Sujatha (actress)

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Sujatha
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Born (1952-12-10)10 December 1952[1]
Sri Lanka
Died 6 April 2011(2011-04-06) (aged 58)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–2006
Spouse(s) Jayakar
Children Sajith, Divya

Sujatha (10 December 1952[1] – 6 April 2011)[2] was a South Indian actress who performed in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi language films, and was best known for restraint and subtlety in portrayal of varied emotions. Sujatha was introduced to the Tamil film industry by veteran director K. Balachander as a protagonist in Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974).[3] She paired with Kamal Haasan in most of her films.[2] She also acted with leading actors N.T.R,Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Shobhan Babu and Krishna.[4] She died of cardiac arrest in Chennai.

Early life[edit]

Sujatha was born to Malayali parents on 10 December 1952 in Galle, Sri Lanka[2] where she spent her childhood. She participated in school plays, and later moved to Kerala when she was about 15. She acted in Ernakulam Junction, a Malayalam film and soon drew the attention of K. Balachander.

Career[edit]

Sujatha made her debut in the Malayalam film Thapasvini. Her first Tamil film was Aval Oru Thodar Kathai directed by K. Balachander. She again collaborated with K. Balachander in Avargal (1977), Rajinikanth, and Kamal Haasan.

Sujatha acted in over 300 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, with almost 200 in Tamil. She shot to fame instantly with her portrayal of a haughty, free-thinking urban working woman shouldering the family’s responsibilities. Despite displaying her acting prowess through fiery characters in films like Aval Oru Thodarkadhai and Vidhi, Sujatha was equally known for her performances in family dramas like Mayangugiraal Oru Maadhu, Sentamizh Paattu and Aval Varuvaala. She seldom resorted to glamorous roles and graduated to playing older women in the late 1980s.

Character roles[edit]

During the 1980s, she started playing character roles, often portraying mothers. Her performances as a senior actor in films like Kodi Parakuthu, Uzhaippali, Baba in all which she played the mother of Rajinikanth; and Villain in which she played Ajith Kumar's mother. Vathiyar (2006) was her last film.[1]

Death[edit]

While undergoing treatment for a heart ailment, Sujatha died of cardiac arrest in Chennai on April 6, 2011.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Government of Tamil Nadu

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language
2006 Vathiyar Arjun's mother Tamil
2006 Varalaru Ajith Kumar's mother in law Tamil
2006 Neelakanta Kannada
2006 Sri Ramadasu Pokala Damakka Telugu
2005 Mayookham Malayalam
2005 Chandrolsavam Bhavani Malayalam
2004 Attagasam Ajith Kumar's mother Tamil
2004 Arul Vikram's mother Tamil
2004 Jalothsavam Bhanumathi Malayalam
2003 Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu Raghavayya's wife Telugu
2003 Kiccha Sharada (Kiccha's mother) Kannada
2002 Baba Rajini's mother Tamil
2002 Tappu Chesi Pappu Koodu Telugu
2001 Villain Head of disabled home Tamil
2001 Chitrathoonukal Malayalam
1999 Sneham Kosam Lakshmi Telugu
1998 Thutta Mutta Anusuya (Ramesh Aravind's mother) Kannada
1998 Paataali Tamil
1998 Natpukaaga Lakshmi Tamil
1998 Aval Varuvala Simran's mother-in-law Tamil
1996 Poovarasan Karthik's mother Tamil
1996 Pelli Telugu
1995 Karna Arjun's mother Tamil
1994 Amaithipadai Sivakami Tamil
1993 Uzhavan Prabhu's mother Tamil
1993 Senthamizh Paattu Prabhu's mother Tamil
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil
1992 Ahankari Telugu
1992 Madhavaiah Gari Manavadu Telugu
1992 Soori Gadu Telugu
1992 Simhadhwani Malayalam
1991 Chanti Mother of Chanti Telugu
1990 Sutradhaarulu Telugu
1989 Kodi Parakuthu Rajini's mother Tamil
1989 Maaveeran Rajini's mother Tamil
1986 Ariyatha Bandham Malayalam
1986 Mahashakthi Mariamma Mariamma Devotee Tamil
1985 Mangamma Sabatham Kamal's mother Tamil
1985 Randum Randum Anju Malayalam
1985 Uthami Tamil
1984 Agnigundam Telugu
1984 Anubandham Telugu
1984 Justice Chakravarthy Telugu
1983 Thudikkum Karangal Tamil
1983 Abhilasha Telugu
1983 Yedukondalu Telugu
1983 Justice Raja Malayalam
1982 Thyagi Tamil
1982 Sitadevi Telugu
1982 Thai Mookambhikai Telugu
1982 Priya Sakhi Radha Malayalam
1982 Oru Vilipadakale Malayalam
1981 Ek Hi Bhool Hindi
1981 Kadal Meengal Kamal's wife Tamil
1981 Mahapurushudu Lakshmi Telugu
1980 Prema Tarangalu Telugu
1980 Circus Ramudu Telugu
1980 Anbukku Naan Adimai Tamil
1980 Edantastulameda Telugu
1979 Nool Veli Tamil
1979 Poonthalir Tamil
1979 Gorintaku Swapna Telugu
1979 Guppedu Manasu Telugu
1978 Brashtu Malayalam
1977 Andaman Kathali Tamil
1977 Avargal Anu Tamil
1977 Uyarndhavargal Tamil
1976 Annakili Annam Tamil
1976 Lalitha Tamil
1976 Udayam Kizhakkuthanne Malayalam
1976 Aayiram Janmagal Malayalam
1976 Idhaya Malar Tamil
1976 Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu Tamil
1975 Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu Muthuraman's wife Tamil
1975 Aayirathil Oruthi Srikanth's lover Tamil
1975 Vazhunthu Kattukiren Tamil
1975 Niramala Malayalam
1975 Chumadu Thangi Malayalam
1975 Thiruvonam Malayalam
1975 Chuvanna Sandhyakal Malayalam
1975 Sammanam Malayalam
1975 Malsaram Malayalam
1975 Aval Oru Thudarkadha Malayalam
1974 Chattakari Usha Malayalam
1974 Aval Oru Thodar Kathai Kavitha Tamil
1974 Chakravakam Malayalam
1974 Shapamoksham Malayalam
1974 Sapthaswarangal Rukmini Malayalam
1973 Swarga Puthri Jolly Malayalam
1973 Rakkuyil Malayalam
1973 Kaliyugam Malayalam
1973 Interview Malayalam
1973 Achani Uma Malayalam
1973 Chuzhi Neena Malayalam
1973 Kattu Vithachavan Malayalam
1973 Manassu Malayalam
1973 Football Champion Thulasi Malayalam
1973 Chukku Malayalam
1973 Bhadradeepam Usha Malayalam
1973 Ladies Hostel Rema Malayalam
1973 Ajnathavasam Geetha Malayalam
1973 Thekkankattu Annakkutty Malayalam
1973 Driksashi Malayalam
1972 Maya Omana Malayalam
1972 Brahmachari Malayalam
1972 Adyathe Kadha Nalini Malayalam
1972 Akkarapacha Malayalam
1972 Aradi Manninte Janmi Nirmala Malayalam
1972 Azhimukam Malayalam
1972 Ananthashayanam Malayalam
1972 Anweshanam Malayalam
1972 Punarjanamam Malayalam
1972 Mayiladumkunnu Malayalam
1972 Snehadeepame Mizhithurakku Malayalam
1972 Manushya Bandhangal Malayalam
1972 Devi Malayalam
1971 Ernakulam Junction Jaya Malayalam
1971 Thapaswini Malayalam
1971 Avalalpam Vaikipoyi Malayalam
1970 Olavum Theeravum Malayalam
1966 Rowdy Malayalam
1968 Thapasvini Malayalam
1965 Kadathukaran Malayalam
1965 Kattupookkal Malayalam
1965 Ammu Malayalam

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