Sharada (actress)

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Sharada
Born Saraswati Devi
(1945-06-25) 25 June 1945 (age 70)
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Political party Telugu Desam Party
Spouse(s) Chalam (divorced)
Parent(s) Venkateswar Rao
Satyavathi Devi
Awards National Film Award for Best Actress

Sharada (born 25th June 1945) is a three-time National Award winning Indian actress and Indian Parliament member. She originally hails from Andhra Pradesh. She has achieved success through Malayalam movies. Initially she did many supporting roles in Telugu films and later on moved to Malayalam film industry and gained success there. She is also known as Urvasi Sharada because earlier the National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. Sharada has been selected for the prestigious NTR National Award instituted by the Andhra Pradesh state government for the year 2010.

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.[1] 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 didn't stop her.[1]

Sharada married Chalam, a famous Telugu hero, producer and comedian. He was her co-star in her debut film Tandrulu Kodukulu. They divorced later on.

Early career[edit]

When she grew up, she started acting in theatre, under the supervision of her grandmother. In Indian theatre and cinema, the female lead stars used to leave the field as soon as they are married. So, most of the female lead stars were very young compared to the male leads. Sharada remembers in one of the plays she acted as the wife of a person 30 years older than she was when she was just 13.[1] Her debut in films was with a minor role in the Telugu film Kanyasulkam. However, she returned to theatre after it and did a major role in the Telugu version of Rakta Kanneeru, a Tamil drama. The play went to get staged over 100 times in Tamil Nadu.[1]

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.[1] She came under contract to L.V. Prasad, a Telugu producer. 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.[1] 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. 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. 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.[1] 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.

Later she saw success in Telugu films in protagonist roles. She was so popular that she did lead roles in films starring most of the successful heroes of Telugu film industry. Post 1993, she became choosy and did only a few films. Her major films off late were Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002, Malayalam), Rappakal (2005, Malayalam), Nayika (2011, Malayalam) and Stalin (2006, Telugu).

She owns a chocolate factory named Lotus Chocolates. She was elected as Member of Parliament on Telugu Desam Party ticket from her native town of Tenali.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Category Film Director Language
1968 Best Actress Thulabharam[2] A. Vincent Malayalam
1972 Best Actress Swayamvaram[3] Adoor Gopalakrishnan Malayalam
1977 Best Actress Nimajjanam Narayana B.S. Telugu

Nandi Awards[edit]

1984 -Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Bobbili Brahmanna

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

  • 1979 – Best Actress Thriveni and Thara

NTR National Award[edit]

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1965 Inapravugal Rahel
1965 Kathirunna Nikah
1965 Kattu Thulasi
1965 Murappennu Bhagiradhi
1965 Rajamalli
1965 Shakuntala
1966 Thilothama
1966 Pakalkkinavu
1966 Manikya Kottaram
1966 Karuna
1966 Kanmanikal
1966 Jail
1966 Archana Malathi
1966 Iruttinte Athmavu Ammukutty
1967 Udhyogastha
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
1967 Manaswani
1968 Thulabharam Vijaya National Film Award for Best Actress
1968 Yakshi Ragini
1968 Kadal
1968 Adimakal Nalini
1968 Hotel High Range
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
1969 Veettu Mrugam
1969 Velliyazhcha Radha
1969 Vila Kuranja Manushyan
1969 Nadhi Stella
1970 Thriveni Thankamma
1970 Stree
1970 Mindapennu Kunjulakshmi
1970 Kuttavali Ponnamma
1970 Kakathamburatti
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
1972 Bhramachari
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
1973 Veendum Prabatham Lakshmi
1973 Udhayam
1973 Jeevitham
1973 Enippadikal Thankamma
1973 Thekkankattu Shoshamma
1973 Bhadradeepam Rajani
1974 Thulabharam
1974 Oru Pidi Ari
1975 Raagam
1975 Thiruvonam
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
1977 Randu Lokam Shanta
1977 Sreedevi
1978 Mannu Damu's Wife
1978 Asthamayam Shanthi
1978 Ithanete Vazhi
1978 Taxi Driver
1978 Sundharimarude Swapnangal
1978 Society Lady
1978 Rowdy Ramu
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 Thaaraatu

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1955 Kanyasulkam Minor role Debut film
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu
1961 Tandrulu Kodukulu
1962 Atma Bandhuvu
1963 Valmiki
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
1973 Mayadari Malligadu
1973 Mallamma Katha
1973 Ida Lokam
1973 Abhimanavanthulu
1974 Urvasi
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
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 Paparayudu
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 Parvatham
1985 Raktha Sindhuram
1986 Ansuyammagari Alludu
1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu
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
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
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 Kondaveeti Donga Sambhavi
1990 Lorry Driver
1990 Prema Khaidi
1991 Amma Rajinama Amma (Mother)
1991 Coolie No.1
1991 Jagannatakam
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
2007 Yogi Shantamma
2013 Sukumarudu Vardanamma

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1963 Kumkumam
1964 Arunagiri Nathar
1964 Vazhkai Vazhvadarke
1967 Bhavani
1969 Thulabaram
1972 Gnana Oli Mary
1974 Thayi Pirandhal
1975 Ninaithathai Mudippavan
1976 Mazhai Megam
1976 Ennai Pol Oruvan
1984 Sarithira Nayagan
1984 Alaya Deepam
1986 Mr. Bharath

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Character Remarks
1963 Valmiki
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
1982 Main Inteqam Loonga
1984 Sardar
1996 Sabse Bada Mawali Malvika

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g indiainteracts.com-Column
  2. ^ B. Vijayakumar (10 October 2010). "Thulabharam 1968". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Indian Council for Cultural Relations (1973). "Cultural news from India". 14–15. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "34th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2011.