Vijayashanti is a South Indian actress who has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam films.
The actress was born as Shanti on June 24, 1964 in Andhra Pradesh, India. Telugu film actress Vijaya Lalitha is her aunt.
Vijayashanti started her film career in 1979 with the Tamil film Kallukkul Eeram and later appeared in films like Nenjile Thunivirunthaal, Netrikann, and Rajangam. Kilaadi Krishnudu was her Telugu debut film. She has acted in T. Krishna's Neti Bharatam.
In films like Desamlo Dongalu Paddaaru, Vandemaataram, Pratighatana, Aruna Kiranam, Repati Pourulu, and Devalayam she appeared in roles which demanded good acting skills. She also played parts which required a certain allure in films like Challenge, Desodhdhaarakudu, Pasivaadi Praanam, Muddula Krishnaiah, Agni Parvatam, and Gang Leader.
The actress is known as an 'Action Queen' for giving tough performances in various films. In Karthavyam (1990) she played a cop. This film was a big hit and also brought her a National Film Award. This film was later dubbed in Tamil as Vijayanthi IPS and later in Hindi as Tejaswini. Police-Lockup, Rowdy Inspector, Shatruvu, Mondi Mogudu - Penki Pellaam, Tejaswini, Mannan, and Osey Ramulamma were some of her releases during the 90s. Her mindblowing performance in Osey Ramulamma earned her a Nandi Award for Best Actress in 1997.
In 2009, the actress will appear in a film, Zamaanat (2009), which has Amitabh Bachchan and Karishma Kapoor in the lead roles.
Vijayashanti joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 1997 and was later anounced as the secretary of BJP's Women's Wing. Talli Telangana was a political outfit started by the actress herself. This was later combined with the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS). She won the Medak seat in General Election in 2009 of 15th Lok Sabha.