Bharathi (actress)

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Actress, Supporting Cast
Bharathi (actress)
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Bharathi Vishnuvardhan (Kannada: ಭಾರತಿ ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್; born 15 January 1953) is an Indian actress who has performed in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu language films. She was most popular as an actress in the Kannada film industry during the late 1960s to 1980s.

Bharathi was born in a Marathi speaking family in Karnataka. Bharathi was married to Kannada film actor Vishnuvardhan, who died on New Year's Eve in 2009. Bharathi was critically acclaimed for her roles in movies like Runa Muktalu, Bangaaradha Manushya, Doorada Betta, Gandondu Hennaru, Bangaarada Jinke, Avalukendru Oru Manam, Bhagya Jyoti and the Kannada Doordarshan serial Janani.

In 2012, she appeared as a strict, no-nonsense sessions court judge in TN Seetharam's Kannada daily serial "Mukta-Mukta" She has acted alongside many popular actors such as Rajkumar, Ambareesh, Akkineni, Vishnuvardhan and others. Bharathi has acted in a number of Hindi films as well, like T. Prakash Rao's Suraj(starring Vyjayanthimala), Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim, Khel (starring Madhuri Dixit), Subash Ghai's Uttar Dakshin, Dilip Kumar's Izzatdaar, Mehamood's Kunwaara Baap, Aao Pyaar Karen (with Saif Ali Khan and Shilpa Shetty), and many more.

In Tamil, she acted as the leading heroine to all three doyens of Tamil film industry in those days: Sivaji Ganesan, M.G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan and R. Muthuraman. In Telugu cinema field, she has acted in Jai Kishan and Govula Gopanna (with Akkineni Nageswara Rao). Both films were hits.Bharathi was married to the popular actor and singer Vishnuvardhan on 27 February 1975 at Kuchalamba Kalyana Mantapa in Bangalore. They had two adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana. Vishnuvardhan died on New Year's Eve in 2009