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Swati Verma is a popular Bhojpuri film actress and has also worked in flicks of other regional languages such as Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.

She has mainly established her career and gained recognition in the Bhojpuri film industry. Swati was born in Mumbai, but her family is from Bilaspur, in Chhattisgarh. Both her parents are doctors who were earlier working in Mumbai but later shifted back to their hometown, Bilaspur while Swati went to Russia where she learnt Russian and pursued interior designing. She is a versatile personality as she knows five different languages, is a black belt in Karate as well as a trained Kathak dancer. Swati did her training from the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, which is situated in Mumbai made her debut with a serial, Ek Din Ki Vardi. She later also acted in Suraag and Aryaman.

She became a hit actress right after her debut film in Bhojpuri, Sasurari Zindabad. She was initially hesitant about taking up acting as a career and had never even thought of it because of her family background and the place where she belonged. Bilaspur was a small town far from all the beauty and glamour of the film industry. Fortunately, she did pursue acting and established her place in the industry.

Swathi Shanmugam Tamil Actress

Swathi Shanmugam

Swathi Shanmugam is a south Indian actress from Tamil Nadu. She has acted in movies like Oru Iyakkunarin Kadhal Diary, Thiru ViKa poonga, Maalumi, Enakkul Etho, Savarikkadu, Cuckoo and much more. She's always appreciated for being bold enough to choose her role in the movie, Oru Iyakkunarin Kadhal Kadhai, pairing with the director of the movie, Director Velu Prabhakaran. Swathi is not a newbie to the cine field. Her dad Shanmugam was already a production manager in AVM studio when she was just three years. The little Swathi used to go to the studio with her dad. She was an overactive, naughty girl that time. Impressed by this, she was given a child role in the movie Veetoda Maapillai (2001), directed by V.Sekhar starring Napoleon and Roja. So literally she's been in this field for 16 years. After her 1st movie, she started acting as a child star in many Tamil and Telugu serials. By the time she turned eighteen, she had already done thirty-two to forty roles in small screen. Every life has a turning point, and so does her. The movie Narthagi (2011), directed by Vijayapadma was that turning point for her. She took a leap of faith from the small screen to silver screen by that movie. The movie starred Kalki Subramaniyam and Girish Karnan in the lead roles, while G.V Prakash directed music for that film. The movie focused on the issues faced by the Transgender people. The film provided information regarding the sexual minorities. It also won Best Social Awareness Film award in 2012 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards. After which she was commonly addressed as Narthagi Swathi. She says she chose to act in Narthagi because she wanted to play a different role. She's not someone who chooses movies in which the heroine is of no importance. And one another movie of this kind is the Oru Iyakkunarin Kadhal Diary. She says that Director Velu Prabhakaran has already decided that she's the heroine of his movie, but he waited till she became a major. He was very particular about that. She got to act in that movie just because of her father. Her father Shanmugam and Director Velu Prabhakaran were good friends since the film, Kadhal Kadhai in which they worked together. When the director proposed Swathi’s name for the movie she was shocked because it was an ‘A’ certificate film. She googled about him due to her instinctive fear, and it turned out to be true. The Internet consisted of all the negative things about the director, but later she realized that it wasn't the real face of him. She put on a brave front and agreed to work with him, but still, psychologically she couldn't completely accept that. On the first day, when she put on a glamor costume she got scared and fainted. It was reported that her blood pressure got down and she was in the hospital for three days. But then she gathered up courage and finished the movie. She says the movie gave her good and bad experiences as well. “And one of those good memories was working with Ilayaraja sir,” says the bold girl.

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T. P. Rajalakshmi

T. P. Rajalakshmi got famous by being the first Tamil and Telugu movie actress. She was also a very famous female director and producer in the film industry of South India. Her full name was Thiruvaiyaru Panchapakesa Rajalakshmi. Her date of birth was on 11th November 1911. Her birth place was Thiruvaiyaru in the Tanjore District of the Madras Presidency. She was married to T. V. Sundaram when she was only 20 years old. Her husband, T. V. Sundaram, was her co-actor. The couple was very sensible, and they both supported the “Save the Girl Child Assassination” campaign by adopting a female child after they both got married. This campaign was very active at that time in the southern parts of India. Later in 1936, she gave birth to a female child, and her name was Kamala. Born in the India, which was not independent of the colonial rule, she protested against the British rule by performing various stage shows and acts. For her protests and rebels, she got arrested by the British Government and went to jail a lot of times. In 1931, she got her break and was the star cast of her first Tamil talkie, Kalidas. She was not only an actress but was an ideal and inspiration for the rest of the people. She also started the social awareness and fought for saving the Girl Child from assassination. The acts and the lifestyle followed by her facilitated the struggle for Freedom of the Country. T. P. Rajalakshmi directed a movie, Miss Kamala, to celebrate the birth of her girl child. The movie came out as a blockbuster of that time, and she was the best actress of her era. People would look out for all her upcoming movies and admired her for her performances and work of art. She was the leading actress of that time and in her acting career, she did lots of movies. She was a wealthy woman and was the owner of various properties at Kilpauk. Her first house was Palace house, and she lived there with her family and in-laws. Her last movie was Indhiya Thaai. She died in 1964 because of her feeble health. She also learned dancing and music from Sankaradas Swamigal, a much-admired dramatist. She got honored with titles like “Cinema Rani” and awards like “Kalaimamani” for her excellence in the film industry. The entire film industry of that time in Southern India was very proud of T. P. Rajalakshmi. She even worked with stunt artists for performing few scenes in the movies. Her name was in association with the Indian National Congress and the Freedom Movement. The Tamil Nadu government organizes a function to celebrate her birth anniversary every year. Her achievements are recorded in the worldwide blockbuster book by UTV motion pictures Dhananjayan. Her life story was inspiring and admirable, and many film magazines published her story by interviewing her daughter, Ms. Kamala.

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