Friday, February 03, 2006
Revathy- A Ravishing Personality
Pictures from Hindu and telegucinema.com and Revathy's homepage.
Today's blog is about my all time favorite actress and woman- Revathy. It has all along been on my mind to write about this substance woman, but had the chance to do so only after coming across a recent article on her other pursuits in life.
Originally named as Asha Menon, she was born in Kerala to a retired army officer and his wife. Venturing into Bharathiraja's Mann Vasanai in 1983, she won people's hearts by her expressive features and natural flair for acting. Most folks liked her for her lively character roles where she managed to act with top stars and stayed in the industry during the 80's and 90's by doing clean roles without any vulgarity or exposure.
I have enjoyed watching and can watch many movies of hers several times without getting bored. My special favorites in Tamil are Idhaya Thamarai, Arangetra Vellai, Pudiya Mugam, Devar Magan, Marupadiyum, Kanni Rasi, Priyanka, Anjali, Pudumai Penn, Punngai Mannan, Mouna Raagam, Magalir Mattum and Kizhaku Vaasal. The actress has several Malayalam films with remarkable character roles that i haven't had a chance to see.
Apart from acting, Revathy has also ventured into directing films. Directing "Mitr My Friend" that starred actress Shobana, she made her subtle yet memorable entry into the realm of emerging women directors. The film was a realistic portrayal of a homemaker in the US who reaches out to her husband and in the process discovers her hidden talents. Inspired by the National Award that she recived for the directorial debut, she did Phir Milenge, another sensitive topic on AIDS.
This multi-talented woman is also a well trained Classical dancer and has given several Bharatnatyam performances to her credit.
There is more to this cheerful lady than just her elegance in accepting more mature roles out of her own will in recent films- she is also an active social reformer. She is involved with Banyan, an organization in Adyar, Chennai that cares and rehabilitates homeless and abused women with mental disorders who are found in the streets.
Recently, there was an article published about Revathy's attempt at sky diving at the Sulur Air Force in Coimbatore. She participated in the multi-adventure camp with the Indian Air Force trainees and proved that it was the adventurous, daring streak in her that made her pursue sport parachuting.
Kudos to this beautiful woman who only becomes more energetic and fresh with age.