July 24, 1953|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Died||October 19, 2006
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Spouse(s)||George Thomas (1976-1980) (divorced)|
|Parent(s)||Vikatam R. Krishnamurthy
M. L. Vasanthakumari
Sreevidya also known as Srividya, was an Indian film actress who appeared in films in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries for 40 years. In the latter part of her career, she concentrated on Malayalam films. Her portrayals as a mother in many films were highly acclaimed. In addition to acting, she occasionally worked as a playback singer as well. Srividya's personal life was full of tragedies. In 2006, she died of Spine cancer, aged 53.
Srividya was born on 24 July 1953 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to Tamil film comedian Krishnamurthy and Carnatic classical singer M. L. Vasanthakumari. She had a brother, Sankararaman. Her mother tongue is Tamil. Her father had to stop acting in the year when she was born because of a disease which affected his facial muscles. Her family fell into financial crisis. Her mother worked long hours to meet the family's financial needs. Srividya once reportedly said that her mother didn't even have time to breastfeed her. Srividya debuted in acting at a very early age. When her parent's marriage faced problems due to financial difficulties, Srividya's youth was blighted. She got a marriage proposal from a scientist based in the U.S., but the marriage did not materialize due to financial problems faced by her family.
Srividya launched her career as a child artist in the 1966 Tamil film Thiruvarutchelvar (1966) alongside legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan. Later she entered Malayalam films with a dance scene in Kumara Sambhavam (1969), directed by P.Subramanyan and in Telugu film Tata Manavadu (1972) directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first major role was that of a college student falling in love with her professor in the 1971 Tamil film Nootrukku Nooru, directed by K. Balachander. Her first film as heroine was Delhi to Madras (1972) in which she was paired opposite Jaishankar. In mid-1970s, she became busy in the Tamil film industry. She acted in films such as Velli Vizha, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and Apoorva Raagangal, all directed by K. Balachander. She was Rajinikanth's first heroine in Apoorva Raagangal (1975).
She started acting in Malayalam in 1969. Her first movie was Chattambikkavala directed by N.Sankaran Nair, in which she acted as the heroine opposite to Sathyan. She gained public attention in Chenda, directed by A. Vincent. Among the south Indian language movies she acted in, the maximum number of movies was in Malayalam (1969 to 2003) - see full list here
Srividya was a playback singer as well. She first sang for films in the Tamil film Amaran and then for Malayalam film Ayalathe Sundari. She later sang in several films, such as Oru Painkilikkadha and Nakshathra tharattu.
She was an expert classical vocalist as well. She used to sing in functions such as the Soorya Festival.
Srividya acted in Apoorva Raagangal opposite Kamal Haasan which virtually changed her life. In the film she acted as lover of Kamal Haasan. She fell in love with Kamal Haasan during the making of the film. They had the support of their families, but they broke up. Their relationship was the inspiration of a Malayalam film Thirakkatha as well, released in 2008.
Later she fell in love with George Thomas, an assistant director in her Malayalam film Teekkanal. She married him on 9 January 1976 despite opposition from her family. As George wished, she was baptised before the marriage. She wanted to stay as a housewife, but had to return to acting, when George forced her to, citing financial issues. She soon realised that she made a wrong decision in marrying him. Her life became miserable and the marriage ended in divorce in 1980. It was followed by a prolonged legal battle to settle financial issues between the two. The case went up to the Supreme Court of India, where she won the final decision. After the divorce, she left Chennai and settled in Thiruvananthapuram.
In 2003, she underwent a biopsy test following physical problems and was tested positive for spine cancer. She underwent treatment for three years .Two months before her death on October 10, 2006, Ms. Srividya had executed a will and entrusted Mr. Ganesh Kumar, cine actor and MLA, to register a charitable society to ‘start a music and dance school for efficient students who could not get ample opportunities due to lack of money or to give away scholarship to such students to continue their studies and to extend financial assistance to deserving ailing artistes.’
“I am bequeathing all my properties except some payments mentioned elsewhere in this bill. An appropriate body with eminent persons, registered under Charitable Societies Act should be formed and the realised value of all my assets should be transferred as a nucleus fund,” she said in the will entrusting Mr. Ganesh Kumar to register the society.
She had also left Rs 5 lakh each to her brother’s children and Rs One lakh each to her servants in the will, executed on August 17, 2006.. In October 2006, she underwent chemotherapy, but cancer had already spread throughout her body. She died on 19 October 2006.
- 1979: Best Actress - Edavazhiyile poocha mindapoocha,Jeevitham oru gaanam
- 1983: Best Actress - Rachana
- 1992: Best Actress - Daivathinte Vikrithikal
- 1985: Second Best Actress - Irakal
- 1986: Second Best Actress - Ennennum Kannettante
- 2004:Best Actress : Avicharithum
- 1980: Best Actress Malayalam - Puzha
- 1981 : Best Actress Malayalam - Edavazhiyile poocha mindapoocha
|2003||Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam||Prabhavathi|
|2003||Malsaram||Kannan Bhai's Mother|
|2002||Malayalimamanu Vanakkam||Anandakuttan's Mother|
|2001||Ennu Sambhavaami Yude Yuge|
|2000||Ingane Oru Nilapakshi||Subhadra Thampuratti|
|2000||Naadan Pennum Nattu Pramaniyum|
|2000||Ee Mazha Thenmazha|
|1998||Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu||Padmini|
|1997||Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu||Mrs. Nair|
|1997||Oru Mutham Mani Mutham|
|1996||The Prince||Jeeva's Mother|
|1995||Indian Military Intelligence|
|1994||Pavam Ia Ivachan|
|1991||Ente Sooryaputhrikku||K.S. Vasundhara Devi|
|1990||Manju Peyyunna Raathri|
|1989||Njagalude Kochu Doctor|
|1987||Swathi Thirunal||Gowri Parvati Bayi|
|1986||Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku||Sasikala|
|1986||Ennennum Kannettante||Kannan's mother|
|1986||Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu|
|1986||Vivahitare Itihile||Music Teacher|
|1986||Oru Yuga Sandhya||Kathamma|
|1985||Azhiyatha Bandhangal (1985)||Vasundhara Menon|
|1985||Janakeeya Kodathi (1985)||Suma|
|1985||Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam||Ambika|
|1985||Ivide Ee Theerathu|
|1985||Kannaram Pothi Pothi||Bhavani|
|1984||Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Thankamani Kunjamma|
|1984||Panchavadi Palam||Mandodhari Amma|
|1984||Oru Thettinte Kadha|
|1983||Mortuary||Justice Lakshmi Menon|
|1983||Prem Nazirne Kaanamanilla|
|1981||Itha Oru Dhikkari||Ammini|
|1981||Enne Snehikku Enne Maathrem|
|1981||Ellam Ninakku Vendi||Jayalakshmi|
|1980||Vaiki Vanna Vasatham||Vimala|
|1980||Raagam Thaanam Pallavi||Nandini|
|1980||Ormakale Vida Tharoo|
|1980||Swantham Enna Padham||Usha|
|1979||Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum|
|1979||Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha|
|1979||Jeevitham Oru Gaanam||Thresiamma|
|1979||Venalil Oru Mazha||Kamalakshi|
|1979||Ivide Kattinu Sugantham|
|1979||Oru Raagam Pala Thaalam|
|1979||Ward No 7|
|1977||Sri Krishna Leela|
|1976||Hridayam Oru Kshethram||Prema|
|1976||Amba Ambika Ambalika||Amba|
|1974||Thacholi Marumakan Chandu||Kanni|
|1970||Jill Jill Rojamani|
|1972||Delhi to Madras|
|1975||Apoorva Raagangal||M. R. Bhairavi|
|1978||Radhai Ketra Kannan|
|1978||Uravugal Enrum Vazhga|
|1982||Kelviyum Naaney Badhilum Naaney|
|1985||Panam Pattum Seiyum|
|1986||Mythili Ennaik Kadali|
|1986||Amman Kovil Kizhakkale|
|1987||Ninaive Oru Sangeetham|
|1987||Oru Thaayin Shabadham|
|1989||Apoorva Sagodharargal||Sethupathy's wife|
|1989||Penn Puthi Munnputhi|
|1989||Enna Petha Rasa|
|1989||Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai|
|1990||Ulagam Piranthathu Enakkaga|
|1991||En Rasavin Manasile|
|1991||Nee Paadhi Naan Paadhi|
|1992||Neenga Nalla Irukkanum|
|1992||Idhu Namma Bhoomi|
|1995||Kadhal Desam||Divya's mother|
|1998||Kadhala Kadhala||Janaki's Mother|
|1998||En Uyir Nee Thaane|
|1999||Nilavey Mugam Kaattu|
|2000||Kandukondain Kandukondain||Aishwarya Rai & Tabu's Mother|
|2000||Kannukkul Nilavu||Gautham' mother|
|1975||Ramuni Minchina Ramudu|
|2008||Vijay IPS (Shooting was completed in 2005)|
|1973||Jaise Ko Taisa||Radha (as Sri Vidya)|
|1990||Aakhri Sangam||Dr. Chandralekha|
|1996||Ek Anari Do Khiladi|
|1996||Cha Cha Charlee|
- Vasundhara Medicals
- Omanathingal Pakshi
- Profile; accessed 9 December 2014.
- "Articles : Movie Retrospect : Tata Manavadu (1973)". Telugucinema.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "List of Srividya's movies in Malayalam". Malayalasangeetham.info.
- "List of Srividya's songs in Malayalam". Malayalasangeetham.info.
- Profile, mathrubhumi.com; accessed 9 December 2014.