She leaves him, and he realises she has used him in her pursuit of success. Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. A visibly moved Padmini, 74, thanked those present for their love and affection, and spoke of her desire to act in character roles in South Indian as well as Bollywood films; she hoped to pick up her film career where she had left it, she said. Her dancing skills were widely admired; the late Shivaji Ganesan, doyen of the Tamil screen, was once moved to comment 'I know only one dancer, it was Padmini. He invites the three ladies he was in love with, to watch his last performance. She has been a popular star in Tamil, Malayalam, and telugu film.