Archana Padmini is an Indian actress, film curator and assistant director. She is mainly known for working in Malayalam film industry. In 2022, she acted in the Indian English language film ‘Wonder Woman’ directed by Anjali Menon.
Archana Padmini was born on 26 November in Manjeri, Kerala, India. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She studied at Manjeri Ekta Mahila College. He earned a master’s degree in English literature at the Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam, Kerala.
Height (Approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (Approx.): 60 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Figure Measurements (Approx.): 32-30-32
Archana Padmini belongs to a Malayali family in Manjeri, Kerala, India.
parents and siblings
His mother, Padmini KP, is an Anganwadi teacher. She has a younger brother named Abhishek KP, who works in 90+ My Tuition App, and a younger sister named Anushree KP.
He worked as a trainer for Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) by State Skill Development Project, Government of Kerala. She worked as an instructor at Helen O’Grady International, an after-school drama program in Mumbai.
While studying in college, she became a part of a film society called Montasch. He has worked in many theater productions. She used to participate in plays in college festivals.
In 2016, she acted in the Malayalam language film ‘With Her’.
In 2017, he was cast in a supporting role in the Malayalam language drama film ‘Vith’. In the same year, he played the role of Achu in the drama documentary film ‘When to Kiss’. He played a supporting role in the 2021 Malayalam language film ‘Nayuttu’. In 2022, he acted in the Malayalam language film ‘Ella Visa Poonchira’. In 2022, she played the role of Gracie in the English language film ‘Wonder Woman’.
In September 2018, she became a founding member and festival curator of Minimal Cinema, a production house to support independent and experimental films. She is also the president of Minimal Cinema. On 28 April 2019, she became a member of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) organisation. On 1 September 2019, she became the founder member and secretary of the PK Rosy Film Society. She has been the curator and coordinator of various international and regional film festivals. In 2020, he was appointed as the moderator at the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF).
He has worked as a curator at IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala).
In 2017, he worked as an assistant director on the Malayalam language documentary film ‘When to Kiss’.
Facts / Trivia
- Archana Padmini’s nickname is Ammu.
- She often likes to read books.
- He worked as a teacher in a school in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
- In 2017, when Archana was working in the Malayalam language film ‘Pullikaran Stara’, she was sexually assaulted on the sets of the film during the shoot. She alleged that a production manager named Sherin Stanley misbehaved with her. She lodged a complaint with the Federation of Kerala Film Employees (FEFKA) against the accused; however, no action was taken. Talking about the incident in an interview, he said,
When the FEFKA officials heard my complaint, I felt they really understood what I had gone through. I didn’t realize at first that they were just cleverly dealing with me. I complained to director B Unnikrishnan. Even Sibi Malayil and Sohan Seenu Lal are aware of the complaint. No action has been taken against the accused and he is still working in films.”
- In 2017, she became a member of the organization Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), which speaks openly about gender discrimination, assaults, safe workplaces and misogyny against women, especially in the Malayalam entertainment industry; However, according to Archana, women who belonged to the Malayalam film industry and became part of the WCC, later faced the consequences of joining the WCC. In an interview he talked about this and said,
After joining WCC, I lost some opportunities, I was dropped from a special project. I stopped getting offers or even calls for auditions. I don’t know if men are more self-conscious or scared, but they certainly have become more careful when talking to women. They know we have a group like WCC where we can raise our voice to bring them down.
- In 2022, he was selected to be a part of the jury panel at the Prithvivani Kisa Film Festival.
- In 2022, she was one of the jury panel members at the FETE International Short Film Festival.
- In 2017, she became a supporter of the #MeToo movement and reportedly received death threats. In a 2019 interview, when asked if he had stopped receiving threats and how the movement affected his life, he replied,
I think it is too early to talk about the effect on the survivors of the movement. We will have to wait and see if these women will be able to find steady work; Will they be able to continue doing what they used to do? For this we will have to wait at least five years. Personally speaking, I am not getting many offers from the mainstream. But I have never been actively involved in the mainstream and it is only when you ask that I become aware of this fact. But there are other women too who are completely dependent on mainstream cinema and have had their say. I fear for them.”