Madhavi is an Indian film actress known for her works in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya and Bengali cinema. She attended Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad, Abids Branch. She grew up with a sister and brother. She learnt Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheswari and folk dance from Mr. Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances. Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film Thoorupu Padamara when she was a teenager. The film became a huge hit. K. Balachander then cast her in a supporting role in his Telugu film Maro Charithra in 1978. She reprised her role in its Hindi remake Ek Duje Ke Liye in 1981, which became the top grossing film of 1981. K. Balachander, introduced her to the Tamil film industry with Thillu Mullu. By the end of the decade, she was starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath. Madhavi acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai. She showed her ability in movies like Enga Oor Kannagi, and Nirabaraadhi. She appeared in many Malayalam films especially in those starring superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal. She played the Zeenat Aman role from the Hindi hit film Don in the Malayalam remake titled Shobaraj in 1986. Her portrayal of Unniyarcha in the National Award-winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha was critically appreciated and is often recognised as one of the best roles in her career. She was later seen in supporting roles in films such as Aksharam and Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan. She acted in a number of films with Telugu star Chiranjeevi. Her first movie with Chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982. She also acted in a number of Kannada movies. Her performance in Haalu Jenu and Malaya Marutha was widely acclaimed. She married a pharmaceutical businessman named Ralph Sharma, who is half-Indian and half-German. They have three daughters and live in New Jersey.