|Other names Harathi|
|Years active 2004 - present|
Name Aarthi (actress)
|Born Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India|
Aarthi, also credited as Harathi, is an Indian film actress and television host who has worked on Tamil-language films and in television dramas. After initially worked as a child artiste in the late 1980s, Aarthi made a comeback through a televised stand up comedy show which garnered her film offers. She has subsequently established herself as a leading comedienne in the Tamil film industry, gaining acclaim for her work in films including Giri (2004), Padikkadavan (2009) and Kutty (2010).
- Comedy actors couples aarthi and ganesh canvas for two different political parties
- Personal life
- Selected filmography
Comedy actors couples aarthi and ganesh canvas for two different political parties
Aarthi began her career as a child artiste in films including Vanna Kanavugal (1987) and Chatriyan (1990), before taking a break from films and attending Meenakshi College for Women. She then got a breakthrough as a comedian through the stand up comedy show, Asatha Povathu Yaaru?. Her performances on the show fetched her film offers, with Aarthi often playing overweight characters in Tamil films during the 2000s. Some of her popular early films included Arul (2004), Giri (2004) and Kundakka Mandakka (2005), in which she collaborated with actor Vadivelu. She received further critical acclaim for her roles in Padikkadavan (2009) and Kutty (2010), winning the Best Female Comedienne awards from Ananda Vikatan for two consecutive years. Subsequently in 2012, she was described as "Kollywood's most sought after comedienne". During the same year, she was awarded the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for her work in the film, Paraseega Mannan (2012). She later wom appreciation from The Hindu's critic for her appearance in an item number in Vishnuvardhan's Yatchan (2015).
In 2017, Aarthi took part in the Tamil reality television show, Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. She was evicted from the show on day 21, but later returned for a fortnight as a guest contestant.
Aarthi married fellow comedian Ganeshkar in a ceremony in Guruvayoor during September 2009, before the pair returned to Chennai for a wedding reception. The pair had earlier been dance partners during the reality dance show, Maanada Mayilada.