Raasi, also known as Mantra Raasi is a South Indian film actress who was born in India. She has acted in several movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies. She was born on 29 July 1980 to D.Venkatesh and Nagamani. She initially appeared as a child artist and was first seen on screen in the year 1988 for the Telugu movie ‘Raogaari illu’. In the same year, she acted in a Malayalam movie as well named ‘Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal’. Her first movie in Hindi was ‘Grafthar’. She made her debut in Tamil with the movie ‘Priyam’ which was not a big hit. Hence she changed her name from Mantra to Raasi and entered Tollywood with her Telugu debut ‘Shubhakankshalu’ with Jagapathi Babu as the Hero. This movie was very successful and she received good reviews for her performance in the movie. After the success of this movie, she started getting a lot of offers from other directors and she acted in other successful movies like ‘Gokulam lo Seetha’, Preyasi Raave’, Snehithulu, etc.
In her career, she has acted with a lot of leading actors like Jagapathi Babu, Gopichand, Pawan Kalyan, Balakrishna, Rajashekar, etc. Most of her roles in Telugu movies proved her talent in acting. Also, after the movie, ‘Gokulam lo Seetha’, she was considered as a very traditional actress. She had also played the role of a Snake Goddess in one of her movies named ‘Trinethram’. All these roles earned her other relative roles However, she broke this image of hers by playing a vamp in her next movie named ‘Nijam’. She lost weight up to 15 kgs just to play this role perfectly which ultimately paid off. Nobody had expected her to play a negative role and after her performance in ‘Nijam’, she got a very good boost to her film career which was very much needed. She also signed several other movies thereafter. When the offers started to go down, she even did item numbers for the Telugu movies like ‘Samudram’.
She also runs a school for small kids and got in to a controversy as one of the actors, Siva Balaji accused her of being irresponsible. He had mentioned that his son who studies in Raasi’s school had returned home with scratches and wounds and he wanted the school to be closed. However Raasi maintained that it was a result of a fight between the children in the bus and also that the actor’s wife had spoken very rudely in this matter. She also mentioned that there were 70 other children in the school and none of the other parents had complained in this regard.
Subbu Panchu is the son of the very popular producer and writer Panchu Arunachalam who has become a talented actor on his era. He was born in year 1971. Subbu’s first appearance as a child artist was from the Malayalam film, Daisy. After this, Subbu worked in the production department on the P. A. Art Productions of his father for a certain period of time. Then, he returned to acting with his first television serial, Arasi and he gained popularity because of his talented acting in the serial. He also acted in the big screen in 2010 where he did a comedic role in the Tamil film, Boss Engira Bhaskaran and became very popular. He worked occasionally as a dubbing artist and he also choreographed in some movies including K. Balachander’s Vidukathai. Subbu Panchu had lent his voice for the Tamil version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He also made some advertisements for products like Lakshmi Ceramics and more. He also hosted the popular game show, Aayirathil Oruvan on Zee Tamil. His smiling face and a guy next door looks are few of the reasons for his popularity among the viewers.
In an interview, Subbu Panchu stated that, from his very young age, his passion for acting persisted within. He also worked as a production manager for many films.