Sudha Chandran (born 27 September 1965) is an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and actress who appears in Indian television and films. In 1981, she hurt her leg in a road accident near Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu while coming back from Madras with her parents. Her leg became gangrenous and her parents opted to have it amputated. However, she subsequently became an established Bharatnatyam dancer. Chandran is known for her roles of Ramola Sikand in Kaahin Kissii Roz, Yamini Singh and Seema Gujral in Naagin 1, 2, 3 and 6, Chitradevi in Deivam Thandha Veedu, the Tamil remake of Saath Nibhana Saathiya. She was awarded National Film Award – Special Jury Award for the Telugu film Mayuri which is based on her life at 33rd National Film Awards in 1985.
She was a contestant on the reality dance series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Early and personal life
Sudha Chandran was born on 27 September 1965 in Mumbai. She had stated in an interview of Nettavu, that she was born and raised in Mumbai, but her family originates from Vayalur, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. Her father K.D. Chandran, worked at USIS and was a former actor. Sudha Chandran earned her B.A. from Mithibai College, Mumbai and subsequently an M.A. in economics.
In May 1981, at about 16 years old, in Tamil Nadu, Chandran met with an accident in which her legs were wounded. She received initial medical treatment of her injuries at a local hospital and was later admitted to Vijaya Hospital at Madras. After doctors discovered that gangrene had formed on her right leg, amputation was required. Chandran says that this period was the toughest time of her life. She subsequently regained some mobility with the help of a prosthetic Jaipur foot. She returned to dancing after a gap of two years and performed in India, Saudi Arabia, United States, UK, Canada, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain , Yemen and Oman. Sudha Chandran married assistant director Ravi Dang in 1994. She was given an honorary doctorate by Invertis University, Bareilly.
|1987||Kalam Mari Katha Mari||Arifa||Malayalam|
|1987||Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi||Thayamma||Tamil|
|1987||Chinna Poove Mella Pesu||Shanthi||Tamil|
|1987||Thaye Neeye Thunai||Tamil|
|1990||Thanedaar||Mrs. Jagdish Chandra||Hindi|
|1991||Jeene Ki Sazaa||Sheetal||Hindi|
|1992||Inteha Pyar Ki||Dancer at Tania's wedding||Hindi|
|1992||Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul||Julie||Hindi|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam||Karan's Sister||Hindi|
|1992||Insaaf Ki Devi||Sita S. Prakash||Hindi|
|1992||Tahalka||Seema in a special appearance||Hindi|
|1993||Phoolan Hasina Ramkali||Phoolan||Hindi|
|1994||Baali Umar Ko Salaam||Jaalan's niece||Hindi|
|1998||Phir Wohi Awaaz||Rekha||Hindi|
|1999||Sethi Nu Sindoor||Gujarati|
|1999||Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain||Manju||Hindi|
|1999||Maa Baap Ne Bhulso Nahi||Sharda||Gujarati|
|2000||Chundni Ni Laaj||Gujarati|
|2000||Maa Tara Haiya Na Het||Gujarati|
|2000||Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa||Rani (Veeru's girlfriend)||Hindi|
|2006||Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar||Doctor||Hindi|
|2007||Waado Ki Agni Pariksha Naaginn||Goorak Naths'Guru maa||Hindi|
|2008||Yaar Meri Zindagi||Shikha||Hindi|
|2010||Alexander the Great||Gayathri Devi||Malayalam|
|2012||B & W the Black and White Fact||Hindi|
|2013||Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan||Indra Sundaramurthy||Tamil|
|2016||Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai||Hindi|
|2017||Tera Intezaar||Black Magician||Hindi|
|2017||Ramratan||Mrs. Mahendra Rathod||Hindi|
|2018||Saamy 2||Ilaiya Perumal (Perumal Pichai)'s wife||Tamil|
|2020||Match of Life||Viraj's mother||Hindi|
|2000–2001||Shaka Laka Boom Boom|
|2000; 2001; 2003||Mahisasuramardini||Devi Durga||Bengali|
|2001–2004||Kaahin Kissii Roz||Ramola Sikand|||
|2002–2005||Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi||Renuka Chaudhary / Ragini Suryavanshi|
|2003–2004||Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan||Guruma|
|2004||Zameen Se Aassman Tak||Meera|
|2004–2006||Tumhari Disha||Vasundhara Malik|
|K. Street Pali Hill||Gayathri Kaul|
|2006–2009||Kashmakash Zindagi Ki||Rajyalakshmi|
|Kuchh Is Tara||Mallika Nanda|||
|Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil||Inspector Sagarika Solanki|
|2008–2011||Mata Ki Chowki - Kalyug Mein Bhakti Ki Shakti||Shwetha Devi|||
|Kaisi Laagi Lagan||Ambika||Hindi|
|2010||Do Saheliyaan||Guru Maa||Hindi|||
|Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale||Neighbour||Hindi|
|Sanjog Se Bani Sangini||Kalki Devi|
|2010||Mata Ki Chowki||Swetha Devi|
|No.23 Mahalakshmi Nivasam||Radha||Telugu|||
|2012||Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga||Kalyani Devi Raichand||Hindi|
|Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?||Mrs.Vyas||Hindi|
|2013||Ek Thhi Naayka||Uma Viswas|||
|Aardram||Retired judge Sharada Pillai||Malayalam|
|2013–2015||Deivam Thandha Veedu||Chitradevi Devraj Chakravarthy||Tamil|||
|2014||Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai... Ajab Sa Risk Hai||Lohari||Hindi|||
|2015–2016||Naagin||Yamini Singh Raheja|||
|2015||Comedy Nights Bachao||Yamini|
|2016–2017||Naagin 2||Yamini Singh Raheja||Hindi|||
|Karmaphal Daata Shani||Simhika|||
|Door Kinare Milte Hai|
|Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil||Harjeet Khurana|
|2018||Ishq Mein Marjawan||Sujata|
|Yeh Hai Mohabbatein||Sudha Shrivaastav||Hindi|||
|2019||Lakshmi Stores||Shakunthala Devi||Tamil
|Naagin 3||Yamini Singh Raheja (Special Appearance)||Hindi|
|2019–2020||Bepannah Pyaar||Kunti Malhotra|||
|2019||Tara From Satara||Srilekha|||
|2019–2022||No.1 Kodalu||Vagdevi Arunprasad Vikramaneni||Telugu|
|2022–2023||Naagin 6||Seema Gujral / Tara / Patali||Hindi|||
|2022||Maari||Chamundeshwari (Special appearance)||Tamil|
|2007||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2||Contestant||Hindi|
|Super Dancer Junior||Judge||Malayalam|
|Krazy Kiya Re||Hindi|
|2009||Super Dancer Junior 2||Malayalam|||
|2016–2017||Dance Jodi Dance||Judge|||
|2017–2018||Zee Dance League||Tamil|
|2018 / 2019||Comedy Stars season 2||Malayalam|
|2018||Dance Jodi Dance Juniors||Tamil|
|2020||Bigg Boss 14|
|2021–2022||Crime Alert||Host|||
|2022||MY G Flowers Oru Kodi||Participant||Malayalam|
|2023||Entertainment Ki Raat Housefull||Nani||Hindi|
- Other works
|2018||Rudra Ke Rakshak||Voice for queen Spider||Hindi|||
- 1985: National Film Award – Special Jury Award for Mayuri
- 1985: Nandi Special Jury Award for Mayuri
- 2017: Colors Golden Petal Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Naagin
- 2020: Zeetelugu kutumbam awards for Uttama Inti pedda main lead role in No.1Kodalu
- "Natya Mayuri from state gets her groove back". The Times of India.
- "Sudha Chandran's story about her accident will leave you inspired". The Times of India. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "33rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- "Sudha Chandran Herself". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- Madon, Vimala (7 March 2016). "Women's Day special – against all odds". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- Never-say-die attitude: BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN – Sudha Chandran The Hindu. 22 February 2010.
- Exclusive Interview with Sudha Chandran Actress. 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
I was born and brought up in Mumbai, but my origin is Tiruchi... Trichy, Vayloore.
- Swaminathan, Rajeshwari (27 July 2015). "Her Friends Stood by Her". The New Indian Express. Chennai. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- Amarnath K. Menon (9 December 2013). "Mayuri: A profile in courage". India Today. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Patel, Priyanka J (9 December 2011). "I choose to fight in my life: Sudha Chandran – The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Inspiration for world" (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Farook, Farhana (27 November 2007). "I view the accident as a blessing: Sudha Chandran". DNA. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Sudha Chandran: I married my husband Ravi in a temple, 24 years back". The Times of India. 30 April 2019.
- Amar Ujala Coverage on Doctorate Degree to Sudha Chandran, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 22 October 2021
- Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (22 May 2018). "Telugu cinema hops on the biopic bandwagon". The Hindu.
- "This Actress Is Not Getting Any Film Offer From 13 Years, Started Film Career With Her Own Biopic". 12 April 2019.
- "Bedi (1987) Kannada movie: Cast & Crew". chiloka.com. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
- "Sudha Chandran starrer 'Sifar' shines in film festivals, collects over 26 awards". The Indian Express.
- "Ekta Kapoor birthday: Komolika to Ramola Sikand, 5 iconic vamps of the TV producer we all loved to hate!". Times Now News.
- "5 videos that prove Ramola Sikand aka Sudha Chandran is the most badass villains of all times". The Times of India.
- "A peek at Ekta's Kuchh Is Tara". Rediff.com.
- "Interesting phase in TV now: Sudha Chandran". Zee News. 24 October 2014.
- "Sudha getting positive". The Times of India.
- No. 23 Mahalakshmi Nivasam - 114, retrieved 13 January 2020 – via YouTube
- "Sudha Chandran to feature in Ek Thi Naayka". The Indian Express.
- Sundar, Mrinalini. "My character is strong-willed just like me: Sudha Chandran". The Times of India.
- "I want performance to be my style statement: Sudha Chandran". Zee News. 15 November 2015.
- "Get ready for an adventurous season of 'Naagin 2'". The Times of India.
- "Adaa Khan call's Sudha Chandran 'overacting ki dukaan' on off screen". The Free Press Journal.
- "Sudha Chandran: Ayushaman Bhava has engrossing storyline". Mid Day. 13 November 2017.
- "Sudha Chandran joins the cast of 'Karamphal Data Shani'; excited for her first mythological show!". Bollywoodmdb. August 2017.
- "'Yeh Hai Mohabbatein' Actress Sudha Chandran Set To Re-Enter Divyanka Tripathi's Popular Star Plus Show!". Abp Live. 18 August 2019.
- "Actress Sudha Chandran talks about her serial acting experience". Vikatan. 24 January 2019.
- "Bepanah Pyaarr: 'Naagin' Fame Sudha Chandran To Enter Show, Reunites With Pearl V Puri!". Abp Live. 7 July 2019.
- "Sudha Chandran to play a judge in Tara From Satara". Mid Day. 24 August 2019.
- "Naagin 6 Character Revelation: Urvashi Dholakia will play Tejashwi Prakash's mother, Sudha Chandran will be the villain". news ncr.
- Sathyendran, Nita (3 September 2010). "Diva and loving it". The Hindu.
- "'Ugram Ujjwalam' another feather in my cap: Sudha Chandran". Onmanorama.
- "Popular reality show reaches 1000th episode mark". Deccan Chronicle. 23 August 2015.
- "Laila, Sneha and Sudha Chandran have a blast on the sets of Dance Jodi Dance Juniors; see video". The Times of India.
- "Watch: Urvashi Dholakia and Sudhaa Chandran to compete against each other in Kitchen Champion". The Times of India.
- "After Naagin, Sudha Chandran to lend voice to a spider on a TV show". India Today.
- "Sudha Chandran turns anchor and producer with 'Crime Alert'". Indiatvnews. 5 March 2021.
- "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh (in Telugu). Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Sudha Chandran Awards: List of awards and nominations received by Sudha Chandran | Times of India Entertainment". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2021.