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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. soundarya is a changed actress too. She seems to have shed the tag - 'non-exposing-actress', with the film Annayya. In a particular song in that film, she has Chiru kissing on her naked navel. Later on her deliberate act of exposing continued in films like Moodu Mukkalata, Azaad and Jayam Manadera. After observing these films, one really wonders about what has prompted her to become a 'dare to bare' heroine.

  in moodu mukkalata movie Jagapati falls in love with Soundarya and vice versa in song 1, Soundarya dances in the rain, Jagapati is happy.

Soundarya did her role as a responsible elder sister well. At the same time she is at her glamour best when it comes to hip shaking with Chiru in the songs.[5]

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.[6][7][8]


Year Film Language Role Co-Star Notes
1992 Gandharva Kannada
1992 Baa Nanna Preethisu Kannada
1992 Madhavaiah Gari Manavadu Telugu
1993 Nanna Thangi Kannada
1993 Ponnumani Tamil Karthik
1993 Rajendrudu Gajendrudu Telugu Rajendra Prasad
1993 Amma Naa Kodala Telugu
1993 Madam Telugu
1993 Mayalodu Telugu Rajendra Prasad
1993 Inspector Jhansi Telugu
1993 Asalae Pellaina Vanni Telugu
1993 Donga Alludu Telugu
1994 Thooguve Krishnana Kannada
1994 Number One Telugu
1994 Allari Premikudu Telugu Jhansi Jagapati Babu
1994 Hello Brother Telugu Ooha Nagarjuna
1994 Top Hero Telugu
1994 Super Police Telugu Bharathi Venkatesh
1994 Priyaragalu Telugu
1994 Number One Telugu Krishna
1995 Muthu Kaalai Tamil Poonjolai Karthik
1995 Rikshavodu Telugu Chiranjeevi
1995 Amma Donga Telugu
1995 Ammoru Telugu Bhavani 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 Telugu
1995 Peddarayudu Telugu Mohan Babu
1995 Chilakapacha Kapuram Telugu
1995 Raja Simham Telugu
1995 Vetagadu Telugu
1995 Balaraju Bangaru Pellam Telugu
1996 Pavithra Bandham Telugu Radha Venkatesh Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actress
1996 Maa Voori Maraju Telugu
1996 Ramudochadu Telugu
1996 Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu Telugu Seeta Venkatesh
1996 Puttinti Gowravam Telugu
1996 Maa Inti Adapadachu Telugu
1996 Sipayi Kannada V. Ravichandran
1996 Senathipathi Tamil Aishwarya Sathyaraj
1996 Prema Pranayam Telugu
1997 Pellichesukundam Telugu Shanti Venkatesh
1997 Adirindi Guru Telugu
1997 Taraka Ramudu Telugu
1997 Maa Aayana Bangaram Telugu
1997 Oosi Na Maradala Telugu
1997 Aaro Pranam Telugu
1997 Arunachalam Tamil Vedhavalli Rajinikanth
1998 Choodalani Vundi Telugu Padmavathi Chiranjeevi
1998 Pelli Peetalu Telugu
1998 Sri Ramulayya Telugu
1998 Sooryudu Telugu
1998 Doni Saagali Kannada Shashikumar Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Anthapuram Telugu/ Tamil Bhanumati Prakash Raj Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1998 Jagadeka Veerudu Telugu
1998 Thambulalu Telugu
1998 Dongata Telugu
1998 Subha Vaartha Telugu
1998 'Rayudu Telugu
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Tamil Sundari Kamal Haasan
1999 Raja Telugu Venkatesh Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1999 Aryabhata Kannada
1999 Anaganaga O Ammayi Telugu
1999 Arundhati Telugu
1999 Premaku Velayara Telugu Madhavi and Malathi J. D. Chakravarthy
1999 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1999 Padayappa Tamil Vasundra Rajinikanth
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Kannada V. Ravichandran
1999 Sooryavansham Hindi Radha Singh Amitabh Bachchan
1999 Mayadari Mosagadu Telugu
2000 Annayya Telugu Devi Chiranjeevi
2000 Jayam Manade Raa Telugu Venkatesh
2000 Azad Telugu Anjali Nagarjuna
2000 Devi Putrudu Telugu Venkatesh
2000 Ninne Premistha Telugu Srikanth
2000 Moodu Mukkalata Telugu
2000 Ravanna Telugu Rajasekhar
2000 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Tamil Arjun
2000 Naga Devatha Kannada/Telugu
2000 Postman Telugu
2001 Sri Manjunatha Kannada/Telugu Katyayini Chiranjeevi
2001 Eduruleni Manishi Telugu
2001 Sarduku Podam Randi Telugu
2001 Naa Manasisthaa Raa Telugu
2001 9 Nelalu Telugu Savitri Vikram
2001 Adhipati Telugu
2001 Eshwar Allah Telugu
2001 Pedamma Talli Telugu
2001 Thavasi Tamil Priyadarshini Vijayakanth
2001 Kalisi Naduddam Telugu
2002 Kondaveeti Simhasanam Telugu
2002 Premaku Swagatham Telugu J. D. Chakravarthy
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Malayalam Jyothi Jayaram
2002 Gelupu Telugu
2002 Ivan Tamil Dikshanya R. Parthiban
2003 Chokka Thangam Tamil Vijayakanth
2003 Prema Donga Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
2003 Seethayya Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
2003 Kilichundan Mampazham Malayalam Amina Mohanlal
2003 Dweepa Kannada Nagi Avinash 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 Madhumathi Tamil
2004 Apthamitra Kannada Ganga / Nagavalli Ramesh Aravind Posthumously released and awarded
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Her last film ran for a whole year


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