Sharada (actress)

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Sharada
Born Saraswati Devi
(1945-06-12) 12 June 1945 (age 69)
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Political party
Telugu Desam Party
Spouse(s) Chalam (divorced)
Parents Venkateswar Rao
Satyavathi Devi
Awards National Film Award for Best Actress

Sharada (born 12 June 1945) is a three-time National Award winning Indian actress and Indian Parliament member. She originally hails from Andhra Pradesh. She has achieved success through Malayalam movies. Initially she did many supporting roles in Telugu films and later on moved to Malayalam film industry and gained success there. She is also known as Urvasi Sharada because earlier the National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. Sharada has been selected for the prestigious NTR National Award instituted by the Andhra Pradesh state government for the year 2010.

Early life[edit]

Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her parents Venkateswar Rao and Satyavathi Devi belonged to a family of agriculturalists. She has a brother, named Mohan Rao. Sharada was sent to Madras in her childhood to live with her grandmother Kanakamma. Sharada describes her grandmother as a strict disciplinarian who in the later days wouldn’t even let the heroes touch her and allowed rehearsals only on Sundays.[1] Sharada started to learn dance when she was six. She used to perform during Dasara and other temple festivals. It was because of her mother's desire that she learned dance. Her mother wanted her to become a big star in cine field. Though Sharada's father was not too interested in the idea, he didn't stop her.[1]

Sharada married Chalam, a famous Telugu hero, producer and comedian. He was her co-star in her debut film Tandrulu Kodukulu. They divorced later on.

Early career[edit]

When she grew up, she started acting in theatre, under the supervision of her grandmother. In Indian theatre and cinema, the female lead stars used to leave the field as soon as they are married. So, most of the female lead stars were very young compared to the male leads. Sharada remembers in one of the plays she acted as the wife of a person 30 years older than she was when she was just 13.[1] Her debut in films was with a minor role in the Telugu film Kanyasulkam. However, she returned to theatre after it and did a major role in the Telugu version of Rakta Kanneeru, a Tamil drama. The play went to get staged over 100 times in Tamil Nadu.[1]

Film career[edit]

In 1959, she began her career as Sharada. The change in name was attributed to the presence of a few other actors in the industry with the name Saraswati.[1] She came under contract to L.V. Prasad, a Telugu producer. Though she didn't get to act in any of his films, she got her formal training in acting under him, including the Navarasa lessons. She largely attributes her performances and growth in the field to this training.[1] Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mithrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well. The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Udhyogastha by P. Venu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal. After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu.[1] The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time.

Later she saw success in Telugu films in protagonist roles. She was so popular that she did lead roles in films starring most of the successful heroes of Telugu film industry. Post 1993, she became choosy and did only a few films. Her major films off late were Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002, Malayalam), Rappakal (2005, Malayalam), Nayika (2011, Malayalam) and Stalin (2006, Telugu).

She owns a chocolate factory named Lotus Chocolates. She was elected as Member of Parliament on Telugu Desam Party ticket from her native town of Tenali.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Category Film Director Language
1968 Best Actress Thulabharam[2] A. Vincent Malayalam
1972 Best Actress Swayamvaram[3] Adoor Gopalakrishnan Malayalam
1977 Best Actress Nimajjanam Narayana B.S. Telugu

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

  • 1979 – Best Actress (Thriveni and Thara)

NTR National Award[edit]

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

1982 Main Inteqam Loonga Hindi (Dharmendra,Reenaroy)

Year Film Language Character Remarks
1955 Kanyasulkam Telugu Minor role Debut film
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu Telugu
1961 Tandrulu Kodukulu Telugu
1962 Atma Bandhuvu Telugu
1963 Kumkumam Tamil
1963 Thobuttuvulu Telugu
1963 Valmiki Kannada
1963 Valmiki Telugu
1964 Arunagiri Nathar Tamil
1964 Daagudumootalu Telugu
1964 Mairavana Telugu
1964 Murali Krishna Telugu Srilatha
1964 Vazhkai Vazhvadarke Tamil
1965 Chaduvukonna Bharya Telugu
1965 Inapravugal Malayalam
1965 Kathirunna Nikah Malayalam
1965 Kattu Thulasi Malayalam
1965 Murappennu Malayalam Bhagiradhi
1965 Rajamalli Malayalam
1965 Shakuntala Malayalam
1966 Iruttinte Athmavu Malayalam Ammukutty
1967 "Udhyogastha Malayalam
1967 Pareeksha Malayalam Yamuna
1967 Agnipareeksha Malayalam
1967 Hotel Highrange Malayalam
1967 Kadal Malayalam
1967 Janmabhoomi Malayalam
1967 Kaliyalla Kalyanam Malayalam
1967 Karthika Malayalam Karthi
1967 Karutha pournami Malayalam
1967 Manaswani Malayalam
1968 Thulabharam Malayalam Vijaya National Film Award for Best Actress
1968 Yakshi Malayalam
1968 Adimakal Malayalam
1968 Agni Pareeksha Malayalam Hemalatha
1968 Midumidikki Malayalam
1969 Jwala Malayalam
1969 Kattukurangu Malayalam
1969 Kuttukudumbavam Malayalam
1969 Mooladhanam Malayalam Sharada
1969 Sandhya Malayalam
1969 Susi Malayalam
1969 Veettu Mrugam Malayalam
1969 Velliyazhcha Malayalam Radha
1969 Vila Kuranja Manushyan Malayalam
1969 Manushulu Marali Telugu
1969 Nadhi Malayalam Stella
1970 Samaj Ko Badal Dalo Hindi Chhaya
1970 Triveni Malayalam Thankamma
1970 Stree Malayalam
1970 Pearlview Malayalam
1970 Mindapennu Malayalam Kunjulakshmi
1970 Kuttavali Malayalam Ponnamma
1970 Kakathamburatti Malayalam
1970 Crossbelt Malayalam Ammu
1970 Ambalapravu Malayalam
1970 Tara Malayalam Vasanthy&Thara
1971 Abhijadyam Malayalam Malathy
1971 Panjavankadu Malayalam
1971 Vilakkyu Vaangiya Veena Malayalam Sharada
1971 Chelleli Kapuram Telugu
1971 Jeevitha Chakram Telugu
1972 Theerthayatra Malayalam
1972 Anwakshanam Malayalam
1972 Bhramachari Malayalam
1972 Maya Malayalam Gomathi
1972 Gandarvakshetram Malayalam
1972 Professor Malayalam Lakshmi
1972 Gnana Oli Tamil Mary
1972 Kalam Marindi Telugu
1972 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1972 Swayamvaram Malayalam Seeta National Film Award for Best Actress
1973 Agni Rekha Hindi
1973 Thekkankattu Malayalam Shoshamma
1973 Bhadradeepam Malayalam Rajani
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu
1973 Sharada Telugu Insane Woman
1974 Thekkan kattu Malayalam
1975 Balipeetam Telugu Aruna
1975 Thiruvonam Malayalam
1975 Abhimanam Malayalam
1976 Amritavahini Malayalam Geetha
1976 Nimajjanam Telugu Brahmin housewife National Film Award for Best Actress
1977 Aaradhana Malayalam
1977 Anjali Malayalam
1977 Itha Ivide vare Malayalam Bharathi
1977 Vishukani Malayalam
1977 Randu Lokam Malayalam Shanta
1977 Sreedevi Malayalam
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Telugu Draupadi
1978 Maathu Tappada Maga Kannada
1978 Mannu Malayalam
1978 Asthamayam Malayalam Shanthi
1978 Ithanete Vazhi Malayalam
1979 Gorintaku Telugu
1979 Karthika Deepam Telugu
1980 Ivar Malayalam
1980 Swargadevatha Malayalam
1980 Adhikaram Malayalam Vimala
1981 Elippathayam Malayalam Rajamma
1981 Nyayam Kavali Telugu Lawyer Shakuntala
1982 Ponmudi Malayalam
1982 Justice Chowdary Telugu
1983 Nizal Moodiya Nirangal Malayalam Shoshamma
1984 Bobbili Brahmanna Telugu Savitri, wife of Brahmanna
1985 Adavi Donga Telugu
1985 Swathi Telugu Swathi's Mother
1985 Vijetha Telugu Saraswathi
1986 Ansuyammagari Alludu Telugu
1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu Telugu
1986 Deshoddharakulu Telugu
1986 Dharma Peetam Daddarillindi Telugu
1986 Jailupakshi Telugu
1986 Khaidi Rudraiah Telugu
1986 Kondaveeti Raja Telugu
1986 Mr. Bharath Tamil
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah Telugu
1986 Ravana Brahma Telugu
1987 Agni Putrudu Telugu
1987 Bhargava Ramudu Telugu
1987 Kulala Kurukshetram Telugu
1987 Lawyer Bharti Devi
1987 Muddayi Telugu
1987 Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam Malayalam Saraswathi Teacher
1987 Presidentgari Abbayi Telugu
1987 Ramu Telugu
1987 Repati Swarajyam Telugu
1987 Rotation Chakravarthi Telugu
1987 Samrat
1987 Sankharavam Telugu
1987 Sharadamba
1988 Ashwathama
1988 15 August Rathri Telugu
1988 Brahma Puthrudu Telugu
1988 'Dharma Teja
1988 Donga Ramudu Telugu
1988 Illu Illalu Priyuralu Telugu
1988 Maa Telugu Talli Telugu
1988 Parajaswamyam Telugu
1988 Rakthabishekam Telugu
1988 Raktha Tilakam Telugu
1988 Rowdy No. 1 Telugu
1988 Samsaram Telugu
1989 Dhruva Nakshatram Telugu
1989 Dr. Bhawani Telugu
1989 Goonda Rajyam Telugu
1989 Manchi Kutumbam Telugu
1989 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Telugu Sesha Rathnam
1989 Pardhudu Telugu
1989 Raktha Kanneeru Telugu
1989 State Rowdy Telugu SP Laajmani M. Rao
1990 Kadapa Reddamma Telugu
1990 Kondaveeti Donga Telugu Sambhavi
1990 Lorry Driver Telugu
1990 Prema Khaidi Telugu
1991 Amma Rajinama Telugu Amma (Mother)
1991 Coolie No.1 Telugu
1991 Jagannatakam Telugu
1991 Killer Telugu Guardian of Heiress
1991 Nayakuralu Telugu
1992 Mother India Telugu
1993 Major Chandrakanth Telugu Savitri
1993 Mechanic Alludu Telugu
1993 Pelli Gola Telugu
1994 Kashmeeram Malayalam Justice Usha Varma
1996 Sabse Bada Mawali Hindi Malvika
1996 Nayanamma Telugu
1998 Antahpuram Telugu
2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam Malayalam Anna John
2003 Raghavendra Telugu Raghava's mother
2005 Rappakal Malayalam Saraswathiyamma
2005 Sankranthi Telugu Mother
2006 Stalin Telugu Stalin's mother
2007 Aata Telugu
2007 Yogi Telugu Shantamma
2011 Naayika Malayalam Gracy
2012 Kalikaalam Malayalam Teacher
2013 Sukumarudu Telugu
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "34th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2011.