Bhanupriya was born on the 15th of January, 1966, in Rangampeta village near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh. She was brought up in a Telugu Brahmin household that settled in Chennai, Tamil Nadu when she was a little girl. She has an elder sister, Nishanti who is more popularly known by her screen name, Shantipriya and is an actress too.

Bhanupriya , the Dancer and Actress

Bhanupriya , the Dancer and Actress

Bhanupriya’s Sister

Bhanupriya's Sister

Bhanupriya has acted in around one hundred and eleven films as a heroine in not only Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil language films, but has also acted in a few Bollywood films in the 1990s. She has an impressive tally of 55 Telugu films, 14 Hindi films, 40 Tamil films and a handful of Malayalam and Kannada films between 1980 and 1993.


Bhanupriya’s Film Sitaara

Bhanupriya's Film Sitaara

She made her debut when she was just 17 years old, in the 1983 Telugu language film Sitaara, which was directed by Vamsy and which turned into a big commercial hit. She debuted in the Tamil language film industry with the film Mella Pesungal after being persuaded by director Bharathi Raja.

Bhanupriya’s Film Swarnakamalam

Bhanupriya's Film Swarnakamalam


Due to her training in the classical form of Bharatnatyam dance, she was often offered movies that not only made use of her dancing potential but were also based on the subject of classical dance. Her dance based movies include her debut movie Sitaara, K Vishwanath’s Telugu film Swarnakamalam and Sathyan Anthikkad’s Malayalam film Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal. She has also been a part of renowned director Mani Ratnam’s stage show Netru, Indru, Naalai.

Bhanupriya has used her voice for dubbing in the Tamil films Indian for actress Urmila and  film Arunachalam for actress Rambha.

Bhanupriya’s Film Azhagan

Bhanupriya's Film Azhagan

Her acting prowess has been acknowledged by others and she has been awarded by awards like the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress for the 1991 Tamil film Azhagan, where she starred opposite Mammootty, Nandi Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1988 for the film Swarnakamalam.


Bhanupriya’s Film Dosti Dushmani

Bhanupriya's Film Dosti Dushmani


Bhanupriya’s Film Khudgarz

Bhanupriya's Film Khudgarz

Her relationship with Bollywood began with the multi-starrer film Dosti Dushmani in 1986. Her other Hindi films include the 1987 film Insaf Ki Pukar and Khudgarz, and 1989 film Suryaa: An Awakening. She acted in Bollywood films till the 1991 film Bhabhi.

TV and Cine Star, Bhanupriya

TV and Cine Star, Bhanupriya

Bhanupriya has been part of many television serials and shows including Sun TV’s Shakti, Vijay TV’s Aahaa. She has anchored for Jaya TV’s dance based show Thaka Thimi Tha and has been invited as the judge for many Dance reality shows like STAR TV’s Jodi Number One Season 5, Kalainagnar TV’s Maanada Mayilaada Season 6 and ETV Telugu channel’s Narthanasala.

Bhanupriya as a Young Star

Bhanupriya as a Young Star

Bhanupriya has expressed her desire to direct a film. Her upcoming films include the films Devathalu in Telugu, En Peyar Kumarasaamy in Tamil, Kaatu Paranja Katha in Malayalam, Chatrapati in Kannada, Nenu Chala Worst in Telugu.


Bhanupriya’s With Ex-Husband

Bhanupriya's With Ex-Husband

Bhanupriya’s With Daughter

Bhanupriya's With Daughter

Bhanupriya was married once to US based award winning photographer Adarsh Kaushal, who is the son of famous Bharatnatyam danseuse Sumathikoushal. She moved to US after marriage and had a daughter with him. She opted to stay back in US even after her divorce with Adarsh.