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Padmini

Padmini (12 June 1932 – 24 September 2006) was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer, who acted in over 250 Indian films. She acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. Padmini, with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called the "Travancore sisters". Padmini was born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram, in what was then the princely state of Travancore (now the Indian state of Kerala). She was the second daughter of Sree Thankappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma, both coming from noble Nair families. Her sisters Lalitha and Ragini, were also well known film actresses. Together, the three were known as the Travancore sisters. Padmini and her sisters learnt Bharathanatyam from Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalingam Pillai. The trio were the disciples of Indian dancer Guru Gopinath. They learnt Kathakali and Kerala Natanam styles of dancing from him. N.S. Krishnan noticed her talents while she was presenting Parijatha Pushpapaharanam in Thiruvananthapuram. After that performance, he said that in the future she would become an actress. She was thus cast as heroine in his own production Manamagal. The Travancore Sisters grew up in a joint family tharavadu (Malaya Cottage) in Poojappura, Trivandrum. The matriarchial head of the family was Karthiyayini Amma, whose husband was P.K. Pillai (Palakunnathu Krishna Pillai of Cherthala) alias "Penang Padmanabha Pillai". P.K. Pillai had six sons, of whom Satyapalan Nair (Baby) was a leading producer of many early Malayalam films. They performed at the 1955 Filmfare Awards. Padmini was a leading actress and one of the highest paid actresses of the 50s, 60s and 70s. She is also known as one of the charming beauty queens of the 50s and 60s. She was given the title "Natya Peroli" in Tamil Nadu because of her excellent Bharatnatyam performances in Tamil films. Her Tamil movie Thillana Mohanambal, is a cult classic of Tamil cinema and continues to be remembered even today. Her beautiful performance in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was outstanding and made her a national star.


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Born:
Jun 12, 1932 In Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore, British India
Movie/TV Credits:
45
First Appeared:
In the movie Marthanda Varma 1933-05-13
Latest Project:
Movie The Dispossessed 1991-01-01
Known For
Poster of Journey Beyond Three Seas
Poster of Amarakavi

Padmini Movies Filmography

Movie
The Dispossessed
Bhavani 1991-01-01
Movie
Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu
Kunjoonjamma Thomas 1984-10-26
Movie
Navarathnam
1977-03-04
Movie
Uzhaikkum Karangal
1976-05-23
Movie
Rickshawkaran
1971-05-29
Movie
Mera Naam Joker
Meenu 1970-12-18
Movie
Mastana
Gauri 1970-10-16
Movie
Raman Ethanai Ramanadi
1970-08-15
Movie
Thillana Mohanambal
Mohanambal 1968-01-31
Movie
Thirumaal Perumai
Dancer 1968-02-16
Movie
Thiruvarutchelvar
1967-07-28
Movie
Iruttinte Athmavu
Nani 1967-03-02
Movie
Saraswathi Sabatham
1966-09-03
Movie
Mahabharat
Draupadi 1965-01-01
Movie
Raani Samyuktha
1962-01-13
Movie
Punar Janmam
Parvathi 1961-04-21
Movie
Umminithanka
1961-04-14
Movie
Deiva Piravi
1960-04-12
Movie
Jis desh mein Ganga behti hai
Kammo 1960-01-01
Movie
Singapore
Lata 1960-01-01
Movie
Meenda Sorgam
Nirmala 1960-07-29
Movie
Raja Desingu
1960-09-02
Movie
Arasilangumari
1960-12-31
Movie
Maragatham
Maragatham/Alamu 1959-08-21
Movie
Veerapandiya Kattabomman
Vellayamma 1959-05-16
Movie
Thangapadumai
1959-01-10
Movie
Sampoorna Ramayanam
Seetha 1958-04-14
Movie
Vanjikottai Valiban
Princess Padma 1958-04-11
Movie
Uthama Puthiran
Amudhavalli 1958-02-07
Movie
Rajarajan
1957-04-25
Movie
Journey Beyond Three Seas
Court Dancer Lakshmi 1957-01-01
Movie
Asai
1956-03-09
Movie
Madurai Veeran
Velliaiyamma 1956-04-12
Movie
Amara Deepam
Roopa 1956-06-20
Movie
Mangayar Thilakam
Sulochana 1955-08-26
Movie
Snehaseema
1954-12-30
Movie
Edhir Paradhathu
Sumathi 1954-12-09
Movie
Kalyanam Panniyum Brammachari
Padmini 1954-07-01
Movie
Panam
Jeeva 1952-12-27
Movie
Andhaman Kaidhi
1952-03-13
Movie
Amarakavi
Special appearance 1952-02-09
Movie
Prasanna
Madanika 1950-08-17
Movie
Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi
1950-04-02
Movie
Mohini
1948-10-30
Movie
Marthanda Varma
Parukutty 1933-05-13