Archana Padmini is an Indian actress, film curator, and assistant director. She is known for working mainly in the Malayalam film industry. In 2022, she worked in the Indian English-language film ‘Wonder Women’ directed by Anjali Menon.
Archana Padmini was born on 26 November in Manjeri, Kerala, India. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She studied at Manjeri Unity Women’s College in Manjeri, Kerala. She pursued a master’s degree in English literature at Maharajas College in Ernakulam, Kerala.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 60kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements (approx.): 32-30-32
Archana Padmini belongs to a Malayali family in Manjeri, Kerala, India.
Parents & Siblings
Her mother, Padmini KP, is an anganwadi teacher. She has one younger brother named Abhishek KP, who works for 90+ My Tuition App.
She worked as a trainer for the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) by the State Skill Development Project, Government of Kerala. She worked as a trainer at Helen O’Grady International, an after-school drama programme, in Mumbai.
While studying in college, she became a part of a film society called Montash. She has worked in many theatre productions. She used to take part in plays at college festivals.
In 2016, she debuted with the Malayalam-language film ‘With Her.’
In 2017, she was cast in a supporting role in the Malayalam-language drama film ‘Vith.’ In the same year, she played the role of Achu in the drama documentary film ‘When two kiss.’ She played a supporting role in the 2021 Malayalam-language film ‘Nayuttu.’ In 2022, she acted in the Malayalam-language film ‘Ela Veezha Poonchira.’ In 2022, she played the role of Gracy in the English-language film ‘Wonder Women.’
In September 2018, she became the founder member and film festival curator at Minimal Cinema, a production house to support independent and experimental movies. She is also the president of Minimal Cinema. On 1 September 2019, she became the founder member and secretary of the PK Rosy Film Society. She has been the curator and coordinator of various international and regional film festivals. In 2020, she was appointed as a moderator at Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF).
She has worked as a curator at IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala).
In 2017, she worked as an assistant director in the Malayalam-language documentary film ‘When two kiss.’ In 2019, she worked as an associate director in the Malayalam-language film ‘Oru Rathri Oru Pakal.’
- Archana Padmini’s birthname is Ammu.
- She likes to read books often.
- She worked as a teacher in a school in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
- In 2017, when Archana was working in the Malayalam-language film ‘Pullikkaran Staraa,’ she was sexually assaulted on the set of the film while shooting. She alleged that a production manager named Sherin Stanley misbehaved with her. She filed a complaint with the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) against the accused; however, no action was taken. In an interview, while talking about this incident, she said,
When FEFKA authorities heard my complaint, I felt that they really understood what I had endured. I did not realise, at first, that they were only tactically dealing with me. I had raised the complaint with director B Unnikrishnan. Even Sibi Malayil and Sohan Seenu Lal are also aware of the complaint. No action whatsoever has been taken against the accused, and he is still working in movies.”
- On 28 April 2019, she became a member of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) organisation, which talks openly about gender discrimination, assaults, safer workplaces, and misogyny against women, especially, in the Malayalam entertainment industry; however, according to Archana, women that belonged to the Malayalam film industry and became a part of WCC, later, faced consequences of joining WCC. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
After I joined the WCC, I lost a few opportunities, I was thrown out of one particular project. I stopped getting offers or even calls to auditions. I don’t know if men have become more self-aware or scared, but they’ve definitely become more careful while speaking to women. They know that we have a collective like WCC where we can raise our voices to bring them down.”
- In 2021, she was selected to be a part of the jury panel at Prathidhwani Qisa Film Festival.
- In 2022, She was one of the members of the jury panel at the FETE International Short Film Festival.
- In 2017, she became a supporter of the #MeToo movement and allegedly, received death threats as a consequence of joining the movement. In a 2019 interview, when she was asked about whether she had stopped receiving threats and how the movement affected her life, she replied,
Personally speaking, I am not getting many offers from the mainstream. But I’ve never been actively involved in the mainstream and it’s only when you ask that I become aware of the fact. But there are other women solely dependent on mainstream cinema and have spoken up. I feel scared for them.”