Garikapati Varalakshmi

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G. Varalakshmi
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G. Varalakshmi, c. 1951
Born
Garikapati Varalakshmi

27 September 1926
DiedNovember 26, 2006(2006-11-26) (aged 80)
Occupationactress
ChildrenK.Raghavendra Rao

G. Varalakshmi, born Garikapati Varalaxmi (27 September 1926 – 26 November 2006[1]), was a veteran Telugu and Tamil actress, stage artist, singer and director. She is well remembered for her arrogant roles in movies like Drohi and Letha Manasulu.

Biography[edit]

Varalakshmi was born in 1926 in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, India to a Telugu Brahmin family. She left home to act on stage in Vijayawada, when she was 11 years old. She acted along with stage actors Thungala Chalapathi and Dasari Kotiratnam and became popular for her roles in plays like Sakkubai and Rangoon Rowdy.

Her first two movie roles aged 14 were in Barrister Parvatheesam, produced by Raghupathy Prakash, and Bondam Pelli, produced by H. M. Reddy. These two movies were released together as a two-in-one movie. She then moved to Bombay to sing in the chorus for Naushad in 1942. As her career as a singer was not successful, she returned to Madras in 1946. She married filmmaker and studio-owner Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao. Her husband and she acted in and produced a controversial and popular movie, Drohi in which she played the part of an arrogant daughter.

Drohi was followed by popular movies like Kula Gotralu, Kanna Talli and Pelli Chesi Choodu in which she acted with all the top heroes of Indian films of the 1940s and 1950s in Telugu and Tamil, playing roles ranging from the loving woman and arrogant sister to the mother-in-law. She also directed a social movie, Moogajeevulu. She got involved in politics and supported M.G.R for a short time and was an active member in Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali. She was the mother of two children, one daughter Kovelamudi Kanaka Durga and a son Kovelamudi Siva Prakash who became a famous camera man.

Filmography[edit]

Note: The list is not comprehensive.

Actress[edit]

  1. Barrister Parvatishan, 1940
  2. Bondam Pelli, 1940
  3. Dakshayagnam, 1941
  4. Bhakta Prahlada, 1942
  5. Vindhyarani, 1948
  6. Drohi, 1948
  7. Maya Rambha, 1950
  8. Modati Rathri, 1950
  9. Shri Lakshmamma Katha, 1950
  10. Swapna Sundari, 1950
  11. Deeksha, 1951
  12. Nirdoshi, 1951
  13. Niraparadhi, 1951
  14. Manavathi (1952)
  15. Pelli Chesi Choodu, 1952
  16. Kanna Talli, 1953
  17. Naa Chellelu, 1953
  18. Paropakaram, 1953
  19. Jyoti, 1954
  20. Maa Gopi, 1954
  21. Menarikam, 1954
  22. Gulebakavali, 1955
  23. Ante Kavali, 1955
  24. Melukolupu, 1956
  25. Paasavalai 1956
  26. Naan Petra Selvam, 1956
  27. Dongallo Dora, 1957
  28. Aaravalli, 1957
  29. Karpurakarasi, 1957
  30. Pathini Deivam, 1957
  31. Raja Nandini, 1958
  32. Mangalya Balam, 1958

Sri renuka devi mahatyam 1960

  1. Sivagami, 1960
  2. Iddaru Mitrulu, 1961
  3. Kula Gothralu, 1962
  4. Bhishma, 1962
  5. Antastulu, 1965
  6. Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum, 1965
  7. Sumangali, 1965
  8. Aastiparulu, 1966
  9. Letha Manasulu, 1966
  10. Bangaru Pichika, 1967
  11. Buddhimanthudu, 1969
  12. Nindu Hrudayalu, 1969
  13. Samsaram Sagaram, 1973
  14. Ganga Manga, 1973
  15. Athavarillu, 1976
  16. Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club, 1976
  17. Gorantha Deepam, 1978

Director[edit]

  1. Moogajeevulu, 1968

References[edit]

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