Rati Agnihotri

Rati Agnihotri (born 10 December 1960) is an Indian actress whose films are mainly in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

Rati Agnihotri
Agnihotri in 2015
Born (1960-12-10) 10 December 1960
Other namesRati Virwani
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1979–1990
2001–present
Spouse(s)Anil Virwani (1985–2015, divorced)
ChildrenTanuj Virwani

Early life

Agnihotri was born in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, in "a conservative Punjabi family."[1] She began modelling at age ten.[2]

Film career

Bharathiraja directed her in the film, Niram Maaratha Pookkal (1979).[3] Even though she was Punjabi, South Indian audiences embraced her as one of their own. She reciprocated by calling herself "Tamilian at heart" and calling Madras her home.[4] She also starred in Telugu and Kannada films and made 32 films in just three years.

She worked with big banners and top stars in South Indian cinema. She had worked with director K. Balachander once before and had been Kamal Haasan's leading lady in many South Indian films, so she wasn't surprised when they approached her for the Hindi remake of their Telugu fim Maro Charitra (1979). Now re-titled Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), the film was about passionate lovers who are torn apart by their parents in the storytelling tradition of Romeo and Juliet. It became one of the top grossing hits of 1981 and marked the debut into Hindi films of five stars of the South Indian film industry: director K. Balachander, hero Kamal Haasan, heroine Rati Agnihotri, singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and supporting actress Madhavi. She then starred in over 43 Hindi films. Her biggest hits were Farz Aur Kanoon (1982), Coolie (1983) opposite megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Tawaif (1985) for which she received her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, Aap Ke Saath (1986) And Hukumat (1987) opposite the Bollywood icon Dharmendra.

Later on, new film offers came in, and she took them, such as Yaadein (2001) and Dev (2004). After a 20-year absence from South Indian films, she returned in the Tamil film Majunu (2001). She made her Malayalam debut in Anyar (2003), English debut in An Ode to Lost Love (2003), and Bengali debut in Aaina-te (2008).[5] She has acted on stage in plays such as Please Divorce Me Darling (2005) and television serials, such as Sixer (2005). Besides acting, she devotes time to social causes like cancer and AIDS.[6] Her son Tanuj Virwani is an actor.[7]

Personal life

Agnihotri married businessman and architect Anil Virwani on 9 February 1985,[8] This, coupled with her father's death, convinced her to leave Hindi films.[9] On 28 November 1986, she gave birth to her only son, Tanuj Virwani, and she concentrated on raising him and focusing on other creative interests. The couple divorced in 2015.[10][11][12][13]

Awards and nominations

Nominations

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Language
1979 Puthiya Vaarpugal Jyothi Tamil
Niram Maaratha Pookkal
Veettukku Veedu Vasapadi
1980 Andala Raasi
Ullasa Paravaigal
Murattu Kaalai Kannamma
Anbukku Naan Adimai
Punnami Naagu Kannada
Kalinga
Maayadhaari Krishnudu Telugu
Prema Pichchi
Kazhugu Tamil
1981 Jeevitha Ratham Telugu
Jagamondi
Bhogimanthulu
Satyam Shivam Hindi
Jeene Ki Arzoo
Do Dil Diwane
Tirugu Leni Manishi
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Sahhas
1982 Shaukeen
Swami Dada
Sumbandh
Kaliyuga Ramudu Sandhya Telugu
Johny I Love You Hindi
Farz Aur Kanoon
Ayaash
Waqt Ke Shehzade
Star
1983 Shubh Kaamna
Rishta Kagaz Ka
Pasand Apni Apni
Mazdoor
Main Awara Hoon
Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye
Coolie
1984 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra
Rakta Bandhan
Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai
Mera Faisla
Boxer
All-rounder
Mashaal
John Jani Janardhan
1985 Zabardast
Ulta Seedha
Triveni
Karishma Kudrat Kaa
Jaanoo
Ek Se Bhale Do
Dekha Pyar Tumhara
Bhawani Junction
Tawaif
Bepanaah
Babu
1986 Aap Ke Saath
Zindagani
Ek Aur Sikander
1987 Dil Tujhko Diya
Dadagiri
Itihaas
Hukumat
1988 Zalzala
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi
Majunu Heena's Mother Tamil
2002 Kranti Hindi
Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
Yeh Hai Jalwa
Kaante
2003 Chupke Se
Anyar Malayalam
Dillagi... Yeh Dillagi Hindi
2004 Krishna Cottage
Hum Tum
Dev
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na
Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa
Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart
Kis Kis Ki Kismat
2005 Socha Na Tha
Pehchaan: The Face of Truth
2006 Hot Money
2007 Mai Baap
Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa
2008 Jimmy
Aaina Te Bengali
Ru Ba Ru Hindi
Love Has No Language
2009 Phir Kabhi
Karma Aur Holi
Luck
Chal Chalein
Blue Oranges
Aao Wish Karein
2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati
Chatur Singh Two Star
2012 Diary of a Butterfly
2013 Ardhangini Savitri
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Spark
Purani Jeans
2015 Second Hand Husband
Singh is Bling
Karbonn
2016 Ranviir The Marshal Ayesha
Dictator Mahima rai Telugu

Television

Year Show Standing
2006 Kaajjal Television serial
2006 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Eliminated 7th

References

  1. "Happy birthday Rati Agnihotri: The ethereal beauty turns 57 today" (9 November 2017), India TV. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. "I am where my destiny has brought me", Hindu.com
  3. "The return of Rati", Rediff.com
  4. " In the spotlight again", Hindu.com
  5. "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. Archived 10 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "One for the other". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 28 October 2006.
  9. "The Hindu : All set for a second innings". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  10. "Rati Agnihorti's husband shocked at the wife harassment allegations - Times of India". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  11. "Rati Agnihotri Files Domestic Violence Case Against Husband - NDTV Movies". 15 March 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  12. "Rati Agnihotri files complaint against her husband for harassment and torture". 15 March 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  13. "Rati Agnihotri: I've taken 30 years to opt out of my marriage". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  14. 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
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