Ashwini was an Indian actress, primarily in Telugu and Tamil Indian feature films. She died at the Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai in the early hours of Sunday, 23 September 2012. According to reports, she was suffering from a liver-related illness and she is survived by a son, Karthik.
Making her debut as a child artiste in Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya and later shared screen space with Telugu stars, Balakrishna in Bhale Thammudu, Venkatesh in Kaliyuga Pandavulu, Rajendra Prasad in Station Master and Mohan Babu films. She was one among the much sought after actresses of '80s as well as 90s. She had acted in more than 110 films in various languages like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.
Veteran producer D. Ramanaidu, who produced Kaliyuga Pandavulu in 1986, which was his son Venkatesh's debut film, said, "Ashwini was a bubbly actress, and although she was playing the second lead in our film, she grabbed the attention of viewers." R. Parthiepan, who introduced her to Tamil films with Pondatti Thevai said, "she was a little plump, but suited the role that I have conceived and the next day, she was on board. In fact, she replaced a leading actress who had reservation doing film with me". Incidentally it was Parthiban who helped Ashwini's family to carry her body in an ambulance to Andhra. In addition to this, he has also agreed to take the responsibility of Ashwini's son Karthick's education expenses completely.