Thursday, July 17, 2008


That's Varalakshmi, Sarathkumar's daughter from his first marriage, who was introduced to the world at the recent Filmfare awards function. Varalakshmi apparently has a Ph.D in Microbiology and an M.Sc in management from the Edinburgh University in Scotland. But she was probably bitten by the acting bug since she also did a six-month acting course at Anupam Kher's 'Actor Prepares' academy in Mumbai. With that behind her, she is going to be Simbhu's heroine in Podaa Podi, whose creative promo photos caught my eye recently(now we know why the hero and heroine had their faces covered in all those photos. The heroine hadn't been picked yet!)

I wonder if this is the first time we are seeing the daughter of a big star enter the Tamil filmworld. Star sons are ofcourse nothing new. We have seen sons of actors(Prabhu, Karthik, Surya, Sibi) and even sons of producers('Jayam' Ravi, Jeeva) and directors(Vijay, Simbhu) make it big. But I can't think of any leading actresses who are the daughters of someone famous (I can think of only two actresses Sruthika(Thengai Srinivasan's granddaughter) and Abinayasri(Anuradha's daughter) with links to the film industry). Wonder if it is because people in the cine world know how the industry treats women and so want to keep their daughters out of it.

As Sarath's daughter, Varalakshmi's debut will certainly be a high-profile one(her only competition would've been Shruti Hassan but with her movie with Maddy scrapped, its not sure when we'll see her on the big screen). She is certainly good-looking. And Sify calls her "beautiful, tall, attractive and articulate, with style and élan to be a movie star". But we've recently seen actresses like Vimala Raman(Poi) and Nethra(Thoovaanam) who fit the same description but couldn't make it big(atleast so far). Gotta wait and see what awaits Varalakshmi.


At 10:37 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

You missed Bhagyaraj's daughter, Saranya.

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enna sir, neenga Sumithra's daughter Uma, Kalaikudumba vaarisugala vittuteenga

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kanaka (Karakattakaran) is the daughter of Devika.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Have you forgotten, vijaykumar's two daughters, Sri Devi and Preetha who came and went unnoticed

Did anyone see Partheban's daughter, Kerrthana ? There is a pic in her on sify and she looks terrefic!!!. i cant belive that small girl in "Kanathil muthamital" has grown so much. she may be the next teen sensation once she starts acting. Hope she does....

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Meena's mother too was an actress,I think.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

sujay, not sure how i remembered sruthika but not saranya or uma! :)

ravi, i did forget that one. good catch :)

skanda, i can never tell them apart :)
i don't think i saw keerthana's pic. link to article or pic?

ganesh, didn't know that. couldn't have been famous though :)

At 12:47 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Balaji here is the link,

At 1:18 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

//And Sify calls her "beautiful, tall, attractive and articulate, with style and élan to be a movie star".//
I think Sify always does too much of jalara-adichifying to anyone who throws a few bucks to them or if they're official sponsors of their film.

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Thiagarajan R said...

Rekha... Gemini Ganeshan's Daughter

At 3:40 AM, Blogger Maverick said...


At 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good-looking? That gigantic nose and all those huge teeth? She looks like a hungry horse, even with the airbrushing.

At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have the great MRR's daughters Radhika and Nirosha. Charuhaasan's daughter Suhasini.

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She can't be even said 'good looking' with those teeth.May be she cud prove better by acting good.

At 6:43 AM, Blogger DD said...

Agathiyan's daughter? who came in Chennai-28 and Anjathey

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooookay, every one has pointed out every single tamil varisu heroine who came to my mind :)

I saw Varalakshmi's pictures in Vikatan and I liked her. Acting with Simbu, her name is going to be plastered all over town, no doubt, even if this is her only movie.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Acting with Simbu, her name is going to be plastered all over town..."

--> if it werent Sarat's daughter, Simbu would probably plaster himself all over her, given his torrid reputation of mela-vizhundhifying with heroines!!

yep, Nethra and Vimala Raman definitely look well-suited to play the intelligent, urbane heroine. but its a few directors like KB, Mani Ratnam or enga-aallu Vasanth who give intelligent roles to women...though Varalakshmi does have that intelligent look on her face, I doubt whether "podaa podee" will utilize that...Simbhu is quite the MCP so...

At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jayalalitha's mother an actress (Sandhya).
Gemini's one other daughter GG appeared in Ninaivellaam Nithya.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was'nt Jayalalitha's mother Sandhya an actress too?

How about Aishwarya, Lakshmi's daughter?

Kamal's daughter could soon make her debut as well.

Balaji, what happened, did you write this one when you were a little sleepy ? :-)

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Girish said...

Waiting for ur review of Dark Knights...

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Ganesh said...

//Balaji, what happened, did you write this one when you were a little sleepy?//
It's not Balaji's fault I think.:D
Because,most of the star-daughters do not talk about their lineage as frequently as star-sons.(Prabhu,Simbhu,Karthik etc)
Also,most of the star-daughters did not last long as heroines;unlike the star-sons, viz;Prabhu,Karthik,Vijay,Dhanush etc.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

skanda, thanx! i missed that :)

ganesh, not sure if either of those is true in this case. lets wait and see :)

thiagarajan, good one :)

maverick, her daughter acted in a few films right? :)

anon, LOL. 'horse' i can understand but 'hungry horse'??! but yeah, that 2nd pic defly looks airbrushed :)

anon/dd, yep :)

anon, lets hope so :)

utbt, "every one has pointed out every single tamil varisu heroine who came to my mind " - i thot the same but subsequent comments show there were still a few left :)

ram, 'urbane' sounds right to describe varalakshmi :)

inadeeptrance, definitely didnt think of that one :)

vijay, Aishwarya's a good catch :) not sleepy. just wanted to write about varalakshmi and didn't spend too much time thinking about varisu actresses. was sure readers would come up with a pretty long list :)

girish, will not be seeing it this weekend. but really wanna watch that one :)

ganesh, thanx!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

:-) what can I say! Well, got to wait and see if she succeeds (inspite of ) acting with the chota chimp! I wonder why him?

She looks ok, but then this is a glam shot.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think she looks very average. in fact she looks very much like sarath. i certainly hope vengala sombu doesn't ruin in it for her in her debut.

At 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was some photos of her in Kumudam 2 or 3 three years back. It was a article about Salsa or some other dancing. She looked very ordinary in those photos. Comparing to that, she is better in these new photos. The photographer must've worked hard.

At 5:39 AM, Blogger Kaarthik said...

Lakshmi is the daughter of Actress Rukmani and her daughter Aishwarya was a one time leading actress.

Jayalalitha's mom Sandhya was an actress.

Charuhasan - Suhasini
MR Radha - Radhika Nirosha
Devika - Kanaka
Vijayakumar - Vanitha, Preetha, Sridevi
Sumithra - Uma
Bhagyaraj - Saranya
Kannadasan - Visali kannadasan(Vaaname Ellai)
Anuradha - Abinayasri
Jothilakshmi - Jothimeena


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