Rati Agnihotri

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Was born at 10 December 1960 (now is 57 years old) in Bombay, India

Rati Agnihotri was born on December 10, 1960 to a Punjabi family inBombay, India. Although, she came from a traditional, conservativefamily, she was allowed to model at age 10. When she was a teenager,her father relocated the family to Madras, Tamil Nadu because of hisjob. There, she attended Good Shepherd's Convent school and acted in aschool play.

Bharati Raja, one of Tamil Nadu's famous film director,was in the audience and was on the lookout for a heroine to star in hisnew film. He met with Rati's father and promised the film would wrap ina month. Her father reluctantly agreed, and a sixteen-year-old Rati wasvery excited to star in her first film, Pudhiya Varpukal (1979). It wasalso her hero Bhagyaraj's first film, and he coached her with her linesby teaching her Tamil. The film became a blockbuster, with Rati anovernight sensation.

Bharati Raja soon directed her in her second film,Neeram Maradapukal (1979). Even though she was Punjabi, South Indianaudiences embraced her as if she was truly one of their own, and shereciprocated the feeling by calling herself "Tamilian at heart" andcalling Madras her "home. " She also starred in Telugu and Kannada filmsand made 32 films in just three years. She worked with big banners andtop stars, such as Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Shobhan Babu,Chiranjeevi, Vishnuvardhan, N. T.

Rama Rao, Krishna, and Nageshwara Rao. Ironically, her entry into Hindu films came from her strong connectionto South Indian cinema. She had worked with director K. Balanchanderonce before and had been Kamal Haasan's leading lady in many SouthIndian films, so she wasn't surprised when they approached her for theHindi remake of their Telugu blockbuster, Marocharithra (1979). Nowre-titled "Ek Duje Ke Liye" (1981), the film was about passionatelovers who are torn apart by their parents in the storytellingtradition of Romeo and Juliet.

It became the top grossing hit of 1981and introduced into Hindi films the 5 stars of the South Indian filmindustry: director K. Balachander, hero Kamal Haasan, heroine RatiAgnihotri, supporting actress Madhavi, and playback singer S. P. Balasubramaniam. Although all received Filmfare nominations, only Ratiand S.

P. Balasubramaniam were the real beneficiaries, both becoming topstars in their field. The unforgettable musical score byLaxmikant-Pyarelal rose the film to soaring heights, and there wererumors about how the film's love story about tragic lovers inspiredreal life lovers to take their own lives. Rati's father, who was alsomanaging her career, shielded her from the hysteria as she was still soyoung. He effectively kept her starring in only Hindi films after EkDuje Ke Liye, and she ended the decade starring in over 43 Hindi films.

Her biggest hits were Shaukeen (1982), Farz Aur Kanoon (1982), Coolie(1983), and Tawaif (1985) for which she received her second Filmfarenomination as Best Actress. Her father's death along with her marriage to businessman and architectAnil Virwani on February 9, 1985 convinced Rati to leave Hindi filmswhen she was still at the top. In 1987, her only son Tanuj was born,and she concentrated on raising him and focusing on other creativeinterests, such as designing her husband's architectural creations. Shealso received a degree in Reike, where she distantly heals people. Eventhough she retired from films, she would still appear at film eventslooking beautiful and glamorous, and as a result, the film offers keptcoming in.

After 16 years of saying no, she finally said yes realizingthat her son is growing up and she had more time for herself. Herfamily supported her decision. She returned to films by playing Kajol'sglamorous mother in Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi (2001). More film offerscame in, and she took them, such as Yaadein (2001) and Dev (2004). After a 20-year absence from South Indian films, she returned to theSouth in the Tamil film Majnu (2001).

She also made her Malayalam debutin Anyar (2003) and English debut in An Ode to Lost Love (2003). Shealso has acted on stage in plays such as "Please Divorce Me Darling"(2005) and television serials, such as Sixer (2005). She still keeps upwith supporting her husband's architectural creations and devotes timeto social causes like cancer, AIDS and menopause awareness for 40 pluswomen. In 2010, she supported her son Tanuj Virwani's decision to enterfilms as an actor. In 2015, she separated from her husband.


There is some small facts about Rati Agnihotri:
  • When Rati married businessman and architect Anil Virwani in February 1985, she gave up films for 16 years and came back after her teenage son Tanuj encouraged her to do so.
  • She is Punjabi but settled in Madras, Tamil Nadu when she was a teenager because her father's job took them there.
  • When Rati was just 16 years old, director Bharati Raja saw her in a school play and cast her as the heroine in the Tamil film "Pudhiya Varpukkal" (1979), which made her an overnight star in South Indian films.
  • She didn't know the Tamil language, so her leading man on her first film, Bhagyaraj, wrote the dialogues for her in Hindi and would explain them to her in English, and she spoke the lines in Tamil. She quickly learned the language and can now speak in near perfect Tamil, and later Telugu and Kannada as well.
  • After doing South Indian films (Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada), she became a star in Hindi films with her first Hindi film "Ek Duje Ke Liye" (1981), which ironically, was a remake of a Telugu blockbuster "Maro Charitra" (1979) starring a different heroine (Saritha) but same director (K. Balachander), hero (Kamal Hassan), supporting actress (Madhavi).
  • She has acted in six languages (Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam) and has acted in over 150 feature films, theatrical plays, and television serials.
  • In her heyday as a South Indian heroine from 1979-1981, she starred in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada films but didn't have time to act in Malayalam films. She finally made her debut in a Malayalam film in a mature, supporting role in Anyar (2003).
  • Her cousin is actor-filmmaker Atul Agnihotri, and she played a supporting role as a cardiac surgeon in his film "Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa" (2004).
  • In 2005, she acted in her first music video by playing a doting mother of a young man in love with a coed in Kumar Sanu's non-film album "Aisa Na Dekho Mujhe." However, she doesn't sing in the video and has no aspirations for a career as a recording artist.
  • In 2011, she admitted that she and her leading man 'Kamal Haasan' weren't on speaking terms during the filming of the hit love story Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) . She didn't recall why there was a breakdown in communication but remembered him as a very talented, amazing actor.
  • She and her husband, Anil Virwani, have a son named Tanuj Virwani (b.1987).
  • Sister Anita Agnihotri was a former Miss India who designed costumes for films. She is now settled in Poland and runs a Indian restaurant called Bombay.
  • Neice of actor Rohit Agnihotri. Rohit was Atul' s father. None of Rohit's films did well at the box office. This caused him to retire soon.
  • She became related to 'Salman Khan (I)' when his sister 'Alvira Khan' married her cousin 'Atul Agnihotri' .
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There is the list of movies, where Rati Agnihotri was taked part:
1 Admissions Open... Do What You Are Born For... movie Admissions Open... Do What You Are Born For... 2010 as Radhika
2 Chatur Singh Two Star movie Chatur Singh Two Star 2011 as Savitri Y. Singh
3 Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha movie Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha 2004 as Dr. Shashi Rawat
4 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi movie Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi 2001 as Archana Khanna
5 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... movie Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... 2004 as Meenakshi Khanna
6 Mazdoor movie Mazdoor 1983 as Smita K. Batra/Smita R. Saxena
7 Shaadi Ke Side Effects movie Shaadi Ke Side Effects 2014 as Trisha's Mother
8 1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love movie 1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love 2004 as Mrs. Bhat
9 Aao Wish Karein movie Aao Wish Karein 2009 as Nisha V. Mehra
10 Aap Ke Saath movie Aap Ke Saath 1986 as Deepa/Salma
11 Aisa Kyon Hota Hai? movie Aisa Kyon Hota Hai? 2006 as Kiran
12 All Rounder movie All Rounder 1984 as Ritu
13 Ayaash movie Ayaash 1982 as Mrs. Jaswant Singh
14 Babu movie Babu 1985 as Pinky
15 Begaana movie Begaana 1986 as Rama Kumar/Rama K. Rana
16 Bepanaah movie Bepanaah 1985 as Bhavna Bhardwaj
17 Bhavani Junction movie Bhavani Junction 1985 as Shakun
18 Bin Bulaye Baraati movie Bin Bulaye Baraati 2011 as Kusum/Kuki
19 Blue Oranges movie Blue Oranges 2009 as Uma Dixit
20 Boxer movie Boxer 1984 as Rajni Khatau
21 Chal Chalein movie Chal Chalein 2009 as Navneet's Mother
22 Chupke Se movie Chupke Se 2003 as Almera Kochar
23 Dadagiri movie Dadagiri 1987 as Deepa Singh
24 Dehraadun Diary movie Dehraadun Diary 2013 as Neelima Sharma
25 Dekha Pyar Tumhara movie Dekha Pyar Tumhara 1985 as Anu
26 Dev movie Dev 2004 as Dr. Bharati Singh
27 Diary of a Butterfly movie Diary of a Butterfly 2012 as Mum
28 Dictator movie Dictator 2016 as Mahima Rai
29 Dil Tujhko Diya movie Dil Tujhko Diya 1987 as Rati
30 Downtown movie Downtown 2016 as Mrs. Oberoi
31 Dukaan: Pila House movie Dukaan: Pila House 2004 as Wahidanbai
32 Ek Aur Sikander movie Ek Aur Sikander 1986 as Doctor
33 Ek Duuje Ke Liye movie Ek Duuje Ke Liye 1981 as Sapna
34 Ek Se Bhale Do movie Ek Se Bhale Do 1985 as Jenny
35 Faisla movie Faisla 2005 as Prerna
36 Ho Jaata Hai Pyaar movie Ho Jaata Hai Pyaar 2005 as Asha B. Roy
37 Hot Money movie Hot Money 2006 as Sunita Sanyal
38 Hum Phirr Milein Na Milein movie Hum Phirr Milein Na Milein 2009 as Namrata Ahuja
39 Hum Tum movie Hum Tum 2004 as Anju Kapoor, Karan's mother
40 Itihaas movie Itihaas 1987 as Shobha
There is the list of some quotes of Rati Agnihotri:
  • I am a Tamilian at heart, a Punjabi by default.
  • Her reaction when director Bharati Raja offered her the heroine role in her first film: "Well, I was so excited... what else will a 16-year-old girl be if she is approached by the topmost director of the time for his film? I was ecstatic! For me, it was a big picnic! The film became a blockbuster in 1979, one thing led to another and I worked in 32 films in three years!"
  • When asked what she did after she left films for 15 years: "When Tanuj was born, he occupied most of my time and attention. But I have always been active in something creative. All these candles you see all over the house are designed and created by me. I paint a lot and do stained glass. I look into the aesthetic aspects of [husband] Anil's constructions, like, after a building is ready, I help in designing the foyers and the landscaping. I have always been very fond of creating things -- I even do sculptures from rocks. I make my own dry flowers too."
  • I am very organised. I think it is a birth defect. I cannot be haphazard even if I try!
  • When asked which are her best Hindi films: "Starting with Ek Duje Ke Liye, which is more than apparent! Then Tawaif, Shubkamana, Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye and Shaukeen - which I really enjoyed doing and I think it was one of my better films as I have good memories of the same. Then Coolie, Mazdoor and perhaps a few more."
  • In 2005, she recalled the fame and glory that her first Hindi film brought her: "Ek Duje Ke Liye" (1981) was a historical film for me. It brought me so much appreciation and affection. I was the only Punjabi in an all-Tamil cast. And I loved the attention I got."
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