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Born (1958-06-07) June 7, 1958 (age 60)
Munipalle, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Occupation Film actress, Dubbing Artist
Years active 1978–1989; 2001-2004; 2013-present
Spouse(s) Venkata Subbaih
(m. 1975–1976) (divorced)
Mukesh (m. 1988–2011) (divorced)
Relatives Viji Chandrasekhar (sister)

Saritha is a South Indian actress who has acted in more than 151 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu languages. She was one of the popular and critically acclaimed lead actresses during the 1980s. She also acted in a television serial, Selvi and dubbed her voice in many 1990s Tamil movies for actresses like Vijayashanti, Tabu, Sushmita Sen, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya among others.

She is a recipient of several state awards from Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, 6 Filmfare Awards and 6 Nandi Awards including a Special Jury Award for the film Arjun. Saritha received Tamil Nadu State Film Awards four times, Karnataka State Film Awards once and many Film fans association awards.


Saritha made her acting debut through Maro Charitra, a Telugu film directed by K. Balachander. The movie dealt with cross-cultural romance, where she acted opposite Kamal Haasan as a Telugu-speaking girl. She received more offers in Tamil films, mostly directed by Balachander. Some of her films are Thappu Thalangal, Idi Katha Kaadu, Vandichakkaram, Netrikan, Agni Sakshi, Puthukavithai, Kalyana Agathigal and Achamillai Achamillai. Her performance in Vandichakkaram (1980) and Achamillai Achamillai (1984) won her the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress awards. She also played guest roles as herself in 47 Natkal and its Telugu remake, directed by Balachander.[1]

She acted in many popular Kannada movies with famous Kannada actor Rajkumar like Hosa Belaku, Keralida Simha, Bhakta Prahlada, Chalisuva Modagalu and Kaamana Billu. Her other popular Kannada movies include Eradu Rekhegalu, Sankranthi and Malaya Marutha.

She had her head tonsured for the cancer-affected role in Sujatha in 1980 and gained several pounds to play the psychotic role in the 2005 film Julie Ganapathi. Neither of these films were successful. She also won a Nandi Special Jury Award for her performance as "Aandaalu" in the movie Arjun in 2004.

Saritha also worked as a voice actor in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films. She has lent her voice to other actresses, including Madhavi, Soundarya, Ramya Krishnan, Nagma, Vijayashanti, Simran, Tabu, Sushmita Sen, Roja, Suhasini, Radha, Radhika, Aarthi agarwal etc. She won the Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for her voice to Soundarya in Ammoru , Maa Ayana Bangaram (1997) and Anthapuram (1999).

Personal life[edit]

Saritha was born in Munipalle, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. She married twice. Her first marriage was with Telugu actor Venkata Subbaih in 1975 and later got divorced in 1976. Her Second Marriage was with Malayalam actor Mukesh on 2 September 1988 and has two sons Shravan and Tejas. Her sister Viji Chandrasekhar is also an actress.[2]

Shravan is pursuing M.B.B.S in Ras Al Khaimah University, UAE and Tejas is pursuing his undergraduate degree from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand.[3] In March 2007, the couple got divorce in 2011. Saritha now stays with her son Shravan in Dubai, UAE.


Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
  • 1982 – Special Jury – Best Actress - Kokilamma
  • 1995 – Best Female Dubbing Artist - Ammoru
  • 1996 – Best Female Dubbing Artist - Maavichiguru
  • 1997 – Best Female Dubbing Artist - Maa Ayana Bangaram
  • 1998 – Best Female Dubbing Artist - Anthapuram
  • 2004 – Special Jury - Arjun
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • Kalaimamani Award from Tamil Nadu State
  • 1979 – Best Actress - Oru Vellaadu Vengaiyagiradhu
  • 1982 – Best Actress - Agni Sakshi
  • 1988 – Best Actress - Poo Pootha Nandavanam
  • 1995 – Best Female Dubbing Artist – Amman (1995)
Karnataka State Film Awards


Tamil films[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Kannada films[edit]


  • Maro Charitra (1978) ... Swapna
  • Idi Katha Kaadu (1979) ... Gayathri
  • Guppedu Manasu (1979) ... Baby
  • Tholi Kodi Koosindi (1980)
  • Gutilo Ramachilaka (1980)
  • Srirasthu Shubamasthu (1981)
  • 47 Rojulu (1981)
  • Aadavallu Meeku Joharulu (1981) ... Papayamma
  • Chandamama (1982)
  • Kalahala Kapuram (1982)
  • Kokilamma (1983) ... Kokilamma
  • Prema Sagaram (1983)
  • Kanchana Ganga (1984) ... Kanchana
  • Kala Rudrudu (1985)
  • Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986) ... Krishnaveni
  • Arjun (2004) ... Andal

Dubbing artist[edit]


Year Title Role Language
2005-2007 Selvi Thamarai Tamil


  1. ^ Second time also lucky. (27 April 2005). Retrieved on 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ "I can never let KB down: Aarohanam". The Hindu. 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  3. ^ mangalam. "Mangalam - Varika 3-Feb-2014". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 

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