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.