Rama Prabha is an Indian actor who predominantly works in the South Indian film industry. She is known for her work in films like ‘Do Phool’ (1973) (Hindi), ‘Ganesh’ (1998) (Telugu), and ‘Vasantha Mullai’ (2023) (Tamil).
Rama Prabha was born as K. G. Rama Prabha on Saturday, 5 October 1946 (age 76 years; as of 2023) in Kadiri, Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her zodiac sign is Libra. When she was one month old, her paternal aunt adopted her and they shifted to Ooty. Rama was brought up by her paternal aunt in Ooty and Madras (now Chennai).
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Rama Prabha belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about her parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
It is reported that Rama Prabha tied the knot with Indian actor Sarath Babu in 1974; however, their marriage ended in divorce in 1988. Sarath Babu passed away at AIG Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, on 22 May 2023 at around 1.30 pm due to multiple organ failure. NDTV
Rama Prabha decided to adopt her niece, Vijaya Chamundeswari, when she was only one year old; Vijaya later married Indian actor Rajendra Prasad.
Some sources claim that Rama Prabha and Sarath Babu got married against the wishes of their family members, and they had a son named Gowtham and a daughter named Kavya. Sarath, however, talked about his marriage, in an interview, and said,
I married the daughter of Tamil actor MN Nambiar (Snehalatha is her name) many years ago. It was my first marriage. The media calls some other woman (Rama Prabha) as my ex-wife. Let me tell you that we were never married. Our relationship has no name.”
According to sources, Rama Prabha and Sarath Babu had a significant relationship that lasted for more than a decade. Reportedly, they first met through a mutual friend and developed a close friendship. It is claimed that their friendship eventually turned romantic in 1974, and they entered into a live-in relationship that lasted for approximately 14-15 years; however, despite their long-term commitment, they never tied the knot. Their relationship eventually soured, leading to their separation in 1988. News 18 After Rama Prabha and Sarath Babu parted ways, Prabha accused Sarath of cheating her and snatching all her properties in Chennai. In an interview, while reacting to the allegations, Sarath Babu said that the accusations were baseless and that he never plundered any property from her. The Times of India He said,
I was born with a silver spoon and it was K Balachander who introduced me as a hero. Hence, I do not have the necessity to extort other’s properties as I myself had sufficient properties in my name.”
Adding that he was too young when he dated Rama Prabha, Sarath said,
When we were in a relationship, a house in Alwarpet is all that she had. Another house in Egmore Benefit Society was under a financial issue. I later came to know that she got one of those houses from her first husband. I had sold my agricultural land back then, which was worth Rs 60 Crore today and had bought an independent house for her in Umapathy Street, Chennai. I had also spent over Rs 1 to 2 lakhs for her old house’s renovation back then.”
Rama Prabha follows Hinduism.
Rama Prabha made her debut in the Tamil film industry, also known as Kollywood, with the 1964 comedy-drama film ‘Server Sundaram’ in which she appeared as protagonist Radha’s friend (dancer).
In 1970, she played the role of ‘Saroja’ in the film ‘Thirumalai Thenkumari,’ which was inspired by the 1969 American film ‘If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.’ Rama appeared in many other films like ’47 Natkal’ (1981), ‘Kalakalappu 2’ (2018), and ‘Vasantha Mullai’ (2023).
Rama debuted in the Telugu film industry with the film ‘Chilaka Gorinka’ in 1966; she played the role of ‘Shashi’ in the film.
Rama appeared as ‘Subbulu’ in the 1969 film ‘Gandikota Rahasyam.’ A remake of the film was made in the Hindi language with the title ‘Baghavat’ (1982), starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini. Rama played the role of Padmini’s grandmother in the buddy comedy-drama film ‘Snehamante Idera’ (2001). She appeared in many other films such as Bhanumathi’s grandmother in ‘Devadasu’ (2006), Ravi’s mother in ‘Neninthe’ (2008), Shanvi’s grandmother in ‘Temper’ (2015), Mary in ‘Romantic’ (2021), and Avva in ‘Good Luck Sakhi’ (2022).
Rama Prabha debuted in Hindi cinema with a comedy film titled ‘Do Phool’ in 1973 in which she played the role of ‘Rukmini.’ The film starred Ashok Kumar, Vinod Mehra, and Mehmood; ‘Do Phool’ was a remake of the Tamil film ‘Anubavi Raja Anubavi,’ which later served as an inspiration for the Hindi film ‘Aankhen.’
2002: Nandi Award for Best Female Comedian for the film ‘Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo’
- Her name is also spelt as Ramaprabha.
- During the 1970s and 1980s, Rama Prabha formed a highly regarded on-screen pairing with comedian Raja Babu in Telugu films. Their collaborations were well-received by the audience, and they became a notable duo in the industry, known for their comedic chemistry and entertaining performances.
- Rama operates a YouTube channel, ‘Ramaprabha Prayanam,’ where she shares her diverse interests, ranging from cooking to gardening.