Padmavati Rao is a veteran Indian film actress who is also a writer, theatre personality, poet, dancer, and translator. She is mainly known for her work in the Hindi and Kannada film industries. Moreover, she has been a part of theatre activities throughout her career.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Family & Caste
There is not much information available about her family. She has one sister, Arundathi Nag, who is an Indian film and theatre actress.
She made her acting debut with a Kannada Film Geetha (1981) in which she played the role of “Geetha.”
She made her Bollywood debut with the film Pardes (1997) in which she played the role of “Narmada” and was cast alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Mahima Chaudhary.
She made her Marathi film debut with the Film Ek Sangaychay (2018).
She has worked in Malayalam and English plays also. After making her acting debut in films of various languages, Padmavati went to appear in many popular films such as “TE3N” (2016) in which she played the role of ‘Nancy,’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s “Padmaavat” (2018) in which she played the role of ‘Kunwar Baisa,’ Tanaji (2020) in which she played the role of Rajmata Jijao and Rat Akeli Hai (2020) in which she played the role of Pramila Singh; these movies made her more popular.
- Padmavati Rao has translated Girish Karnad‘s five plays and Mahesh Dattani’s 30 Days In September into the Hindi language.
- Although she has done several plays, she gained immense applause for her solo performance based on Dhiruben Patel’s work “Kitchen Poems,” and she considers this performance as her major career achievement.
- When the COVID-19 pandemic had left the world at crises, Padmavati Rao took an initiative towards the farming community. She laid her attention on the villages outside Bengaluru where she propagated the natural farming methods and arts & crafts as it had been her ardent desire to serve the farming community since long. She laid her contribution to farmers by constructing a non-electric and a cost-efficient refrigerator on her own by using affordable construction material. In an interview, she quoted,
For a long time, I wanted to serve the farming community. To that, I created a cost-effective refrigerator that does not run on electricity.”
- According to her, she had been longing to do farming since she was 23; moreover, she has been majorly concerned about the issue of farmers suicide in India for a long time. This motivated her to invent a cost-effective refrigerator that would help farmers to keep their vegetables fresh if they are unable to sell them. This idea to make a cost-effective fridge struck her when her compound wall deteriorated, and she wanted to use the bricks from that deteriorated wall constructively; leading her to make a non-electric and cost-effective fridge. Despite cement and sand, she used gunny sack material, an old flattened cardboard carton to work as a sliding door, an old wire rack, and a river-weed mat (chaapey). To examine the results, she kept oranges, tomatoes, and milk in the refrigerator. The oranges lasted up to 28 days, tomatoes for 15 days, and milk, after boiling it once daily, lasted for a week. She also tested the refrigerator in the peak of summer. When she watered the gunny sack material thrice a day, the oranges and tomatoes showed no signs of dehydration or rotting. Cooked food kept after dinner was fine for lunch the next day, and vegetables lasted for about two to three days. Her invention is worth appreciation.
- Along with farming, Padmavati has various interests as she likes to stitch, mend, upcycle, and write. During the COVID-19 pandemic , she devoted her time in writing also. She worked on three books simultaneously – the first was on her mother’s recipes, the second was a book of poems titled “Of Love and Silence,” and the third was a play.