Sumalatha

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Sumalatha
Sumalatha.jpg
Born (1963-08-27) August 27, 1963 (age 51)
Chennai
Other names Sumalatha Ambarish
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Spouse(s) Ambarish M H

Sumalatha (born 27 August 1963) is an Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 150 films in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in a Telugu family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, She gained popularity in Malayalam cinema and later married Kannada actor-politician Ambarish and has a son Abhishek Gowda.

Career[edit]

Sumalatha began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest in 1979. Her first film was Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (Tamil) for which she got the Best New Face Award. Her Kannada entry was through Ravichandra opposite to Rajkumar. She entered Telugu through Samajaniki Saval (1979), and Malayalam through Moorkhan (1980). She appeared in many Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films early in her career. She was Rajinikanth's second heroine besides Rati Agnihotri in films like Murattu Kaalai and Kazhugu. Most of her Telugu films are with Chiranjeevi. She was the heroine of legendary Malayalam actor Jayan's last film Kolilakkam (1981). In her Malayalam entry film Moorkhan, she acted as Jayan's second heroine. Her most memorable Malayalam films include Thazhvaram, Isabella, Nirakkoottu, Thoovanathumbikal, Parampara and New Delhi.[1] She has acted in many Kannada movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Tayi Kanasu, Karna, Tayiya Hone, Kallarali Hoovagi, Ravichandra in which she acted with actor Rajkumar. Telugu is the language in which she acted the most number of times, followed by Malayalam. In Malayalam, she is fondly remembered for her portrayal of Clara in the cult classic film, Thoovanathumbikal[2] written and directed by P. Padmarajan, paired opposite to Mohanlal.

She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Shrutilayalu in 1987. She is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director Kodandarami Reddy noticed Suhasini combing Sumalatha's long hair on the train journey to the film set. Reddy asked his cameraman, Ashok Reddy, to film the two and added the scene to the movie's final cut.[3]

Sumalatha reportedly speaks six languages, and has acted in five.

Personal life[edit]

She married Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh on 8 December 1991 and they have a son named Abhishek.[4] She acted with Ambareesh[5] in movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Sri Manjunatha and Kallarali Hoovagi which went on to win a National Award. They supposedly met on the sets of a movie, and she was attracted to his bold personality. In an interview with TV9 Kannada she mentioned she was very much attracted to his rebellious attitude. It seems she used to be very silent and be to herself on the sets; he encouraged her to be talkative and mingle with the crew and the people around her.[6][7]

Awards[edit]

  • Devar's Best New Face Award: Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979) (Tamil)
  • AP State Best Actress: Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
  • Film Fans Award for Best Actress: Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
  • Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: New Delhi and Thoovanathumbikal (1987) (Malayalam)
  • Lux Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Malayalam)
  • Film Fans Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Hindi)
  • Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: Isabella (1988) (Malayalam)[8]

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

Telugu[edit]

  • Samajaniki Saval(1979)
  • Rajadhi Raju(1980)
  • Girija Kalyanam(1981) ... Rosy
  • Pelleedu Pillalu (1982) .... Poorna
  • Subhalekha (1982) .... Sujatha
  • Aalyashikaram (1983)
  • Khaidi (1983) .... Dr. Sujatha
  • Merupudadi (1984)
  • Justice Chakravarthy (1984)
  • Janani Janmabhoomi (1984)
  • Agnigundam (1984)
  • Jackie (1985)
  • Chattamtho Porattam (1985) .... Kalyani
  • Kattula Kondayya ( 1985 )
  • Veta (1986)
  • Tandra Paparayudu (1986) .... Subhadra
  • Rakshasudu (1986)
  • Sruthi Layalu (1987)
  • Pasivadi Pranam (1987)
  • Swayam Krushi (1987) .... Sarada
  • Vishwanatha Nayakudu (1987)
  • Donga Kollu (1988)
  • Antima Theerpu (1988)
  • Jayammu Nischayammu Raa! (1990) .... Santhi
  • Gang Leader (1991) .... Raghava's Wife
  • Dabbu Bale Jabbu (1992)
  • Raja Kumarudu (1999) .... Rajlakshmi
  • Sri Manjunatha (2001) .... Sumalatha Devi
  • Boss (2006)

Hindi[edit]

  • Pratibandh (1990)
  • Swarg Yahan Narak Yahan (1991) .... Suman V. Kumar
  • Aaj Ka Gunda Raaj (1992) .... Ritu Saxena
  • Dushman Duniya Ka (1996) .... Reshma
  • Mahaanta: The Film (1997) .... Shanti Malhotra
  • Excuse Me (2003) .... Ajay Rao's Mother

Tamil[edit]

Kannada[edit]

References[edit]

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