Srividya

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Srividya
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Born (1953-07-24)July 24, 1953
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died October 19, 2006(2006-10-19) (aged 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Years active 1966–2006
Spouse(s) George Thomas (1978-1980) [Divorced]
Parents Krishnamurthy
M. L. Vasanthakumari

Srividya (24 July 1953 – 19 October 2006) was an Indian film actress who appeared in films in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries for 40 years. In the latter part of her career, she concentrated on Malayalam films.[1] Her portrayals as a mother in many films were highly acclaimed. In addition to acting, she occasionally worked as a playback singer as well. Srividya's personal life was full of tragedies. In 2006, she died of breast cancer.

Early life[edit]

Srividya was born on 24 July 1953 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to Tamil film comedian Krishnamurthy and Carnatic classical singer M. L. Vasanthakumari. She had a brother, Sankararaman. Her mother tongue is Tamil. Her father had to stop acting in the year when she was born because of a disease which affected his facial muscles. Her family fell into financial crisis. Her mother worked long hours to meet the family's financial needs. Srividya once reportedly said that her mother didn't even have time to breastfeed her. Srividya debuted in acting at a very early age. When her parent's marriage faced problems due to financial difficulties, Srividya's youth was blighted. She got a marriage proposal from a scientist based in the U.S., but the marriage did not materialize due to financial problems faced by her family.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

Srividya launched her career as a child artist in the 1966 Tamil film Thiruvarutchelvar (1966) alongside legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan. Later she entered Malayalam films with a dance scene in Kumara Sambhavam (1969), directed by P.Subramanyan and in Telugu film Tata Manavadu (1972) directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first major role was that of a college student falling in love with her professor in the 1971 Tamil film Nootrukku Nooru, directed by K. Balachander. Her first film as heroine was Delhi to Madras (1972) in which she was paired opposite Jaishankar. In mid-1970s, she became busy in the Tamil film industry. She acted in films such as Velli Vizha, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and Apoorva Raagangal, all directed by K. Balachander. She was Rajinikanth's first heroine in Apoorva Raagangal (1975).[2]

She started acting in Malayalam in 1969. Her first movie was Chattambikkavala directed by N.Sankaran Nair, in which she acted as the heroine opposite to Sathyan. She gained public attention in Chenda, directed by A. Vincent. Among the south Indian language movies she acted in, the maximum number of movies was in Malayalam (1969 to 2003) - see full list here[3]

Playback singing[edit]

Srividya was a playback singer as well. She first sang for films in the Tamil film Amaran and then for Malayalam film Ayalathe Sundari.[4] She later sang in several films, such as Oru Painkilikkadha and Nakshathra tharattu.

She was an expert classical vocalist as well. She used to sing in functions such as the Soorya Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Srividya acted in Apoorva Raagangal opposite Kamal Haasan which virtually changed her life. In the film she acted as lover of Kamal Haasan. She fell in love with Kamal Haasan during the making of the film. They had the support of their families, but they broke up. Their relationship was the inspiration of a Malayalam film Thirakkatha as well, released in 2008. Later she fell in love with George Thomas, an assistant director in her Malayalam film Teekkanal.[citation needed] She married him on 9 January 1976 despite opposition from her family.[5] As George wished, she was baptised before the marriage. She wanted to stay as a housewife, but had to return to acting, when George forced her to, citing financial issues. She soon realised that she made a wrong decision in marrying him. Her life became miserable and the marriage ended in divorce. It was followed by a prolonged legal battle to settle financial issues between the two. The case went up to the Supreme Court of India, where she won the final decision.[citation needed] After the divorce, she left Chennai and settled in Thiruvananthapuram.

Death[edit]

In 2003, she underwent a biopsy test following physical problems and was tested positive for breast cancer. She underwent treatment for three years. In October 2006, she underwent chemotherapy, but cancer had already spread throughout her body. She died on 19 October 2006.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State TV Awards
  • 2004:Best Actress : Avicharithum
Filmfare Awards South
  • 1980: Best Actress Malayalam - Puzha
  • 1981 : Best Actress Malayalam - Edavazhiyile poocha mindapoocha

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

  1. 2006 - Chacko Randaman
  2. 2005 - London
  3. 2003 - Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam ..... Prabhavathi
  4. 2003 - Mullavalliyum Thenmavum...... Kanakambal
  5. 2003 - Malsaram ..... Kannan Bhai's Mother
  6. 2002 - Malayalimamanu Vanakkam..... Anandakuttan's Mother
  7. 2001 - Randam Bhaavam .... Parvathi
  8. 2001 - Nagaravadhu .... Amrita Thripati
  9. 2001 - Jeevan Masai
  10. 2001 - Ponnu
  11. 2001 - Ennu Sambhavaami Yude Yuge
  12. 2000 - Ingane Oru Nilapakshi.... Subhadra Thampuratti
  13. 2000 - Naadan Pennum Nattu Pramaniyum
  14. 2000 - Dreams
  15. 2000 - Ee Mazha Thenmazha
  16. 1999 - Agni Sakshi
  17. 1999 - Sangamam
  18. 1999 - Vazhunnor...... Kochammini
  19. 1998 - Sidhartha.... Sridevi
  20. 1998 - Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu .... Padmini
  21. 1998 - Aayushmaan Bava
  22. 1998 - Achaamakuttide Achaayan
  23. 1998 - Sooryaputhran
  24. 1998 - Nakshathra Thaaraattu
  25. 1997 - Innalakalillathe
  26. 1997 - Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu...... Mrs. Nair
  27. 1997 - Maanasam.... Rajalakshmi
  28. 1997 - Poonilamazha
  29. 1997 - Oru Mutham Mani Mutham
  30. 1997 - Masmaram .... Maria
  31. 1997 - Aaram Thamburan ....Subhadra
  32. 1997 - Aniyathi Pravu...... Chandrika
  33. 1996 - The Prince.... Jeeva's Mother
  34. 1996 - Dilliwala Rajakumaran...... Padmini
  35. 1996 - Kaanchanam.... Arundathi Devi
  36. 1996 - King Solomon
  37. 1995 - Rajakeeyam.... Kannamma
  38. 1995 - Indian Military Intelligence
  39. 1994 - Gandeevam
  40. 1994 - Pavam Ia Ivachan
  41. 1994 - Pavithram..... Devakiamma
  42. 1994 - Ezhuthachan
  43. 1994 - Daivathinte Vikrithikal
  44. 1994 - Bharanakoodam
  45. 1994 - Palayam.... Susan Fernandez
  46. 1994 - Kabuliwala.... Sreedevi
  47. 1993 - O' Faby
  48. 1993 - Kudumbasneham
  49. 1992 - Rajasilpi.... Lakshibhai Thampuraatti
  50. 1992 - Cheppadividya.... Ammachi
  51. 1992 - Kudumbasammetham
  52. 1992 - Daivathinte Vikrithikal...... Maggie
  53. 1991 - Neelagiri..... Radha
  54. 1991 - Advaitham..... Saraswathy
  55. 1991 - Ente Sooryaputhrikku.... K.S. Vasundhara Devi
  56. 1990 - Samrajyam..... Lakshmi
  57. 1990 - Vachanam ... Aryadevi
  58. 1990 - Innale..... Dr. Sandhya
  59. 1990 - Guest House
  60. 1990 - Manju Peyyunna Raathri
  61. 1989 - Njagalude Kochu Doctor
  62. 1989 - Nakshtra Deepangal
  63. 1989 - Njattuvela
  64. 1988 - Suprabhatha
  65. 1988 - Athirthikkal
  66. 1987 - Jaalakam.... Lakshmi
  67. 1987 - Swathi Thirunal...... Gowri Parvati Bayi
  68. 1987 - Kanikaanum Neram
  69. 1986 - Pranamam
  70. 1986 - Geetham..... Aparna's Mother
  71. 1986 - Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku.... Sasikala
  72. 1986 - Ennennum Kannettante...... Kannan's mother
  73. 1986 - Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu
  74. 1986 - Sayam Sandhya.... Geetha
  75. 1986 - Vivahitare Itihile.... Music Teacher
  76. 1986 - Ashtabandham
  77. 1986 - Oru Yuga Sandhya.... Kathamma
  78. 1986 - Udayam Padinjaaru.... Seethalakshmi
  79. 1985 - Ayanam (1985) .... Saramma
  80. 1985 - Azhiyatha Bandhangal (1985) .... Vasundhara Menon
  81. 1985 - Janakeeya Kodathi (1985) .... Suma
  82. 1985 - Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam ...... Ambika
  83. 1985 - Orikkal Oridathu
  84. 1985 - Ivide Ee Theerathu
  85. 1985 - Mukya Manthri ..... Lakshmi
  86. 1985 - Vellam
  87. 1985 - Daivatheorthu
  88. 1985 - Kannaram Pothi Pothi .... Bhavani
  89. 1985 - Upahaaram.... Sarojini Chandran
  90. 1985 - Onathumbikkoroonjal
  91. 1985 - Irakal.... Annie
  92. 1985 - Chillukottaram
  93. 1985 - Ozhivukaalam
  94. 1984 - Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla..... Thankamani Kunjamma
  95. 1984 - Shapadham.... Srividya
  96. 1984 - Panchavadi Palam...... Mandodhari Amma
  97. 1984 - Raajavembaala
  98. 1984 - Oru Painkilikkadha
  99. 1984 - Nethavu
  100. 1984 - Kurishuyudham
  101. 1984 - Amme Narayana
  102. 1984 - Alakadalinakkare
  103. 1984 - Oru Thettinte Kadha
  104. 1984 - Kadamattathachan
  105. 1984 - Krishna Guruvaayoorappa..... Kururamma
  106. 1984 - Chakkarayumma.... Zeenath
  107. 1984 - Vellam ... Dinamma
  108. 1984 - Idavelakku Shesham
  109. 1983 - Adaminte Vaariyellu...... Alice
  110. 1983 - Bhookambam...... Aswathi
  111. 1983 - Mortuary.... Justice Lakshmi Menon
  112. 1983 - Kattathe Kilikkoodu...... Sarada
  113. 1983 - Pinnilavu .... Sreevidya
  114. 1983 - Prathigna.... Lakshmi
  115. 1983 - Rachana.... Sharada
  116. 1983 - Naanayam.... Sumathi
  117. 1983 - Paalam
  118. 1983 - Arabikkadal
  119. 1983 - Rathilayam.... Nabisu
  120. 1983 - Kaikeyi
  121. 1983 - Prem Nazirne Kaanamanilla
  122. 1983 - Aana
  123. 1983 - Passport
  124. 1983 - Kodumkattu
  125. 1983 - Ankam .... Thresia
  126. 1983 - Ee Yugam .... Aparna
  127. 1982 - Oru Mukham Pala Mukham.... Subhadramma Thankachi
  128. 1982 - Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam
  129. 1982 - Njan Ekanaanu.... Doctor
  130. 1982 - Aakrosam.... Prabha
  131. 1982 - Aarambham
  132. 1982 - Aadarsham
  133. 1982 - Ethiraalikal .... Ammini
  134. 1982 - Sree Ayappanum Vavarum
  135. 1982 - Beedikunjamma.... Beedikunjamma
  136. 1982 - Idiyum Minnalum
  137. 1982 - Ival Oru Simham
  138. 1982 - Saram
  139. 1982 - Dheera
  140. 1981 - Aakkramanam
  141. 1981 - Attimari.... Geetha
  142. 1981 - Ithihaasam
  143. 1981 - Kathayariyathe
  144. 1981 - Raktham..... Malathi
  145. 1981 - Itha Oru Dhikkari..... Ammini
  146. 1981 - Thaaraattu
  147. 1981 - Enne Snehikku Enne Maathrem
  148. 1981 - Swarnangal Swapnagal
  149. 1981 - Grihalakshmi .... Janaki
  150. 1981 - Thaaraavu .... Kakkamma
  151. 1981 - Ellam Ninakku Vendi .... Jayalakshmi
  152. 1981 - Sankarsham..... Priyadarshini
  153. 1981 - Dantha Gopuram
  154. 1981 - Paathiraasooryan.... Joly
  155. 1981 - Sambhavam
  156. 1981 - Visham
  157. 1981 - Sreeman Sreemathi
  158. 1981 - Dhanya
  159. 1981 - Rajani
  160. 1980 - Vilkkanundu Swapnangal...... Malathi
  161. 1980 - Shakthi
  162. 1980 - Theekkadal .... Sreedevi
  163. 1980 - Deepam .... Padmini
  164. 1980 - Aswaaradham
  165. 1980 - Muthuchippikal .... Vijayalakshmi
  166. 1980 - Agnikshetram
  167. 1980 - Aagamanam
  168. 1980 - Meen
  169. 1980 - Vaiki Vanna Vasatham......Vimala
  170. 1980 - Aagamanam..... Thulasi
  171. 1980 - Chaakara.... Nimmy
  172. 1980 - Puzha
  173. 1980 - Ragam Thaanam Pallavi
  174. 1980 - Ormakale Vida Tharoo
  175. 1980 - Ambalavilakku ..... Sumathi
  176. 1980 - Digvijayam...... Soumini
  177. 1980 - Swantham Enna Padham..... Usha
  178. 1979 - Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum
  179. 1979 - Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha
  180. 1979 - Jeevitham Oru Gaanam ..... Thresiamma
  181. 1979 - Anupallavi..... Radha
  182. 1979 - Venalil Oru Mazha.... Kamalakshi
  183. 1979 - Puthiya Velicham.... Lakshmi
  184. 1979 - Thenthulli
  185. 1979 - Agniparvatham
  186. 1979 - Krishnaparunthu
  187. 1979 - Prabhaasandhya ..... Usha
  188. 1979 - Ivide Kattinu Sugantham
  189. 1979 - Pushyaraagam
  190. 1979 - Oru Raagam Pala Thaalam
  191. 1979 - Sudhikalasam..... Sridevi Menon
  192. 1979 - Ini Yaathra
  193. 1979 - Ward No 7
  194. 1979 - Swapnangal Swanthamalla
  195. 1978 - Ottakam
  196. 1977 - Sri Krishna Leela
  197. 1977 - Sreemad Bhagavathgeetha
  198. 1977 - Velankanni Maathavu
  199. 1977 - Muhurthangal
  200. 1977 - Parivarthanam
  201. 1976 - Hridayam Oru Kshethram.... Prema
  202. 1976 - Kamadhenu..... Sathi
  203. 1976 - Amba Ambika Ambalika..... Amba
  204. 1976 - Chottanikkara Amma
  205. 1976 - Theekkanal
  206. 1976 - Samasya
  207. 1976 - Pushpasharam
  208. 1976 - Amma
  209. 1975 - Swami Ayappan
  210. 1975 - Babumon .... Sharada
  211. 1975 - Ulsavam .... Sumathi
  212. 1975 - Aaranyakaandam
  213. 1975 - Akkaldaama
  214. 1975 - Maanishaada
  215. 1974 - Rajahamsam .....Sarasa
  216. 1974 - Ayalathe Sundari ..... Malini
  217. 1974 - Sapthaswarangal ..... Saraswathy
  218. 1974 - Arakallan Mukkalkallan
  219. 1974 - Thumbolarcha
  220. 1974 - Thacholi Marumakan Chandu
  221. 1974 - Vrindavanam
  222. 1973 - Chenda
  223. 1973 - Dharmayudham ... Sreedevi
  224. 1970 - Swapnagal
  225. 1970 - Ambalapravu
  226. 1969 - Kumara Sambhavam .... Menaka
  227. 1969 - Chattambikkavala

Tamil[edit]

  1. 1967 - Thiruvarutselvar
  2. 1970 - Jill Jill Rojamani
  3. 1971 - Nootrukku Nooru
  4. 1972 - Delhi to Madras
  5. 1973 - Sollathan Ninaikiren
  6. 1975- Apoorva Raagangal ...... M. R. Bhairavi
  7. 1982 - Kelviyum Naaney Badhilum Naaney
  8. 1986 - Punnagai Mannan..... Padmini
  9. 1987 - Manithan
  10. 1989 - Raaja Raajathaan
  11. 1989 - Mappillai...... Rajarajeswari
  12. 1989 - Apoorva Sagodharargal..... Sethupathy's wife
  13. 2004 - Jana .... Jana's mother
  14. 1991 - Thalapathi..... Kalyani
  15. 1993 - Uzhaippaali
  16. 1994 - Paasamalargal
  17. 1995 - Kadhal Desam ...... Divya's mother
  18. 1995 - Nammavar.... Kamal's Sister
  19. 1996 - Minor Mappillai
  20. 1997 - Kaadhalukku Mariyaadai
  21. 1997 - Ullaasam " Ajith's Mother
  22. 1998 - Kadhala Kadhala ... Janaki's Mother
  23. 1998 - Kannedhirey Thondrinal
  24. 1999 - Uyirode Uyiraha
  25. 1999 - Nilavey Mugam Kaattu
  26. 1999 - Unnai Thedi
  27. 2000 - Kandukondain Kandukondain..... Mahalakshmi
  28. 2000 - Kannukkul Nilavu .... Gautham' mother
  29. 2001 - Aanandham

Telugu[edit]

  1. 1972 - Tata Manavadu...... Dancer
  2. 1976 - Thoorpu Padamara
  3. 1989 - Vicky Dada.... Rekha
  4. 1989 - Indrudu Chandrudu..... Mrs. Rayudu
  5. 1990 - Kondaveeti Donga
  6. 1992 - Balarama Krishnulu
  7. 1993 - Bangaru Bullodu
  8. 1994 - Mugguru Monagallu
  9. 1996 - Dharma Chakram
  10. 1997 - Chinnabbayi
  11. 1999 - Arundhati

Hindi[edit]

  1. 1973 - Jaise Ko Taisa...... Radha (as Sri Vidya)
  2. 1976 - Arjun Pandit
  3. 1990 - Aakhri Sangam .... Dr. Chandralekha
  4. 1996 - Ek Anari Do Khiladi
  5. 1996 - Cha Cha Charlee

Kannada[edit]

  1. 1988 – Suprabhatha
  2. 1999 - A.K. 47
  3. 2002 - Sainika .... Shanta

References[edit]

https://www.academia.edu/9204740/When_Ghosts_Come_Calling_Re-projecting_the_Disappeared_Muses_of_Malayalam_Cinema==External links==