Anjali Devi

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This article is about the Telugu-Tamil actress. For other meanings, see Anjali.
Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi in Mangaiyarkarasi 1949.jpg
Anjali Devi in 1949
Born Anjanamma
(1927-08-24)24 August 1927
Peddapuram, East Godavari district, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 13 January 2014(2014-01-13) (aged 86)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Anjamma, Anjali Kumari, Anjali Devi
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) P. Adinarayana Rao

Anjali Devi (About this sound pronunciation ; 24 August 1927 – 13 January 2014) was a Telugu & Tamil actress and producer. She was well known for her role as the mythological Sita in Lava Kusha as well as for the titular roles in movies like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali.

Early life[edit]

Anjali Devi was born in Peddapuram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India,[1] as Anjani Kumari. She changed her name to Anjani Kumari when acting in dramas. Later, director C. Pullaiah changed her name to Anjali Devi.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

As actress[edit]

She was a theatre artiste before venturing into movies. Her debut film role was as Lohitasya in Raja Harishchandra in 1936. Her first movie as a heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad in 1940, but that movie was abandoned after three reels shooting. Later, C.Pullayya discovered her and give her the opportunity to star as Mohini in Gollabhama. Based on her acting ability and looks, she became a star overnight in 1947. She eventually acted[1] in more than 350 Telugu films[citation needed] and a few Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine.[citation needed]

In 1936 she appeared in a minor role in Raja Harishchandra and then played the lead role in L. V. Prasad's Kashtajeevi. She acted in Lava Kusha, a milestone film and the first color film in the Telugu film industry in 1963. She is well known for playing Sita in Lava Kusha and her performances in films like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali were also appreciated. She has acted in nearly 500 films, which includes Telugu, Tamil and Kannada language films. Brundavanam (1992), Anna Vadina (1993) and Police Alludu (1994) were the last few films of her career. In Balaiah's Police Alludu and Anna Vadina she appeared alongside Brahmanandam. She acted in various roles, such as a damsel, angel, dancer, demon, goddess, traditional woman and later in mother roles.

As producer[edit]

In 1955 she produced the film Anarkali, in which she herself played the titular role of Anarkali, with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Prince Salim. Then she produced V. Madhusudan Rao's Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. Bollywood and Tollywood actress Jayapradha played the lead role in her film Chandipriya alongside Shobhan Babu and Chiranjeevi. As a producer she has produced 27 films. She was an ardent devotee of Sathyasai Baba. She produced a tele-serial on Sathyasai.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, in 1940.[1] They settled in Chennai. They have two sons. Together, they produced many Telugu films under the banner, Anjali Pictures. Their granddaughter, Saila Rao, is also an actress.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

She died at the age of 86 on 13 January 2014 at Vijaya Hospital, in Chennai, having donated her organs to Ramachandra Medical College.[2]

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Character Co-Star Remarks
1947 Gollabhama Telugu Krishnaveni, Sriranjani
Mahathma Udhangar Tamil Kothamangalam Seenu
1948 Balaraju Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, S. Varalakshmi
Aadhithan Kanavu Tamil T. R. Mahalingam
1949 Keelu Gurram Telugu Mohini A. Nageswara Rao
Maya Kudhirai Tamil Mohini A. Nageswara Rao
Mayavathi Tamil T. R. Mahalingam
Mangaiyarkarasi Tamil P. U. Chinnappa, P. Kannamba
1950 Palleturi Pilla Telugu Santha N. T. Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao
Swapna Sundari Telugu Swapna Sundari A. Nageswara Rao, G. Varalakshmi, S. Varalakshmi
Swapna Sundari Tamil Swapna Sundari A. Nageswara Rao, G. Varalakshmi, S. Varalakshmi
Maaya Rambai Tamil N. T. Rama Rao
Maya Rambha Telugu N. T. Rama Rao
1951 Nirdoshi Telugu Nirmala Mukkamala Krishna Murthy, G. Varalakshmi
Niraparadhi Tamil Mukkamala Krishna Murthy, G. Varalakshmi
Sarvadhigari Tamil M. G. Ramachandran
Sarvadhikari Telugu M. G. Ramachandran
Marmayogi Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, Madhuri Devi
Marmayogi Telugu M. G. Ramachandran, Madhuri Devi
Mayakkari Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
Mayalamaari Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
Mayamalai Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
Strisahasam Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
Strisahasam Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1952 Ezhai Uzhavan Tamil
1953 Pakkinti Ammayi Telugu Leela Devi Relangi Venkataramaiah, A. M. Rajah
Inspector Tamil Veenai S. Balachander
Poongodhai Tamil A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai
Paradesi Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai
Ladki Hindi Kamini Kishore Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Vyjayanthimala
1954 Rechukka Telugu Nana N. T. Rama Rao, Devika
Naattiya Thara Tamil Nana N. T. Rama Rao, Devika
Penn Tamil Kamini Gemini Ganesan, Veenai S. Balachander, Vyjayanthimala
Sangham Telugu Kamini N. T. Rama Rao, Veenai S. Balachander, Vyjayanthimala
Sorga Vasal Tamil Thilagawathi S. S. Rajendran, K. R. Ramaswamy, Padmini
Ponvayal Tamil Semba T. R. Ramachandran
Rattha Pasam Tamil T. K. Shanmugam, T. K. Baghavathy
1955 Anarkali Telugu Anarkali A. Nageswara Rao
Anarkali Tamil Anarkali A. Nageswara Rao
Kanavane Kan Kanda Dheivam Tamil Gemini Ganesan, Lalitha
Kalam Maripochu Tamil Gemini Ganesan
Jayasimha Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, Waheeda Rehman
Jayasimman Tamil N. T. Rama Rao, Waheeda Rehman
Doctor Savithri Tamil B. R. Panthulu, Veenai S. Balachander
Mudhal Thedhi Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Town Bus Tamil M. N. Kannappa, M. N. Rajam, Thambaram Lalitha
1956 Devta Hindi Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala
Mathar Kula Manickam Tamil Gemini Ganesan, A. Nageswara Rao, K. Savithri
1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam Telugu Yasmin, the Princess A. Nageswara Rao
1957 Alavudheenum Arputha Villakkum Tamil Yasmin, the Princess A. Nageswara Rao
Panduranga Mahatyam Telugu Rama N. T. Rama Rao, Sowcar Janaki, B. Saroja Devi
Suvarna Sundari Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, Rajasulochana, Girija
Manalane Mangayin Baghyam Tamil Gemini Ganesan, Rajasulochana, Girija
Chakravarthi Thirumagal Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, S. Varalakshmi
Neelamalai Thirudan Tamil Ranjan
1958 Chenchu Lakshmi Telugu Goddess Lakshmi A. Nageswara Rao
Chenchu Lakshmi Tamil Goddess Lakshmi A. Nageswara Rao
Illarame Nallaram Tamil Gemini Ganesan, B. Saroja Devi
Kanniyin Sabadham Tamil K. R. Ramaswamy, Rajasulochana
1959 Jayabheri Telugu Manjulavani A. Nageswara Rao
Kalaivanan Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
Naan Sollum Ragasiyam Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
1960 Bhatti Vikramarka Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, Kanta Rao
Mannadhi Mannan Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, Padmini
Aada Vandha Dheivam Tamil T. R. Mahalingam, E. V. Saroja
Adutha Veettu Penn Tamil T. R. Ramachandran
Engal Selvi Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1961 Naganandhini Tamil K. Balaji
Pangaaligal Tamil M. R. Radha
1962 Bhishma Telugu Amba N. T. Rama Rao
Mangaiyar Ullam Mangatha Selvam Tamil Gemini Ganesan
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu Sita N. T. Rama Rao, Kanta Rao
1963 Lava Kusha Tamil Sita N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan
1965 Sati Sakkubai Telugu
1966 Chilaka Gorinka Telugu Krishnam Raju, Krishna Kumari
Palnati Yudham Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, P. Bhanumathi, Jamuna
Rangula Ratnam Telugu Ram Mohan, Chandra Mohan
1967 Bhakta Prahlada Telugu Leelavati S. V. Ranga Rao
Rahasyam Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, B. Saroja Devi, G. Varalakshmi
1971 Kalyana Mandapam Telugu Shobhan Babu, Kanchana
1972 Badi Panthulu Telugu N. T. Rama Rao
Bala Bharatam Telugu
Tata Manavadu Telugu S. V. Ranga Rao
1973 Bhakta Tukaram Telugu Avali Bai A. Nageswara Rao, Kanchana
Jeevana Tarangalu Telugu Sobhan Babu, Krishnam Raju, Vanisree, Lakshmi
1974 Urimai Kural Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, Latha, S. V. Sahasranamam
1975 Soggadu Telugu Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha, Jayachitra
1976 Mahakavi Kshetrayya Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
1977 Shri Ram Vanvas Hindi
1979 Annai Oru Alayam Tamil Rajinikanth, Sripriya
1980 Ram Robert Rahim Telugu Krishna, Rajinikanth, Chandra Mohan, Sridevi
Chandipriya Telugu Chiranjeevi
Bhale Krishnudu Telugu Mohan Babu, Krishna, Jaya Prada
1986 Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam Telugu Vijayachander, J. V. Somayajulu, Kanta Rao
1986 Sri Seeradi Saibaba Tamil Vijayachander, J. V. Somayajulu, Kanta Rao
1987 Srutilayalu Telugu Kaikala Satyanarayana, Rajasekhar, Sumalata
1987 Kadhal Parisu Tamil Kamal Haasan, Ambika, Radha
1993 Brundavanam Telugu Rajendra Prasad, Ramya Krishna, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
  • Kashtajivi

Tamil movies[edit]

  • Annai Oru Alayam
  • Adutha Veetu Penn
  • Manalanae Mangayin Baghyam(with Gemini Ganesan)
  • Sarvadhikari (with MGR)
  • Kanavane Kankanda Theivam (with Gemini Ganesan)
  • Penn (with Vyjayanthimala)
  • Mangayarkarasi (with P. U. Chinnappa)
  • Marmayogi (with MGR as hero)
  • Eezai Uzavan
  • Adiththan Kanavu (producer: T. R. Sundaram)
  • Sorgavasal (as K.R. Ramasamy's sister "Thilagavathy")
  • Chakravarthi Thirumagal (with M.G.R)

As producer[edit]

  • Paradesi
  • Suvarna Sundari
  • Swarnamanjari
  • Chandi Priya
  • Sati Sakkubai
  • Shirdi Sai Sathya Sai Divya Katha (television series)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Anjali Devi". IMDB. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Anjali Devi passes away". Filmcircle.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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