Rati Agnihotri

Rati Agnihotri
Rati Agnihotri, image credit: The Financial Express

Born - December 10, 1960 in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Other Names - Rati Virwani

Occupation - Actress, Model

Nationality - Indian

Years Active - 1979–1990
                       2001–present

Height - 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse(s) - Anil Virwani (1985–2015, divorced)

Rati Agnihotri (born 10 December 1960) is an Indian actress whose films are mainly in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

Agnihotri was born in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, in a Punjabi family. She began modelling at age ten. When she was a teenager, her father relocated the family to Madras, Tamil Nadu because of his job. She attended Good Shepherd's Convent School and acted in a school play.

Bharathiraja, a Tamil cinema director, was in the audience and was searching for a heroine for his new film. He met with Agnihotri's father and promised the film would wrap in a month. Her father agreed, and in 1979 she appeared in her first film, "Puthiya Vaarpugal". It was also Bhagyaraj's first film, and he coached her with her lines by teaching her Tamil. The film was successful and Agnihotri became known.

Bharathiraja soon directed her in her second film, "Niram Maaratha Pookkal" (1979). Even though she was Punjabi, South Indian audiences embraced her as one of their own. She reciprocated by calling herself "Tamilian at heart" and calling Madras her home. She also starred in Telugu and Kannada films and made 32 films in just three years. She is popular in Karnataka due to her hot rain songs with Vishnuvardhan that are frequently shown in the Midnight Masala TV program.

She worked with big banners and top stars in South Indian cinema. She had worked with director K. Balachander once before and had been Kamal Hassan's leading lady in many South Indian films, so she wasn't surprised when they approached her for the Hindi remake of their Telugu blockbuster "Maro Charitra" (1979) re-titled as "Ek Duuje Ke Liye" (1981). It became one of the top grossing hits of 1981 and marked the debut into Hindi films of five stars of the South Indian film industry. She then starred in over 43 Hindi films. Her biggest hits were "Farz Aur Kanoon" (1982), "Coolie" (1983) opposite megastar Amitabh Bachchan, "Tawaif" (1985) for which she received her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, "Aap Ke Saath" (1986) And "Hukumat" (1987) opposite the Bollywood icon Dharmendra.

Agnihotri married businessman and architect Anil Virwani on 9 February 1985. With the death of Agnihotri's father, she was convinced to leave Hindi films. On 28 November 1986, she gave birth to her only son, Tanuj Virwani, and she concentrated on raising him and focusing on other creative interests. The couple divorced in 2015.

In 2001 she played Kajol's mother in "Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi". Other film offers came in, and she took them, such as "Yaadein" (2001) and "Dev" (2004). After a 20-year absence from South Indian films, she returned in the Tamil film "Majunu" (2001). She made her Malayalam debut in "Anyar" (2003), English debut in "An Ode to Lost Love" (2003), and Bengali debut in "Aaina-te" (2008). She has acted on stage in plays such as 'Please Divorce Me Darling' (2005) and television serials, such as 'Sixer' (2005). Besides acting, she devotes time to social causes like cancer and AIDS. Her son Tanuj Virwani is an actor.

Filmography

Films

Year Movie Role Notes
 1979   Puthiya Vaarpugal  Jyothi  Debut film, Tamil
 Language
1979  Niram Maaratha Pookkal -  Tamil film
1979  Veettukku Veedu Vasapadi -  Tamil film
1980  Andala Raasi -  Telugu film
1980  Ullasa Paravaigal -  Tamil film
1980  Murattu Kaalai  Kannamma  Tamil film
1980  Anbukku Naan Adimai -  Tamil film
1980  Punnami Naagu -  Telugu film
1980  Kalinga -  Kannada film
1980  Maayadhaari Krishnudu -  Telugu film
1981  Prema Pichchi -  Telugu film
1981  Kazhugu -  Tamil film
1981  Jeevitha Ratham -  Telugu film
1981  Jagamondi -  Telugu film
1981  Bhogimanthulu -  Telugu film
1981  Satyam Shivam  Rekha  Telugu film
1981  Tirugu Leni Manishi -  Telugu film
1981  Do Dil Diwane -  Tamil film
1981  Ek Duuje Ke Liye  Sapna  Hindi debut film
1981  Jeene Ki Arzoo -  
1981  Sahhas  Radha V. Singh  
1982  Shaukeen  Anita  
1982  Swami Dada  Seema  
1982  Sumbandh  Kiran H. Mathur  
1982  Kaliyuga Ramudu  Sandhya  Telugu film
1982  Johny I Love You  Seema  
1982  Farz Aur Kanoon -  
1982  Ayaash  Mrs. Jaswant Singh  
1982  Waqt Ke Shehzade -  
1982  Star  Maya  
1983  Shubh Kaamna  Sujata  
1983  Rishta Kagaz Ka  Aarti A. Sharma  
1983  Pasand Apni Apni  Geeta  
1983  Mazdoor  Smita Batra/Smita
 Ramesh Saxena
 
1983  Main Awara Hoon  Archana G. Prasad  
1983  Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye  Malati  
1983  Coolie  Julie D'Costa  
1984  Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra
 Swami Charitra
-  
1984  Rakta Bandhan  Roopa  
1984  Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai -  
1984  Mera Faisla  Rati Verma  
1984  Boxer  Rajni Khatau  
1984  All-rounder  Ritu  
1984  Mashaal  Geeta  
1984  John Jani Janardhan  Madhu  
1985  Zabardast  Sunita  
1985  Ulta Seedha  Shobha Roy  
1985  Triveni -  
1985  Karishma Kudrat Kaa  Radha (Vijay's sister)  
1985  Jaanoo  Kanchan  
1985  Ek Se Bhale Do  Jenny  
1985  Dekha Pyar Tumhara  Anu  
1985  Bhawani Junction  Shakun  
1985  Tawaif  Sultana  
1985  Bepanaah  Bhavna Bhardwaj  
1985  Babu  Pinky  
1986  Aap Ke Saath  Deepa/Salma  
1986  Zindagani  Anuradha 'Annu'  
1986  Ek Aur Sikander  Doctor  
1987  Mera Suhag -  
1987  Dil Tujhko Diya  Rati  
1987  Dadagiri  Deepa  Special
 Appearance
1987  Itihaas -  
1987  Hukumat -  
1988  Zalzala  Radha Shiv Kumar  
1989  Albela -  
1990  Jaan-E-Wafa -  
1994  Dillagi... Yeh Dillagi -  
2001  Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi  Archana Khanna  
2001  Yaadein  Shalini Singh Puri  Special
 Appearance
2001  Majunu -  Tamil film
2002  Kranti  Sushma Singh  
2002  Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai  Naina's mother  
2002  Na Tum Jaano Na Hum  Maya  
2002  Yeh Hai Jalwa  Smita Mittal  
2002  Kaante  Major's wife  
2003  Chupke Se  Almera Kochar  
2003  Anyar -  Malayalam film
2003  An Ode to Lost Love  Mrs. Bhat  English debut
2004  Krishna Cottage  Sunita Menon  
2004  Dukaan: Pila House  Wahidanbai  
2004  Hum Tum  Anju Kapoor  
2004  Dev  Dr. Bharati Singh  
2004  Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na  Meenakshi  
2004  Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa  Dr. Shashi Rawat  
2004  Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart  Sandhya K. Jindal  
2004  Kis Kis Ki Kismat  Mrs. Kokila Hasmukh Mehta  
2005  Ho Jaata Hai Pyaar  Asha B. Roy  
2005  Socha Na Tha  Aditi's aunt  
2005  Pehchaan: The Face of Truth  Uttara D. Khanna  
2006  Aisa Kyon Hota Hain  Kiran  
2006  Hot Money  Sunita Sanyal  English film
2007  Mai Baap -  
2007  My Wife's Husband -  
2008  Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa  Shraddha  
2008  Jimmy  Mrs. Pushpa  
2008  Aaina Te -  Bengali film
2008  Ru Ba Ru  Meera  
2008  Love Has No Language  Mrs. Roy  
2009  Phir Kabhi  Lakshmi H. Singh  
2009  Karma Aur Holi  Vani  
2009  Hum Phirr Mileinge...  Rahul Mother  
2009  Luck  Ram's Mother  
2009  Chal Chalein  Navneet Mother  
2009  Blue Oranges  Uma Dixit  
2009  Aao Wish Karein    
2010  Admissions Open  Radhika  
2010  Vardi – The Uniform -  
2010  Jaanleva  Kiran Jaitley  
2011  Bin Bulaye Baraati  Koki (commissioner's wife)  
2011  Chatur Singh Two Star  Gulshan Grover's wife  
2012  Diary of a Butterfly  Shobha  
2013  Ardhangini  Savitri  
 2014   Shaadi Ke Side Effects  Role of mother in law  
2014  The Shaukeens  Mrs. Lalwani  
2014  Purani Jeans -  
2015  Agreement  Kaali  
2015  Second Hand Husband  Beant Kaur  
2015  Singh is Bling  Harpreet Kaur  
2015  Karbonn -  
2015  Ranviir The Marshal  Ayesha  
2016  Dictator  Mahima Rai  Telugu film

Television

  • 2006: 'Kaajjal' as Nayantara Pratap Singh
  • 2006: 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' as contestant (eliminated at 7th position)

Awards and Nominations

  • Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress for "Ek Duuje Ke Liye" (1981)
  • Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress for "Tawaif" (1985)


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