mithun shettywrote on Jun 13 2009 1:22PM
Revathi born as Asha Kelunni Kutty on July 8, 1966 is an Indian actress and film director. She has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies, totaling over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has to her credit five Best Actress Filmfare awards for her performance in the Tamil films Mann Vasanai, Thevar Magan, Anjali, the Telugu film Ankuram and the Malayalam film Kakothi Kaavil Appoopan Thadigal.
Revathi was born as Asha Kelunni in Kochi, Kerala. Her father Kelunni was a Major in the Indian Army. She married Suresh Menon in 1988. They got separated in 2002. She was awarded the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Tamil film, Thevar Magan in 1992. In addition, she has also won the Tamil Nadu State Award for Thalaimurai in 1998.
Her first Hindi film was "Love" with Salman Khan in 1991 which was ahit. Then she did feature in RGV's "Raat" which was a flop followed by "Muskurahat" which again did not do well while her acting was aprreciated.Then she took a break and acted with Amitabh bacchan in "Nishabd", Nana Patekar in "Ab tak chappan" and "Darna Mana hai.
Mitr, My Friend (2002) was her first directorial venture. A rare Indian English film at the time, Mitr garnered an award for Best Director (English Film) in the National awards. Her next film as a director, Phir Milenge (2004), created waves as one of the first Hindi movies to deal with the sensitive subject of AIDS.