Tulasi (actress)

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Tulasi (or Tulasi Shivamani) (born 20 June 1967) is an Indian actress. She started her career as a child actress, Later she appeared in lead actress and supporting actress roles.[1] She has acted in over 300 films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi languages.[2] She won two Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Award.


Tulasi made her debut in the Telugu when she was three months old in 1967. For a song in the film, a baby was needed and Tulasi was placed in the cradle after actress Savitri had requested Tulasi's mother, who was a friend of her.[3] She was then featured in one song when she was three-and-half year old in Jeevanatarangalu and said that she became a full-fledged actor when she was four.[3] She had never been to school.[3]

She got married at age 28 to Kannada director Sivamani.[2] She stated that "I met him in the morning and by evening we tied the knot".[4] She has one son Sai Tarun with him. Tulasi decided to quit acting after getting married, working only occasionally as a voice actor in Telugu films, including ones by Mani Ratnam.[1] When her son was around six years old, she received several mother character roles. She initially declined them all, but finally signed on one Kannada film, Excuse Me, in which she played mother to Divya Spandana and which became a big hit.[2] After that she was doing three films a year in Kannada.

She began to act mainly in mother roles in Telugu and Tamil film industries.Her notable supporting roles include Sasirekha Parinayam, Mr. Perfect, Darling, Srimanthudu, Iddarammayilatho, Nenu Local, Mahanati & Dear Comrade in Telugu and Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu, Easan, Mankatha, Sundarapandian, Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer and Pandiya Naadu in Tamil. Tulasi has said that Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer, in which she had played mother to Manisha Yadav's character, changed her life and brought her an "identity as a screen mother".[2] Her portrayal of Chellamma in Pannaiyarum Padminiyum was praised too,[1] with critics stating that she was "brilliant",[5][6] and had given her "career best performance".[7]

Partial filmography[]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1967 Telugu
1969 Jeevana Tarangalu Telugu
1977 Telugu
1978 Seetamalakshmi Telugu
1979 Sankarabharanam Sankaram Telugu
1981 Nyayam Kavali Padma Telugu
1981 Mudda Mandaram Telugu
1981 Telugu
1982 Telugu
1982 Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
1982 Nalugu Stambhalata Telugu
1982 Subhalekha Lakshmi Telugu
1983 Maga Maharaju NA Telugu
1983 Telugu
1983 Bhagyalakshmi Telugu
1983 Nelavanka Lalita Telugu
1983 Trisulam Telugu
1983 Mantri Gari Viyyankudu Suseela Telugu
1984 Anubandham Telugu
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil
1984 Disco King Telugu
1984 Kannada
1984 Kannada
1985 Preminchu Pelladu Telugu
1985 Muchataga Mugguru Telugu
1985 Srivaru Telugu
1985 Telugu
1986 Driver Babu Radha Telugu
1986 Kannada
1986 Piranthaen Valarnthaen Tamil
1986 Telugu
1987 Aranyakanda Neela Telugu
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai Tamil
1987 Thambathyam Tamil
1987 Telugu
1988 Kanchana Seetha Telugu
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Kannada
1988 Jeevana Ganga Telugu
1990 Telugu
1990 Appu Malayalam
1991 Killer Telugu
1992 Chitram Bhalare Vichitram Meera Telugu
1993 Kannayya Kittayya Telugu
1994 Mahanadi Manju Tamil
2003 Excuse Me Kannada
2005 Gunna Kannada
2006 Chellata Kannada
2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi Kannada
2006 Honeymoon Express Kannada
2006 Kannada
2006 Jothe Jotheyali Kannada
2007 Kannada
2007 Kannada
2007 Savi Savi Nenapu Kannada
2008 Sangama Kannada
2008 Kannada
2009 Ullasa Utsaha Kannada
2009 Kannada
2009 Josh Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2009 Kannada
2009 Raaj the Showman Kannada
2009 Rajani Kannada
2010 Punda Kannada
2010 Kannada
2010 Sihi Gaali Kannada
2010 Easan Chezian's Mother Tamil
2010 Darling Rajeshwari Telugu
2011 Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu Tamil
2011 Mankatha Tamil
2011 Mr. Perfect Vicky's Mother Telugu
2012 Rajadhani Kannada
2012 Julai Kaameshwari Murthy Telugu
2012 Paagal Kannada
2012 Sundarapandian Archana's mother Tamil
2013 Kannada
2013 Iddarammayilatho Komali's mother Telugu
2013 Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer Shweta's mother Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Pandiya Naadu Sivagami Chidambaram Tamil
2013 Kannada
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Chellamma Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Ambareesha Kannada
2014 Ninnindale Kannada
2015 Aambala Tulasi Tamil
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie Hari's Mother Malayalam
2015 Srimanthudu Narayana Rao's sister-in-law Telugu
2015 Kaththukkutti Arivazhagan's mother Tamil
2014 Ramleela Kannada
2014 RX Soori Kannada
2016 Telugu
2016 Kalpana 2 Kannada
2016 Viraat Kannada
2016 Saagasam Tamil
2016 Aarathu Sinam Aravind's mother Tamil
2016 Zero Priya's neighbour Tamil
2016 Brahmotsavam Varalakshmi Telugu
2016 Wagah Vasu's mother Tamil
2016 Hyper Surya's mother Telugu
2016 Metro Arivazhagan's Mother Tamil
2017 Nenu Local Siri Telugu
2017 Rogue Telugu
2017 Nakshatram Rama Rao's mother Telugu
2017 Meda Meeda Abbayi Srinu's mother Telugu
2017 Nenjil Thunivirundhal Kumar's mother Tamil
2017 C/O Surya Surya's mother Telugu
2017 Oye Ninne Vishnu's mother Telugu
2017 Richie Radha Tamil
2018 Nimir Valli's mother Tamil
2018 Mahanati Madhuravani's mother Telugu
2018 Aatagallu Munna's mother Telugu
2018 Neevevaro Kalyan's mother Telugu
2018 Happy Wedding Akshara's mother Telugu
2018 Nannu Dochukunduvate Meghana's mother Telugu
2018 Sarkar M. Masilamani's wife Tamil
2019 Dear Comrade Jaya's mother Telugu
2019 iSmart Shankar Telugu
2019 Queen Ranganayaki Tamil Web series
2020 Naadodigal 2 Jeeva's mother Tamil
2021 Sashi Raj's mother Telugu
2021 Mosagallu Padma Telugu
2021 SR Kalyanamandapam Santhi Telugu
2021 Navarasa Kamal's mother Tamil Web series
2021 Ellam Sheriyakum Ancy's mother Malayalam
2021 Adbhutham Vennala's Grandmother Telugu
2021 Oka Chinna Family Story Rukmini Telugu Web series
2021 Skylab Gowri's mother Telugu
2022 Bhola Shankar Telugu
2022 Naane Varuven Tamil


Nandi Awards[8]
Filmfare Awards South
  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada - Josh


  1. ^ a b c Rao, Subha J. (9 May 2015). "Chellamma chronicles Actress Tulasi" – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tulasi rocks in her third innings". The New Indian Express. 13 November 2013
  3. ^ a b c Y. Sunita Chowdhary (9 July 2012). "My First Break: Tulasi". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Actress Tulasi – Prabhas Thinks I'm Hot". cinegoer.net. 10 August 2011
  5. ^ "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum". Sify.
  6. ^ "Review: Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is refreshing". Rediff.
  7. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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