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For the director, see Soundarya Rajinikanth.
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Born Soumya
(1972-07-18)18 July 1972
Mulbagal, Kolar, Karnataka, India
Died April 17, 2004(2004-04-17) (aged 31)
Bangalore, India
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1992-2004
Height 5 ft 7 in
Spouse(s) G. S. Raghu (2003-2004; her death)

Soundarya (July 18, 1972 - April 17, 2004) (born as Soumya) was a legendary Indian film actress who appeared in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bollywood films in lead roles. She was number one heroine in southindia in 20th century and She was considered as the replacement for legendary actress savitri. She was a much sought-after star in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. [1] She produced movies in the later phase of her career and won the Silver Lotus Award for her film Dweepa. She also received the Filmfare Awards six times for her acting performances. Soundarya died in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party near Bangalore in 2004.

Film career[edit]

Soundarya was the daughter of Kannada film producer and writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She was born in Mulbagal and raised in Bangalore. [1] She made her debut while in her first year of MBBS when she was offered a role by a friend of her father's in the Kannada film Gandharva (1992). Her first Telugu film was 'number one' with yesteryear super star Krishna Ghattamaneni(1991), and she followed the same director S.V.Krishna Reddy for next movie called Rajendrudu Gajendrudu. She discontinued her studies after the highly successful Telugu film Ammoru (1995), which brought a huge transformation into her career. The movie got dubbed in Tamil as "Amman" and was a huge hit.[citation needed]

She moved on to Telugu films, where she achieved greater popularity and success. [2]

She acted in around 100 Telugu films, such as Pavithrabandham, Pelliichesukundam Ra with Venkatesh, found to be a popular pair. Annaya, Chudalani undhi with Chiranjeevi and others like Nagarjuna Akkineni, Balakrishna Nandamuri, Srikanth, Rajendraprasad, Jagapathibabu, Krishna,vineeth, abbas, prabu deva, vikram, mohan babu, arjun, saikumar, vinod kumar, j d charavarthi,mohan babu etc. She acted in several female-oriented roles like Thommidi nelalu, Arundhathi, Maa inti adapaduchu, etc.padha rayudu with mohan babu was great hit Directors like Ragavendra rao, S.V.Krishna Reddy, Kodi Ramakrishna, Kranthi Kumar gave her lead roles.

Soundarya acted in one Hindi film, Sooryavansham. She was in Tamil films, such as Arunachalam and Padayappa alongside Rajinikanth, Kaadhala Kaadhala alongside Kamal Haasan and others.

She produced and acted in the Kannada film Dweepa which won her many awards. Unfortunately, the last film in her career was the Kannada film Apthamitra, a run away hit with Southern Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan. The film was a box-office hit and ran successfully for one whole year in the theaters. This film also won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress posthumously in 2004.[3]

She performed in Malayalam movies opposite Jayaram and Mohanlal too.

Her Kannada film Dweepa directed by Girish Kasaravalli won many awards. Soundarya not only acted in the film, but also produced the movie. As a producer she won her the 49th Golden Lotus award in 2001, which is given for best film of the year.[4]

She bagged seven Filmfare awards and three Nandi awards from the government of Andhra Pradesh.[citation needed]

She is a role-model to every Indian girl and house wife's, were very fond of her dressing sense she was one of heartthrob to all movie goers, she is still remembered for acting

She was compared to great actress Savithri in her acting. She was one of the finest actresses who believed in acting and not showing skin (glamour). In an interview, veteran actor Akkineni Nageshswara Rao said that if old blockbuster movie Mayabazar is to be remade, for the role of savithri he suggested that Soundarya would suit best for the role of Sasirekha.

Soundarya was offered the role of Draupadi in the remake of Narthanashala. Soundarya along with Balakrishna started shooting, but the film got shelved for financial reasons; the actress died before shooting continued.

Personal life[edit]

Soundarya was born in the village of Ashtagrama. She was an Ashtagrama Iyer. She was fluent in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and English. She married her maternal uncle's son and childhood friend, software engineer G. S. Raghu, on 27 April 2003. She planned on promoting public welfare during her lifetime. At the time of her death, she was about to produce and act in a film titled 'Kamli', directed by K. N. T Sastry. Her wishes of funding welfare activities are being fulfilled by her husband and sister-in-law through the Amara Soundarya Social and Educational Trust [ASSET]. Soundarya maintained an orphanage in Bangalore. Presently, it is being maintained by her relatives. The school, Amara Soundarya Vidyalaya, is maintained by her trust and her own home is now being used as a school. She had also provided funds for a number of educational institutions. She was two months pregnant at the time of her death.


Soundarya died on April 17, 2004, in an aircraft crash near Bangalore, when the plane she was traveling in caught fire immediately after take-off. The plane, a Cessna 180, chartered by Agni Aviation, left Jakkur Airfield at 11:05 AM. Shortly after take-off the plane turned left, plunged and crashed in an open field about 500 m from the airport. She was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party for the coming elections. Her brother, Amarnath, a producer of Kannada films, also died in the accident. She was awarded the Karnataka State Award posthumously for her Kannada super hit film and her last film Apthamithra, which was received by her mother.[5][6][7]


Year Film Language Notes
1992 Gandharva Kannada
1992 Baa Nanna Preethisu Kannada
1992 Madhavaiah Gari Manavadu Harish|
1993 Nanna Thangi Kannada
1993 Ponnumani Tamil
1993 Rajendrudu Gajendrudu
1993 Amma Naa Kodala Telugu
1993 Madam Rajendra Prasad|
1993 Mayalodu Rajendra Prasad|
1993 Inspector Jhansi Telugu
1993 Asalae Pellaina Vanni Telugu
1993 Donga Alludu Suman|
1994 Thooguve Krishnana Kannada
1994 number one Telugu|Krishna| 1994 Allari Premikudu Jagapathi Babu|
1994 Hello Brother Nagarjuna|
1994 Top Hero Balakrishna|
1994 Super Police Venkatesh|
1994 Priyaragalu Jagapathi Babu|
1994 Number One Telugu
1995 Muthu Kaalai Tamil
1995 Rikshavodu Chiranjeevi|
1995 Amma Donga Krishna|
1995 Ammoru Suresh| Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actress
Winner Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu

Dubbed in Tamil as Amman

1995 Bhale Bullodu Telugu
1995 Amma Naa Kodala Vinod Kumar|
1995 Peddarayudu Mohan Babu|
1995 Chilakapacha Kapuram Jagapathi Babu|
1995 Raja Simham Rajasekhar|
1995 Vetagadu Rajasekhar|
1995 Balaraju Bangaru Pellam Suman|
1996 Pavithra Bandham Venkatessh| Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actress
1996 Maa Voori Maraju Arjun|
1996 Ramudochadu Nagarjuna|
1996 Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu Venkatesh|
1996 Puttinti Gowravam Telugu
1996 Maa Inti Adapadachu Telugu
1996 Sipayi Kannada
1996 Senathipathi Tamil
1996 Prema Pranayam Telugu
1997 Pellichesukundam Venkatesh|
1997 Adirindi Guru Telugu
1997 Taraka Ramudu Telugu
1997 Maa Aayana Bangaram Rajasekhar|
1997 Oosi Na Maradala Suman|
1997 Aaro Pranam Vineeth|
1997 Arunachalam Rajnikanth|
1998 Choodalani Vundi Chiranjeevi|
1998 Pelli Peetalu Jagapathi Babu|
1998 Sri Ramulayya Mohan Babu|
1998 Sooryudu Rajasekhar|
1998 Doni Saagali Kannada Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Anthapuram Saikumar/Jagapathi Babu| Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1998 Jagadeka Veerudu Telugu
1998 Thambulalu Telugu
1998 Dongata Jagapathi Babu|
1998 Subha Vaartha Telugu
1998 'Rayudu Mohan Babu|
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Tamil
1999 Raja Venkatesh| Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1999 Aryabhata Kannada
1999 Anaganaga O Ammayi Srikanth|
1999 Arundhati Telugu
1999 Premaku Velayara JD Chakravarthi|
1999 Manavudu Danavudu Krishna|
1999 Padayappa Tamil
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Kannada
1999 Sooryavansham Hindi With Bollywood SuperStar Amitabh Bachchan
1999 Mayadari Mosagadu Telugu
2000 Annayya Chiranjeevi|
2000 Jayam Manade Raa Venkatesh|
2000 Azad Nagarjuna|
2000 Devi Putrudu Venkatesh|
2000 Ninne Premistha Nagarjuna/Srikanth|
2000 Moodu Mukkalata Jagapathi Babu|
2000 Ravanna Rajasekhar|
2000 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Tamil
2000 Naga Devatha Kannada/Telugu
2000 Postman Mohan Babu|
2001 Sri Manjunatha Kannada/Telugu With Kannada Star Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Arjun Sarja and Telugu Star Chiranjeevi
2001 Eduruleni Manishi Nagarjuna|
2001 Sarduku Podam Randi Jagapathi Babu|
2001 Naa Manasisthaa Raa Srikanth|
2001 9 Nelalu Vikram|
2001 Adhipati Nagarjuna|
2001 Eshwar Allah Telugu
2001 Pedamma Talli Telugu
2001 Thavasi Tamil
2001 Kalisi Naduddam Telugu
2002 Kondaveeti Simhasanam Telugu
2002 Premaku Swagatham Telugu
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Malayalam
2002 Gelupu Telugu
2002 Ivan Tamil
2003 Chokka Thangam Tamil
2003 Prema Donga Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
2003 Seethayya Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
2003 Kilichundan Mampazham Malayalam
2003 Dweepa Kannada Also as producer
Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
2004 Siva Shankar Mohan Babu| Posthumously released
2004 Shwetha Naga and Swetha Nagu Kannada and Telugu Posthumously released
2004 Madhumathi Tamil
2004 Apthamitra Kannada Posthumously released and awarded
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Her last film ran for a whole year

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pandya, Haresh (2004-05-10). "Soundarya". Online edition (The Guardian). Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ Kumar, Ch Sushil (1998-03-28). "Child, woman, star". Interview ( Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  3. ^ Gurukiran. "Apthamitra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ "National Film Award for Best Feature Film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2013-05-29. </ref><ref></ref> She also won the Karnataka state award for Best Actress for her brilliant performance and the best film award as a producer. The film also won the Karnataka state award for the best Cinematography, and was featured in five international film festivals.<ref>"International Film Festival of India-2002". 2002-09-26. Retrieved 2013-05-29. </ref><ref>
  5. ^ "Indian Actress Soundarya Dies in Plane Crash". online edition (Voice of America news). 2004-04-17 899006685. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  6. ^ Hemant Raj, Ashwin (2004-04-17). "Soundarya dies in plane crash". Online edition (Times of India). Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  7. ^ Press Trust of India (2004-04-17). "Soundarya killed in plane crash. its a tragedy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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