Kovai Sarala

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Kovai Sarala
Kovai Sarala.jpg
Sarala in 2016
Born
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • actress
  • television presenter
  • politician
Political partyMakkal Needhi Maiam

Kovai Sarala is an Indian actress and comedian, who prominently plays supporting roles in Tamil and Telugu films. She has won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian three times, for her performances in Sathi Leelavathi (1995), Poovellam Un Vasam (2001) and Uliyin Osai (2008).[1] She has also won the two Nandi Awards for Best Female Comedian[2] and the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for her performance in Kanchana (2011).[3] She is now part of Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam Party.[4]

Early and present life[edit]

Kovai Sarala was born into a Malayali family in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[5][6] Sarala had developed interest in acting, after watching MGR's films. She completed her studies and entered the film industry with the support of her sister and father.[5]

She got her first film offer when she was in the 9th standard and acted with Vijayakumar and K. R. Vijaya in the film Velli Ratham.[7] She was in Class 10, when she played a 32-year-old pregnant woman Mundhanai Mudichu, her second film.[8] Two years later she acted in Chinna Veedu, where she played the 65-year-old mother of Bhagyaraj's character.[8] She has appeared in more than 300+ films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.[8] She has mentioned the films Sathi Leelavathi, Viralukketha Veekkam, Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana, Karakattakkaran and Viswanathan Ramamoorthy as her personal favourites.[7]

She has also worked in television series and television shows. She worked as a regular guest judge on Asatha Povathu Yaaru?[9] and has hosted the reality show Paasa Paravaigal.[8] In 2013, she was the judge on the Tamil comedy show "Comedyil Kalakkuvathu Eppadi" that airs on Vijay TV.[10] Now she is regular judge on the Tamil comedy show "Varuthapadatha valibar sangam" that airs on Zee Tamil.[11] Also hosting kids game show "Chellame chellam" on Sun TV.

Personal life[edit]

Kovai Sarala is not married. Sarala looks after the children of her relatives, as she considers them to be her own.[12]

Partial filmography[edit]

Tamil[edit]

  1. Velli Ratham (1979)
  2. Mundhanai Mudichu (1983)
  3. Vaidhegi Kaathirunthaal (1984)
  4. Thambikku Endha Ooru (1984)
  5. Mannukketha Ponnu (1984)
  6. Nooravathu Naal (1984)
  7. Vaidehi Kathirunthal (1984)
  8. Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985)
  9. Anbin Mugavari (1985)
  10. Uyarndha Ullam (1985)
  11. Engal Kural (1985)
  12. Chinna Veedu (1985)
  13. Japanil Kalyanaraman (1985)
  14. Udaya Geetham (1985)
  15. Marakka Matten (1986)
  16. Yaaro Ezhuthiya Kavithai (1986)
  17. Vasantha Raagam (1986)
  18. Lakshmi Vandhachu (1986)
  19. Mannukkul Vairam (1986)
  20. Kadhal Parisu (1987)
  21. Velicham (1987)
  22. Solvathellam Unmai (1987)
  23. Ananda Aradhanai (1987)
  24. Ini Oru Sudhanthiram (1987)
  25. Per Sollum Pillai (1987)
  26. Chinna Kuyil Paaduthu (1987)
  27. Uzhavan Magan (1987)
  28. Melam Kottu Thali Kattu (1988)
  29. Thambi Thanga Kambi (1988)
  30. Soora Samhaaram (1988)
  31. Enga Ooru Kavalkaran (1988)
  32. Valaikaapu (1988)
  33. Poovukkul Boogambam (1988)
  34. Moodu Manthiram (1989)
  35. Raja Chinna Roja (1989)
  36. Thangamana Purushan (1989)
  37. Valathu Kalai Vaithu Vaa (1989)
  38. Thaaya Thaarama (1989)
  39. Yogam Raja Yogam (1989)
  40. Solaikuyil (1989)
  41. Paandi Nattu Thangam (1989)
  42. Karagattakaran (1989)
  43. Enga Ooru Mappillai (1989)
  44. Thangamani Rengamani (1989)
  45. Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu (1989)
  46. Raaja Raajathan (1989)
  47. Dharmam Vellum (1989)
  48. Jagathalaprathapan (1990)
  49. Maruthu Pandi (1990)
  50. Adhisaya Manithan (1990)
  51. En Kadhal Kanmani (1990)
  52. My Dear Marthandan (1990)
  53. Sathan Sollai Thattathe (1990)
  54. Erikkarai Poonkatrey (1990)
  55. Valiba Vizhayattu (1990)
  56. Thai Maasam Poovaasam (1990)
  57. Pondatti Sonna Kaettukanum (1991)
  58. Pondatti Pondattithan (1991)
  59. Pudhiya Raagam (1991)
  60. Chithirai Pookkal (1991)
  61. Mahamayi (1991)
  62. Chinnavar (1992)
  63. Therku Theru Machan (1992)
  64. Ponnuketha Purushan (1992)
  65. Pondatti Rajyam (1992)
  66. Thirumathi Palanisamy (1992)
  67. Thilagam (1992)
  68. Dhuruva Natchathiram (1993)
  69. Sethupathi IPS (1994)
  70. Vaanga Partner Vaanga (1994)
  71. Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana (1994)
  72. Pathavi Pramanam (1994)
  73. Pavithra (1994) as Thenmozhi
  74. Nammavar (1994)
  75. Sathi Leelavathi (1995)
  76. Rani Maharani (1995)
  77. Vasantha Vaasal (1996)
  78. Vasantham (1996)
  79. Kaalam Maari Pochu (1996)
  80. Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga (1997)
  81. Nattupura Nayagan (1997)
  82. Nalla Manasukkaran (1997)
  83. Udhavikku Varalaamaa (1998)
  84. Kaathala Kaathala (1998)
  85. Aval Varuvala (1998)
  86. Unnudan (1998)
  87. Kanave Kalaiyadhe (1999)
  88. Anantha Poongathe (1999)
  89. Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999)
  90. Nesam Pudhusu (1999)
  91. Poovellam Kettuppar (1999)
  92. Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa (1999)
  93. Viralukketha Veekkam (1999)
  94. Minsara Kanna (1999)
  95. Paattali (1999)
  96. Pudhu Kudithanam (1999)
  97. Manaivikku Mariyadhai (1999)
  98. Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela (2000)
  99. Magalirkkaga (2000)
  100. Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai (2000)
  101. Doubles (2000)
  102. Maayi (2000)
  103. Unnai Kann Theduthey (2000)
  104. Budget Padmanabhan (2000)
  105. Uyirile Kalanthathu (2000)
  106. Nageswari (2001)
  107. Krishna Krishna (2001)
  108. Mitta Miraasu (2001)
  109. Poovellam Un Vasam (2001)
  110. Piriyadha Varam Vendum (2001)
  111. En Mana Vaanil (2001)
  112. Shakalaka Baby (2001)
  113. Viswanathan Ramamoorthy (2001)
  114. Veettoda Mappillai (2001)
  115. Vadagupatti Maapillai (2001)
  116. Shahjahan (2001)
  117. Ennamma Kannu (2002)
  118. Thenkasi Pattanam (2002)
  119. En Mana Vaanil (2002)
  120. Panchathantiram (2002)
  121. Vaanam Vasappadum (2004)
  122. Vishwa Thulasi (2004)
  123. Priyasakhi (2005)
  124. Mumbai Xpress (2005)
  125. Kovai Brothers (2006)
  126. Uliyin Osai (2007)
  127. Muni (2007)
  128. Uliyin Osai (2008)
  129. Muni 2: Kanchana (2011)
  130. Oru Nadigaiyin Vaakkumoolam (2012)
  131. Paagan (2012)
  132. Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (2013)
  133. Thillu Mullu (2013)
  134. Arya Surya (2013)
  135. Ragalaipuram (2013)
  136. Chithirayil Nilachoru (2013)
  137. Malini 22 Palayamkottai (2014)
  138. Saravana Poigai (2014)
  139. Vanavarayan Vallavarayan (2014)
  140. Sigaram Thodu (2014)
  141. Aranmanai (2014)
  142. Rettai Vaalu (2014)
  143. Komban (2015)
  144. Muni 3: Ganga (2015)
  145. Adhibar (2015)
  146. Vedalam (2015)
  147. Aranmanai 2 (2016)
  148. Nayaki (2016)
  149. Thiraikku Varadha Kathai (2016)
  150. Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru (2016)
  151. Balle Vellaiyathevaa (2016)
  152. Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva (2017)
  153. Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae (2017)
  154. Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017)
  155. Sathura Adi 3500 (2017)
  156. Bayama Irukku (2017)
  157. Mersal (2017)
  158. Semma (2018)
  159. Itly (2018)
  160. Kasu Mela Kasu (2018)
  161. Lakshmi (2018)
  162. Utharavu Maharaja (2018)
  163. Viswasam (2019)
  164. Kanchana 3 (2019)
  165. Devi 2 (2019)
  166. Maaligai (2020)
  167. Michaelpatty Raja (2021)
  168. Pei Mama (2021)

Telugu[edit]

  1. Veera Prathap (1987)
  2. Amma Kadupu Challaga (1991)
  3. Pellam Chepithe Vinnali (1992)
  4. Pellama Majaka (1993)
  5. Kunti Putrudu (1994)
  6. Bhairava Dweepam (1994)
  7. Hello Alludu (1994)
  8. Aasthi Mooredu Aasa Baaredu (1995)
  9. God Father (1995)
  10. Lingababu Love Story (1995)
  11. Family (1996)
  12. Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996)
  13. Pelli (1997)
  14. Mama Bagunnava (1997)
  15. Gopura Deepam (1997)
  16. Suprabhatam (1998)
  17. Navvulata (1998)
  18. Vaare Vah Moguda (1999)
  19. Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary (2000)
  20. Nuvve Kavali (2000)
  21. Kshemamga Velli Labamgarandi (2000)
  22. Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa (2000)
  23. Mrugaraju (2001)
  24. Simharasi (2001)
  25. Ramma Chilakamma (2001)
  26. Hanuman Junction (2001)
  27. Malli Malli Chudali (2002)
  28. Maa Alludu Very Good (2002)
  29. Sandade Sandadi (2002)
  30. Sriramachandrulu (2003)
  31. Ori Nee Prema Bangaram Kanu (2003)
  32. Ottesi Cheputunna (2003)
  33. O Chinadana (2003)
  34. Ela Cheppanu (2003)
  35. Andaru Dongale Dorikithe (2004)
  36. Vidyardhi (2004)
  37. Mahanandi (2005)
  38. Evadi Gola Vaadidi (2005)
  39. Naidu LLB (2005)
  40. Veerabhadra (2005)
  41. Pellaina Kothalo (2006)
  42. Iddaru Attala Muddula Alludu (2006)
  43. Style (2006)
  44. Raam (2006)
  45. Rajababu (2006)
  46. Aadivaram Aadavallaku Selavu (2006)
  47. Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw (2006)
  48. Desamuduru (2007)
  49. Maharathi (2007)
  50. Seema Sastri (2007)
  51. Sawaal (2008)
  52. Mallepuvvu (2008)
  53. Michael Madana Kamaraju (2008)
  54. Nee Sukhame Ne Koruthunna (2008)
  55. Neninthe (2008)
  56. Hero (2008)
  57. Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters (2008)
  58. Bumper Offer (2009)
  59. Evaraina Epudaina (2009)
  60. A Aa E Ee (2009)
  61. Puli (2010)
  62. KSD Appalaraju (2011)
  63. Badrinath (2011)
  64. Devastanam (2012)
  65. Nuvva Nena (2012)
  66. Rebel (2012)
  67. Devudu Chesina Manashulu (2012)
  68. Sudigadu (2012)
  69. Masala (2013)
  70. Greeku Veerudu (2013)
  71. Temper (2015)
  72. Kick 2 (2015)
  73. Nayaki (2016)
  74. Abhinetri 2 (2019)

Malayalam[edit]

  1. Poomarathanalil (1997)
  2. Niram (1999)
  3. Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku (2004)
  4. Maad Dad (2012)
  5. Girls (2016)

Kannada[edit]

  1. Arjun (2007)
  2. Alimayya (1993)
  3. Hendthi Helidare Kelabeku (1993)
  4. Africadalli Sheela (1986)

Singer[edit]

  • Thekkathi Mappillai (Magalirkaaga)
  • Rama Rama (Villu)
  • Marugo marugo (Sathi Leelavathi)

Television[edit]

  1. Sundari Soundari (Sun TV)
  2. Ellame Siripputhan (Kalaignar TV)
  3. Vanthaana Thanthaana (Kalaignar TV)
  4. Sabhash Meera (Jaya TV)
  5. Sagalakala Sarala (Vijay TV)
  6. Comedyil Kalakkuvathu Eppadi (Vijay TV)
  7. Vantintlo Wonders (Gemini TV)
  8. Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (Zee Tamil)
  9. Chellame Chellam (Sun TV)
  10. Arundhathi (Sun TV)
  11. Kutty Chutties (Sun TV)
  12. Kalakka Povathu Yaaru? - (Seasons 1–5,8-9 (Star Vijay) - Judge

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Telugu Cinema Etc – Nandi award winners list 2003". Idlebrain.com. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ Muni 2: Kanchana
  4. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/actor-kovai-sarala-joins-kamal-haasans-makkal-needhi-maiam-97977
  5. ^ a b Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (7 January 2012). "Comedy comes naturally". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  6. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunitha (8 January 2012). "Interview With Kovai Sarala". Cinegoer. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Acting is all that matters for this talented performer". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 April 2007. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007.
  8. ^ a b c d Rangarajan, Malathi (21 April 2012). "The Kovai chronicle". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  9. ^ "'There is a dearth for women comedians' – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  10. ^ Kovai Sarala's new avatar for Comedyil Kalakkuvathu Eppadi – Filmibeat. Entertainment.oneindia.in (14 July 2013). Retrieved on 2017-02-04.
  11. ^ Varuthadapatha Valibar Sangam on Zee Tamil – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (21 May 2015). Retrieved on 2017-02-04.
  12. ^ Kovai Sarala – Tamil Movie News – Kovai Sarala on her marriage – Kovai Sarala | Manorama | Karakattakaran. Behindwoods.com (28 June 2010). Retrieved on 2017-02-04.
  13. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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