Padmini has acted and danced in over 250 films. She was a top star
in Bollywood as well as four other Indian regional cinema's, Malayalam,
Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. Padmini could speak all of those regional
languages, so consequently her voice never needed to be dubbed for her
parts. She was a trained classical dancer under Guru Gopinath and made
her film debut when she was 17, in Uday Shankar's dance extravaganza,
"Kalpana". She had a film career that spanned over 40 years.
Padmini's charisma as a dancer allowed her to cross all regional
boundaries and she excelled in many different styles from Bharatnatyam
to Western. Along with Viyjayantimala,
her South Indian compatriot, Padmini could also be credited with popularizing,
refining, and setting the standard and expectation for Indian Popular
Cinema's psudo-classical style of dance, that after them, have become
a virtual prerequisite of every Bollywood and Indian popular film.