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One of the leading ladies of the Kannada cinema during the 70s and 80s was ‘Aarathi’, who has always displayed a workmanlike sincerity and seriousness throughout her active career, and has always been engaged in some activity or the other. Although now, past her sixties, she can very well reminisce of her active film career, which has not only seen her as one of the most prolific actresses of her time, but also as one in which she has undertaken several directorial ventures, drawing appreciation of the critics. Like her films, her list of awards also has been quite numerous, having bagged the Filmfare and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress, four times each. In fact, even after she took to directing, awards did not leave her. In 2005, “Mithayi Mane”, directed by her, was critically acclaimed, and also won the Karnataka State Film Award for the Best Children's Film.

Not surprisingly, with her love for acting, she started her career at the young age of 16, and her first film was “Gejje Pooje”, in the year 1969. Then slowly she worked her way up, getting lead roles in award winning films like “Upasane”, “Naagarahaavu”, “ Shubhamangala Shubhamangala serial was telecasted on ETV Kannada >> Read More... Shubhamangala ”, and “ Katha Sangama Click to look into! >> Read More... Katha Sangama ”. Her career, thereafter, had two distinct segments - one when she was a prolific actress, and the other from the late 80s onwards, when she took over the directorial mantle after a self imposed farewell to acting. In either phase of her career she has not only been energetic and enthusiastic but has shown more and more maturity as she progressed.

In between, she also got nominated as a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, perhaps in recognition of her energetic spirit. She also had a brief stint on Kannada TV, having directed the series, “ Namma Nammalli Story Coming Soon. >> Read More... Namma Nammalli ”. She could also be remembered for her collaboration with director Puttanna Kanagal Puttanna Kanagal was known as Chitra Brahma (God o >> Read More... Puttanna Kanagal , with whom she had produced a series of cult films, having worked together in almost twelve films at a stretch. Like all other leading actresses of the South, she also starred in several Tamil and Telugu films, the notable ones being “Gumasthavin Magal”, in Tamil, and “Ooriki Upakari”, in Telugu.

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Aarathi Chandrashekar is an Indian Actress, and film director. She mostly acted in Kannada movies during the 1970s & 1980s. She was born in the year 1954, in Aregallu, Arakalagudu, Karnataka, India. She married Chandrashekar Desaigoudar, and has two children. She has acted in many films, namely Gejje Pooje, Inti Gowravam Click to look into! >> Read More... Inti Gowravam , Kallara Kalla, and Takka! Bitre Sikka!! in 1970, Kasturi Nivasa Kasturi Nivasa is a Kannada serial that falls unde >> Read More... Kasturi Nivasa , Makane Ninakku Vendi, Anugraha, Prathidhawani, Nyayave Devaru, and Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama in 1971, Sipayi Ramu, Ooriki Upakari, Bhale Huchcha, and Naagarahaavu in 1972, Mane Belagida Sose, Edakallu Guddada Mele, and Mooroovare Vajragalu in 1973, Bangaarada Panjara, Nanu Baalabeku, Upasane, Gumasthavin Magal, Mannina Magalu, Maha Thyaga, and Bhale Bhatta in 1974, Daari Tappida Maga, Shubhamangala, Bili Hendthi, and Devara Kannu in 1975, Katha Sangama, Hosilu Mettida Hennu, Premada Kanike, Punaradatta, Bahaddur Gandu, Raja Nanna Raja, Baalu Jenu, Phalitamsha, and Aparadhi in 1976, Maagiya Kanasu, Pavana Ganga, and Anuroopa in 1977, Kudure Mukha, Hombisilu,

Maathu Tappada Maga, Muyyige Muyyi, Paduvarahalli Pandavaru, Anuraga Bandhana, Premayana, Vasanthalakshmi, and Balu Aparoopa Nam Jodi in 1978, Dharmasere, Adalu Badalu, Naniruvude Ninagagi, Manini, and Nentaro Gantu Kallaro in 1979, Bhaktha Siriyala, Hanthakana Sanchu, Bangarada Jinke, Nyaya Neethi Dharma, and Anurakthe in 1980, Ranganayaki, Thayiya Madilalli, Naari Swargakke Daari, Ganesha Mahime, Bhagyavantha, Chadurida Chitragalu, Bhagyada Belaku, Edeyuru Siddalingeshwara, and Preetisi Nodu in 1981, Archana, Pedda Gedda, Mullina Gulabi, Mava Sose Saval, Parajitha, Karmika Kallanalla, Nyaya Yellide, Kannu Terasida Hennu, Hasyaratna Ramakrishna, Suvarna Sethuve, and Raja Maharaja in 1982, Tirugu Baana, Gedda Maga, Jaggu, Nyaya Gedditu, Kalluveene Nudiyithu, Thayiya Nudi, Sididedda Sahodara, Kranthiyogi Basavanna, Ananda Sagara, Mutthaide Bhagya, Aakrosha, Chalisada Sagara, and Samarpane in 1983, Khaidi, Pooja Phala, Kaliyuga, Premave Balina Belaku, Hennina Saubhagya, Ramapurada Ravana, Bekkina Kannu, Pavitra Prema, Ajnathavasa, Avala Antaranga, Preethi Vathsalya, and Bilee Gulabi in 1984, Nee Nakkaga, Sati Sakkubai, Kurudoddi Kurukshetra, Lakshmi Kataksha Story Soon >> Read More... Lakshmi Kataksha , Swabhimana, Haavu Eni Aata, Kumkuma Thanda Saubhagya, Vajra Mushti, Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya, and Thulasi Dala in 1985, Bettada Thayi, Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu, Seelu Nakshatra, and Tiger in 1986.

She directed the film Mithayi Mane in 2005. She won Karnataka State Film Award, for Best Actress four times in 1972, 1976, 1979, and 1981, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1973, and Filmfare Award for Best Actress four times in 1974, 1975, 1979, and 1981. She took retirement in the middle 1980s, later, made a comeback as a director in 2005 with the film Mithayi Mane. This film won her the Karnataka State Film Award, for the Best Children’s Film.