Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Archana is a very popular South Indian Film actress who finds thrill to portray characters which demands challenging acting skills and she used to manifest them quite naturally.She is holder of National Award as Best Actress twice.She look forward for roles of substance and value quality rather than quantity.She has acted in lesser number of films comparatively but most of her films are well noted in many respects and used to get awards.She has acted in films of famous directors like 'Balu Mahendra,B.Narsing Rao,P.N.Menon,Shankar Nag,Shaji N.Karun,Vamshi' etc.
She is also an accomplished Classical dancer well profound in 'Kuchupudi' and Kathak style of  dances.She was born in a Telugu speaking family of Andhra Pradesh state and is a graduate who holds a diploma in acting from Tamil Nadu State Institute of Film Technology.
Archana took a long break of 14 years from the 90's and reappeared in films  in 2007 by acting character roles  in the films  'Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram' and  in another film 'Onbadhu Roobai Nottu' in the same year.Her role in the film 'Onbadhu Roobai Nottu' earned her Best Character actress award from Tamil Nadu State Government.
As a mature artist her Tamil film 'Paneer Pushpangal' in which Suresh,Archana,Santhi Krishna,Prathap Pothen etc acted  was well noted.It was about a high school romance at the hill station 'Ootty'.
'Kadhal Oviyam' was a successful  film directed by Bharathi Raja in 1982 in which Kannan,Radha and Archana acted in lead roles.
'Neengal Kettavai' was a hit film directed by Balu Mahendra in which Thyaga Rajan,Y.Gee Mahendran, Archana,Purnima Jayaram,Bhanu Chander etc acted.
'Veedu' was a film directed by Balu Mahendra in which Archana acted as the character 'Sudha' and Bhanu Chander as 'Gopi'.It was the realistic portrayal of a lower middle class family and their struggles.The film was released in 1988 of which the script was written by Balu Mahendra.He was the cinematographer and editor also.It received National award as Best actress for Archana, and Best feature film in Tamil.Filmfare Award for Best actress was also given to Archana for this film.
'Sandhya Ragam' was another film directed by Balu Mahendra in 89.This Tamil film's direction,Production,Cinematography,Editing,Screenplay and Dialogues were by Balu Mahendra.It won National Award as Best Film on Family Welfare(1990).Chokkalinga Bhagavathar and Archana were the main actors.

In the Tamil film 'Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram' in which she handled mother role, Dhanush and Meera Jasmine were the lead actors.
In the film 'Onbadhu Roobai Nottu' Sathyaraj was the lead male actor.
Her Telugu film 'Matti Manushulu' received National Award as Best feature film of  Telugu in the year 1990.B.Narsing Rao was the director.The film also received Diploma of Merit at the Moscow International Film Festival in 89.
The Telugu film "Daasi' in which Archana,Roopa and Bhoopal Reddy were in the main roles received National Award as Best Actress for Archana.The film also received National award for Best cinematography,Best Costume design,Best Art direction, and as Best Feature film in Telugu of that year.
It was directed by B.Narsing Rao.
'Nireekshana' was a Telugu film which was the remake of Malaylam film 'Yatra'.Bhanu Chander handled the role of forest officer played  by Mammootty in Malayalam and Archana handled the role acted by Shobhana in the Malayalam film 'Yatra'.The role in 'Nireekshana' is one of the favorite roles of  Archana in her career.'Nireekshana' also received Nandi special Jury Award.

In the Kannada Film 'Ondu Muttina Kathe' directed by Shankar Nag, Raj Kumar acted as the hero opposite Archana.It was the first Indian film to be shot under water.
'Malamukalile Daivam' was a critically accla

imed  Malayalam film directed by P.N.Menon in 1983 in which Archana was the heroine.It was about a tribal village filled with superstitions.One of the intelligent boy of that  place  escapes from there  and returns later to enlighten the natives.
'Piravi' was a Malayalam film directed by Shaji N.Karun in 1989.Premji and Archana were the leads.Premji received National award as the Best actor for the role as 'Raghava Chakyar'.Archana acted as his daughter.The film received National award as the Best Film of 1989.It received many awards at International film festivals.
'Yamanam' was a Malayalam film directed by Bharat Gopi in 1992 which received National award as Best Film on other Social Issues.Archana,Santha Devi,Ramachandran,Nedumudi Venu etc acted in it.
'Sammohanam' was a critically acclaimed Malayalam film which was directed by C.P.Padma Kumar in 1994.It received an award at Edinburgh film festival in 1995.
Selected Filmography
Premigala Saval
Ondu Muttina Kathe
Madhura Geetham
Yogi Vermana
Matti Manushulu
Bharath Bandh
Ukku Sankellu
Pachu Thoranam
Ladies Tailor
Chakra Vyuham
Yadon Ki Baarat
Bagh Bahadur
Onnam Muhurtham
Malamukalile Daivam
Thammil Thammil
Thai Pongal
Paneer Pushpangal
Kathal Oviyam
Vasanthame Varuga
Neengal Kettavai
Engirunthalum Vazhga
Ematradhe Ematradhe
Puyal Kadantha Bhoomi
Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
Sandhya Ragam
Vaidehi Vandachu
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram
Onbadhu Roobai Nottu

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