Sharada (actress)

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Sharada
Born Saraswati Devi
(1945-06-25) 25 June 1945 (age 73)
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Office MP
Political party Telugu desam party
Spouse(s) Chalam (divorced)
Parent(s) Venkateswar Rao
Satyavathi Devi
Awards National Film Award for Best Actress

Sharada (born Saraswati Devi 25 June 1945) is a three-time National Award winning Indian actress and politician from Andhra Pradesh.[1][2] She has achieved success through Malayalam cinema, and Telugu cinema.[1][2] She is also known as Urvasi Sharada because earlier the National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. She won two Filmfare Awards. Sharada has garnered the NTR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her contributions to Indian cinema.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her parents Venkateswar Rao and Satyavathi Devi belonged to a family of agriculturalists. She has a brother, named Mohan Rao. Sharada was sent to Madras in her childhood to live with her grandmother Kanakamma. Sharada describes her grandmother as a "strict disciplinarian" who in the later days "wouldn't even let the heroes touch her" and allowed "rehearsals only on Sundays".[4] Sharada started to learn dance when she was six. She used to perform during Dasara and other temple festivals. It was because of her mother's desire that she learned dance. Her mother wanted her to become a "big star in cine field". Though Sharada's father was not too interested in the idea, he did not stop her. Sharada married Telugu actor Chalam, the couple later divorced. Currently Sharada is living with her brother in Hyderabad, and she is taking care of her brother's children.[4]

Early career[edit]

When she grew up, she started acting in Telugu theatre.[1] Her debut cinema was with a minor role in the Telugu film Kanyasulkam. However, she returned to theatre after that and did a major role in the Telugu version of Rakta Kanneeru, a Tamil drama.[4] The play went to get staged over 100 times in Tamil Nadu.[4]

Film career[edit]

In 1959, she began her career as Sharada. The change in name was attributed to the presence of a few other actors in the industry with the name Saraswati.[4] She came under contract to L.V. Prasad, a Telugu producer.[3] Though she didn't get to act in any of his films, she got her formal training in acting under him, including the Navarasa lessons. She largely attributes her performances and growth in the field to this training.[4] Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mitrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well.[1]

The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Udhyogastha by P. Venu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal.[3] After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu.[3] The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time.[1] After 1993, she became choosy and accepted only a few films. Her major films of late were Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002, Malayalam), Rappakal (2005, Malayalam), Nayika (2011, Malayalam) and Stalin (2006, Telugu).[3][1] She owns a chocolate factory named Lotus Chocolates. She was elected as a Member of Parliament on Telugu Desam Party ticket from her native town of Tenali.[3]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Nandi Awards[edit]

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards[edit]
  • 1970 – BFJA Award for Best Actress (Hindi) – Samaj Ko Badal Dalo 2017-prem Nazir award

Selected filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1965 Inapravugal Rahel
1965 Kathirunna Nikah
1965 Kattu Thulasi
1965 Murappennu Bhagiradhi
1965 Rajamalli Rajamalli
1965 Shakuntala
1966 Thilothama Vimala
1966 Pakalkkinavu Malathy
1966 Manikya Kottaram Thankam
1966 Karuna
1966 Kanmanikal
1966 Jail Valsala
1966 Archana Malathi
1966 Iruttinte Athmavu Ammukutty
1967 Udhyogastha Vimala
1967 Thalirukal
1967 Mullkkireedam
1967 Kasavuthattam Jameela
1967 Chithra Mela segment "Apaswarangal"
1967 Arakkillam
1967 Anveshichu Kandethiyilla
1967 Kavalaam Chundan Sharada
1967 Pareeksha Yamuna
1967 Agnipareeksha Hemalatha
1967 Kadal Mary
1967 Janmabhoomi
1967 Kaliyalla Kalyanam
1967 Karthika Karthi
1967 Karutha Pournami Kunjumol
1967 Manaswani Malathi
1968 Thulabharam Vijaya National Film Award for Best Actress
1968 Yakshi Ragini
1968 Kadal Mary
1968 Adimakal Nalini
1968 Hotel High Range Nalini
1968 Agni Pareeksha Hemalatha
1968 Midumidikki
1968 Punnapra Vayalar Malathi
1968 Aparaadhini
1968 Asuravithu Meenakshi
1969 Vila Kuranja Manushyan
1969 Vilakkapetta Bandhangal
1969 Jwala Kunjomana, Kunjammini double role
1969 Adimakal Ponnamma
1969 Kattukurangu Minikutty
1969 Kootu Kudumbam Shyamala
1969 Mooladhanam Sharada
1969 Sandhya
1969 Susi Susi
1969 Veettu Mrugam
1969 Velliyazhcha Radha
1969 Vila Kuranja Manushyan
1969 Nadhi Stella
1970 Thriveni Thankamma
1970 Stree Savithri
1970 Mindapennu Kunjulakshmi
1970 Kuttavali Ponnamma
1970 Kakathamburatti Janamma
1970 Crossbelt Ammu
1970 Ambalapravu Indumathi
1970 Pearl View Stella
1970 Tara Vasanthy, Thara
1971 Aabhijathyam Malathy
1971 Panjavankadu Minnukutty
1971 Vilakkyu Vaangiya Veena Sharada
1972 Theerthayatra Thaathrikkutty
1972 Anveshanam Valsala
1972 Brahmachari Sreedevi/Vasanthy
1972 Maya Gomathi
1972 Gandharavakshetram Lakshmi
1972 Professor Lakshmi
1972 Swayamvaram Seeta National Film Award for Best Actress
1972 Sree Guruvayoorappan
1972 Snehadeepame Mizhi Thurakku Reena
1973 Veendum Prabatham Lakshmi
1973 Udhayam Geetha
1973 Jeevitham
1973 Enippadikal Thankamma
1973 Thekkankattu Shoshamma
1973 Bhadradeepam Rajani
1974 Thulabharam
1974 Oru Pidi Ari
1975 Raagam Priyamvada
1975 Thiruvonam Radhika
1975 Abhimanam
1976 Amritavahini Geetha
1976 Paalkkadal
1976 Kanyadanam
1976 Chennai Valarthiya Kutty
1977 Nurayum Pathayum
1977 Indradhanusu
1977 Hridhayame Sakshi Kamala
1977 Aparaajitha
1977 Amme Anupame
1977 Aaradhana Sharadha
1977 Anjali
1977 Itha Ivide Vare Bharathi
1977 Vishukani Rajani
1977 Randu Lokam Shanta
1977 Sreedevi Sreedevi
1978 Mannu Damu's Wife
1978 Asthamayam Shanthi
1978 Ithanete Vazhi
1978 Taxi Driver
1978 Sundharimarude Swapnangal
1978 Society Lady
1978 Rowdy Ramu Santhi
1978 Reghu Vamsam
1978 Onappudava
1978 Manooradham
1978 Maattoli
1978 Anubhoothikalude Nimisham
1979 Ward No. 7
1979 Pushyaraagam
1979 Pichathy Kuttappan
1979 Ente Sneham Ninakku Mathram
1980 Akalangalil Abhayam
1980 Ivar Savithri/Margaret
1980 Swargadevatha
1980 Adhikaram Vimala
1981 Elippathayam Rajamma
1982 Ponmudi Madhavi
1982 Prathikaaram
1982 Anguram Malini
1983 Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback Geetha
1983 Anantham Ajnatham
1983 Nizal Moodiya Nirangal Shoshamma
1984 Ponmudy Madhavi
1987 Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam Saraswathi Teacher
1987 Sharadamba
1988 Ashwathama
1994 Kashmeeram Justice Usha Varma
2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam Anna John
2005 Rappakal Saraswathiyamma
2011 Naayika Gracy
2012 Kalikaalam Teacher
2015 Ammakkoru Tharattu Sulakshana

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1955 Kanyasulkam Minor role Debut film
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu
1961 Tandrulu Kodukulu
1962 Atma Bandhuvu
1963 Valmiki (1963 Telugu film)
1963 Thobuttuvulu
1964 Daagudumootalu
1964 Mairavana
1964 Murali Krishna Srilatha
1966 Shrimati
1966 Bhakta Potana
1965 Chaduvukonna Bharya
1968 Mana Samsaram
1969 Shri Rama Katha
1969 Manushulu Marali
1970 Sambarala Rambabu
1970 Pasidi Manasulu
1970 Sisindri Chittibabu
1971 Chelleli Kapuram
1971 Jeevitha Chakram Kamala
1971 Sati Ansuya
1971 Pagabattina Paduchu
1971 Amayakuralu
1972 Kalam Marindi
1972 Manavudu Danavudu
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu
1973 Sharada Insane Woman
1973 Vishali (film)
1973 Mayadari Malligadu
1973 Mallamma Katha
1973 Ida Lokam
1973 Abhimanavanthulu
1974 Urvasi (film)
1974 Radhamma Pelli
1974 Premalu Pellilu
1974 Palle Paduchu
1974 Harathi
1974 Devudu Chesina Pelli
1974 Adambaralu Anubhandalu
1975 Balipeetam Aruna
1975 Jamindaru Gari Ammayi
1975 Vykunthapalli
1975 Saubhagyavati
1975 Bharati (1975 film)
1976 Nimajjanam Brahmin housewife National Film Award for Best Actress
1976 Suprabhatam
1976 Mahatmudu
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Draupadi
1977 Swarganiki Nitchenalu
1977 Bhale Alludu
1978 Navodayam
1978 Shivamettina Satyam
1979 Gorintaku
1979 Karthika Deepam
1979 Priya Bandhavi
1979 Captain Krishna
1980 Sardar Papa Rayudu
1980 Sannayi Appanna
1980 Ramudu Parashuramudu
1980 Rajadhi Raju
1980 Mangala Gauri
1980 Kodalu Vastunaru Jagratha
1980 Kaliyuga Ravana Surudu
1980 Dharma Chakram
1980 Alludu Pattina Bharatham
1980 Alayam
1981 Nyayam Kavali Lawyer Shakuntala
1981 O Amma Katha
1981 Alludugaru Zindabad
1982 Justice Chowdary
1982 Prema Natakam
1982 Nipputho Chelagatam Mrs. Ganga Kumar
1982 Justice Chowdhary
1982 Jagannatha Rathachakralu
1983 Swarajyam
1983 Raghu Ramudu
1983 Poratham
1983 Kurukshetramlo Seeta
1983 Kumkuma Tilakam
1983 Kaliyuga Daivam
1983 Kala Yamudu
1983 Durga Devi
1983 Chanda Sasanudu
1983 Bandhipottu Rudramma
1983 Bahudoorapu Batasari
1983 Apathbandhavudu
1983 Aalyashikaram
1984 Bobbili Brahmanna Savitri wife of Brahmanna
1984 Ugra Roopam
1984 Rowdy
1984 Raaraju
1984 Marchandi Mana Chattalu
1984 Katha Nayakudu
1984 Justice Chakravarthy
1984 Janani Janmabhoomi
1984 Iddaru Dongalu
1984 Chadarangam
1984 Bharyamani
1984 Bharatamlo Sankharavam
1984 Apanidalu Adavallakena
1985 Adavi Donga
1985 Swathi Swathi's Mother
1985 Vijetha Saraswathi
1985 Pattabhishekham
1985 Palnati Simham
1985 Maha Sangramam
1985 Krishnagaradi
1985 Intiko Rudramma
1985 Illaliko Pariksha
1985 Ee Samajam Maakodu
1985 Devalayam
1985 Bhale Tammudu
1985 Bebbuli Veta
1985 Agni Parvatam
1985 Raktha Sindhuram
1986 Anasuyamma Gari Alludu
1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu
1986 Prathidwani
1986 Deshoddharakulu
1986 Dharma Peetam Daddarillindi
1986 Jailupakshi
1986 Khaidi Rudraiah
1986 Kondaveeti Raja
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah
1986 Ravana Brahma
1987 Agni Putrudu Brahmaramba
1987 Bhargava Ramudu
1987 Kulala Kurukshetram
1987 Lawyer Bharti Devi
1987 Muddayi
1987 Presidentgari Abbayi
1987 Ramu Gayatri Devi
1987 Ajeyudu
1987 Repati Swarajyam
1987 Rotation Chakravarthi
1987 Samrat
1987 Sankharavam
1988 15 August Rathri
1988 Brahma Puthrudu
1988 Dharma Teja
1988 Donga Ramudu
1988 Illu Illalu Priyuralu
1988 Maa Telugu Talli
1988 Parajaswamyam
1988 Rakthabishekam
1988 Raktha Tilakam Nagamani
1988 Rowdy No. 1
1988 Samsaram
1989 Dhruva Nakshatram Bharathi Devi
1989 Dr. Bhawani
1989 Goonda Rajyam
1989 Manchi Kutumbam
1989 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Sesha Rathnam
1989 Pardhudu
1989 Raktha Kanneeru
1989 State Rowdy SP Laajmani M. Rao
1990 Kadapa Reddamma
1990 Adadhi
1990 Kondaveeti Donga Sambhavi
1990 Lorry Driver Collector Lalitha Devi
1990 Aggiramudu
1990 Dagudumuthala Dampathyam
1990 Prema Khaidi Jailor
1991 Amma Rajinama Amma (Mother)
1991 Coolie No.1
1991 Jagannatakam Manikyamma
1991 Killer Malavika Guardian of Heiress
1991 Nayakuralu
1992 Mother India Rajyalakshmi
1993 Major Chandrakanth Savitri
1993 Mechanic Alludu Lakshmi
1993 Pelli Gola
1996 Nayanamma
1998 Antahpuram
2003 Raghavendra Raghava's mother
2005 Sankranthi Mother
2006 Stalin Stalin's mother
2007 Aata Narasimha's wife
2007 Yogi Shantamma
2013 Sukumarudu Vardanamma

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1963 Kungumam Debut in Tamil
1963 Thulasi Maadam
1964 Arunagirinathar
1964 Vazhkai Vazhvadarke
1969 Thulabaram
1972 Gnana Oli Mary
1974 Thayi Pirandhal
1975 Ninaithadhai Mudippavan Seetha
1976 Mazhai Megam
1976 Ennai Pol Oruvan
1977 Aval Thandha Uravu
1977 Chakravarthi
1984 Sarithira Nayagan
1984 Alaya Deepam
1986 Mr. Bharath Shanti
1998 Anthapuram Narasimha's wife

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1963 Valmiki
1972 Vamsha Vriksha
1978 Maathu Tappada Maga Latha
1984 Thayi Mamathe
1984 Pralaya Rudra

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1970 Samaj Ko Badal Dalo Chhaya
1973 Agni Rekha
1980 Pratishodh
1982 Sindoor Bane Jwala
1982 Main Intequam Loonga Mrs.Ganga Kumar
1984 Sardar
1996 Sabse Bada Mawali Malvika
2008 Yaar Meri Zindagi Started in 1971

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kumar, P. K. Ajith. "'I always enjoyed my work in Malayalam'". 
  2. ^ a b "Sharada". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f CHELANGAD, SAJU. "The actor with a golden touch". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Indiainteracts.com".