The entire Tollywood has opposed the Telangana movement for the division of Andhra Pradesh. But the only big film star, who has supported the fight is actress-turned politician Vijayashanti, who has been member of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). However, the actress has been suspended from the party by its chief K Chandrashekar Rao's (KCR) on the day it got justice for its decades old fight.
Sources from TRS say that Vijayashanti, who is a TRS MP from Medak, has been suspended for indulging in anti-party activities. TRS President KCR has taken a decision to this effect as an unanimous opinion expressed by the party politburo. Party sources added that a show-cause notice would be served on her before the suspension asking her why she should not be suspended.
It is reported that Vijayashanthi was having differences with TRS president KCR over contesting from Medak. Sources close to her say that she was camping in Delhi and strongly lobbying for joining the Congress. She was reportedly in talks with Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi for the same. Continue to read more in the slideshow.
Vijayashanti's Debut In Films
In 1980, Vijayashanti, who was born in Chennai on 24 June 1964, started her acting career with Khiladi Krishnudu in Telugu and Kallukkul Eeram in Tamil. The success of these two films flooded her with lots of offers. She featured in eight movies in Telugu and Tamil in the following year.
The Lady Superstar Of South
With the back-to-back success, the number of offers went on increasing with every new year. She ruled the film industry for nearly two decades. She was credited as The Lady Superstar of South.
Glamour Queen Of Tollywood
By 1985, she was exclusively acting in Telugu films. She became a Glamour Queen of the Telugu film industry. She is one of the leading actress, who played both glamour and performance oriented films.
Shanti's Glamour Roles
Her glamour roles were brought out by K Raghavendra Rao and A Kodandarami Reddy in films like Challenge, Desodhdhaarakudu, Pasivadi Pranam, Muddula Krishnaiah, Agni Parvatam, Yamudiki Mogudu, Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu, Muddula Mavayya and Gang Leader.
First Actress To Demand Rs 1 Cr
In 1992, she played a role of a bold lady speaking Telangana slang in the role in Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam, which was a huge success. In the 90s, she was the only actress demanding Rs 1 crore as remuneration for a film.
Shanti's Chemistry With Chiru And Balayya
She has worked with Chiranjeevi in 19 films and Balakrishna in 16 films. All of them were big hits and her chemistry with both actors was secret behind their success. She has also acted alongside Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in the film Mannan and Telugu superstars Krishna and Shoban Babu.
Shanti - A Panch Bhashya Taara
In her acting career spanning 25 years, Vijayashanti has acted in over 186 movies in seven languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has also produced movies like Kartavyam, Tejaswini and Adavi Chukka.
Awards And Honours For Vijayashanti
She has played a wide variety of roles ranging from glamour, action, tough cop, Goddess to sentimental roles. She has won several honours for her performances. She has bagged the National Film Award in Best Actress category for Karthavyam in 1991. She has won four Nandi Awards and six Filmfare Awards including one Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shanti's Entry Into Politics
In the late 1990, Vijayashanti plunged into politics by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. She became the secretary of BJP's Bharatiya Mahila Morcha. During the 1999 general election, she was named BJP's contestant from the Cuddapah Lok Sabha seat against Sonia Gandhi of Congress (I), but withdrew after the latter changed her constituency.
Shanti's Own Political Party
The actress started her own political party Talli Telangana, but due to lack of strength and support, she merged her party into Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in January 2009.