Padmini Padmini
Padmini Padmini
Padmini was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer who has acted in over 250 Indian films. She has acted in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. Padmini along with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called "Travancore sisters". Padmini was born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram in what was then the princely state of Travancore. She was the second daughter of Thankappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 73
    Padmini died of a heart attack at the Chennai Apollo Hospital on 24 September 2006.
    More Details Hide Details She was hospitalized on the previous day when she suffered the fatal heart attack during a meeting with the then Tamil Nadu CM M. Karunanidhi. She is survived by a son, who is settled in the United States. Padmini was well known for her professional rivalry with actress Vyjayanthimala, the successful dancer-actress. They performed a dance number in the Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban; the well known song was "Kannum Kannum Kalanthu" which was sung by P. Leela and Jikki. In the song they were pitted against each other. Due to their professional rivalry the song has a cult following since the film was released; the popularity of the song surpasses the popularity of the film. Won Nominations
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 44
    She settled in the United States and in 1977 opened her classical dance school in New Jersey, the Padmini School of Fine Arts.
    More Details Hide Details Today, her school is considered as one of the largest Indian classical dance institutions in America. Actress Sukumari was the trio's maternal first cousin. Shobana, the famous dancer, is the niece of Padmini. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Actors Vineeth and Krishna are relatives.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 28
    After her marriage to Ramachandran, a U.S.-based physician in 1961, she retired temporarily from films and focused on family life and refining her classical dance.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 19
    Her association with Sivaji Ganesan started with Panam in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details Some of her noted Tamil films include Thanga Padhumai, Anbu, Kaattu Roja, Thillana Mohanambal, Vietnam Veedu, Edhir Paradhathu, Mangayar Thilakam and Poove Poochudava. Some of her popular Malayalam films include Prasanna, Snehaseema, Vivaahitha, Adhyaapika, Kumara Sambhavam, Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu, Vasthuhara and Dolar. In two of her popular Bollywood films — Mera Naam Joker and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai — she was paired with Raj Kapoor. She did another film with Raj Kapoor AashiQ (1962). Her other Bollywood films include Payal (1957), Afsana (1966), Vaasna (1968), Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) and Babubhai Mistry's Mahabharat (1965). In Mera Naam Joker she played very bold role of a girl who used to dress like a boy till accidentally her real sex is noticed by the hero of the film Raj Kapoor. The film had hot scenes involving Padmini.
  • 1950
    Age 17
    She acted mostly in Tamil films. Ezhai Padum Padu released in 1950 was her first film in Tamil.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on June 12, 1932.
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