Aarathi is an Indian actress turned director who works predominantly in Kannada language films. She is best known for her acting prowess in many author backed female centric roles during the 1970s and 1980s. After her self-declared retirement from films in the late 1980s, she returned as director with Mithayi Mane which met with critical appreciation and also won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children's Film.
As a lead actress in more than 125 feature films, Aarathi was considered to be among the top league of actresses of her time, having won Filmfare awards four times and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress several times. She was also nominated as the Member of Legislative Council at the Vidhana parishad making her only the second actress after B. Jayamma.