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Aarathi
Born
Bharathi

1954 (age 68–69)
Aregallu, (near Kushalanagar), Arakalagudu, Karnataka, India
Other names Ranganayaki
Occupation Actress, film director
Years active 1969–1986; 2005
Spouse(s) Chandrashekar Desaigoudar
Children 2

Aarathi (born 1954) is an Indian actress who mainly acted in Kannada films during the 1970s and 1980s. She has won the Filmfare awards South and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress four times each. After her retirement from films in the mid-1980s, she staged a comeback in 2005 as a director with Mithayi Mane which met with critical appreciation and also won her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children's Film.

She was also nominated as a Member of the Legislative Council of the Vidhana parishad, making her only the second actress after B. Jayamma to be so nominated.

Career

After a short role in Gejje Pooje (1969), Aarathi starred as a leading actress in over 120 films including Naagarahaavu, Edakallu Guddada Mele, Bili Hendthi, Dharmasere, Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Ranganayaki, Hombisilu, Upasane and Shubhamangala. Her collaboration with director Puttanna Kanagal included twelve films. In 1986 she directed the TV series, Namma Nammalli.

Filmography

As director

List of films directed
Year Title Notes
2005 Mithayi Mane Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children Film

As actress

List of films and roles
Year Title Roles Notes
1970 Gejje Pooje Lalitha
Inti Gowravam Telugu film
Kallara Kalla Supporting role
Takka! Bitre Sikka!!
1971 Kasturi Nivasa Lakshmi Special appearance
Makane Ninakku Vendi Sophia Malayalam film
Anugraha Gowri
Prathidhawani
Nyayave Devaru Lalitha
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama Jambavathi
1972 Sipayi Ramu Champa
Ooriki Upakari Telugu film
Bhale Huchcha Chandra
Naagarahaavu Alamelu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1973 Mane Belagida Sose
Edakallu Guddada Mele Devaki Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting actress
Mooroovare Vajragalu Rukmini
1974 Bangaarada Panjara Mallamma
Nanu Baalabeku
Upasane Sharada Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Gumasthavin Magal Tamil film
Mannina Magalu Supporting role
Maha Thyaga
Bhale Bhatta
1975 Daari Tappida Maga Radha Devi
Shubhamangala Hema Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Bili Hendthi Sharada
Devara Kannu
1976 Katha Sangama Munithayi Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Hosilu Mettida Hennu
Premada Kanike Seetha
Punaradatta
Bahaddur Gandu
Raja Nanna Raja Ganga / Geetha
Baalu Jenu Geetha
Phalitamsha
Aparadhi
1977 Maagiya Kanasu
Pavana Ganga Ganga
Anuroopa
1978 Kudure Mukha
Hombisilu Dr. Roopa
Maathu Tappada Maga
Muyyige Muyyi
Paduvarahalli Pandavaru Special appearance
Anuraga Bandhana
Premayana
Vasanthalakshmi
Balu Aparoopa Nam Jodi
1979 Dharmasere Tunga Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Adalu Badalu
Naniruvude Ninagagi
Manini
Nentaro Gantu Kallaro
1980 Bhaktha Siriyala
Hanthakana Sanchu Anita
Bangarada Jinke Asha
Nyaya Neethi Dharma Revathi
Anurakthe
1981 Ranganayaki Ranganayaki / Mala Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Thayiya Madilalli
Naari Swargakke Daari
Ganesha Mahime
Bhagyavantha Seeta
Chadurida Chitragalu
Bhagyada Belaku
Edeyuru Siddalingeshwara
Preetisi Nodu
1982 Pedda Gedda
Archana
Mullina Gulabi
Karmika Kallanalla
Mava Sose Saval
Parajitha
Nyaya Yellide
Kannu Terasida Hennu
Suvarna Sethuve
Hasyaratna Ramakrishna
Raja Maharaja
1983 Tirugu Baana Sarojamma
Gedda Maga
Jaggu
Nyaya Gedditu Special appearance
Kalluveene Nudiyithu
Thayiya Nudi
Sididedda Sahodara Latha
Kranthiyogi Basavanna
Ananda Sagara
Mutthaide Bhagya
Aakrosha
Chalisada Sagara
Samarpane
1984 Kaliyuga
Khaidi
Pooja Phala
Premave Balina Belaku
Hennina Saubhagya
Bekkina Kannu
Ramapurada Ravana
Pavitra Prema
Ajnathavasa
Avala Antaranga Special Appearance
Preethi Vathsalya
Bilee Gulabi Special Appearance
1985 Kurudoddi Kurukshetra
Nee Nakkaga
Sati Sakkubai
Lakshmi Kataksha
Haavu Eni Aata
Kumkuma Thanda Saubhagya
Swabhimana Special Appearance
Vajra Mushti Special Appearance
Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya
Thulasi Dala
1986 Bettada Thayi
Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu Uma
Seelu Nakshatra
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