Monday, August 11, 2014

USHAKUMARI/ VENNIRA AADAI NIRMALA

Ushakumari aka Vennira Aadai Nirmala  is a popular South Indian actress who has acted mainly in Tamil and Malayalam movies.She has acted in more than 100 Tamil films and more than 50 Malayalam movies.She got fame as 'Ushakumari' in Malayalam and as 'Vennira Aadai Nirmala' in Tamil.
She is an accomplished classical dancer and an exponent of Bharatanatyam.She is running her own dance school and appearing for stage dance programs and also  active in films and TV serials.
She was born in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu to parents Balakrishnan and Rukmini.She debuted in C.V.Sreedhar's 'Vennira Aadai' in 1965 which was a hit film and she became very popular and came to be known in the character's name as Vennira Aadai Nirmala'.
In Malayalam films also she started acting from 1965 itself and appeared in heroine and supporting roles of several famous films of 60's and 70's.
Her  Malayalam films like 'Kattu Thulasi,Chettathi,Station Master' etc were all hits in mid 60's.
She acted in the musical love story 'Ramanan' of 1967 in which Sheela and Prem Nazir were in the lead roles.It was directed by DM Pottakat and the songs are still a   nostalgia for music lovers.

'Iruttinte Athmavu'(67) was a super-hit film directed by K.S.Sethumadhavan in which Nazeer appeared in an unforgettable character as 'Velaydhan' which he presented brilliantly.The film earned 'National Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues'.Nazeer,Sharada,Usha Kumari,Kozhikode Santhadevi,Thikkurissi,P.J.Antony etc acted.

'Yakshi'(68) was a super-hit film directed by K.S.Sethumadhavan  in which Usha Kumari was one of the heroines along with Sharada.Sathyan acted as the hero 'Professor Srinivasan' in this film which was based on the novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan.Sathyan,Sharada,Adoor Bhasi,N.Govindan Kutty,Usha Kumari,Sukumari etc acted.

In the 1975 film 'Njan Ninne Premikkunnu' Usha Kumari and Kamal Hassan were the lead pair and the film was directed by K.S.Gopalakrishnan.

She acted in the 2001 film 'Sharjah to Sharjah' directed by Venugopan and acted along with Jayaram,Jagadish,Aishwarya,Rajan P.Dev etc.

She acted in several Tamil films il lead female roles and in supporting roles  and acted along with all major actors like MGR,Sivaji Ganesan,Muthu Raman,AVM Rajan,Jayshankar,Satyaraj,Ravichander,Sivakumar,Sasikumar,Srikanth etc.
Her acting style,innocent smile,dancing skill etc were very much liked by the audience.
In 1968 she acted in the Sivaji Ganesan film 'Lakshmi Kalyanam'.
Afterwards she appeared in films like 'Poova Thalaiya,Mannippu,Vairagyam,Veettukku Veedu,Anbukku Oru Annan,Needhi Thevan,Thanga Surangam,Enga Mama,Vegulipenn,Thangaikkaga,Aval,Indru pol  Endrum Vazhga,Idhayakkani etc

'Poova Thalaiva' was a film released in 1968 in which Gemini Ganesan,Jaishankar,Nagesh,Varalakshmi etc acted which was directed by K.Balachander.
'Idhayakkani' was MGR film of 1975 in which Radha Saluja was the heroine.It was directed by A.Jagannathan.
She was also part of 1976 MGR film 'Oorukku Uzhaippavan' and acted in supporting role as character 'Kanchana'.
She acted in supporting role of Sivaji Ganesan-Lakshmi film 'Thangaikkaga' directed by D.Yoganand in 1971.


She produced a Tamil film 'Avalukku Nigar Avalae'  and acted in three different roles in that film in the year 1974.Ravichandran was the hero.The film was but not a success at the box office.
She had a long gap in her career and  reappeared in 2007 in the film 'Periyar' in which Satyaraj was the hero.
She also acted in the film 'Rameshwaram' in which Jeeva and Bhavana paired.
Selected Filmography
Kattu Thulasi
Chettathi
Station Master
Jeevikkan Anuvadikku
Ramanan
Iruttinte Athmavu
NGO
Madatharuvi
Yakshi
Punnapra Vayalar
Vilakkapetta Bandhangal
Koottukudumbam
Janmabhoomi
Vivahitha
Dathuputhri
Panchavankadu
Lora Nee Evide
Maravil Thiruvu Sookshikkuka
Jesus
Thaniniram
Sasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu
Ashachakram
PavangalPennungal
Durga
Njan Ninne Premikkunnu
Thomashleeha
Manishada
Amba Ambika Ambalika
SreeMurukan
Thacholo Ambu
Hemantharathri
Velluvili
Kanthavalayam
Sharjah to Sharjah
Vennira Adai
Lakshmi Kalyanam
Poova Thalaiya
Mannippu
Anbukku Oru Annan
Vairagyam
Veettukku Veedu
Thangaikkaga
Anbu Sahodarargal
Aval
Indru pol Endrum Vazhga
Idhayakkani
Chakkram
Enga Mama
Kaali
Oorukku Uzhaippavan
Avalukkunigar Avalae
Periyar
Rameshwaram




















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