18 July 1972
Mulbagal, Kolar, Karnataka, India
|Died||April 17, 2004
|Spouse(s)||G. S. Raghu (m.2003-2004)|
Soundarya Raghu (born Sowmya Satyanarayan) (18 July 1972 – 17 April 2004) was an Indian film actress and producer known for her works predominantly in Telugu cinema. She was also starred in few Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bollywood films in lead roles. 
In 2002, she has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film (producer) for the Kannada film, Dweepa. She received two Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Actress, several Filmfare Awards South, and the Nandi Awards, for her performances in films, such as Ammoru (1994), Anthapuram (1998), Raja (1999), Dweepa (2002), Aaptamitra (2004). During the peak of her career, Soundarya died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on April 17, 2004 when she was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Soundarya, was born to industrialist, and Kannada film writer K. S. Satyanarayan in Kolar, Karnataka, India. She discontinued her M.B.B.S., and then married to G. S. Raghu, who is a Software Engineer. She had unmatched popularity than any of her contempararies and bigtime successes throughout her career making her one of the most successful actresses in the history of telugu cinema. She is compared to legendary actress Savitri and is often called as "Savitri of modern telugu cinema".She died in the 2004 aircraft crash, which happened in Bangalore, during an election campaign.
Early career and Stardom in Telugu Cinema
She is distinct in multiple ways than a regular heroine due to strictly No-glamour show,wonderful screen presence and above all the strong,positive and responsible characters she enacted in each of her movies.These unique features worked out in her favour and striked a chord with wide base of audience and earned her immense popularity in the states of Andhrapradesh and Telangana.
Her first hit in telugu came in the form of Rajendrudu Gajendrudu in 1993 directed by S.V.Krishna Reddy.She had a decent start with a pair of another releases in the same year.The real commercial recognition came by Hello Brother(1994) starring alongside Nagarjuna and Ramyakrishna.The film became the biggest blockbuster of 1994. Most of her other releases in 1994 had a decent run.In 1995,she had acted in Pedarayudu, a tamil remake of Nattamai alongside Mohanbabu for the first time, and the movie was critically appreciated and highly successful.Following the success,She starred with tollywood's biggest stars Chiranjeevi in Rikshavodu,Venkatesh in Superpolice and Balakrishna in Tophero.The first of these was a superhit but the rest of the two did not do well at the box office. Then she came up with Ammoru,where she played the pivotal role of a selfless devotee to Goddess Ammoru and the film was a big success and it specially showcased her acting skills.She stood ahead with 11 movie releases in 1995. In 1996, Soundarya had another similar critical and commercial success through Pavitra Bandham alongside Venkatesh where she acted as a woman who signs for a contract marriage for supporting her family. Intlo Illalu Vantintlo priyuralu, Ramudochadu and few other releases made a decent run and made Soundarya outperform another versatile actress Ramyakrishna to become the virtual Number One of Telugu Cinema.
Continuous Success,Critical Acclaim and Popularity (1997-2001)
In 1997,She continued her success with Pelli chesukundam, Maa Aayana Bangaram, Osi na maradala winning acclaims from all over the industry for her performances.She also starred alongside South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth in Arunachalam which made up as the highest grossing film of 1997 in tamil. Soundarya, apart from good performances and growing lady fanfollowing was a bit lucky for the continuous row of successes all long while her rivals faced constant debacles. This stardom made her come out of the shadow of mainstream heroine and chose scripts which had a wide potential of performance even alongsside biggest stars which clearly reflected in her movies. Furthur the critical success of Chudalani Vundi opposite Chiranjeevi in 1998 made her reach the pinnacle of her career.She also starred along Kamal Hassan in Kaathala Kaathala in tamil in the same year.Pelli Peetalu,Sri Ramulayya,Doni Saagali in kannada were commercially highly successful.Anthapuram directed by Krishnavamshi stood as one of the finest performances of Soundarya in her career winning her state Nandi award and also secong consecutive filmfare award.The producers and directors realized Soundarya's ability to be a crowd puller and a biggest plus for the promotion of the movie.Her 1999 release Raja opposite Venkatesh was another blockbuster and won her third filmfare. Her other releases Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth,Azad opposite Nagarjuna,Premaku Velayera and Arundathi furthur solidified her position.In the same year she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Suryavansham.The movie was not successful thus obstructing her to enter the fray of bollywood.  In 2000,she starred in yet another commercial success Annayya opposite Chiranjeevi,Jayam Manadera and Deviputrudu opposite Venkatesh, Ninne premista opposite Nagarjuna and several others and went on displaying her acting abilities continuing her successful journey with films like Eduruleni manishi, Sri manjunatha, Narasimha, Pelli peetalu, Dongata, Nagadevatha etc. She had 10 film releases each year most of them in telugu from 1995 to 2001 which reflect her path breaking success. After the entry of budding next generation, she slowed down but even later she went on acting 7 films each year till 2004. Besides being recognized for her talent, her directors and costars describe her as an honest, grounded and a friendly person.
Kannada Cinema and National Film Award
In 2002, she has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film (producer) for Dweepa. Her last film was the Kannada film Apthamitra, a run away hit with Vishnuvardhan. This film also won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress posthumously in 2004.
Soundarya acted in the Hindi film, Sooryavansham, alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She was also starred in Tamil super hits, such as Arunachalam, Padayappa alongside Rajinikanth, and Kaadhala Kaadhala alongside Kamal Haasan.
Politics and Death
|1992||Baa Nanna Preethisu||Kannada|
|1993||Amma Naa Kodala||Telugu||Neelima|
|1993||Asalae Pellaina Vanni||Telugu|
|1995||Ammoru||Telugu||Bhavani||Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Dubbed in Tamil as Amman
|1995||Amma Naa Kodala||Telugu|
|1995||Balaraju Bangaru Pellam||Telugu|
|1996||Pavithra Bandham||Telugu||Radha||Nandi Award for Best Actress|
|1996||Maa Voori Maraju||Telugu|
|1996||Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu||Telugu||Seeta|
|1996||Maa Inti Adapadachu||Telugu|
|1997||Maa Aayana Bangaram||Telugu|
|1997||Oosi Na Maradala||Telugu|
|1998||Doni Saagali||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|1998||Anthapuram||Telugu||Bhanumati||Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|1999||Raja||Telugu||Anjali||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|1999||Anaganaga O Ammayi||Telugu|
|1999||Premaku Velayara||Telugu||Madhavi and Malathi|
|1999||Naanu Nanna Hendthiru||Kannada|
|2000||Jayam Manade Raa||Telugu||Uma|
|2001||Sarduku Podam Randi||Telugu|
|2001||Naa Manasisthaa Raa||Telugu|
|2003||Dweepa||Kannada||Nagi||Also as Producer
National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada
|2004||Shiva Shankar||Telugu||Posthumously released|
|2004||Shwetha Naga||Kannada / Telugu||Posthumously released|
|2004||Apthamitra||Kannada||Ganga / Nagavalli||Posthumously released
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
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