11 October 1984 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Suja Varunee also known as Sujatha Naidu is an Indian politician and film actress and song dancer who has appeared in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam language films. After beginning her career as a leading actress, Suja then worked primarily as a dancer for song sequence in films during the 2000s. In 2008, she opted to prioritise her work as a supporting actress and has since notably portrayed pivotal roles in films including Milaga (2010), Pencil (2016) and Kidaari (2016).
Aged fourteen, Suja was selected to portray the leading role in the coming-of-age, romantic drama Plus Two (2002) after being recommended to the film's director Ramana by her neighbour Rajarajan, who was a cinematographer. Her parents were initially reluctant to allow Suja to act in films at such a young age, but later agreed. The film took a low-profile opening at the box office and did not perform well, prompting Suja to take a break from the film industry. In 2004, Suja was offered the chance to perform in an item number in the Srikanth–starrer Varnajalam (2004), which she accepted, prompting several other film makers to approach her for similar roles. Throughout the mid-2000s, Suja became popular for such glamorous, single song appearances and worked on projects including Maayavi (2005), Pallikoodam (2007), Kuselan (2008) and Jayamkondaan (2008). Amidst several appearances in single songs, Suja had the opportunity to portray minor supporting roles in films including A. K. Lohithadas's Kasthuri Maan (2005) and Masala (2005). Suja has since reflected on that period in her career and stated she "used to get song offers almost every other day" but "did not know then that the industry would brand [her] as an item girl" and that she "did not have the proper guidance". She is engaged to Shivaji Dev who she has been dating for past 11 years.
Following her appearance in the Rajinikanth-starrer Kuselan (2008), Suja actively supports Patali Makkal Katchi and sought to shed her image of being a glamorous dancer and move towards portraying supporting roles. The director of Kuselan, P. Vasu, supported her move and cast her in two of his subsequent films – the Kannada horror-comedy Aptharakshaka (2010) and its Telugu remake, Nagavalli (2010). The roles meant that she received further opportunities in the Telugu language with roles in films including Gundello Godari (2013) and Doosukeltha (2013), as well as the lead role in the low-budget comedy film Alibaba Okkade Donga (2014) opposite Ali. Simultaneously, she began to work in key roles in Tamil films, winning acclaim for her role as a traditional village girl in Milaga (2010), while also playing key roles in black comedy Settai (2013) and science-fiction film, Appuchi Gramam (2014). Suja won acclaim for her portrayal of a fiery, rustic woman in the village drama, Kidaari (2016), where she starred alongside Sasikumar.
She is a member of Patalli Makkal Karachi (PMK) and will be field as a candidate for R.K Nagar in the upcoming elections.
In 2017, she expressed her disappointment of her scenes in films being cut through a Twitter post. The move followed reports that her scenes were edited out in the film, Kuttram 23 (2017). She has finished her commitments for films including the Arulnithi-starrer Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Thamira's Aan Devathai, Arun Vijay's Vaa Deal and Sathru among other projects. In 2017, Suja took part in the reality television show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan, where she entered on day 52.
|2003||Ilasu Pudhusu Ravusu||Suja||Tamil|
|2004||Varnajalam||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Vadha Vadhane"|
|2005||Ben Johnson||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|2006||Vathiyar||Tamil||Special appearance in "Yennadi Muniyamma" song|
|2006||Chacko Randaaman||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|2007||Madurai Veeran||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2007||Pallikoodam||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Roseberry"|
|2007||Rasigar Mandram||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2007||Black Cat||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|2007||Ammuvagiya Naan||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2008||Pazhani||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Lo Lo Local"|
|2008||Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan||Urvashi||Tamil|
|2008||Valluvan Vasuki||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2008||Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2008||Kuselan||Tamil||Special appearance in "Perinba Pechchukaran" song|
|2008||Jayamkondaan||Tamil||Special appearance in "Orey Or Naal" song|
|2009||Ainthaam Padai||Tamil||Special appearance in "Orampo" song|
|2009||Solla Solla Inikkum||Megha||Tamil|
|2010||Moscowin Kavery||Tamil||Special appearance in "Gramam Thedi Vaada" song|
|2013||Gundello Godari / Maranthen Mannithen||Bangari||Telugu / Tamil|
|2014||Ali Baba Okkade Donga||Chetana||Telugu|
|2017||Kuttram 23||John Matthew's wife||Tamil|
|2018||Iravukku Aayiram Kangal||Maya||Tamil|
- Bigg Boss (2017)
- V Lakshmi (8 July 2010) Suja praised for Milaga!. The Times of India. Retrieved on 28 December 2016.
- Nikhil Raghavan (4 February 2012) Itsy-Bitsy. The Hindu. Retrieved on 28 December 2016.
- "Suja Varunee Biography, Wiki, Age, Affairs, Family, Height, Weight & More".
- "Its not easy to do sexy numbers": Suja. Sify.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2017.
- My First Break – SUJA. The Hindu (16 October 2009)
- New trend of 'item numbers' in Kannada film industry. Viggy.com (13 March 2011). Retrieved on 2017-09-22.
- An interview with actress Suja Varunee. Behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2017.
- Suja praised for Milaga! – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2017.
- Suja Varunee clarifies the rumours regarding her future plans. Behindwoods.com (7 December 2015). Retrieved on 2017-09-22.
- Suja varunee is the heroine of Sasikumar next film with Prasath – Tamil Movie News. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 22 September 2017.
- Suja Varunee goes emotional about the removal of her scenes by directors. Behindwoods.com (6 March 2017). Retrieved on 2017-09-22.
- Exclusive: Suja Varunee is a gangster now!. Deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved on 22 September 2017.