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Do You Know About Actress Talluri Rameswari’s Connection To Punjabi Cinema?




By: Gurwinder Lotay | January 13, 2022

Somewhere in Andhra Pradesh during the 1970s, a group of young girls went to see the shooting of a Telugu Film. One of those girls decided right there that acting was her calling. A few years later she came across an FTII advertisement and filled the form. She was selected!

She was dreaming to become a Hindi Film star but had no knowledge of the language.  Her father, who at first opposed her decision, brought the Hindi Chandamama copies for her to learn the language. Also Read: Ronit Roy To Lead In ‘Swaran Ghar’ Instead Of Jimmy Sheirgill?

In FTII, students got the chance to visit the shooting location of Rajshri Films. She was one of those who were shortlisted to play a role in one of the films. She was supposed to be the younger sister of Rakhee for the movie ‘Tapasya’. When Rakhee saw her, she told the people at Rajshri that this girl deserves a better deal in films.

The girl of this story is none other than the Indian actress Talluri Rameswari!

While she could not do ‘Tapasya’, a year later she was selected for the leading role in ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Mann Bhaye’, a film which was planned with Tanuja few years back. By that time, she was also doing a film down south. Also Read: Ammy Virk Adds Another Thar To His Car Collection!

At a time when commercial potboiler, action flicks were being made, ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Mann Bhaye (1977)’ released while keeping a low profile (like many other Rajshri Films), but thanks to world of month, it turned out to be one of the biggest hit of the year along with ‘Dharam Veer’, Amar Akbar Anthony’ and some other releases.  

Rameshwari was an overnight star; she didn’t just have a successful debut in Hindi films, the film she made her Telugu debut with, also turned out to be a big hit. Rameshwari had this habit of going into depth of her character and would ask her directors about the background of her characters, something which would irritate many, they commented “Rameshwari kitne sawaal poochti hai, jo bola hai woh kare (Rameshwari asks so many questions, she should just do as told)”. For this very reason, some preferred not to work with her while in some cases she was removed from films due to the influence of other actresses.

The actress shared her experience on this, saying, “Almost all the actors go through this problem. I had never taken myself too seriously to let me bother about these things. Much later I got to know that some known actresses pressured producers and directors to cast themselves in their films”. Also Read: Check Out Neetu Singh’s New Curvalicious Avatar!

She was certainly doing well with films like ‘Asha’, ‘Mera Rakshak’, ‘Shardha’ and ‘Sunaina’. But an accident at the sets of ‘Sunaina’, hindered with her film career and she took a break for a while. What happened was that she fell off from a horse and hurt her eye resulting in her eyelid being torn. She had to go to New York for the operation, at the same time, back home she was quickly replaced in many films.

By the time she returned, film offers did come, but none of them were fruitful.  She got married to an FTII friend Deepak Seth. After motherhood, she did a few regional films (Rajasthani, Telugu, Oriya, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam specifically), and some TV Serials.

But did you know that she had an association with Punjabi films too?

Well, when the cult classic ‘Chann Pardesi’ was being made, all the planning and scriptwriting would take place at Rameshwari’s home. Also Read: This Is What Hardeep Singh Did Before Becoming A Singer!

The producer of ‘Chann Pardesi’, J.S. Cheema, even shared this little scoop that, “After the success of ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Mann Bhaye’, Rameshwari had become a star, She had this big flat where all the FTII strugglers from her batch would come. ‘Chann Pardesi’ started taking shape from her house. In the credits of ‘Chann Pardesi’ you would see the film as a presentation of Rameshwari, It was gratitude for the humble actress.”

In fact, Rameshwari was offered the film, but she refused it because she did not know Punjabi. Her Punjabi boyfriend (Deepak Seth to whom she got married) and her first film director Lekh Tandon, would often talk in Punjabi, yet she did not learn the language.

Rameshwari even told us, “I seriously could not have spoken Punjabi in spite of Deepak ji and Lekh ji being there. But Rama (Vij) did a splendid job. Amrish Ji, Om Puri and Kalbhushan (Kharbanda) everyone did a superb job. I am glad I was associated with such a memorable film.” Also Read: “Eho Hamara Jeevna” A Punjabi Serial That Paved The Way For Many!

Apart from that, she had also done a Tele Film-‘Sandhara’ of Mohan Baggan, which also featured Rama Vij. She was part of a song in the film.

In all these years, she would take up acting assignments at her own will.  She has also acted in Hindi films like ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Faltu’, etc and did some TV Serials. The Seth couple also produced a Punjabi Film ‘Main Tu Assi Tusi (2006)’ which was based on a Shakespearean play. The film failed to make any mark at the box office and it turned out to be her last association with the Punjabi Cinema. Also Read: Punjabi Singer Jass Bajwa Has Acted In Two Films?

Mother to two sons, Rameshwari had last ventured into Natural Skincare products under the name ‘Neemli Naturals’.  Even though away from the acting world, she is open to acting offers, but substantial ones. 



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