Sanghavi is a model turned actress who is still active in the film and media industry. She was born in the Mysore district of Karnataka. Her father was a professor at one of the medical colleges in Mysore and during her childhood, she had aspired to pursue such a career herself, before getting attracted to modeling after which she turned to movies. Her film career started in about 1993 with her first Tamil film being ‘Amaravathi’ released in 1993 in which she played the female lead, opposite to the famous actor Ajith Kumar.
Her birth name was Kavya Ramesh, but she changed it to Sanghavi upon the request of Chola Ponurangam, who was the producer of her first film. She did her schooling from Marimalappa School and after her schooling decided to try modeling, inspired from the famous Kannada actress Arathi, who was a very close family relative of hers. Her first film, Amarvathi’s cast consisted entirely of newcomers except for actor Ajith.
The success which the film received at box offices were overwhelming andSanghavi was noted for her passionate performance in the film even though she was just sixteen years old at the time of production. She received many offers in movies after her first film and the following year, four films were released with Sanghavi in the main role, two of them in Kannada. In the same year, she had the pride of achieving the biggest hit movie in her career- ‘Rasigan’ which ran non-stop in theaters across South India for almost one hundred fifty days.
She has performed in nearly a hundred films in Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil in addition to which she also played as a supporting cast in the 1997 Hindi film – ‘Sher-E-Hindustan’. Apart from films and modeling, Sanghavi is also an active figure in various television serials.
Chithra Laksmanan was born on January 22, 1948. He is a journalist-turned actor, producer and director. When his friend, P. Bharathiraja became a director, Chithra has the chance to work with him as an associate director. He worked in over 25 Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. His very first project as a film producer is from the 1983 Tamil film, Mann Vasanai under the direction of P. Bharathiraja. Later, he produced many films with several actors, producers and directors like Kamal Hasaan, Karthik, Prabhu, Sathyaraj and many more. Then in year 1987, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran governed the 100th day function of the Tamil crime film, Jallikattu which he produced along with Chitra Ramu, under the direction of Manivannan. He was also the producer of the films, Vaazhkai and Chinnappadass.
He was debuted as a director in the 1988 Tamil film, Soora Samhaaram which stars Kamal Hasaan. Subsequently, Chithra directed the 1997 Tamil drama film, Periya Thambi with actor, Prabhu. He also produced and directed the 1999 Tamil film, Chinna Raja which stars Karthik in the main lead role.
Chithra works in the Tamil Film Producers Council for a span of four years as a Secretary. He also works in the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, FFI or the Film Federation of India and in Tamil Film Directors Association as an Executive Committee Member for several years. In 2002, he was also one of the Jury in the National Film Awards and he was also voted to be an Executive Committee Member in the Tamil Film Producers Council in 2011.
Chithra became an actor as Munusamy Guide in 1985 Tamil film, Japanil Kalyanaraman and since then, he got the chance to work in over 50 films like Periya Thambi, Unnai Ninaithu, Bose, Giri, London, Kusthi, Dhanam, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, Saguni, Isakki, Settai, Pattathu Yaanai, Ya Ya, Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham, Nimirndhu Nil and a lot more.
He was debuted as a television actor in Sun TV’s Ganga Yamuna Saraswathi along with M. S. Bhaskar. Then he appeared as the father of Reshmi (played by Sabarna) in Sondha Bandham in 2012. Then he was casted in the mega serial, Idhayam on Sun TV, followed by the Tamil super hit serial, Anantham.
In 2011, Chithra published the first part of the book, 80 Years of Tamil Cinema. The book is all about the Tamil Cinema’s History comprising of some very rare photos and latest information about the growth of Tamil cinema from the year 1931 to 2011.