Actress Madhumitha Profile
Born: Swapna Madhuri
Years active: 2002–present
Spouse: Shiva Balaji
Madhumitha (born Swapna Madhuri on August 20, 1981) is an Indian actress, who has appeared in films in various South Indian industries, frequently in Tamil and Telugu films. She is probably best known for her roles in Puttintiki Ra Chelli, Kudaikul Mazhai, Aanivaer and Arai En Kadavul.
Madhumitha started her acting career under her birth name Swapna Madhuri with the 2002 Telugu film Sandade Sandadi (2002) doing a pivotal supporting role. She continued essaying supporting roles in a couple of Telugu films like Manmadhudu (2002) along with Akkineni Nagarjuna and Sonali Bendre, Ammailu Abbailu (2003) and Puttintiki Ra Chelli (2004) sharing screen space with Arjun and Meena, with the latter in particular becoming a high commercial success, running for 275 days in theatres. She then got introduced to the Tamil film industry by R. Parthiban in his film Kudaikul Mazhai (2004), enacting the lead female role and changing her screen name to Madhumitha, named after her character in the film.
Though the film wasn’t a major success, Madhumitha received several offers from Tamil directors. She played leading roles in several Tamil films like Amudhey (2005), Englishkaran (2005) opposite Sathyaraj and Namitha and Naalai (2006), which, however, did not fetch her any recognition, despite being moderate successes. She then appeared in the 2007 Tamil independent film Aanivaer, a film about the Sri Lankan Civil War, in which she enacted the role of doctor. Since the film was released in many Western Tamil diasporal regions, she became widely noticed by the Tamil audience, winning accolades for her performance. In 2008, she appeared in the Tamil comedy film Arai En 305-il Kadavul, directed by Simbudevan, acting along with comedy actors Santhanam and Ganja Karuppu, essaying the role of a sex worker, which fetched her much critical acclaim. She was next seen in Yogi, opposite director-turned-actor Ameer Sultan, and Solla Solla Inikkum, both which failed to achieve commercial success. Her performance in the former as a young mother living in the Chennai slums, was critically praised, winning her a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 3rd Vijay Awards.
Madhumitha married her longtime boyfriend, actor Shiva Balaji on 1 March 2009 at Kalinga Function Place in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Shiva Balaji was her co-actor in her film Englishkaran, eventually marrying him, after romancing for 3 three years. The engagement was held on 21 August 2008 in Hyderabad.