Vanisri (Ratnakumari) was born at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on 3rd August 1948.

She is the only actress from Tollywood who has come up in the Industry from root to fruit level. She started her acting career with stage play “chillara Kottu Chittamma” Which was a popular in 1960’s. She entered the Telugu Cinema playing small roles in many folklore movies. She even accepted the roles pairing with comedians. She acted as an dance girl in few films.

With Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao she acted as Savitri with NTR as Yamadhrmaraju in the film Ummadi Kutumbam(1967). With the song “Povuchunnava Yamadhrma Raja Povuchunnava” she has displayed her talent.

With the dance sequence song “Aada Neevu Eeda Nenu Choosukontu Koosunte Yennalu talagalanu chandamama” with Rajanala in the film Sathya Harischandra (1965) she became popular to the Telugu Cine goers.

With the dance sequence song “Soggade Chinni Nayana Okka Pittanaina Kottaledu Soggadu” in the film “Asthiparulu” (1966) with Jaggaiah. She has established herself as a talented dancer.

The major breakthrough in her career was the lead role as an Innocent in the film “Marapurani Katha” wherein she lived in the character. This may be termed as a turning point in her film career.

Then came the Great movies with Great directors. Sukhadhukkalu, Rangula Ratnam, Bangaru Panjaram, Illu Illalu so on. She came to lime light with the film “Premnagar” as Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s secretary. Then she again acted with A N R in the movie “Secretary”.

She suited for the roles as Heroine by the novels of Koduri Kausalya Devi and Yeddana Pudi Sulochanarani

She acted as Heroine for many movies with A N R and N T R. She also acted with T L Kantha Rao,Sobhan Babu,Krishna,Krishnam Raju,Ranganath, and others.

Vanisri has also acted in Tamil films with top actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesh, M G R.

After her marriage she left film acting and established a Battery manufacturing unit at Chennai.


1. Film fare Award(south as best actress for the year 1973 for the film “Jeevana Tharangalu”

2. Film fare Award(South) as best actress for the year 1974 for the film “Krishna Veni”

3. Film fare Award(south) as best actress for the year 1975 for the film “Jeevanajyothi”

The list of movies Vanisri acted.

01. Rangularatnam(1966) with Chandramohan
02. Potti Pleader(1966) with Padhmanabham
03. MarapuraniKatha(1967) with Krishna
04. Adapaduchu(1967) with N T R
05. Ranabher(1968) with Kantha Rao
06. Sukhaduhkhalu(1968) with Haranath
07. Panthalu-Pattimpulu(1968) with Sobhanbabu
08. Ninduhrudayalu(1969) with N T R
09. Bhalerangadu(1969) with A N R
10. Mahabaludu(1969) with Krishna
11. Bangarupanjaram(1969) with Sobhan Babu
12. Chittichellelu(1970) with N T R
13. Kathanayakimolla(1970) with Sobhanbabu
14. Iddarammayilu(1970) with A N R
15. Jeevitha Chakram(1971) with N T R
16. Dasara Bullodu(1971) with A N R
17. Premnagar(1971) with A N R
18. Chinnanati Snehithulu(1971) with N T R
19. Chellelikapuram(1971) with Sobhanbabu
20. Pavithrabandham(1971) with A N R
21. Bangarubabu(1972) with A N R
22. Vichitrabandham(1972) with A N R
23. Koduku Kodalu(1972) with A N R
24. Datthaputhrudu(1972) with A N R
25. Illu-Illalu(1972) with Krishna
26. Ganga-Manga(1973) with Krishna,Sobhanbabu
27. Desoddharakulu(1973) with N T R
28. Srivaru Maavaru(1973) with Krishna
29. Jeevana Tharngalu(1973) with Sobhanbabu
30. Chakravakam(1974) with Sobhanbabu
31. Kannavari Kalalu(1974) with Sobhanbabu
32. Premalu-Pellillu(1974) with A N R
33. Krishnaveni(1974) with Krishnam Raju
34. Jeevanajyothi(1975) with Sobhanbabu
35. Cheekati-Velugulu(1975) with Krishna
36. Pooja(1975) with Ramakrishna
37. Yedurulenimanishi(1975) with N T R
38. Secretary(1976) with A N R
39. Aaradhana(1976) with N T R
40. Bhaktha Kannappa(1976) with Krishnam aju
41. Chakradhari(1977) with A N R
42. Alumagalu(1977) with A N R
43. Anugraham(1977) directed by Shyam Benegal
44. Devadasu Malli Puttadu(1978) with A N R
45. Simhabaludu(1978) with N T R
46. Goranthadeepam(1978) with Sridhar
47. Ramachilaka(1978) with Ranganath
48. Rajeswarikalyanam(1993) with A N R

She also acted as Atthagaru (mother-in-law) in the films

(1) Bobboliraja-Venkatesh


(3)Atthakiyamudu Ammayiki Mogudu-Chiranjeevi.

Business of Tollywood Wishes this natural actress a Very Happy Birthday.