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Sujatha, Indian actress died she was , 58.



Sujatha was a popular South Indian actress who has performed in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi language films, and was best known for restraint and subtlety in portrayal of varied emotions died she was , 58. Sujatha was introduced to the Tamil film industry by veteran director K. Balachander as a protagonist in Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974). She has acted with leading actors Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Shobhan Babu and Krishna. She paired with Kamal Haasan in most of her films.[3]

(10 December 1952 – 6 April 2011)

Early life

Sujatha was born on 10 December 1952 in Galle, Srilanka where she spent her childhood. She would actively participate in school plays, and later moved to Kerala when she was about 14. She acted in Ernakulam Junction, a Malayalam film and soon drew the attention of K. Balachander.

Career

Sujatha has acted in over 300 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, with almost 200 in Tamil. She shot to fame instantly with her portrayal of the haughty, free-thinking urban working woman shouldering the family’s responsibilities. She was later paired with actors Sivaji Ganesan, Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan and Vijaykumar. Despite displaying her acting prowess through fiery characters in films like Aval Oru Thodarkadhai and Vidhi, Sujatha was equally known for her performances in family dramas like Mayangugiraal Oru Maadhu, Sentamizh Paattu and Aval Varuvaala. She seldom resorted to glamorous roles and graduated to playing older women in the late 1980s.

 Delightful entry

Sujatha’s entry into the industry was through a powerful role, at a time when hero-centric films were the norm, made many take notice. She made her debut in the Malayalam film Thapasvini. She had a dream debut in Tamil with Aval Oru Thodar Kathai directed by K. Balachander. She again colloborated with K. Balachander in the highly acclaimed Avargal (1977) along with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. In the film, she played the wife of the former and the lover of the latter. Her portrayal of a married woman Anu, who is caught between the torture she is subjected to by her sadistic husband and the unforgettable memories of her past romance, is till date, considered one of the best performances by a female lead.

 Character roles

During the eighties she started playing character roles, often portraying mother roles. Her performances as a senior actor in films like Kodi Parakuthu, Uzhaippali, Baba, Villain and Varalaru in which she played Rajinikanth’s mother, also saw her trademark restraint and dignity in performance. Vathiyar(2006) was her last film.[4]

Awards and honours

My father thought of her as a director’s delight. She would understand what exactly the director wanted, internalise the character and perform accordingly

, says Pushpa Kandasamy, film producer and daughter of K. Balachander.

Death

She died of a cardiac arrest on 6 April 2011 after undergoing treatment for a heart ailment at her resiidence in Chennai. She is survived by husband Jayakar, son Sajith and daughter Divya.[5]

Selected filmography

Year
Film
Role
Language
2006
Arjun’s mother
Tamil
2006
Ajith Kumar’s mother in law
Tamil
2006
Pokala Damakka
Telugu
2004
Ajith Kumar’s mother
Tamil
2004
Arul’s mother
Tamil
2004
Bhanumathi
Malayalam
2003
Raghavayya’s wife
Telugu
2002
Baba’s mother
Tamil
2002
Telugu
2001
Head of disabled home
Tamil
1999
Lakshmi
Telugu
1998
Tamil
1998
Lakshmi
Tamil
1998
Simran’s mother-in-law
Tamil
1996
Karthik’s mother
Tamil
1996
Telugu
1994
Sivakami
Tamil
1993
Prabhu’s mother
Tamil
1993
Prabhu’s mother
Tamil
1993
Tamil
1992
Telugu
1992
Telugu
1992
Telugu
1991
Mother of Chanti
Telugu
1990
Telugu
1989
Rajini’s mother
Tamil
1989
Rajini’s mother
Tamil
1985
Kamal’s mother
Tamil
1984
Telugu
1984
Telugu
1984
Telugu
1983
Tamil
1983
Telugu
1983
Telugu
1982
Tamil
1982
Telugu
1982
Telugu
1981
Hindi
1981
Kamal’s wife
Tamil
1981
Lakshmi
Telugu
1980
Telugu
1980
Telugu
1980
Tamil
1980
Telugu
1979
Tamil
1979
Tamil
1979
Swapna
Telugu debut
1979
Telugu
1977
Tamil
1977
Anu
Tamil
1977
Tamil
1976
Annam
Tamil
1976
Tamil
1976
Malayalam
1976
Tamil
1976
Tamil
1975
Tamil
1975
Tamil
1974
Kavitha
Tamil
1971
Malayalam
1968
Malayalam

 

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Gita Dey, Indian actress, died from cardiac arrest she was , 79.

Gita Dey  was a well-known actress in Bengali film, theatre and Bengali folk theatre died from cardiac arrest she was , 79.. She acted in over two hundred Bengali language films and over two thousand stage shows.[1]

(5 August 1931 – 17 January 2011)

 Early life

She started as an actress in the Bengali film industry based in Kolkata’s Tollygunge since 1938. Her first role was as a child artiste when she was six years old in a film directed by Dhiren Ganguly.[1]

Later career

She has been associated with All India Radio since 1954, and enacted character roles in radio plays. However, her last play was Badsahi Chaal (1996), which was directed by Ganesh Mukherjee, and was staged at the Rangana theatre in north Kolkata.
She acted diverse roles in a wide variety of films, and is known for her versatile outlook in her many roles. Her acting even caught the attention of the legendary Laurence Olivier.[2]
Proficient in both negative and comic roles, Dey was brilliant in the role of torn and scheming mother in Ritwik Ghatak‘s Meghe Dhaka Tara.[3]
Throughout her long career, she worked with directors like Sisir Bhaduri, Ritwik Ghatak, Debaki Bose and Satyajit Ray. She also acted in a Bollywood musical based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay‘s Parineeta, starring Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan.[1]
Though ailing, she went on acting and won applause in recent films like Tolly Lights and Chirodini Tumi Je Amar.
Dey died on 17 January 2011 in Kolkata, aged 79.

Filmography

Awards

For her lifetime contributions to Bengali cinema, in 1998 she received a star medal from the University of Calcutta from the then Governor of West Bengal Saiyid Nurul Hasan.

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Nalini Jaywant, Indian actress.died she was 84,

Nalini Jaywant was an Indian movie actress from Bollywood in the 1940s and 1950s died she was  84.

 (18 February 1926 -24 December2010)

 

Personal life and education

Jaywant was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1926.

She is first cousin to actress Shobhna Samarth, the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja). Shobhna’s mother, actress Rattan Bai, was a sibling of Nalini’s father.[1] Since 1983, she has been living mostly a reclusive life.[2]
She was married to director Virendra Desai in the 1940s. Later, she married her second husband, actor Prabhu Dayal, with whom she acted in several movies.[3]

Career

In her teens, she got some prominence through her performance in Mehboob Khan‘s Bahen (1941), a movie about a brother’s obsessive love for his sister. The movie had strong shades of incest. She performed in a few more movies before the notable Anokha Pyaar (1948). The movie involved a love triangle among characters played by Dilip Kumar, Nargis, and Nalini, Nalini’s character sacrificing her love for the hero played by Dilip Kumar. Nalini’s performance in that movie proved to be the movie’s saving grace.[citation needed]
1950 was a breakthrough year for Nalini when she became a top star with her performances opposite Ashok Kumar in Samadhi and Sangram. Samadhi was a patriotic drama concerning Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. Though the leading movie magazine of the day, Film India, called it politically obsolete, it enjoyed big success at the box office. The song Gore Gore O Banke Chhore sung by a Lata Mangeshkar and Ameerbai Karnataki for Nalini’s character in Samadhi had become immensely popular. Sangram was a crime drama wherein she played the heroine reforming the anti-hero. Nalini and Ashok Kumar performed together in several more movies: Kafila (1952), Naubahar (1952), Saloni (1952), Mr. X (1957), and Sheroo (1957).
Nalini remained an important leading actress through the mid-1950s. Movie makers K. A. Abbas (Rahi), Ramesh Saigal (Shikast and Railway Platform), and Zia Sarhady (Awaaz) extended Nalini Jaywant’s association with realistic movies, while movie makers Mahesh Kaul (Naujavan (1951)) and AR Kardar (Jaadu) developed her musical persona. She performed admirably in successful Filmistan musicals like Nastik (opposite Ajit), Munimji (opposite Dev Anand), Hum Sab Chor Hain (opposite Shammi Kapoor).
The 1958 movie Kaala Pani, directed by Raj Khosla, was Nalini’s last successful movie. That year, she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in that movie as a shady nautch girl, Kishori, who formed a “key witness” in framing the hero’s father for a murder. Her come-hither mujra in S. D. Burman‘s composition Nazar Laagi Raaja Tore Bangle pe and her tearful looks at Dev Anand from across the room in Burman’s Hum Bekhudi Mein were memorable.
Bombay Race Course (1965) was Nalini’s last main movie, though she did make a comeback of sorts playing a blind mother in Nastik (1983). (This Nastik had no connection with Nastik(1954) in which she had starred.)
Actor Dilip Kumar considered Nalini as the greatest actress he ever worked with, citing her instinct for grasping the essence of a scene as second to none.[citation needed] A Filmfare poll in the 1950s named her the most beautiful woman in the Indian movie world.[citation needed] She acted opposite all top actors of her time, barring Raj Kapoor, in hit movies like Samadhi (1950), Jaadu (1951), Nastik (1954), Munimjee (1955), Mr. X (1957), and Kaala Pani (1958). She received much critical acclaim for her performances in Rahi (1952), Shikast (1953), Railway Platform (1955), and Awaaz (1956). Nalini Jaywant died on the afternoon of 20th December 2010 in tragically lonely circumstances at her bungalow of 60 years at Union Park, Chembur, Mumbai. (ref:times of india edition dated 25 Dec 2010)

Selected filmography

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Santha Devi, Indian actress has died she was , 85

Santha Devi  better known by her stage name Kozhikode Santha Devi, was an Indian Malayalam film and stage actress has died she was , 85. In a career spanning about sixty years, she acted in more than 1000 plays and about 480 films.[1]

(1927 – 20 November 2010),

Biography

Santha Devi was born in Kozhikode in 1927 as the daughter of Thottathil Kannakkuruppu and Karthiyayani Amma as the seventh daughter of their 10 children. She did her studies from Sabha school and then B.E.M school. She got married at the age of 18 with her uncle’s son Balakrishnan who was a Railway guard, but the relationship did not last long. He left Santha Devi after the couple had a son. Later, she got married to Kozhikode Abdul Kader, a popular Malayalam playback singer. He was a Christian during the time of their marriage and later changed his religion to Islam. She has two kids in her second marriage, Suresh Babu and the late Sathyajith.

She made her debut as an actress through a 1954 drama Smarakam written by Vasu Pradeep and directed by Kundanari Appu Nair. She made her cinema debut in Minnaminungu (1957) directed by Ramu Karyat. She has acted in over 480 movies including Moodupadam, Kuttikkuppayam, Kunjalimaraykkar, Iruttinte Athmavu, Sthalathe pradhana payyans and Adwaitham. Kerala Cafe, produced by director Ranjith, was her last movie where she enacted the role of a forlorn grandmother with no one to look after her. Besides movies, she was also active in television serials. Her most memorable roles are from Manasi and Minnukettu.
Santha Devi died on 20 November 2010 evening in a private hospital in Kozhikode.[2]

Awards

She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yamanam (1992) directed by Bharath Gopi.[3] She has received the Kerala State award for best Stage actress in 1968 for her role in Kudukkukal. In 1968, she received award from Thrissur Fine Arts Society and in 1973 she received best actress award again. In 1978, her acting in Ithu bhoomiyanu and Inquilabinte makkal fetched her Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Acamedy’s award for best actress. She won the Kerala Film Critics Association Award in 1979 and Kerala State Award for Best Actress in State plays in 1983 for Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam.[1]
In 1992 she got Film critics award again. Santha Devi was awarded Premji award and later in 2005 the life time achievement award from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.

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