|Full Name||Jhansi Laxmi|
|Profession(s)||Anchor, Actress, Theatre Director, and Playwright|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Debut||As an Actor: Aahvanam (Telugu; 1997)
As a Host: Talk of the Town (Telugu; 1997-2007)
As a Theatre Director & Playwright: Purusha Sooktam (Telugu; 2019) at Ravindra Bharati
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Nandi Awards(for Films)
• Best Supporting Actress for the film "Thodu" in 1997
• Best Supporting Actress for the film "Jayam Manadera" in 2003
• Best Comedian for the film "Tulasi" in 2007
• Best Comedian for the film "Simha" in 2010
Nandi Awards (for Television)
• Best Actress for the show "Sarada" in 2000
• Best Anchor for the show "Pelli Pustakam" in 2006
Note: Jhansi has won many awards and nominations as an anchor and actress, apart from the awards mentioned above.
|Birthplace||Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh|
|Hometown||Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh|
|School||Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Golconda|
|Controversy||In 2019, there was a liplock scene of Rakul Preet Singh with Jhansi in the film 'Manmadhudu 2,' which drew criticism from several netizens, who trolled the filmmakers and actors for their insensitive display of the feelings of the character. The netizens also trended the hashtag 'DeeplyDisturbing' in context to the scene. Times of India|
|Relationships & More|
|Husband/Spouse||Jogi Naidu (Actor; d. 2014)
|Parents||Father- Name not known
Mother- Sharada (worked as a producer at All India Radio)
|Food||Pongal with Flaxseed Karappodi|
|Books||• The Mother' by Maxim Gorky
• Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
Some Lesser Known Facts About Anchor Jhansi
- Jhansi can speak in six Telugu dialects and regards Mandalikam dialect as her forte.
- She is also trained in Veena.
- Jhansi was a national level player in volleyball, disc, and javelin throw.
- She has hosted many popular Telugu shows like’Black,’ ‘Ko ante Koti,’ ‘Naveena,’ ‘ATM,’ ‘Pellipustakam,’ and ‘Sunday Sandadi.’
- She has hosted the first, second, and third seasons of the TV show “Black,” which is the first Indian reality show based on the visually challenged people.
- She has played pivotal roles in the blockbuster films like ‘Jayam Manadera’ (2000), Raa, ‘Family Circus’ (2001), ‘Yagnam’ (2004), ‘Bhadra’ (2005), ‘Sri Krishna’ (2006), ‘Ashta Chamma-Heroine Aunt’ (2008), ‘Racha’ (2012), ‘Saakshyam’ (2018), ‘Maharshi’ (2019), and ‘Kousalya Krishnamurthy’ (2019).
- In 2012, Jhansi revealed that she was suffering from Thoracic outlet syndrome. In an interview, while talking about her disease and her journey to the recovery, she said-
I could not even drape a saree all by myself or could not even lift the pen to write my weekly column for a Telugu newspaper. I was hosting a show a quiz show on ETV, but I was taking pain medication. However, it was Dr Sathya Lakshmi from Gandhi Naturocare Hospital who convinced me that my food is my medicine. I felt that it was worth a try and took her advice on food and nutrition seriously. In less than six months, I fully recovered.”
- After being confronted with her disease, she took a short online certification course of Food and Health Connection from American Online Naturopathy.
- Jhansi runs a wellness enterprise called ‘Uzuri-Wellness with Jhansi,’ which provides a 21-day wellness course. The term ‘Uzuri’ means ‘health with beauty’ in the Swahili language.
- She is an active philanthropist and works for many organizations such as UNICEF, LEPRA INDIA and Aarambh Association. She fights against various social evils such as AIDS, autism, environmental concerns, and women empowerment.
- According to Jhansi, the novel ‘The Mother’ by Maxim Gorky aroused the literary ambition in her, and ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley planted the social consciousness in her.
References/Sources: [ + ]
|1.||↑||Times of India|