She was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, on 15 January 1964. Her sister Nishanthi, known as Shantipriya, also acted in several films, including the biggest hit, Enga ooru paatukran (1988). She was also seen on national small screen TV sci-fi epic Aaryamaan - Brahmaand Ka Yoddha opposite Mukesh Khanna, in 2002
Bhanupriya has acted in over 111 films as a heroine in various languages. She made her debut in the Telugu movie Sitaara, directed by veteran Vamsy, which was a big hit. She has acted in over 35 Telugu films, around 30 films in Tamil and also 14 Hindi films and a few Malayalam films. Bhanupriya began her film acting career when she was just 14 years old. Her first film in Tamil was Mella Pesungal (1983), in Telugu was Sitaara (1983).
Trained in classical dance, all her critically acclaimed movies were based on the subject of classical dance, like Vamsy's Sitara and veteran K. Vishwanath's Swarnakamalam in Telugu and Sathyan Anthikkad's Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal in Malayalam. She is also part of Mani Ratnam's stage show Netru, Indru, Naalai. Banupriya's excellent Bharathanatyam dancing skills are much appreciated in her films. Bhanupriya is now based in Chennai and planning to direct a film , with classical dance as lead role She had also acted in a television serial, Shakthi , shown over in Sun Network channels. She is currently working on "Devathalu" ,"Pellaindhi Kaani " (Telugu), "Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan", "Theekuchi", "Polladhavan", "Porantha veeda pukuntha veeda" (TV serial) in Tamil. She is famous for her expressions using her eyes, which led her to a career in modelling. Her most famous ad was of Eyetex, a popular eyeliner. Cinematographer and director P.C.Sriram once described her as having the most beautiful and photogenic face among south Indian movie actresses.
Bhanupriya married Adarsh Kaushal, an award-winning photographer based in the United States and son of famous Bharatanatyam artist Sumathikoushal in United States. They have a daughter. Now, they are settled in Chennai.
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