Krishna Kumari (actress)

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Krishna Kumari
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Born6 March 1933 (1933-03-06)
DiedJanuary 24, 2018(2018-01-24) (aged 84)[1]
Bangalore, Karnataka
Spouse(s)Ajay Mohan Khaitan (1969- 2012, his death)
RelativesSowcar Janaki (sister),
Deepika Maiya (daughter)

T. Krishna Kumari (6 March 1933 – 24 January 2018)[2] was a leading Telugu actress of the 1950s and 1960s.[3] She was the sister of great actress Sowkar Janaki.

Krishna Kumari was a leading actress and a contemporary of Savitri. Her co-stars include legends N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishnam Raju, Dr. Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Kanta Rao, and Jaggayya. Krishna Kumari ruled the Telugu industry but also acted in Tamil and Kannada movies briefly.[4]

Early life[edit]

Krishna Kumari was born in a Telugu Madhwa Brahmin family[5] at Naihati, West Bengal to Venkoji Rao and Sachi Devi. Her family hails from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Her sister, Sowkar Janaki is also a leading actress in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

Career[edit]

T. Krishna Kumari started her career with a small role in Pathala Bhairavi. She later played the role of a heroine for the first time in Navvithe Navaratnalu the same year. She featured as leading actress in several Tamil movies, notably Thirumbi Paar (1953), Manithan (1953), Azhagi (1953), Pudhu Yugam (1954), Viduthalai (1954) and Thuli Visham (1954). Krishna Kumari then began to focus on Telugu cinema, which propelled her to superstardom. Her movies Bharya Bhartalu (1961), Vagdanam (1961), Kulagothralu (1962), Gudi Gantalu (1964) remain some of Telugu cinema's classics. In the early 60s, Krishna Kumari entered the Kannada film industry briefly, choosing to return to her preferred Telugu cinema within years. But in the short span of 5–6 years, she gave memorable performances, most of them co-starring Dr Rajkumar. In fact, her first ever award was for the Rajkumar starrer, Bhaktha Kanakadasa (1960). In Hindi, she acted in Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala (1958). She was rechristened Rati but again, Hindi cinema held no attraction for Krishna Kumari. Although she had several offers in Hindi cinema, she returned to Madras. Her most successful movies have been with Akkineni Nageswara Rao, NT Rama Rao and also several mythological roles with Tadepalli Lakshmi Kantha Rao.[6][7]

Krishna Kumari acted in 150 Telugu films, and about 30 Tamil and Kannada films. Her repertoire won her fans across Indian states and the President's Award.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1969, Krishna Kumari married Ajay Mohan Khaitan, a businessman and journalist who had previously served as Editor of the Indian Express and was the founder of two magazines, Screen and Businessman. Ajay Mohan Khaitan had previously been married to another lady also named Krishna, who was the daughter of Ramnath Goenka, founder and owner of Indian Express. By his previous marriage, Ajay Mohan Khaitan was the father of two sons, including Vivek, who was adopted by Ramnath Goenka and given the name Viveck Goenka; he is presently running Indian Express.[9]

After marriage, Krishna Kumari chose to step away from the arclights and moved to her husband's farmhouse near Bangalore, where she devoted herself to her family and developed her interests in cooking and gardening. Krishna Kumari and Khaitan had a daughter, Dipika; according to some reports, Dipika was adopted by the couple.[10] Dipika married Vikram Maiya, who belongs Maiya family which owns the famous MTR restaurant in Bangalore and the MTR brand of ready-to-eat foods.[11]

Ajay Mohan Khaitan died in 2012 aged 85. Krishna Kumari continued to live at her farmhouse in Bengaluru with her daughter Dipika Maiya, son-in-law Vikram Maiya and grandson, Pavan Maiya. She died on January 24, 2018 in Bengaluru from bone marrow cancer.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
1951 Navvithe Navaratnalu Meena S. Soundararajan Telugu [14]
Pathala Bhairavi Gandharva Kanya K. V. Reddy [15]
1952 Priyuralu Tripuraneni Gopichand
1953 Thirumbi Paar T. R. Sundaram Tamil [16]
Azhagi Sundar Rao Nadkarni
Manithan K. Ramnoth [17]
Pichi Pullayya Kantham T. Prakash Rao Telugu [18]
1954 Bangaru Papa Papa Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy
Pudhu Yugam Gopu
Sundar
Tamil
Viduthalai K. Ramnoth
Thuli Visham A. S. A. Sami
Karkottai Kemparaj Urs
Jaladurga Kannada
1956 Ilavelpu Dasari Yoganand Telugu
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti Rukmini Samudrala Raghavacharya
Veera Kankanam Rajini G. R. Rao
1960 Deepavali Rukmini Devi S. Rajnikanth
Pelli Kanuka Geeta C. V. Sridhar
Nithya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam Chand Srirama Murthy Pinisetti
Bhakta Kanakadasa Y. R. Swamy Kannada
Umma Kunchacko Malayalam
Aasha Sundari Hunsur Krishnamurthy Kannada
Dashavathara P. G. Mohan
Santhi Nivasam Raagini C. S. Rao Telugu
1961 Bharya Bhartalu Sharada Kotayya Pratyagatma [19]
Vagdanam Vijaya Aacharya Aatreya
Sampoorna Ramayana Mandodari Babubhai Mistry Hindi
Shri Shaila Mahathme Aroor Pattabhi Kannada
1962 Swarna Gowri Y. R. Swamy
Kula Gothralu Saroja Kotayya Pratyagatma Telugu [20]
Mahathma Kabir P. Srinivas Kannada
Thendral Veesum B. S. Ranga Tamil Simultaneously shot & produced in Telugu and Tamil
Aasha Jeevulu Telugu
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Vasantha Adurthi Subba Rao
Lakshadhikari Padma V. Madhusudhan Rao
Punarjanma Radha Kotayya Pratyagatma
Chandrakumara N. S. Varma Kannada
1964 Doctor Chakravarthy Dr. Sridevi Adurthi Subba Rao Telugu
Gudi Gantalu Kasthuri V. Madhusudhan Rao
1965 Antastulu Mala
Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Apsarasa Sirisha B. V. Prasad
Uyyala Jampala (1965 film) K. B. Tilak
Sathi Savithri P. R. Kaundanya Kannada
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam Jambavathi Kamalakara Kameswara Rao Telugu
Chilaka Gorinka K. Usha Devi Kotayya Pratyagatma
1967 Chikkadu Dorakadu Padmavathi Devi B. Vittalacharya
Iddaru Monagallu
Shri Krishnavataram Lakshana Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
Ummadi Kutumbam Sarada Dasari Yoganand
Pedda Akkayya B. A. Subba Rao
Vasantha Sena Vasantha Sena B. S. Ranga
Punyavathi Shanti V. Dada Mirasi
Bhuvana Sundari Katha Bhuvana Sundari C. Pullaiah
1968 Vara Katnam Sujatha N. T. Rama Rao
Uyira Maanama Russian woman K. S. Gopalakrishnan Tamil
Tikka Sankaraiah Susheela Dasari Yoganand Telugu
Nindu Samsaram Jyothi C. S. Rao
Pedarasi Peddamma Katha Nagakanya G. Suryam
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Mandodari Bapu
Varalakshmi Vratam B. Vittalacharya
1972 Manavudu Danavudu P. Chandrasekhara Reddy
Bharya Biddalu Susheela Tatineni Rama Rao
1973 Neramu Siksha K. Viswanath
1975 Yashoda Krishna Devaki C. S. Rao
Gunavanthudu Adurthi Subba Rao
1976 Jyothi Vishali K. Raghavendra Rao
Secretary Dr.Vijayalakshmi K. S. Prakash Rao
1986 Veer Eklavya Vijay Reddy Hindi [21]
2003 Fools Dasari Narayana Rao Telugu Special appearance [22]

In pop culture[edit]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Pathalabhairavi (1951)". The Hindu. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
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  17. ^ "Manithan 1953". The Hindu. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Pitchi Pullaiah (1953)". The Hindu. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
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  20. ^ "Vizag's contribution to films". The Hindu. 27 January 2007. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  21. ^ "VEER EKLAVYA (1986)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
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  23. ^ "Pranitha Subhash to play yesteryear heroine Krishnakumari in NTR biopic". The Times of India. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2020.

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