Jhansi is an Indian news anchor and actress in Telugu Cinema. She is also a theatre director and playwright.
Jhansi was born as ‘Jhansi Laxmi’ in the Vijayawada City of Andhra Pradesh. She did her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Golconda.
She took a short online certification course of Food and Health Connection from American Online Naturopathy.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Husband
She belongs to a Hindu Family. Her mother, Sharada was a producer at All India Radio.
She was married to the actor Jogi Naidu, and they both got divorced in 2014.
She has a daughter named Dhanya.
As a Host
Jhansi started her career as a host with the TV show ‘Talk of the Town’ that aired almost a decades between 1997 to 2007 on Gemini TV.
She has hosted various famous shows such as ‘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 touted as the first reality show for the visually impaired people in India.
She made her acting debut with the Telugu film “Aahvanam” in 1997.
She has played pivotal roles in the films such as ‘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).
She made her debut as a director and playwright in theatres with the play “Purusha Sooktam” at Ravindra Bharati in 2019.
Jhansi runs a wellness enterprise called ‘Uzuri-Wellness with Jhansi’ which host a 21-day wellness course. The term ‘Uzuri’ means ‘health with beauty’ in the Swahili language.
In 2019, the liplock scene of Rakul Preet Singh with Jhansi in the film ‘Manmadhudu 2,’ drew criticism from several netizens, who trolled the filmmakers and actors for their insensitive display of the affection of character. They also trended the hashtag ‘DeeplyDisturbing’ in context to the scene.
Awards & Honours
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: Apart from the awards mentioned above, she has won many awards and nominations as an anchor and actress.
- Food: Pongal with Flaxseed Karappodi
- Books: ‘The Mother’ by Maxim Gorky, ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’ by Alex Haley
- She likes reading and writing.
- She can speak in six Telugu dialects and considers Mandalikam dialect as her forte.
- She is a fitness enthusiast and starts her day with a cup of herbal tea and Yoga.
- In an interview, Jhansi revealed that she was suffering from Thoracic outlet syndrome in 2012. Talking about her sufferings and her journey to recovery, she says-
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.”
- According to Jhansi, the novel ‘The Mother’ by Maxim Gorky aroused the literary ambition in her, and ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley rooted the social consciousness in her.
- She is a trained Veena Player.
- Jhansi was a national level player in volleyball, disc, and javelin throw.
- She is an active philanthropist and works for many organizations such as UNICEF, LEPRA India, and Aarambh Association. She fights for various social causes such as AIDS, autism, environmental concerns, and women empowerment.