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July 18, 1972
Mulbagal, Kolar, Karnataka, India
|Died||April 17, 2004
GKVK campus, Bangalore, India
|Spouse(s)||G. S. Raghu (2003–2004) (till her death)|
Soundarya (born Sowmya; 18 July 1972 – 17 April 2004) was an actress born in Karnataka, in a Kannada/Tamil speaking Ashtagrama Iyer family. She acted mainly in Kannada and Telugu films and also in many Tamil, Malayalam and Bollywood movies. She was much sought-after actress in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. 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.
Soundarya was the daughter of Kannada film producer and writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She was born in Mulbagal and raised in Bangalore. 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.
She moved on to Telugu films, where she achieved greater popularity and success.
She acted in around 100 Telugu films, such as Pavithrabandham, Pelliichesukundam 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.
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.
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. 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.
She is a role-model to every Indian girl and house wife's, were very found 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.
Soundarya was born in the village of Ashtagrama, Gangigunte, Mulabagal taluk, Kolar. 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.
|1992||Baa Nanna Preethisu||Kannada|
|1992||Madhavaiah Gari Manavadu||Telugu|
|1993||Amma Naa Kodala||Telugu|
|1993||Asalae Pellaina Vanni||Telugu|
|1995||Ammoru||Telugu||Winner Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|1995||Amma Naa Kodala||Telugu|
|1995||Balaraju Bangaru Pellam||Telugu|
|1996||Pavithra Bandham||Telugu||Winner Nandi Award for Best Actress|
|1996||Maa Voori Maraju||Telugu|
|1996||Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu||Telugu|
|1996||Maa Inti Adapadachu||Telugu|
|1997||Maa Aayana Bangaram||Telugu|
|1997||Oosi Na Maradala||Telugu|
|1998||Doni Saagali||Kannada||Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|1998||Anthapuram||Telugu/ Tamil||Winner Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|1999||Raja||Telugu||Winner Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|1999||Anaganaga O Ammayi||Telugu|
|1999||Naanu Nanna Hendthiru||Kannada|
|1999||Sooryavansham||Hindi||With Bollywood SuperStar Amitabh Bachchan|
|2000||Jayam Manade Raa||Telugu|
|2001||Sri Manjunatha||Kannada/Telugu||With Kannada Star Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Arjun Sarja and Telugu Star Chiranjeevi|
|2001||Sarduku Podam Randi||Telugu|
|2001||Naa Manasisthaa Raa||Telugu|
|2003||Prema Donga||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Actress|
|2003||Seethayya||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Actress|
|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||Telugu||Posthumously released|
|2004||Shwetha Naga and Swetha Nagu||Kannada and Telugu||Posthumously released|
|2004||Apthamitra||Kannada||Posthumously released and awarded
Winner Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Her last film ran for a whole year
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