Srividya

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Sreevidya
Srividya.jpg
Born (1953-07-24)July 24, 1953
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died October 19, 2006(2006-10-19) (aged 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Other names Sreevidya
Years active 1966–2006
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.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

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).[2]

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[3]

Playback singing[edit]

Srividya was a playback singer as well. She first sang for films in the Tamil film Amaran and then for Malayalam film Ayalathe Sundari.[4] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]

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.[5] 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.[citation needed] After the divorce, she left Chennai and settled in Thiruvananthapuram.[5]

Death[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State TV Awards
  • 2004:Best Actress : Avicharithum
Filmfare Awards South
  • 1980: Best Actress Malayalam - Puzha
  • 1981 : Best Actress Malayalam - Edavazhiyile poocha mindapoocha

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

  1. 2006 - Chacko Randaman
  1. 2003 - Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam ..... Prabhavathi
  2. 2003 - Mullavalliyum Thenmavum...... Kanakambal
  3. 2003 - Malsaram ..... Kannan Bhai's Mother
  4. 2002 - Malayalimamanu Vanakkam..... Anandakuttan's Mother
  5. 2001 - Randam Bhaavam .... Parvathi
  6. 2001 - Nagaravadhu .... Amrita Thripati
  7. 2001 - Jeevan Masai
  8. 2001 - Ponnu
  9. 2001 - Ennu Sambhavaami Yude Yuge
  10. 2000 - Ingane Oru Nilapakshi.... Subhadra Thampuratti
  11. 2000 - Naadan Pennum Nattu Pramaniyum
  12. 2000 - Dreams
  13. 2000 - Ee Mazha Thenmazha
  14. 1999 - Agni Sakshi
  15. 1999 - Sangamam
  16. 1999 - Vazhunnor...... Kochammini
  17. 1998 - Sidhartha.... Sridevi
  18. 1998 - Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu .... Padmini
  19. 1998 - Aayushmaan Bava
  20. 1998 - Achaamakuttide Achaayan
  21. 1998 - Sooryaputhran
  22. 1998 - Nakshathra Thaaraattu
  23. 1997 - Innalakalillathe
  24. 1997 - Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu...... Mrs. Nair
  25. 1997 - Maanasam.... Rajalakshmi
  26. 1997 - Poonilamazha
  27. 1997 - Oru Mutham Mani Mutham
  28. 1997 - Masmaram .... Maria
  29. 1997 - Aaram Thamburan ....Subhadra
  30. 1997 - Aniyathi Pravu...... Chandrika
  31. 1996 - The Prince.... Jeeva's Mother
  32. 1996 - Dilliwala Rajakumaran...... Padmini
  33. 1996 - Kaanchanam.... Arundathi Devi
  34. 1996 - King Solomon
  35. 1995 - Rajakeeyam.... Kannamma
  36. 1995 - Indian Military Intelligence
  37. 1994 - Gandeevam
  38. 1994 - Pavam Ia Ivachan
  39. 1994 - Pavithram..... Devakiamma
  40. 1994 - Ezhuthachan
  41. 1994 - Daivathinte Vikrithikal
  42. 1994 - Bharanakoodam
  43. 1994 - Palayam.... Susan Fernandez
  44. 1994 - Kabuliwala.... Sreedevi
  45. 1993 - O' Faby
  46. 1993 - Kudumbasneham
  47. 1992 - Rajasilpi.... Lakshibhai Thampuraatti
  48. 1992 - Cheppadividya.... Ammachi
  49. 1992 - Kudumbasammetham
  50. 1992 - Daivathinte Vikrithikal...... Maggie
  51. 1991 - Neelagiri..... Radha
  52. 1991 - Advaitham..... Saraswathy
  53. 1991 - Ente Sooryaputhrikku.... K.S. Vasundhara Devi
  54. 1990 - Samrajyam..... Lakshmi
  55. 1990 - Vachanam ... Aryadevi
  56. 1990 - Innale..... Dr. Sandhya
  57. 1990 - Guest House
  58. 1990 - Manju Peyyunna Raathri
  59. 1989 - Njagalude Kochu Doctor
  60. 1989 - Nakshtra Deepangal
  61. 1989 - Njattuvela
  62. 1988 - Suprabhatha
  63. 1988 - Athirthikkal
  64. 1987 - Jaalakam.... Lakshmi
  65. 1987 - Swathi Thirunal...... Gowri Parvati Bayi
  66. 1987 - Kanikaanum Neram
  67. 1986 - Pranamam
  68. 1986 - Geetham..... Aparna's Mother
  69. 1986 - Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku.... Sasikala
  70. 1986 - Ennennum Kannettante...... Kannan's mother
  71. 1986 - Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu
  72. 1986 - Sayam Sandhya.... Geetha
  73. 1986 - Vivahitare Itihile.... Music Teacher
  74. 1986 - Ashtabandham
  75. 1986 - Oru Yuga Sandhya.... Kathamma
  76. 1986 - Udayam Padinjaaru.... Seethalakshmi
  77. 1985 - Ayanam (1985) .... Saramma
  78. 1985 - Azhiyatha Bandhangal (1985) .... Vasundhara Menon
  79. 1985 - Janakeeya Kodathi (1985) .... Suma
  80. 1985 - Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam ...... Ambika
  81. 1985 - Orikkal Oridathu
  82. 1985 - Ivide Ee Theerathu
  83. 1985 - Mukya Manthri ..... Lakshmi
  84. 1985 - Vellam
  85. 1985 - Daivatheorthu
  86. 1985 - Kannaram Pothi Pothi .... Bhavani
  87. 1985 - Upahaaram.... Sarojini Chandran
  88. 1985 - Onathumbikkoroonjal
  89. 1985 - Irakal.... Annie
  90. 1985 - Chillukottaram
  91. 1985 - Ozhivukaalam
  92. 1984 - Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla..... Thankamani Kunjamma
  93. 1984 - Shapadham.... Srividya
  94. 1984 - Panchavadi Palam...... Mandodhari Amma
  95. 1984 - Raajavembaala
  96. 1984 - Oru Painkilikkadha
  97. 1984 - Nethavu
  98. 1984 - Kurishuyudham...Rosamma
  99. 1984 - Amme Narayana
  100. 1984 - Alakadalinakkare
  101. 1984 - Oru Thettinte Kadha
  102. 1984 - Kadamattathachan .... Kaliyankattu Neeli
  103. 1984 - Krishna Guruvaayoorappa..... Kururamma
  104. 1984 - Chakkarayumma.... Zeenath
  105. 1984 - Vellam ... Dinamma
  106. 1984 - Idavelakku Shesham
  107. 1983 - Adaminte Vaariyellu...... Alice
  108. 1983 - Bhookambam...... Aswathi
  109. 1983 - Mortuary.... Justice Lakshmi Menon
  110. 1983 - Kattathe Kilikkoodu...... Sarada
  111. 1983 - Pinnilavu .... Sreevidya
  112. 1983 - Prathigna.... Lakshmi
  113. 1983 - Rachana.... Sharada
  114. 1983 - Naanayam.... Sumathi
  115. 1983 - Paalam
  116. 1983 - Arabikkadal
  117. 1983 - Rathilayam.... Nabisu
  118. 1983 - Kaikeyi
  119. 1983 - Prem Nazirne Kaanamanilla
  120. 1983 - Aana ... Umatha
  121. 1983 - Passport
  122. 1983 - Kodumkattu
  123. 1983 - Ankam .... Thresia
  124. 1983 - Ee Yugam .... Aparna
  125. 1982 - Oru Mukham Pala Mukham.... Subhadramma Thankachi
  126. 1982 - Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam
  127. 1982 - Njan Ekanaanu.... Dr Seethalakshmi
  128. 1982 - Aakrosam.... Prabha
  129. 1982 - Aarambham .... Sharada
  130. 1982 - Aadarsham
  131. 1982 - Ethiraalikal .... Ammini
  132. 1982 - Sree Ayappanum Vavarum
  133. 1982 - Beedikunjamma.... Beedikunjamma
  134. 1982 - Idiyum Minnalum
  135. 1982 - Ival Oru Simham
  136. 1982 - Chilanthivala .... School teacher
  137. 1982 - Saram
  138. 1982 - Dheera
  139. 1981 - Aakkramanam
  140. 1981 - Attimari.... Geetha
  141. 1981 - Ithihaasam
  142. 1981 - Kathayariyathe
  143. 1981 - Raktham..... Malathi
  144. 1981 - Itha Oru Dhikkari..... Ammini
  145. 1981 - Thaaraattu
  146. 1981 - Enne Snehikku Enne Maathrem
  147. 1981 - Swarangal Swapnagal .... Ramani
  148. 1981 - Grihalakshmi .... Janaki
  149. 1981 - Thaaraavu .... Kakkamma
  150. 1981 - Ellam Ninakku Vendi .... Jayalakshmi
  151. 1981 - Sankarsham..... Priyadarshini
  152. 1981 - Dantha Gopuram
  153. 1981 - Paathiraasooryan.... Joly
  154. 1981 - Sambhavam
  155. 1981 - Visham
  156. 1981 - Sreeman Sreemathi
  157. 1981 - Dhanya
  158. 1981 - Rajani
  159. 1980 - Vilkkanundu Swapnangal...... Malathi
  160. 1980 - Shakthi
  161. 1980 - Theekkadal .... Sreedevi
  162. 1980 - Deepam .... Padmini
  163. 1980 - Aswaaradham
  164. 1980 - Muthuchippikal .... Vijayalakshmi
  165. 1980 - Agnikshetram
  166. 1980 - Aagamanam
  167. 1980 - Meen
  168. 1980 - Vaiki Vanna Vasatham......Vimala
  169. 1980 - Aagamanam..... Thulasi
  170. 1980 - Chaakara.... Nimmy
  171. 1980 - Puzha
  172. 1980 - Raagam Thaanam Pallavi ....Nandini
  173. 1980 - Ormakale Vida Tharoo
  174. 1980 - Ambalavilakku ..... Sumathi
  175. 1980 - Digvijayam...... Soumini
  176. 1980 - Swantham Enna Padham..... Usha
  177. 1979 - Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum
  178. 1979 - Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha
  179. 1979 - Jeevitham Oru Gaanam ..... Thresiamma
  180. 1979 - Anupallavi..... Radha
  181. 1979 - Venalil Oru Mazha.... Kamalakshi
  182. 1979 - Puthiya Velicham.... Lakshmi
  183. 1979 - Thenthulli
  184. 1979 - Agniparvatham
  185. 1979 - Krishnaparunthu
  186. 1979 - Prabhaasandhya ..... Usha
  187. 1979 - Ivide Kattinu Sugantham
  188. 1979 - Pushyaraagam
  189. 1979 - Oru Raagam Pala Thaalam
  190. 1979 - Sudhikalasam..... Sridevi Menon
  191. 1979 - Ini Yaathra
  192. 1979 - Ward No 7
  193. 1979 - Swapnangal Swanthamalla
  194. 1978 - Ottakam
  195. 1977 - Sri Krishna Leela
  196. 1977 - Sreemad Bhagavathgeetha
  197. 1977 - Velankanni Maathavu
  198. 1977 - Muhurthangal
  199. 1977 - Parivarthanam
  200. 1976 - Hridayam Oru Kshethram.... Prema
  201. 1976 - Kamadhenu..... Sathi
  202. 1976 - Amba Ambika Ambalika..... Amba
  203. 1976 - Chottanikkara Amma
  204. 1976 - Theekkanal
  205. 1976 - Samasya
  206. 1976 - Pushpasharam
  207. 1976 - Amma
  208. 1975 - Swami Ayappan
  209. 1975 - Babumon .... Sharada
  210. 1975 - Ulsavam .... Sumathi
  211. 1975 - Aaranyakaandam
  212. 1975 - Akkaldaama
  213. 1975 - Maanishaada
  214. 1974 - Rajahamsam .....Sarasa
  215. 1974 - Ayalathe Sundari ..... Malini
  216. 1974 - Sapthaswarangal ..... Saraswathy
  217. 1974 - Arakallan Mukkalkallan
  218. 1974 - Thumbolarcha...Kunjuneeli
  219. 1974 - Thacholi Marumakan Chandu...Kanni
  220. 1974 - Vrindavanam
  221. 1973 - Chenda
  222. 1973 - Dharmayudham ... Sreedevi
  223. 1970 - Swapnangal .... Radha
  224. 1970 - Ambalapravu
  225. 1969 - Kumara Sambhavam .... Menaka
  226. 1969 - Chattambikkavala

Tamil[edit]

  1. 1967 - Thiruvarutselvar
  2. 1970 - Jill Jill Rojamani
  3. 1970 - Kasthuri Thilakam
  4. 1971 - Nootrukku Nooru
  5. 1971 - Annai Velankanni
  6. 1972 - Delhi to Madras
  7. 1972 - Velli Vizha
  8. 1973 - Sollathan Ninaikiren
  9. 1973 - Karaikkal Ammaiyar
  10. 1975- Apoorva Raagangal ...... M. R. Bhairavi
  11. 1975- Athirshtam Azhaikkirathu
  12. 1979- Imayam
  13. 1982 - Kelviyum Naaney Badhilum Naaney
  14. 1983 - Dowry Kalyanam
  15. 1984 - Ezhuthatha Sattangal
  16. 1985 - Oonjalaadum Uravugal
  17. 1985 - panam pattum seiyum
  18. 1985 - Navagrha Nayagi
  19. 1986 - Punnagai Mannan..... Padmini
  20. 1986 - Mythili Ennaik Kadali
  21. 1987 - Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
  22. 1987 - Manithan
  23. 1987 - Ananda Aradhanai
  24. 1989 - Raaja Raajathaan
  25. 1989 - Mappillai...... Rajarajeswari
  26. 1989 - Apoorva Sagodharargal..... Sethupathy's wife
  27. 1989 - Penn puthi Munnputhi
  28. 1990 - Ulagam Piranthathu Enakkaga
  29. 1991 - Thalapathi..... Kalyani
  30. 1991 - En Rasavin Manasile
  31. 1992 - Naalaya Theerpu
  32. 1992 - Naangal
  33. 1993 - Uzhaippaali
  34. 1993 - Purusha Lakshanam
  35. 1994 - Paasamalargal
  36. 1994 - Rasigan
  37. 1995 - Kadhal Desam ...... Divya's mother
  38. 1995 - Nammavar.... Kamal's Sister
  39. 1996 - Minor Mappillai
  40. 1996 - Senathipathi
  41. 1997 - Kaadhalukku Mariyaadai
  42. 1997 - Aaha
  43. 1997 - Ullaasam " Ajith's Mother
  44. 1998 - Kadhala Kadhala ... Janaki's Mother
  45. 1998 - Kannedhirey Thondrinal
  46. 1998 - En Uyir Nee Thaane
  47. 1999 - Uyirode Uyiraha
  48. 1999 - Nilavey Mugam Kaattu
  49. 1999 - Unnai Thedi
  50. 1999 - Jodi
  51. 2000 - Kandukondain Kandukondain..... Aishwarya Rai & Tabu's Mother
  52. 2000 - Kannukkul Nilavu .... Gautham' mother
  53. 2000 - Thenkasi Pattanam
  54. 2001 - Aanandham
  55. 2002 - Shree
  56. 2004 - Jana .... Jana's mother
  57. 2005 - London

Telugu[edit]

  1. 1972 - Tata Manavadu...... Dancer
  2. 1976 - Thoorpu Padamara
  3. 1989 - Vicky Dada.... Rekha
  4. 1989 - Dance Master
  5. 1989 - Indrudu Chandrudu..... Mrs. Rayudu
  6. 1989 - Hatya
  7. 1990 - Kondaveeti Donga
  8. 1992 - Balarama Krishnulu
  9. 1992 - Dalapathi
  10. 1993 - Amma Koduku
  11. 1993 - Paruvu Prathishta
  12. 1993 - Bangaru Bullodu
  13. 1993 - Inspector Ashwini
  14. 1994 - Gandeevam
  15. 1994 - Mugguru Monagallu
  16. 1996 - Dharma Chakram
  17. 1996 - Prema Desam
  18. 1997 - Chinnabbayi
  19. 1999 - Arundhati
  20. 1999 - Jodi
  21. 2008 - Vijay IPS (shoot done in 2005)

Hindi[edit]

  1. 1973 - Jaise Ko Taisa...... Radha (as Sri Vidya)
  2. 1976 - Arjun Pandit
  3. 1990 - Aakhri Sangam .... Dr. Chandralekha
  4. 1996 - Ek Anari Do Khiladi
  5. 1996 - Cha Cha Charlee

Kannada[edit]

  1. 1988 – Suprabhatha
  2. 1990 - Ashwamedha
  3. 1999 - A.K. 47
  4. 2002 - Sainika .... Shanta

TV Serials[edit]

  • Ammathamburatti
  • Vasundhara Medicals
  • Omanathingal Pakshi
  • Avicharitham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile; accessed 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Articles : Movie Retrospect : Tata Manavadu (1973)". Telugucinema.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "List of Srividya's movies in Malayalam". Malayalasangeetham.info. 
  4. ^ "List of Srividya's songs in Malayalam". Malayalasangeetham.info. 
  5. ^ a b c Profile, mathrubhumi.com; accessed 9 December 2014.

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