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Vinodini Sasimohan

Vinodini Sasimohan is Viswa Kala Kendra’s (an institution for dance founded by her father) Chief Administrative Officer in Thiruvananthapuram, India. She is also a child actress and appeared as Baby Vinodini in 17 Malayalam films during the 1960s. Vinodini is the youngest daughter of Guru Gopinath, a popular classical dancer in India and Mulakkal Thankamani, a Mohiniyattam dancer. Her sisters Vilasini and Vasanthi were also popular child artists in the Malayalam cinema. Her parents were both actors in the Malayalam field and the first couple to play as husband and wife in the Malayalam film, Prahlada, which was directed by K. Subrahmanyam in 1941. The prints of this film were destroyed because of a fire, and only the stills of the film are available. During the 1960’s, Vinodinu acted with noteworthy actors and actresses like Sathyan, Ambika, Ragini, Jose Prakash, Prem Nazir, Miss Kumari and a lot more. In 1961, Baby Vinodini played as the young Krishna in the mythological film, Bhakta Kuchela. She was only three years old at that time. Later, she played a dual role in the Malayalam film, Kannum Karalum, which stars Sathyan and Kamal Haasan, who later became India’s leading actors. This was followed by another Sathyan-starrer titled Ammaye Kaanaan in 1963. In the same year, she acted with Prem Nazir in Chilamboli. She was cast in S. Ramanathan’s Sree Guruvayoorappan in 1964, with Kaduvakulam Antony in the lead role. Vinodini is also part of the Malayalam films like Bharthav, Snehadeepam, Karutha Kai, and Kaliyodam and made a guest appearance in Swami Ayyappan. She also bagged more films with Sathyan including Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi, Kadalamma, Omanakkuttan, Kadathukaran and Manavatty. Vinodini earned the Sinema Masika award for three times in the span of her acting career, due to her brilliant performances in her films. At that time, Sinema Masika is the only award presented in the Malayalam film industry. She stopped doing child roles after she bagged the role of Devi Kanya Kumari in the1974 Malayalam film, Devi Kanyakumari, which wasdirecteed by P. Subramaniam. She became famous for her portrayal in the film. However, this film marks the end of her acting career since she declined several film offers. Instead, she continued her studies and took MA Sociology. In 1981, she got married to T. Sasimohan, the Santhigiri Ashram’s Associate Editor and also a Senior Journalist in Mathubhumi Daily. This couple has two children namely S Gopimadhav and S Mathangi.

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Vinodini Sasimohan Malayalam Actress