Vijayashanti Srinivas is an Indian film actress, producer and a politician. In a film career spanning thirty years, she has acted in over one hundred and eighty feature films in a variety of roles in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has been called "The Lady Superstar" and "Lady Amitabh" of South Indian cinema. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her work as a "super cop" in Karthavyam (1991), for depicting both aggression and feminity with balance and restraint. She has also garnered seven Filmfare Awards South, six for best acting & one for Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South) in the year 2003, and four state Nandi Awards for best acting.In 1985, Vijayashanti has garnered the state Nandi Award with her role in Pratighatana. In 1987, she has appeared in works such as Swayam Krushi alongside Chiranjeevi, screened at the Moscow International Film Festival and Padamati Sandhya Ragam, alongside Hollywood actor Thomas Jane, screened at the Louisville's International Film Festival. She then appeared in successful films like Agni Parvatam (1984), Challenge (1984), Pratighatana (1985), Repati Pourulu (1986), Pasivadi Pranam (1987), Muvva Gopaludu (1987), Yamudiki Mogudu (1988), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989), Janaki Ramudu (1988), Muddula Mavayya (1989), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), Lorry Driver (1990), Sathruvu (1990), Gang Leader (1991), Mannan (1992), Rowdy Inspector (1992), Mondi Mogudu Penki Pellam (1982) and Chinarayudu (1993), establishing herself as one of the leading actress of Telugu cinema, and being cited in the media as one of the nation's most popular and attractive personalities of the 1980s. She was the only actress who demanded high remuneration equal to her male counterparts during the 1990s. Her remuneration for the Telugu movie Karthavyam was ₹ 1 crore, which was the highest ever remuneration paid for a female actor during that period. She joined state politics in the year 1998.
She is also known as Vijayasanti, Vijayasanthi, Vijayashanthi and Vijaya Santhi.