Tamil-Malayalam actress Kasthuri was on top of the world when she made her debut in the Tamil film in the year 1991 and has been a successful star till 2003. She had acted in a number of Tamil films till 2003 and had vanished away from tinsel town. However, after a gap of few years, this tall and slender actress made her comeback with Malai Malai in Tamil in 2009 and had acted even in Malayalam and Telugu movies too.
She enjoys acting and wants to do only those roles which are backed by the script. Currently, she does not require the run-of-the- mill women character at all, but would be interested in doing some memorable roles only. This yesteryear south Indian actress turned out to be a very popular television anchor too. After she did a memorable role in Malayalam cinema with Aniyan Vava Chettan Bava, she returned to acting by playing a pivotal role in Rajesh Pillais’ Mili.
In Nancy, she had a strong character of a woman with a mind of her own. Her popularity in small screen was in greater demand when she had hosted a quiz show
Vina Vidai Vettai
in Tamil Channel Puthu Yugam TV, which made waves for becoming the best quiz master. This actress had schooling in Chennai and started modeling at her young age when she was in high school.
She won the Madras Title in 1992. Subsequently, she got film offers too. She debuted as a heroine in Chinnavar in 1993 with Prabhu Ganesan. She also played the role of Kamala Haasan’s beloved daughter in the film Indian (Tamil) which was made in other languages too. After she acted in the Telugu film Bhaaratheeyudu (Tamil version Indian), she got a chance to act in some more Telugu films which however did not give her any footage to her career. She later concentrated in Tamil and Malayalam movies only.
Another Version Of This Bio With the screen name as Kasthuri, meaning fragrant, the Indian actress, Shanmathi Shankar, has proved to be a good actor and a kind human being. Born in Chennai, on May 1, 1974, she has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada language films, crediting over 60+ films to her. After graduation from Ethiraj College for Women, Kasthuri won Miss Chennai in 1992. Being a state-level hockey champion and an RD cadet in air force wing is one of her many accomplishments from her youth. ‘Beauty with brains’. This phrase fits her perfectly.
Not only was she a successful model, but also, she was a finalist in the BBC’s Mastermind India 2000 quiz. Her acting career began in 1991 with the film, Aatha Un Koyilile. From working on small budget Tamil films, she went on to work into more mainstream movies alongside legends, such as Kamal Hassan. A 30-minute documentary film, Kasthuri: A South Indian Film Star, was released as a tribute to her success in the film industry. She gained attention for her acting skills in Annamayya (1997) and dance performance in Kaadhal Kavithai (1998). After her marriage to Dr.Sreekumar, she took a break from her career and settled in the USA. She is a mother to a boy and a girl.
However, she decided to make a comeback as a supporting actress and television host. Her debut comeback film was Malai Malai(2009) and also worked on Vina Vidai Vettai for Puthuguyam TV. Kasthuri raises her voice on social issues by writing a column in the Times of India newspaper occasionally. From speaking on Me Too movement in India to taking legal actions against those who misused her photos from a photoshoot, she is a bold woman. She promotes Indian movies while working as a media consultant and is quite successful as a distributor and event manager in the US. Kasthuri has outshone herself in every field she has stepped in and carries with her the true essence of a woman.