Familiar to Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu audiences on both the mini-screen and the celluloid, eighty-year old Subbalakshmi recently acted in an ad in which she shared screen space with none other than the current Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor himself.
And to think that Subbalakshmi had absolutely no clue to Ranbir being such a big celebrity makes her all the more endearing. All she knew was that she had to act with a boy called Ranbir, a fact which excited her children and grand-children more than it did her, she happily admits.
She seems gladder that the advertisement has been viewed more than a lakh times on YouTube.
Gone are the days when she was referred to as the mother of popular South Indian dancer Tara Kalyan, as she has successfully carved out her own permanent niche in the hearts of her audience as the absolutely adorable grandmother in almost 65 movies and countless regional serials.
A devout believer, Subbalaksmi attributes all her success to the Grace of God and is absolutely delighted by the fact that children form the majority of her fan-base.