Garikapati Varalakshmi

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G. Varalakshmi
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G. Varalakshmi, c. 1951
Born Garikapati Varalakshmi
13 September 1926
Ongole, Andhra Pradesh India
Died November 26, 2006(2006-11-26) (aged 80)
Occupation actress

G. Varalakshmi, born Garikapati Varalaxmi (13 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. She left home to act on stage in Vijayawada, when she was 11 years old. She acted along with drama artists Thungala Chalapathi and Dasari Kotiratnam and became popular for her roles in plays like Sakkubai and Rangoon Rowdy.

Her first movies are Barrister Parvatheesam, produced by Raghupathy Prakash, and Bondam Pelli, produced by H. M. Reddy, when she was 14 years old. These two movies were released together as a two-in-one movie. She moved to Bombay to sing in chorus groups 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 K. S. Prakash Rao. Her husband and she acted in and produced a controversial and popular movie, Drohi. She played an arrogant daughter role in that movie.

She later acted in popular movies like Kula Gotralu, Kanna Talli and Pelli Chesi Choodu. She acted with all the top heroes in the 1940s and 1950s in Telugu and Tamil. She played roles of both the loving woman and arrogant sister or mother-in-law. She also directed a social movie, Moogajeevulu. She joined politics and supported M.G.R for a short time. She was an active member in Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali.

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. Manavati, 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
  33. Sivagami, 1960
  34. Iddaru Mitrulu, 1961
  35. Kula Gothralu, 1962
  36. Bhishma, 1962
  37. Antastulu, 1965
  38. Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum, 1965
  39. Sumangali, 1965
  40. Aastiparulu, 1966
  41. Letha Manasulu, 1966
  42. Bangaru Pichika, 1967
  43. Buddhimanthudu, 1969
  44. Nindu Hrudayalu, 1969
  45. Samsaram Sagaram, 1973
  46. Ganga Manga, 1973
  47. Athavarillu, 1976
  48. Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club, 1976
  49. Gorantha Deepam, 1978

Director[edit]

  1. Moogajeevulu, 1968

References[edit]

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