathu Sherin
Janmandharam Rekha
Aryan Nirmala
1989 Devadas Chandramukhi
1991 Kadhanayika Sharada
1992 Aham Mariana
Australia Sandra
Manyanmaar Radhika
1996 Mahathma Nancy
2001 Kakkakuyil Dancer Guest appearance in “Megharagam” song
2002 Onnaman Kamala
2007 Ore Kadal Bela
2015 Appavum Veenjum Merlin
2016 Aadupuliyattam Matangi
2019 Aakasha Ganga 2 Soumini Devi


List of Hindi films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dayavan Dancer Special appearance in the song “Chahe Meri Jaan Tu Le Le”
1993 Khal Nayak Sofia
Parampara Tara
1995 Criminal Ramya Hindi-Telugu bilingual
1996 Chaahat Reshma Narang
1997 Banarasi Babu Madhubala Choubey
Loha Karishma
Shapath Kavita Kallu
1998 Wajood Shalini/Sofia/Amina
Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan Neha
2022 Liger Balamani Hindi-Telugu bilingual
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Television (Ramya Krishnan Biography)


Year Title Role Language Channel
2008–2009 Kalasam Ranjani and Neelambari Tamil Sun TV
2009–2013 Thangam Ganga
2012–2013 Ala Modalaindi Telugu Gemini TV
2013 Rajakumari Neelambari Tamil Sun TV
2013–2017 Vamsam Shakthi and Archana
2020 Naga Bhairavi Mahasadvi Telugu Zee Telugu


Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2006 Jodi Number One Judge Tamil Vijay TV
2007–2008 Thanga Vettai Host Sun TV
Bangaram Mee Kosam Telugu Gemini TV
2010 Dhee S4 Guest Judge ETV
2012 Kaiyil Oru Kodi Participant Tamil Sun TV
2019 Bigg Boss S3 Guest Host Telugu Star Maa
2020 Kodeeswari Participant Tamil Colors Tamil
Cooku with Comali Guest Judge Star Vijay
Dance vs Dance Judge Colors Tamil
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa The Next Singing ICON Guest Telugu Zee Telugu Episodes 4 and 5
2021 BB Jodigal Judge Tamil
Bigg Boss 5 Tamil Host Temporary replacement of Kamal Haasan on week 8
2022 BB Jodigal 2 Judge
2022–Present Dance Ikon Telugu Gemini TV

Web series

List of web series and roles
Year Title Role Network Language(s)
2019 Queen J.Jayalalithaa MX Player Tamil

Awards (Ramya Krishnan Biography)

Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Nandi Awards Special Jury Award Kante Koothurne Kanu Won
1999 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Special Prize Padayappa Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil Won
2009 57th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Won
Nandi Awards Best Supporting Actress Raju Maharaju Won
2015 Nandi Awards Best Supporting Actress Baahubali: The Beginning Won
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Won
Best Supporting Actress – Tamil Won
63rd Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Won
2017 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Aadupuliyattam Nominated
65th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Baahubali: The Conclusion Won
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Supporting Actress Won
2018 7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
2019 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Supporting Actor – Female Super Deluxe Won
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Won
8th South Indian International Movie Awards Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Nominated

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