Vijayashanti Srinivas, an actress of Indian film industry, a producer and a distinguished politician. In her successful journey with the movie industry that lasted thirty long years, one of the first women superstars of south to have played the solo lead in films, the versatile actress has acted in over one hundred and eighty feature films and is a force to reckon with in the world on cinema, having taken part in a variety of roles in several Indian languages including Telugu, Kannada,Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Vijayashanti was dubbed "The Lady Superstar" and "Lady Amitabh" of the South Indian cinema owing to her penchant for portraying superstardom and aggressive roles.
Vijayashanti acted alongside many male superstars like Rajnikant, Balakrishna and Chirnjeevi, yet carved a niche for herself playing a police officer in various movies, with Karthavyam (1991), dubbed in Tamil as Vyjayanthi IPS, a film supposedly made inspired by life of India’s first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, winning her the National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a "super cop" in the film, for her depiction of both ferocity and feminity with poise and subtlety. In addition to her iconic stint as the South Indian lady superstar, Vijayashanti also managed to earn Six Filmfare Awards South for best acting & one Filmfare Award for Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South) in the 2003, and her acting skills also brough her four state Nandi Awards.
Vijayashanti has garnered the state Nandi Award in 1985 with her role in Pratighatana(1985), with the superhit movie revolving around her character’s fight against criminalsization of politics. She was also featured in movies such as Swayam Krushi alongside Konidela Chiranjeevi, which was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival. She also worked alongside Hollywood actor Thomas Jane for ‘Padamati Sandhya Ragam’, a movie that had the honour of getting screened at the Louisville's International Film Festival. Vijayashanti also acted in movies like Khilasi Krishnudu (1980), Vamsha Gouravam ( 1981), Challenge (1983), Vande Mataram (1984), Agni Parvatam (1984), Pratighatana (1985), Kondaveeti Raja (1985), Repati Pourulu (1986),Swayam Krushi (1987), Padamati Sndhya Ragam (1987), Pasivadi Pranam (1987), Yamudiki Mogudu (1988),Inspector Pratap (1988), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989), Muddula Mavayya (1989), Bhaarata Naari (1989), Muqaddar Ka Badshah (1990), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Sathruvu (1990), Karthavyam (1990), Gang Leader (1991), Aparadhi (1992), Rowdy Inspector (1992), Police Lockup (1993), Aashayam (1993), Osey Ramulamma (1997), Adavi Chukka (2000), Indiramma (2004) and Naayudamma (2006) establishing herself as one of the leading actress of Indian cinema, and being considered by the media as one of India's most popular and attractive personalities of the 1980s. During the 1990s Vijayashanti was the only actress who demanded high remuneration equal to her male counterparts with her remuneration for the Telugu movie Karthavyam being ₹ 1 crore, which happened to be the highest remuneration ever paid for a female actor during that period. Vijayashanti joined state politics in the 1998.