Vanitha Krishnachandran is another of Mollywood’s long running actors, having featured in over 150 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. She played the lead role in several movies in the 1980’s before taking a break after her wedding.
Born to a Malayali father, Ganeshan, and a Tamilian mother Kamala, Vanitha entered the movie industry as a 13 year old, debuting in Padai Maarinal, in which she played the role of a school girl. Her Malayalam debut was in the movie Chandrabimbam, which starred Jayabharathi, MG Soman, Prathap Pothen and Sathar in the lead roles, directed by Sankaran Nair. Her subsequent roles in the movies Eenadu, Enickum Oru Divasumand Kaikeyi made her a popular actress, featuring roles opposite Mohanlal and Mammootty, in Keezhvanum Sivackum, and Vikadakavi respectively.
She also featured in movies such as Belt Mathai, Vanitha Police, and Deeparadhana, paired along with the actor Krishnachandran, whom she later married in 1986. Among the last movies made before she took a break for her family was the movie Kalyana Agathigal, which marked the debut of actor Nassar. The Tamil drama movie was directed by K Balachander and featured the actress Saritha in the lead role, with Vanitha playing a supporting role.
She featured in roles portraying Mata Amrithanandamayi and Kaali, in her reprisal roles in a tele-series. She made her comeback to Tamil TV in a negative role in the TV series Kaalamulaitha Aasai, and has continued with her roles in serials including Alaigal and Kolangal, and in Malayalam serials including Amma Manasu.
Some of her movies between 1980 and the present include Eenadu, Oru Maadapraavinte Kadha, Vikadakavi, Sargavasantham, Nottam, Innathe Chintha Vishayam, Bhagyadevatha,
, Chapters, Vishudhan, Artist, Memories and Mili.
She has also featured in TV serials such as Aakashadootu, Chandralekha, Kumkumapoovu,
, Daivathinu Swantham Devootti, Paattukalude Paattu in Malayalam, and in Tamil in Madhavi.