Sowcar Janaki

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Shavukar Janaki
Born Sankaramanchi Janaki
(1931-12-12) December 12, 1931 (age 82)
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–Present
Spouse(s) Sankamaranchi Srinivasa Rao (marriage in 1947)

Sankaramanchi Janaki (born December 12, 1931), popularly known as Shavukar Janaki (Telugu షావుకారు జానకి; Tamil: சௌகார் ஜானகி; Kannada: ಸಾಹುಕಾರ್ ಜಾನಕಿ), is a south-Indian actress who has acted in over 385 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She also performed on stage in over 300 shows, and performed for TANA all over the United States in 2 Telugu plays created by actor Murali Mohan. At age 11, she was a radio artist in Telugu programs. She started her acting career when she had a three-month-old baby and went on to become a popular actress with hits such as Sowcar (Telugu), Pudhiya Paravai (Tamil), Iru Kodugal (Tamil). She also played lead roles with famous directors such as Dada Mirasee, K Balachandar. She is the elder daughter of T. Venkoji Rao, paper technologist (England), and Sachi Devi. She completed matriculation from Gauhati University in Assam and has received honorary Doctorate from University of Arizona.

Shaukar Janaki served as Jury member for the National Indian Films awards committee and as chair person for State Telugu Films awards committee. She has two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and two great granddaughters. Her son and second daughter have been living in the US for more than 25 years. She loves gardening, cooking and helping the needy in her own humble way.[1][2]

Film career[edit]

First movie in Telugu: "Shavukar" by Vijaya productions. Played the leading role paired with Sri N. T. Rama Rao.
Acted as heroine with A. Nageswara Rao, N.T.R, Jaggaiah, Sivaji Ganesan, M.G.R, Gemini Ganesan and many others.
Acted in 10 Kannada films opposite Dr. RajKumar. Actress Vaishnavi is her grand daughter. She's also a fabulous actress[malayalam films mrugaya.aham. mackal mahathmyam]. She is the elder sister of Telugu actress, Krishna Kumari



A very short list of her films are listed below -

Year Film Language Co-Stars
1950 Shavukar Telugu NTR
1964 Dr. Chakravarthi Telugu ANR
1964 School Master Malayalam
1962 Manchi Manasulu Telugu ANR
1955 Rojulu Marayi Telugu ANR
1987 Samsaram Oka Chadarangam[3] Telugu
Shabda Vedi Kannada Raj Kumar
Mahi Sha Sura Mardine Kannada
1963 Saaku Magalu Kannada
Bhagyachakra Kannada
Sathi Shakthi Kannada
Aarada Gaaya Kannada
Geetha Kannada
Kanyaratna Kannada
Malli Maduve Kannada
1978 Thayige Thakka Maga Kannada
1968 Oli Vilakku Tamil MGR
Pudaya Paravai Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Uyarnda Manidan Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Pachai vilakku Tamil
Paarthal pasi therum Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Motor sundaram pillai Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Paar Magale Paar Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
Iru kodugal Tamil
Ethir Neechal Tamil
Bama Vijayam Tamil
Thillu Mullu Tamil
1992 Soorya Manasam Malayalam
2012 Vanavarayan Vallavarayan Tamil Krishna Kulasekaran
2014 Pungi Daasa Kannada (Releasing on 30th May) R.N.Sudarshan


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