Leelavathi

Leelavathi Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | November 30, 2023



Date of Birth

26 / November / 1938

Age

86

Profession

Actress, Producer

Leelavathi, originally named Leela Kiran, was a prominent Indian actress who made significant contributions to Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu cinema. Over her illustrious career spanning more than 50 years, she collaborated with acclaimed actors such as Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao, Sivaji Ganeshan, Gemini Ganesan, Shankar Nag, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, and others, appearing in over 600 films, with more than 400 in Kannada alone.

Leelavathi Age, Education, Family, Film Career and more

Her filmography includes memorable performances in iconic movies such as “Bhakta Kumbara,” “Mana Mecchida Madadi,” “Santha Thukaram,” “Nagarahavu,” and “Avargal.” Noteworthy accolades in her career include the prestigious Dr. Rajkumar Award in 1999 and multiple Filmfare Awards.

Family

Leelavathi, born on 26 November 1938 as Leela Kiran in Belthangady, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, faced early adversity, losing her parents at the age of 6.

Film Career

Her journey into the film industry began with minor roles in films like “Chanchala Kumari” and Shanker Singh’s “Naga Kannika.” Relocating to Mysore to pursue acting, she joined Mahalinga Bhagavathar’s Sri Sahitya Samrajya Drama Company, eventually securing her breakthrough role in the 1958 Kannada film “Bhakta Prahlada” alongside Rajkumar.

Leelavathi portrayed diverse roles in her career, ranging from character roles in movies like “Gejje Pooje” and “Doctor Krishna” to lead roles in films such as “Santha Thukaram,” “Kantheredu Nodu,” “Kaivara Mahatme,” “Gaali Gopura,” “Kanyarathna,” “Kulavadhu,” “Veera Kesari,” and “Mana Mecchida Madadi.”

Her versatile collaboration with Rajkumar included playing various roles, such as heroine, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, paternal aunt, mother-in-law, and daughter-in-law in different films.

Awards and recognitions

Notable awards and recognitions include the Dr. Rajkumar Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada for “Kannadada Kanda” in 2006, and an honorary doctorate from Tumkur University in 2008 for her outstanding contributions to Southern cinema.

Partial filmography

As actress

Film Year
Aaru Mooru Ombhatthu 1970
Abba Aa Hudugi 1959
Abhimana 1989
Ajeya 1985
Anna Thamma 1968
Aparajithe 1970
Attegondukala Sosegondukala 1968
Auto Raja 1982
Aval Oru Thodar Kathai 1974
Avargal 1977
Balondu Uyyale 1985
Bangarada Gudi 1976
Bettada Thayi 1986
Bevu Bella 1963
Bhagya Devathe 1968
Bhagya Jyothi 1975
Bhakta Kumbara 1974
Bhakta Prahlada 1958
Bhoodaana 1962
Bhumi Par Aaye Bhagwan 1980
Bili Hendthi 1975
Boregowda Bangalorige Banda 1970
Brindavana 1969
Chamundi 2000
Chanakya 1984
Chandrahasa 1965
College Ranga 1976
Dashavtara 1960
Deepa 1977
Devadasi 1978
Devara Gudi 1974
Dhanalakshmi 1977
Dharma Vijaya 1959
Dharmapatni 1972
Doctor Krishna 1989
Edeyuru Siddhalingeshwara 1981
Sumaithaangi 1962
Swathi Muthu 2003
Thayiya Madilalli 1981
Thoogu Deepa 1966
Thumbida Koda 1964
Tiger Gangu 1990
Upasane 1974
Valar Pirai 1962
Valmiki 1963
Valmiki 1963
Vasantha Geethe 1980
Vasantha Lakshmi 1978
Vathsalya 1965
Veera Kesari 1963
Veera Sindhoora Lakshmana 1977
Veera Vikrama 1965
Vidhi Vilasa 1962
Vijay Vikram 1979
Yaaradhu 2009
Yuga Purusha 1989

 

  • First Film in Kannada: Mangalya Yoga
  • First Film in Tamil: Pattinathaar
  • First Film in Telugu: Marmayogi
  • First Film in Malayalam: Pamasiraja
  • First Film in Tulu: Saviradoorthi Savitri

As producer

Film Year
College Hero 1990
Kannadada Kanda 2006
Shukra 2007
Yaaradhu 2009

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Body Measurements N/A
Birth Place Belthangady, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Children 1
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Height In CM 162 CM
Height In Meter 1.62 M
Nationality Indian
Parents Father: Ranga Rao Mother: Kaveri
Profession Actress, Producer
Siblings N/A
Spous N/A
Weight 62 kg
Zodiac Sign

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