Kanchana (actress)

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Kanchana
Born Vasundhara Devi
(1939-08-16) 16 August 1939 (age 77)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Relatives Girija Pandey (sister)

Vasundhara Devi, known by her stage name Kanchana (born 16 August 1939) is a noted Indian actress of the 1960s and 1970s. She acted in all four major south Indian languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam, as well as in a few Hindi films.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She was born as Vasundhara Devi in a wealthy family from Madras, Tamil Nadu, where Kanchana was born.[3] She learnt Bharata Natyam and Music.

Career[edit]

Her father suffered business losses, and she went to work as an air hostess to support her family, when she was discovered by the film director C. V. Sridhar on a plane where he was a passenger. He gave her the lead role in his film Kaadhalikka Neramillai in 1963 and changed her name to Kanchana, since there was already another actress named Vasundhara Devi, mother of star Vyjayanthimala.[4] Kanchana acted in over 150 films – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, with a successful acting career.

She had extremely successful career in Tamil films especially between 1964 and 1977 as lead heroine. Her critically acclaimed films include Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Thedi Vantha Thirumagal, Parakkum Paavai, Kodimalar, Adhey Kangal, Bama Vijayam, Naalum Therindavan, Thangai, Thulabaram, Ponnu Mappilai, Shanti Nilayam, Chella Penn,Uthiravindri Ulle Vaa, Vilaiyaattu Pillai, Sivanda Mann, Nyayam Ketkirom, Avalukendru Oru Manam, Pattondru Ketten, Engalakkum Kaadhal Varum. She retired from films in the early 1980s.[5] In 2005, she was presented with the MGR award and in 2007 the ANR Swarna Kankanam award.[6][7] In Tamil, she acted with R. Muthuraman in about 19 films including Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Kodimalar, Thulabharam (Tamil version), Thangai, Bama Vijayam and Avalukendru Oru Manam. She also acted with Sivaji Ganesan in Sivandha Mann, Vilayattu Pillai and Avan Oru Sarithiram. She did two films with MGR, Naan Yen Pirandhen and Parakkum Paavai. Apart from that, she was paired with many Tamil heroes like A. V. M. Rajan, S. S. Rajendran, Gemini Ganesan , Jaishankar, Ravichandran and Sivakumar.Her last film as lead heroine was Avan Oru Sarithiram in 1977 in Tamil.

Her performances in the movies Pavitra Bandham, Manchivaadu were well appreciated and recognised.[8] She played the role of Uttara in the film Veerabhimanyu. The following year she acted in the Annapurna pictures film Aatma Gowravam with veteran director K. Viswanath.

She acted with Krishnam Raju in some glamorous roles in Neeti Nijayitee (1972), Parivartana (1975), Nenante Nene and Dharma Daata. Not only in social roles, she acted some mythological roles in pictures likeShri Krishnavataram (1967). After retirement as heroine, she acted in some good films including Ananda Bhairavi and Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra in 1984.

After her retirement as a heroine, she acted in some films including Ananda Bhairavi, Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra, Johnny, Sigappu Rojakkal, Mouna Ragam and more as a supporting role.

There were rumours floating around a few years ago about her living in penury. A popular Tamil magazine, Kumudam, published a report that Kanchana was relying on the prasadam served at a Temple. However, in a press release, Kanchana refuted all this with deep anguish. She cited her existing legal tangles as a reason for reluctance for not suing the magazine.

Kanchana appeared in OLX commercial (Tamil/Telugu) in 2015.

Personal life[edit]

The actress later won back her properties in T.Nagar, Chennai of around 6 grounds, with the Court ruling against her parents. It was learnt that one day her father took signature of Kanchana on a white paper and without her knowledge converted total assets on his name. After a long legal battle she won and regained her wealth.

Kanchana along with her Sister Girija Pandey donated their property in Chennai worth then around Rs. 150 million to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on 25 October 2010.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

This is a partial filmography of Kanchana (please help to extend it).

Tamil[edit]

Year Movies Actors Role Note
1964 Kaadhalikka Neramillai Ravichandran, Muthuraman, Rajasri Kanchana Debut film
1965 Veera Abhimanyu A.V.M Rajan, Gemini Ganesan Uttara
1966 Motor Sundaram Pillai Sivaji Ganesan, Ravichandran, Sivakumar, Sowcar Janaki, Jayalalitha
1966 Thedi Vantha Thirumagal A.V.M Rajan, Ravichandran, Vijayakumari, S.V Ranga Rao, Nagesh
1966 Parakkum Paavai M.G.R, Saroja Devi Shantha
1966 Kodimalar Muthuraman, A.V.M Rajan, Vijayakumari
1966 Marakka Mudiyumaa? S.S Rajendran, Muthuramam, Devika
1967 Adhey Kangal Ravichandran, S.A Ashokan, Nagesh Susheela
1967 Bama Vijayam Muthuraman, Nagesh, Major Sundrrajan, Rajasri, Sowcar Janaki, Jayanthi
1967 Thangai Sivaji Ganesan, Muthuraman, K.R. Vijaya Lalitha
1968 Naalum Therindhvan Ravichandran, Nagesh, V.K. Ramasamy
1969 Chella Penn Ravichandran, A.V.M Rajan, Pushpalatha
1969 Ponnu Mappillai Jaishankar, Nagesh, V.K Ramasamy
1969 Shanti Nilayam Gemini Ganesan, Nagesh, Pandari Bai Malathi
1969 Thulabaram A.V.M Rajan, Muthuraman, Saradha Vatsala
1970 Noorandu Kaalam Vazgha Muthuraman, A.V.M Rajan, L. Vijayalakshmi
1970 Sivandha Mann Sivaji Ganesan, Muthuraman, M.N Nambiar Chitralekha
1970 Vilaiyaattu Pillai Sivaji Ganesan, Sivakumar, Padmini
1970 Kadhal Jothi Jaishankar, Ravichandran, Vanisri, Nagesh, Thengai Srinivasan
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Gemini Ganesan, Muthuraman, Bharathi
1971 Uttharavindri Ulle Vaa Ravichandran, Nagesh
1971 Pattondru Ketten A.V.M Rajan, Ravichandran, Rajasri
1972 Naan Yen Pirandhen M.G.R, K.R Vijaya Radha
1973 Nyayam Ketkirom Muthuraman, Nagesh, Lakshmi
1975 Engalakkum Kaadhal Varum Ravichandran, Jaishankar, Padmapriya, Nagesh
1977 Avan Oru Sarithiram Sivaji Ganesan, Manjula Vijayakumar
1978 Sigappu Rojakkal Kamal Hassan, Sri Devi
1979 Ninaivil Oru Malar
1979 Jaya Nee Jayichutte Major Sundarrajan, Jayachitra, Prameela
1980 Johnny Rajinikanth, Sridevi Johnny's mother
1980 Jamboo Jaishankar, Jayamala, Major Sundarrajan
1981 Lorry Driver Rajakannu Sivaji Ganesan, Jaiganesh, Sri Priya
1982 Pagadai Panirendu Kamal Hassan, Sri Devi, Sathyapriya Anand's mother
1983 Gramathu Kiligal Rajeev, Subathra
1983 Kaakkum Kaamakakshi K.R Vijaya, Ramya Krishnan, Aruna Mucherla
1985 Kattukkulle Thiruvizha Vijayendra, Viji
1986 Mouna Raagam Mohan, Karthik, Revathi Lawyer
1987 Naanum Neeyum Charu Hassan, Sonika Gill
1987 Kizhakku Africavil Sheela Suresh, Shakeela
1994 Neethiyaa Nyayamaa Cho

Kannada[edit]

Year Movie Co-star Role Note
1969 Mayor Muthanna Rajkumar, Barathi Vishnuvardhan
1969 Mathrubhoomi Udaykumar, Kalpana
1970 C.I.D. Rajanna Rajkumar, Rajasri, Premalatha
1971 Thayi Devaru Rajkumar, Barathi Visnuvardhan
1971 Samshaya Phala Udaykumar, Srinath, Jayanthi
1971 Kaasidre Kailasa Rajkumar, Udaykumar, Vanisri
1972 Bandhavya K.s Aswath, Rajesh, B.V Radha
1974 Veeranjaneya Kathe S.V Ranga Rao, Kantha Rao, Jayanthi, Kalpana
1974 Bhakta Kumbara Rajkumar, Leelavathi
1977 Karthavyada Kare Udayachandrika, B.V Radha
1977 Babruvahana Rajkumar, Saroja Devi, Jayamala Uloopi
1978 Nanobba Kalla Rajkumar, Lakshmi
1978 Shankar Guru Rajkumar, Jayamala, Padmapriya
1979 Seetharamu Shankar Nag, Manjula
1980 Biligiriya Banadalli Vishnuvardhan, Geetha
1980 Aarada Gaaya Shankar Nag, Gayatri Nag, Sowcar Janaki
1981 Jeevakke Jeeva Anant Nag, Shankar Nag, Saritha
1981 Bhagyavantha Jai Jagadish, Aarathi
1982 Nyaya Ellide Shankar Nag, Aarathi
1982 Pedda Gedda Dwarakish, Aarathi
1982 Prachanda Kulla Vishnuvardhan, Dwarakish, Raadhika
1983 Bhakta Prahlada Rajkumar, Anant Nag, Saritha
1984 Maryade Mahalu Udaykumar, Ramakrishna, Roopadevi, Poornima
1984 Raktha Thilaka Shankar Nag, Jayamala
1984 Bandhana Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini Manirathnam
1984 Pralayanthaka V. Ravichandran, Jai Jagadish, Bhavya
1984 Ananda Bhairavi Girish Karnad, Malavikka
1984 Samayada Gombe Rajkumar, Roopadevi, Menaka
1985 Veeradhi Veera Vishnuvardhan, Geetha
1985 Nanna Prathigne Vishnuvardhan, Ahalya, Lakshmi
1985 Chaduranga Ambrish, Ambika
1985 Bidugadeya Bedi Ananth Nag, Lakshmi, Umasri
1986 Ratha Sapthami Shivarajkumar, Rajeswari, Roopadevi
1986 Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu Vishnuvardhan, Aarathi
1986 Beegara Pandya Sridhar, Poornima, Pallavi
1986 Africadalli Sheela Charan Raj, Kalyan Kumar, Shakeela
1987 Vijayothsava Kumar Bangarappa, Sudha Rani
1987 Jayasimha Vishnuvardhan, Mahalakshmi
1988 Chiranjeevi Sudhakar Ragavendran Rajkumar, Monisha Unni
1988 Dharma Pathni Rajesh, Lakshmi, Thara
1988 Devatha Manushya Rajkumar, Geetha

Telugu[edit]

Year Movie Co-star Role Note
1965 Aatma Gowravam ANR, Rajasri Savitri/Sarala
1965 Manchi Kutumbam ANR, Krishna, Chandramohan, Sowcar Janaki, Vijayanirmala, Vijayasree
1965 Preminchi Choodu ANR, Jaggaiah, Rajasri
1965 Veerabhimanyu NTR, Sobhan Babu Uttara
1966 Navarathri ANR, Jaggaiah, Savitri
1966 Dr. Anand NTR, Anjali Devi
1967 Ave Kallu Krishna, Gummadi, Ranjanala Susheela
1967 Prana Mithrulu ANR, Jaggaiah, Savitri
1967 Kanchukota ANR, Anjali Devi
1967 Private Master Ram Mohan, Krishna, Sukanya Sundari
1967 Shri Krishnavataram NTR, Devika
1968 Bandhipotu Dongalu ANR, Jaggaiah, Jamuna Malli
1968 Nenante Nene Krishna, Krishnamraju, Sriranjini
1968 'Deva Kanya Kantha Rao, Rajasri
1968 Veeranjaneya Kantha Rao, Anjali Devi
1968 Kalisochina Adrushtam NTR, Sathyanarayana
1969 Manushulu Marali Sobhan Babu, Saradha
1969 Saptaswaralu Kantha Rao, Rajasri, Vijayalalitha, Vijayanirmala
1969 Natakala Rayudu Nagabhushanam, Hemalatha Geetha Devi
1970 Dharma Daata ANR, Nagabhushanam Padma
1971 Kalyana Mandapam Sobhan Babu, Jaggaiah
1971 Pavitra Bandham ANR, Vanisri
1971 Amayakuralu ANR, Saradha
1973 Bhakta Tukaram ANR
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu NTR, Jaggaiah, Jayalalitha
1973 Manchi Vadu ANR, Vanisri
1975 Maya Maschindra NTR, Vanisri Mohini
1975 Annadammula Anubandham NTR, Murali Mohan, Latha Geetha
1976 Mahakavi Kshetrayya ANR, Anjali Devi, Manjula
1976 Secretary ANR, Chandramohan, Vanisri, Jayasudha
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna NTR, Balakrishna, Saradha
1977 Indradhanusu Krishna, Saradha
1979 Driver Ramudu NTR, Jayasudha Kalavathi
1981 Gadasari Attaha Sosagara Kodalu Krishna, Bhanumathi
1984 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra NTR, Balakrishna, Rathi
1985 Shri Datta Darshanam Sarvadaman D. Banerjee, Jyotirmayi
2017 Arjun Reddy (yet to be released) Vijay Deverakonda, Shalini Pandey

Malayalam[edit]

Year Movie Co-star Role Note
1964 Althaara Prem Nazir, Sheela
1966 Priyathama Prem Nazir, Sheela
1968 Thirichadi Prem Nazir, Sheela
1968 Kodungallooramma Prem Nazir, K.R Vijaya
1970 Othenante Makan Prem Nazir, Ragini, Sheela
1972 Prathikaaram Jayabharathi, Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
1972 Manthrakodi Prem Nazir, Vijayasree
1973 Azhakulla Saleena Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi Lucyamma
1974 Thumbolaarcha Prem Nazir, Sheela, Srividya
1974 Jeevikkan Marannupoya Sthree Sheela, Mohan Sharma
1977 Ammaayi Amma Sukumari, Jayabharathi
1979 Nithya Vasantham Kundara Johny, Vidhubala
1979 Rakthamillatha Manushyan M.G Soman, Jayabharathi
1982 Ina Raghu, Devi Aunty
1984 Sreekrishna Parunthu Mohanlal, Aruna
1985 Njaan Piranna Naattil Mohanlal, Aruna Nandini

Hindi[edit]

Year Movie Co-star Role Note
1967 Farz Jeetendra, Babita
1968 Teen Bahuraniyan Prithviraj Kapoor, Ramesh Deo Remake of Bhama Vijayam
1970 Samaj Ko Badal Dalo Ajay Sahni, Saradha, Aruna Irani Remake of Thulabaaram
1974 Prem Nagar Dancer Remake of Vasantha Maligai
1975 Alakh Niranjan Mohini dubbed from Maya Maschindra
1977 Veer Arjun Uloopi dubbed from Babruvahana
1987 Waqt Ka Shahenshah dubbed

Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award[edit]

  • She was presented with the MGR award in 2005.

Other awards[edit]

  • ANR Swarna Kankanam award in 2007.[6]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article849193.ece
  2. ^ http://www.malayalachalachithram.com/profiles.php?i=5584
  3. ^ http://www.andhrajyothi-sunday.com/AJweeklyshow.asp?qry=2012/apr/29/gnapakalu&more=2012/apr/29/sundaymain
  4. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (18 August 2012). "'Nothing is permanent'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  5. ^ "Star then, a stoic now". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Yesteryear diva looks back". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Yesteryear heroine wins property, donates to TTD". The New Indian Express. Chennai, India. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Idle Brain. Idle Brain. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  9. ^ "TTD not to sell land donated by yesteryear actress". Zee News. Chennai, India. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Yesteryears dream girl has a dream today - IBNLive". IBN Live. Chennai, India. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2014.