Tamil Actress Ranjitha Hot Pictures Biography
Andrea Jeremiah (born December 21, 1985) is an Indian film actress, playback singer and voice actress from Chennai, who works mainly in the South Indian film industry. Beginning her career singing playback, Andrea has gone on to appear in critically acclaimed films such as Vishwaroopam, Pachaikili Muthucharam, Aayirathil Oruvan and Annayum Rasoolum, winning praise for her portrayals.Andrea was born as the eldest child into an Anglo-Indian nuclear family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was brought up in Arakkonam and graduated from the Women's Christian College. Her father is a lawyer at the High Court in Chennai, while her mother is a home-maker. Andrea is a multifaceted genius. From the age of 10, Andrea was part of a Jackson Five-style troupe called Young Stars which formed the base of her early singing career. She was also a theatre artist in her college and appeared in several stage plays organised by Madras Players and EVAM. She also launched a company named The Show Must Go On (TSMGO Productions) to promote live art and artistes.
Andrea Jeremiah performing at Sangarsh a concert for a cause (2009)
In experimental mode now, she's dabbling in other arts. There's her theatre career that began with Girish Karnad's Nagamandala. Andrea is a highly versatile virutoso keyboard player. Andrea Jeremiah began her training in classical piano when she was 8 and toured & performed all over India and teaches piano also. Andrea composes music to her own poetry though that's mostly self-indulgent, she says.
Andrea the model, who ornaments the sidewalks of Chennai as she gazes regally down from towering billboards with her height, is mostly about the money. "I don't take the modelling seriously at all but just because I am very tall. I don't even have a portfolio," she laughs.
For her, music comes first, which explains why she's increasingly considering the feasibility of singing for her supper. Hence the concert and `tsmgo', a production company formed with Sundar, who's a photographer. Andrea loves herself to be called a 'Tamil girl'.
She later ventured into playback singing in feature films, too. After rendering a song in Gautham Menon's Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, she got an offer by the director to essay a lead female character in his next venture Pachaikili Muthucharam opposite R. Sarath Kumar, which she took up. Pachaikili Muthucharam was a film adaptation of James Siegel's novel Derailed, with Andrea portraying Kalyani, a homemaker, whose husband engages in an affair and is blackmailed. Andrea was selected for the role after noted actresses Simran, Shobana and Tabu were approached. She subsequently received more offers to star in films, but the only project she eventually signed was Selvaraghavan's fantasy-adventure film Aayirathil Oruvan, which released in early 2010. In 2011, she agreed to play a minor supporting role in Venkat Prabhu's multi-starrer Mankatha, which was released in late August 2011. In 2013, she made her debut in Malayalam cinema with Rajeev Ravi's romance film Annayum Rasoolum which won her critical praise. She herself has rated this film as the best in her career. She will be next seen in a pivotal roles alongside Kamal Haasan in Vishwaroopam and Silambarasan and Rana Daggubati in Vetrimaaran's Vada Chennai.Born as Vasundhara Devi in a wealthy family originally from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. They moved to Madras (present Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, where Kanchana was born. She learnt Bharata Natyam and Music.Her father suffered business losses, and she went to work as an Air Hostess to support her family, when she was discovered by the film director C. V. Sridhar on a plane where he was a passenger. He gave the lead role in his film Kaadhalikka Neramillai in 1963 and changed her name to Kanchana, since there was already another actress named Vasundhara Devi, mother of star Vyjayanthimala. She acted in over 150 films – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, with a successful acting career.
She retired from films in the early 1980s. In 2005, she was presented with the MGR award and in 2007 the ANR Swarna Kankanam award.
She was appropriately known as the Queen of the Seventies in South Indian film industry. Her performances in the movies Kalyana Mandapam, Pavitra Bandam, Manchivadu were well appreciated and recognized. She played the role of Uttara in the film Veerabhimanyu (1965) along with Shobhan Babu which established her in the industry. Next year she acted in Annapurna pictures film Aatma Gowravam with veteran director K. Viswanath.
She acted with Krishna in some glamorous roles in Ave Kallu, Nenante Nene and Dharma Daata. Not only in social roles, she acted some mythological roles in pictures likeShri Krishnavataram (1967). After retirement as heroine, she acted in some good films including Ananda Bhairavi and Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra in 1984.
There were rumours floating around a few years ago about her living in penury. A popular Tamil magazine Kumudam published a report that Kanchana was relying on the prasadam served at a Temple. However in a press release, Kanchana refuted all this with deep anguish. She cited her existing legal tangles as a reason for reluctance for not suing the magazine.The actress later got the wealth of Rs. 15 crores with the Court ruling against her parents. It was learnt that one day her father took signature of Kanchana on a white paper and without her knowledge converted total assets on his name. After a long legal battle she won and regained her wealth.
Kanchana along with her Sister Girija Pandey donated their property in Chennai worth Rs. 15 crores to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on 25 October 2010.