Revathi at the screening of Masaala at PVR Phoenix (1) (cropped).jpg
(1966-07-08) 8 July 1966 (age 52) [1]
Kochi, Kerala, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActress, director, social worker
Years active1983 – present
Spouse(s)Suresh Chandra Menon
(Divorced in 2013)[2][3]
RelativesNiranjana Anoop(Niece)[4]
AwardsNational Film Awards , Filmfare Awards South

Asha (known by the stage name Revathi), is an Indian film actress and film director, known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam cinema.[5]She has won several accolades, including the National Film Awards in three different categories, and Filmfare Awards South.[6] Revathi is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, having studied since the age of seven and performed her arangetram in Chennai in 1979.[7]

Apart from films, Revathi has been involved in a variety of social organisations, the most notable being the Banyan, Ability foundation, Tanker foundation and Vidyasagar, and has also served as a member of several film festivals including the Chennai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[8]

Early life

Revathi was born Asha Kelunni Nair in Kochi to Kelunni Nair, a major in the Indian Army who hails from Kallikkad, Palakkad, and Lalitha Kelunni. Malayalam actress Geetha Vijayan is her cousin.[9]