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For the director, see Soundarya Rajinikanth.
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Native name ಸೌಮ್ಯಾ
Born Soumya
(1972-07-18)18 July 1972
Mudalabagilu, Kolar, Karnataka, India
Died April 17, 2004(2004-04-17) (aged 31)
Bengaluru, India
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1992–2004
Height 5 ft 6 in

Soundarya (July 18, 1972 – April 17, 2004), born Soumya, was a famous Indian film actress who appeared in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bollywood films in lead roles.She was the goddess of southindian cinemas during her time. Soundarya was born in the Ashtagrama villages and was a Smartha Brahmin. She married her maternal uncle and childhood friend, software engineer G. S. Raghu on 27,April, 2003. She had great dreams of 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]. She has developed the entire village of Gangigunte [her native village], Mulabagal Taluk, in the Kolar district of Karnataka. Soundarya maintained an orphanage. Presently, it is being maintained by her relatives. In addition, the school, AMARA SOUNDARYA VIDYALAYA, is maintained by her trust and her own home is now being used as a school. There are many ideas and concepts that were dreamt and thought by Soundarya and her brother Amarnath for the welfare of the society, being fulfilled by Soundarya's husband and Soundarya's sister-in-law Nirmala using ASSET. She had adopted some educational institutions and given funding for so many educational institutions and their family is continuing funding for educational institutions 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 Golden Lotus Award for Best Feature Film Dweepa. She had won six Filmfare Awards South. Soundarya died in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party near Bangalore in 2004.

Film career[edit]

Soundarya, daughter of senior film writer, industrialist K.S. Satyanarayan was born and brought up in Bangalore. She entered the glamour world through film Gandarva. She was the only heroine who acted with all super stars of South India namely Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Ravichandran, Vishnuvardhan, and Amitabh Bachchan (Suryavamsh). Though hailed from Bangalore, she throb the hearts of many through Telugu films. She got many awards and accolades for her performance.She received 6 filmfare awards in a short span of 12 yrs for the following: Ammoru (1994), Anthapuram (1998), Raja (1999), Dweepa (2002)(2 awards as best actress and best producer), Aaptamitra (2004). Karnataka State Award in 1998-99 (Doni Saagali),dweepa for 2002. Nandi Award given by Andra Pradesh Government (Ammoru,Pavitra Bandhanam and Antahpuram). Not just as an actress but was also a producer for Dweepa directed by Girish Kasaravalli bagged the Swarna Kamal award. After the death of her father, her brother Amarnath looked after all her assignments Unfortunately both sister and brother died in this accident. Soundarya was married to a software professional G S Raghu an year back and many didn't know that she was an MBBS graduate! One more of her project 'Kamali' stopped because of her death. Soundarya, sister of D Ravichandran 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 'Manavarali Pelli' with Harish followed by the movie called Rajendrudu Gajendrududirected by S.V. Krishna Reddy. She discontinued her studies after the highly successful Telugu film Ammoru (1995). 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.

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 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.[3]


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.She died at the peak of her popularity in 2004, having just made it to Bollywood — acting opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She was one of the most popular stars in the South and was campaigning for the BJP when the Cessna carrying her crashed. She and her brother, K S Amarnath, died. Last year, the four surviving members of the her family started fighting over the properties left behind by the actress. Cases were filed in courts, and at the centre of this dispute was a will, which two members claimed was real while two others alleged was a fake. The family members have now arrived at a compromise and the last of the complaints against each other were withdrawn a few days ago.

Soundarya and Amarnath are survived by their mother, KS Manjula, Soundarya's husband, Raghu GS, Amarnath's wife, B Nirmala, and their son, Sathvik. Soundarya is said to have made the will on February 15, 2003, a year before her death and two months before her marriage. The will divides her five immovable properties in Bangalore and Hyderabad and movable properties including cash, fixed deposits, shares and jewellery to the four people. The family dispute over property started in 2009, with Sathvik, a minor represented by his mother, Nirmala, filing a case against his grandmother and uncle for alienating property that was his according to the will. Nirmala also filed a case against Manjula and Raghu, alleging domestic violence and seeking share in the property as per the will.

In response to the case, Manjula and Raghu claimed that the will was fake and created by Sathvik and Nirmala's advocate, HS Dhanraj. Dhanraj promptly filed a defamation case against Raghu and Manjula in October 2012, for accusing him of creating the will. A court was hearing this defamation suit.

COMPROMISE A memorandum of understanding was filed before the IV Metropolitan Magistrate court as far back as February 16, 2013, by Nirmala and Sathvik on one side, and Manjula and Raghu on the other. As per documents obtained from the court, the compromise deal consists of giving by way of gift a property in Hanumantanagar, consisting of two houses and three shops to Sathvik apart from Rs 25 lakh in fixed deposit in his name. Nirmala is given Rs 1.25 crore.

Agricultural property that was in Amarnath's name is to be sold and the proceeds shared between Manjula, Nirmala and Sathvik. In other properties in which Nirmala had a joint ownership, she has given up in Manjula's favour.

In return, the mother and son were to withdraw all the cases filed by them and promise not to make further claimsbasedonthewill.Lastweek,the final process was completed with Nirmala withdrawing a complaint before the Karnataka Women's Commission. The case by Sathvik and the domestic violence case by Nirmala had been withdrawn earlier.

IS WILL REAL OR FAKE? But the defamation case by advocate Dhanraj against Raghu and Manjula had remained. Dhanraj was the advocate of Nirmala and Sathvik earlier. Raghu and Manjula have arrived a compromise with him as well. In a compromise petition filed in the original suit, they have unconditionally withdrawn the "allegations, derogatory statements with remarks made," and regretted the adverse effect on him.

But here starts the mystery. In the compromise between Raghu-Manjula and Nirmala-Sathvik, the will is called the 'contested will' and Raghu and Manjula maintain that it is fake and Soundarya never made one. But in the compromise with the advocate, they withdraw the allegations that he created it.

When contacted, Dhanraj confirmed that there was a compromise settlement but refused to divulge further. The compromise petition between them even says that they will not go to the media with the details.

THE BOOTY OVER WHICH THEY FOUGHT In Soundarya's will that was the bone of contention, mention was made of six properties. The first is a building on a 40 x 36 ft building in Hanumanthanagar which had two houses and three shops. The second property is a building on a 28 x15 metres site in RMV II Stage. The third is an office premises of 3,772 sq ft in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The fourth, a 20 x 24 metres vacant site in HRBR Extension. The fifth is a 30x40 ft vacant site in Bhavani House Building Co-operative Society. The sixth is movable properties including cash, fixed deposits, shares and jewellery.

In the memorandum of settlement between the family members filed in the IV Metropolitan Magistrate court, the family members have settled their claims on all properties including those not mentioned in the will. They are in five schedules. The first schedule is of properties in Soundarya's name when she died and which devolved upon her husband Raghu. This includes the residential house in RMV II Stage, the building in Hanumanthanagar, the share of office property in Hyderabad and a vacant site in HRBR Layout. The second schedule mentions properties in the name of Raghu; a residential house in Malleswaram. The third schedule is of properties jointly owned by Manjula and Raghu that include a corner site in Judicial Layout. The fourth schedule is property jointly owned by Manjula and Nirmala which includes a corner site in Judicial Layout and agricultural land of two acres. The fifth schedule is of properties owned by Amarnath. This includes agricultural land of 5.3 acres in Andhra Pradesh.

Most of the aircraft failures have happened during the elections time and this is no exception. Most of the crash victims are those who were opposed to Congress rulers. [4][5][6]


Year Film Language Role Notes
1992 Gandharva Kannada
1992 Baa Nanna Preethisu Kannada
1992 Manavarali pelli Telugu
1993 Nanna Thangi Kannada
1993 Ponnumani Tamil Chinthamani
1993 Rajendrudu Gajendrudu Telugu
1993 Amma Naa Kodala Telugu
1993 Madam Telugu
1993 Mayalodu Telugu
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
1994 Hello Brother Telugu Ooha
1994 Top Hero Telugu
1994 Super Police Telugu Bharathi
1994 Priyaragalu Telugu
1994 Number One Telugu
1995 Muthu Kaalai Tamil Poonjolai
1995 Rikshavodu Telugu
1995 Amma Donga Telugu
1995 Ammoru Telugu Bhavani 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
1995 Chilakapacha Kapuram Telugu
1995 Raja Simham Telugu
1995 Vetagadu Telugu
1995 Balaraju Bangaru Pellam Telugu
1996 Pavithra Bandham Telugu Radha Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actress
1996 Maa Voori Maraju Telugu
1996 Ramudochadu Telugu
1996 Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu Telugu Seeta
1996 Puttinti Gowravam Telugu
1996 Maa Inti Adapadachu Telugu
1996 Sipayi Kannada
1996 Senathipathi Tamil Aishwarya
1996 Prema Pranayam Telugu
1997 Pellichesukundam Telugu Shanti
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
1998 Choodalani Vundi Telugu Padmavathi
1998 Pelli Peetalu Telugu
1998 Sri Ramulayya Telugu
1998 Sooryudu Telugu
1998 Doni Saagali Kannada Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Anthapuram Telugu/ Tamil Bhanumati 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
1999 Raja Telugu Anjali 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
1999 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1999 Padayappa Tamil Vasundra
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Kannada
1999 Sooryavansham Hindi Radha Singh
1999 Mayadari Mosagadu Telugu
2000 Annayya Telugu Devi
2000 Jayam Manade Raa Telugu Uma
2000 Azad Telugu Anjali
2000 Devi Putrudu Telugu
2000 Ninne Premistha Telugu
2000 Moodu Mukkalata Telugu
2000 Ravanna Telugu
2000 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Tamil
2000 Naga Devatha Kannada/Telugu
2000 Postman Telugu
2001 Sri Manjunatha Kannada/Telugu Katyayini
2001 Eduruleni Manishi Telugu
2001 Sarduku Podam Randi Telugu
2001 Naa Manasisthaa Raa Telugu
2001 9 Nelalu Telugu Savitri
2001 Adhipati Telugu
2001 Eshwar Allah Telugu
2001 Pedamma Talli Telugu
2001 Thavasi Tamil Priyadarshini
2001 Kalisi Naduddam Telugu
2002 Kondaveeti Simhasanam Telugu
2002 Premaku Swagatham Telugu
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Malayalam Jyothi
2002 Gelupu Telugu
2002 Ivan Tamil Dikshanya
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 Amina
2003 Dweepa Kannada Nagi 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
Filmfare Award for Best Film – 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 Posthumously released and awarded
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Her last film ran for a whole year


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