Kanaka (actress)

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Kanaka
Born Kanaka Mahalakshmi
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–2001

Kanaka Mahalakshmi, mononymously known as Kanaka, is a South Indian film actress.

Personal life[edit]

Kanaka is the daughter of Telugu actress Devika and Devadas. In 2009 Kanaka married an engineer from the U.S.[1] There were rumours spread all over the media (specially social networking media) of her death on 30 July 2013. She declined the rumours about her death.[2]

Career[edit]

She started her career as the heroine in Karakattakaran (1989), a movie based on the Tamil rural dance Karakattam, along with Tamil film stars Ramarajan, Goundamani and Senthil. It was a blockbuster movie which ran more than a year. Kanaka acted in many Tamil movies, including Athisaya Piravi (1991), Periya Veetu Pannakkaran, Periya Kudumbam and Samundi. She starred with many major stars like Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Karthik, Vijayakanth, SarathKumar, etc.

She also starred in a few Telugu and Malayalam movies with major stars like Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her Malayalam debut, Godfather, was an all-time hit movie in Kerala, and ran for 434 days.

She has acted in more than 40 films in Tamil and Malayalam as leading lady and her last film was Kusruthy (2004) in Malayalam, and in Tamil her last appearance was Simmarasi (1999).[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1989 Karakattakaran Tamil Kamakshi Ramarajan, Santhana Bharathi Gangai Amaran
Thangamana Rasa Tamil Ramarajan
1990 Valu jada Tolu Beltu Telugu Seetha Rajendra prasad
Periya Veetu Pannakkaran Tamil Chella Meena Karthik Muthuraman, M. N. Nambiar N. K. Vishwanathan
Periya Idathu Pillai Tamil Arjun Senthilnathan
Ethir Katru Tamil Karthik
Makkal Kural Tamil Arjun
Athisaya Piravi Tamil Gowri Rajinikanth, Sheeba SP. Muthuraman
Vellaiya Devan Tamil Ramki
Purushan Enakku Arasan Tamil Pandiarajan
Durga Tamil Kannamma Nizhalkal Ravi
Amman Kovil Thiruvizha Tamil Nizhalgal Ravi, Sirumugai Ravi
Saaththaan Sollai Thattaathe Tamil Chitra Pandiyan
1991 Kumbakarai Thangaiah Tamil Mangamma Prabhu
Thalattu Ketkuthamma Tamil Prabhu, Goundamani Raj Kapoor
Godfather Malayalam Malu N. N. Pillai, Thilakan Siddique-Lal
Seetha Tamil Seetha Raghuman
Senthoora Devi Tamil Vivek
1992 Vasudha Malayalam Saikumar
Ezhara Ponnana Malayalam Ashwathi Jayaram
Samundi Tamil R. Sarathkumar, Meera Manoj Kumar
1993 Kovil Kalai Tamil Arasaayi Vijayakanth
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil Murali, Senthamarai Vijaya Kanna
Sakkarai Devan Tamil Vijayakanth
Kilipechu Ketkava Tamil Sivagami Mammooty
Vietnam Colony Malayalam Unnimol Mohanlal, Innocent Siddique-Lal
Golanthara Vartha Malayalam Mammootty, Shobana Sathyan Anthikad
1994 Vardhakya Puranam Malayalam Manoj K. Jayan
Pingami Malayalam Sridevi Mohanlal, Thilakan Sathyan Anthikkad
Jallikattu Kaalai Tamil Prabhu, Anandaraj Manivasagam
Sakthivel Tamil Selva, Vijayakumar K. S. Ravikumar
1995 Periya Kudumbam Tamil Jyothi Prabhu, Vineetha K. S. Ravikumar
Mangala Soothram Malayalam Murali
Kusruthikaatu Malayalam Indira Jayaram
1996 Kattapanchayathu Tamil Karthik
1997 Mannadiar Penninu Chenkotta Checkan Malayalam Archa Mukesh
Bhoopathi Malayalam Lakshmi Darshan, Sherin S. Govinda
1998 Manthri Kochamma Malayalam Prem Kumar
Simmarasi Tamil Maragatham Sarathkumar, Kushboo Erode Soundar
1999 Viralukketha Veekkam Tamil Malu Livingston, Vadivelu V. Sekhar
2000 Narasimham Malayalam Indulekha Mohanlal
2001 Ee Mazha Theenmazha Malayalam
2004 Kusruthi Malayalam

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