Krishna Kumari (actress)

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T Krishna Kumari
Born 1933 (age 83–84)
Naihati, West Bengal
Spouse(s) Ajay Mohan 1927- 2012

T. Krishna Kumari (Telugu: కృష్ణ కుమారి, born 1933) is a noted Telugu actress of the 1960s and 1980s.[1] She 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.

Early life[edit]

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

Career[edit]

T. Krishna Kumari started her career with movie Navvithe Navaratnalu in 1951. She featured as leading actress in several Tamil movies, notably Thirumbi Paar (1953), Manithan (1953), Azhagi (1953), Pudhuyugam (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.[2]

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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Ajay Mohan Khaitan (ex-Editor, Indian Express, founder of Screen magazine and Businessman) and they have a daughter, Dipika. After marriage, Krishna Kumari chose to step away from the arclights. She is interested in cooking and gardening. She lives in Bengaluru with her daughter, son-in-law, Vikram and grandson, Pavan.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Character
1951 Navvithe Navaratnalu Telugu
1951 Patala Bhairavi Telugu Gandharva Kanya
1952 Priyuralu Telugu
1953 Thirumbi Paar Tamil
1953 Azhagi Tamil
1953 Manithan Tamil
1953 Pitchi Pullaiah Telugu Kantham
1954 Bangaru Papa Telugu Papa
1954 Pudhu Yugam Tamil
1954 Viduthalai Tamil
1954 Thuli Visham Tamil
1954 Karkottai Tamil
1954 Jaladurga Kannada
1956 Ilavelpu Telugu
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti Telugu Rukmini
1957 Veera Kankanam Telugu Rajini
1960 Deepavali Telugu Rukmini Devi
1960 Pelli Kanuka Telugu Geeta
1960 Nithya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam Telugu Chand
1960 Bhakta Kanakadasa Kannada
1960 Umma Malayalam
1960 Aasha Sundari Kannada
1960 Dashavatara Kannada
1960 Shanti Nivas Malayalam
1961 Bharya Bharthalu Telugu Sharada
1961 Vagdanam Telugu Vijaya
1961 Srishaila Mahatma Kannada
1962 Swarnagowri Kannada
1962 Kula Gothralu[4] Telugu Saroja
1962 Bhaktha Kabira Kannada
1962 Thendral Veesum Tamil
1962 Aasha Jeevulu Telugu
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Telugu Vasantha
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu Padma
1963 Punarjanma Telugu Vasanthi
1963 Chandrakumara Kannada
1964 Doctor Chakravarthy Telugu Sridevi
1964 Gudi Gantalu Telugu
1965 Antastulu Telugu
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Telugu Apsarasa Sirisha
1965 Uyyala Jampala Telugu
1965 Sati Savitri Kannada
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam Telugu Jambavathi
1966 Chilaka Gorinka Telugu
1967 Chikkadu Dorakadu Telugu
1967 Iddaru Monagallu Telugu
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu
1967 Ummadi Kutumbam Telugu
1968 Vara Katnam Telugu
1968 Tikka Sankarayya Telugu Susheela
1972 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1973 Neramu Siksha Telugu
1975 Yashoda Krishna Telugu Devaki
1976 Jyothi Telugu Vishali

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Not ready for greasepaint". The Hindu. 30 June 2006. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ "The original swashbuckler". The Hindu. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ "My Mother T. Krishna Kumari". maiyapublishing.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Vizag's contribution to films". The Hindu. 27 January 2007. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 

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