The shift from acting to direction is becoming more popular today – with actresses jumping the fence at an increasing rate. Lakshmy Ramakrishna’s first attempt as a director was noticed in ‘ Aarohanam Click to look into! >> Read More... Aarohanam ’ in 2012 which was lauded by audiences as well as by the critics. The apparent ease with which actor becomes directors is not very popular amongst actresses. Hence, she caught the media attention in India and her second film "Ammini" was based on a 79-year-old woman rag-picker, whom she met in a TV show. When she got this idea, she did not waste her time and narrated the story to producer Ven Govind and felt that the rag-picker woman will remain as a theme of her film. In this film, she also plays a very important role.
Earlier, in 2014, she made another attempt in her directorial venture. She made ‘ Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Click to look into! >> Read More... Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe ’ which was based on a journey to Trichy and Karaikal and had dealt with petrol issues witnessed in the society. The film was low budgeted and the film was also appreciated by critics, and could not capture the minds of viewers.
Before making her debut as a director, she had acted in TV serials (Aval in STAR Vijay) and was seen in the reality show ‘Solvathellam Unmai’ in Zee Tamil. She has tried a couple of Tamil films as a supporting actress and even performed extremely well in a film Yuddham Sei, where this noted actress had shaved her head for her lifetime role and stunned the audiences. Interestingly, the first film that came her way was also by a chance. 
It was director A. K. Lohithadas, who wanted to use Ramakrishnan's house for shooting his Malayalam film ‘Chakkara Muthu’ (2006). This film gave her first break in a supporting role. Later, she also played Sneha’s mother role in another film and after acting in supporting actress’ role, she stepped behind the camera to direct actors now.
Catherine Tresa Tamil Actress

Catherine Tresa

Catherine Tresa was born in Dubai. She could neither speak any Indian language (except Hindi) but made her impact in south Indian cinema, especially in Kannada, Telugu and even Malayalam cinema. Though born in a Malayalee Christian family, she cannot speak in Malayalam either. Well, she is one of the Kollywood Divas, who experience issues with the language dialect, but even then makes impression on viewers with stunning look and mind blowing performances.    She did modeling before making her debut in Kannada cinema while she was in Bengaluru. She walked in many ramp shows in Sandal region and got her first break in Shankar IPS opposite Duniya Vijay I 2010. Soon she grabbed some offers in the Malayalam industry and acted in two films ‘’The Thriller’’ and ‘’Back in Action’’. After completing her Malayalam projects, she again grabbed a few more Kannada offers and did two films such as ’’ Vishnu’’ and “Godfather”. Later on, she was cast in Telugu movies such as in Puri Jagannath's “Iddarammayilatho’’ and even “Chammak Challo”.    With a few films on her hand and who cannot speak her dialects well, this model-turned-actress is now the flavor of the season. She is hot, she is sexy and superbly entertaining in any role, be it in Muslim character played by her in Telugu film “Paisa” or even as a mentally challenged woman in Kannada film Godfather. With towering performances, she has now entered the Tamil industry too with ‘’Madras’’which had Karthi in the lead. Her latest release would be director Gunasekhar’s 3-D film ‘’Rudhramadevi’’, which will be simultaneously released in Tamil and Kannada too.    Buzz in the tinsel town is that, Catherine Tresa might be roped in, to play a heroine character with Vishal in Pandiraj’s next flick. She also will be hopefully seen in Selvaraghavan's upcoming film with Simbu. With such big banners, the Madras girl will rule the tinsel town with some good films, although language will remain her issue always.   Another Version Of Catherine Tresa : Catherine Tresa was born on 10 September in the year 1990. She was born in Dubai, which is in the United Arab Emirates. Her real name is Catherine Tresa Alexander. Katherine is a model and, an Indian Film actress who is very versatile in her roles. She has played in many movies in the Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada movie industries. Catherine was born to Roman Catholic Christians who are Malayali in their origin. Her father’s name is Mr. Frank Mario Alexander, and her mother’s name is Tresa Alexander. At home, she mostly converses in the English language and a decent little Hindi. Although she has her origin as Malayali she does not know a bit about the Malayalam language. She pursued her secondary education the city Dubai. She pursued her graduation degree from the College St. Joseph’s in the city Bangalore. She spent two years in the college. She was not so much inclined towards the studies, and she pursued the extra co-curricular ventures such as singing, debating, declamation, skating, dancing. She also learned piano and ice skating. She always believed in herself and claimed that she is best at everything or anything unless or until she does the work wholeheartedly and with full zeal. Katherine was also a volunteer in the Emirates Environment in Dubai during her course of studies. She stepped into the modeling world when she was just 14. She did modeling for some fashion design students in Dubai. She loved the experience and made her mind pursue her career in this field. When she came to India, she offered to model for big proclaimed brands like Deccan Chronicles, Fast Track, Nalli Silks, Josco Jewellers and Chennai Silks. Srikantadatta Maharaja has given her the shot in their calendar through which she gained much recognition. She partakes many ramp walk shows with the fashion guru Prasad Bidapa in many cities. Tresa made her film debut from the superhit Shankar IPS, which is a Kannada movie in the year 2010. Her co-star was Mr. Duniya Vijay. Her first movie was a hit at the box office. Then, she inclined towards doing Malayalam movies such as “The Thriller” in the year 2010 and “Uppukandam Brothers Back In Action” in the year 2011. In the year 2011, she did a part in the movie “Vishnu” which was a Kannada Movie. The role she played was quite opposite to what she has in her real life. She got applauds and accolades when she did a groundbreaking job in the Kannada movie “Godfather” in the year 2012. She played a role of a mentally ill woman. She depicted the character so apt. The movie was directed by filmmaker and cinematographer Mr. Sethu Sriram. Due to this, she has been nominated for the Filmfare Awards South under the category Best Supporting Actress. It was her first nomination in the 60th award show. She played a bold, beautiful, dynamic, urban, high-class role in the movie “Chammak Challo” in the year 2013. Neelakanta directed this film. Although the movie failed badly at the box office, the actress got affirmative reviews regarding her acting skills which boosted her confidence. She undertook a Telugu movie called “Idarammayilatho” in the year 2013 in which she played a role named “Akanksha” which perfectly suited her character. She got good reviews. She has won the SIIMA award in the year 2015 for “Best Debutant” in the Tamil genre. She has notably done many movies such as “Madras”, “Paisa”, “Errabus” in the year 2014. She has been consistent with her performances and has gained much prominence.


M R Santhanalakshmi

M. R. Santhanalakshmi was born in the year 1905 and died at the age of 52, in the year 1957. Santhanalaxmi was a Tamil actress who played heart robbing roles as lead characters in the 1930s and 1940s movies. She was believed to be one of the most beautiful actors of the 1930s and 1940s. She started her film career in the year 1935, with her role in Radha Kalyanam, opposite S Rajam, who was a musician in Carnatic music. It was a movie directed by C. K. Sachi. However, the film could not win the hearts of the audience. Before her character as the lead actress in Abikapathy, she had done another movie called Chandrahasan in the year 1936. Santhanalakshmi plays the role of a princess, whom the prince Chandrahasan gets married to. This film, too, failed in pleasing the audience. It was not until the release of Ambikapathy that Santhanalakshi gained her fame; and she never looked back. The movie was a big hit as soon as it hit the theatres. The film was directed in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) by Ellis r. Dungan. It was a musical released in late 1937. It gained a lot of popularity amongst the South Indian audience and was termed as a “refreshing movie”, with the sparkling romance between the king, Ambikapathy (played by M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar) and Amaravathi (played by M. R. Santhanalakshmi). The reasons, out of several, for the popularity of the movie were for the certain degree of daring scenes of romance between the king and the princess. It was later copied and imitated by various other film actors in movies that came after that. Santhanalakshmi belonged to a poor family and because of poverty she had to join the film industry.

M R Santhanalakshmi Tamil Actress