J. V. Somayajulu

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J V Somayajulu
Born Jonnalagadda Venkata Somayajulu
(1928-06-30)30 June 1928
Lukalam Agraharam, near Kameswaripeta
Srikakulam district
Died 24 April 2004(2004-04-24) (aged 75)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor, government officer
Notable work Sankar Sastry in Sankarabharanam,
Tyagaraja in Tyagayya

Jonnalagadda Venkata "J. V." Somayajulu(Telugu: జొన్నలగడ్డ వేంకట సోమయాజులు; 30 June 1928 – 27 April 2004) was an Indian film actor known for his works in Telugu cinema and a few Tamil and Hindi films.[1] In 1979, he received the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for his work in the classic Sankarabharanam. On the centenary of Indian cinema, Forbes included his performance in the film among the 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema.[2] He also acted in the most admired Hindi film Jaag Utha Insan with Mithun Chakraborty and Sridevi directed by K Vishwanath.

Some of the other films that earned Somayajulu a good reputation as an actor were Allari Pillalu, Nelavanka, Rowdy Alludu, Swatimutyam, Tyagayya, Saptapadi, Vijeta, Appula Appa Rao and Vamsa Vruksham. He portrayed the guru character of Sri Raghavendra (played by Rajinikanth) in the Tamil movie Sri Raghavendrar.[3] He made a 13-episode television serial based on the play Kanyasulkam.[4]

For the development of Telugu theatre in the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Somayajulu established 'Rasaranjani' along with his contemporaries, Chatla Sriramulu, Garimella Rama Murthy and Rallapalli.[4] Somayajulu worked in the Directorate of Cultural Affairs before retiring from government service. He died of heart attack at Hyderabad in 2004 at the age of 76.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was a government official for a long time. He hailed from the village of Lukalam Agraharam near Kameswaripeta, Urlam in Srikakulam district. His father worked as an Inspector in Prohibition & Excise department in Gudivada and other towns. He spent his childhood in Vizianagaram and also learnt playing stage dramas when he was in Vizianagaram.[4]

His career spanned five decades in stage dramas, films and television. His passion for Gurazada Apparao's play, Kanyasulkam, was such that he, along with his actor brother J V Ramana Murthy, played it for about 500 times in 45 years. His exposition of the delightfully notorious character, 'Ramappanthulu' in the play, has become legendary. The woman behind the success of Somayajulu was his mother Saradamma. He died of illness at Hyderabad in 2004 at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Character Notes
2005 Bhagmati Hindi film
2003 Ondagona Baa Raghavayya (Ajja) Kannada film
Kabirdas
1997 Mannava Astrologer Tamil film
1994 Sarigamalu
1993 Govinda Govinda
Mutha Mestri
Sopanam Raja Raja Varma Thamburan Malayalam film
1992 Allari Mogudu
1991 Rowdy Alludu
Aditya 369 Mahamantri Thimmarusu
Appula Appa Rao Sankara Sastri
1990 Pratibandh Chief Minister Satyendra Hindi film
1989 Swara Kalpana
Thiruppu Munai Sathyamoorthy Tamil film
1988 Idhu Namma Aalu Srinivasa Sastry Tamil film
Abhinandana
1987 Viswanatha Nayakudu
Swayam Krushi
Chakravarthy Swamiji
Majnu
Sankeertana
1986 Kaliyuga Pandavulu
Magadheerudu
Aalaapana
Kalyana Tambulam
Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam Nana Chandorkar
Tandra Paparayudu
Pyaar Ka Sindoor Hindi film
1985 Vijetha Narasimham
Devalayam
Yaar? Swamiji Tamil film
Swati Mutyam
Sri Raghavendrar Saint Sudheendra Tamil film
1984 Jaag Utha Insan Panditji Hindi film with Mithun Chakraborty
1983 Sitaara
Nelavanka Raheem
1982 Pelleedu Pillalu P V Rao
1981 Tyagayya Tyagayya
1980 Vamsa Vruksham
Saptapadi Yajulu
Shankarabharanam Shankara Sastry winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1976 Jyoti

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu : An embodiment of Uttarandhra culture". hindu.com. 
  2. ^ Prasad, Shishir; Ramnath, N. S.; Mitter, Sohini (27 April 2013). "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema". Forbes. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Hindu : Metro cultural round-up". hindu.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh News : Somayajulu passes away". hinduonnet.com. 

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