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Born (1963-08-27) 27 August 1963 (age 55) [1]
Madras, Tamilnadu India
Years active1979–present
Ambareesh (m. 1991)
ChildrenAbhishek (b.1993)

Sumalatha is an Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 200 films in Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.Her most globally recognised role was Clara from the movie Thoovanathumbikal directed by an Indian Legend P. Padmarajan in the year 1987, was a superhit at the boxoffice and over the years it has turned into a cult film with a large following.The film was ranked #8 by IBN Live in its list of greatest Indian films of all time.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu into a Telugu family from Bethapudi, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh[citation needed], thereafter in Maitri Park, Chembur, Mumbai. She gained popularity in Malayalam cinema and later married Kannada actor-politician Ambareesh and has a son Abhishek Gowda.


Sumalatha began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest in 1979. After her pictures began circulating the magazines, film producer D. Ramanaidu expressed interest in casting her in his film and offered her a signining amount of 1,001 in 1979.[2] However, she made her film debut in Tamil with Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979). She was named the Best New Face following the film. Her Kannada entry was through Ravichandra opposite to Rajkumar. She entered Telugu through Samajaniki Saval (1979), and Malayalam through Moorkhan (1980). She appeared in many Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films early in her career. She was Rajinikanth's second heroine besides Rati Agnihotri in films like Murattu Kaalai and Kazhugu. She was the heroine of legendary Malayalam actor Jayan's last film Kolilakkam (1981). In her Malayalam entry film Moorkhan, she acted as Jayan's second heroine. Her most memorable Malayalam films include Thazhvaram, Isabella, Nirakkoottu, Thoovanathumbikal, Parampara and New Delhi.[3] She has acted in many Kannada movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Tayi Kanasu, Karna, Hong Kong nalli Agent AmarTayiya Hone, Kallarali Hoovagi, Ravichandra in which she acted with actor Rajkumar. Telugu is the language in which she acted the most number of times, followed by Malayalam.

She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Shrutilayalu in 1987. She is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director Kodandarami Reddy noticed Suhasini combing Sumalatha's long hair on the train journey to the film set. Reddy asked his cameraman, Ashok Reddy, to film the two and added the scene to the movie's final cut.[4]

Sumalatha reportedly speaks six languages, and has acted in five.

Personal life[edit]

She married Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh on 8 December 1991 and they have a son Abhishek born in 1993.[5] She acted with Ambareesh[6] in movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Sri Manjunatha and Kallarali Hoovagi which went on to win a National Award. They supposedly met on the sets of a movie, and she was attracted to his bold personality. In an interview with TV9 Kannada she mentioned she was very much attracted to his rebellious attitude. It seems she used to be very silent and be to herself on the sets; he encouraged her to be talkative and mingle with the crew and the people around her.[7][8]


  • Devar's Best New Face Award: Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979) (Tamil)
  • Nandi award (Best Actress): Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
  • Film Fans Award for Best Actress: Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
  • Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: New Delhi and Thoovanathumbikal (1987) (Malayalam)
  • Lux Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Malayalam)
  • Film Fans Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Hindi)
  • Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: Isabella (1988) (Malayalam)[9]








  1. ^ "Sumalatha's wishes for her darling Darshan". The Times of India. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ Shivakumar, S. (27 March 2015). "On the road of flowers". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Malayalam News, Kerala News, Latest Malayalam News, Latest Kerala News, Breaking News, Online News, Malayalam Online News, Kerala Politics, Business News, Movie News, Malayalam Movie News, News Headlines, Malayala Manorama Newspaper, Breaking Malayalam News,". ManoramaOnline.
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  5. ^ "Ambi not interested in films - Sumalatha". IndiaGlitz. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Ambarish, Mrs.Sumalatha to act together". OneIndia. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  7. ^ Rebel-Star ಅಂಬರೀಶ್Sumalatha ,PRAMAPALLAVI. 11 August 2009 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "personal".
  9. ^ "Biodata".

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