Sunitha (actress)

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Sunitha Shivaramakrishnan
Born (1972-07-24) 24 July 1972 (age 46)
Kerala
NationalityIndian
Other namesVidhya Venugopal, Kodai Mazhai Vidhya, Vidyasree, Sunitha
OccupationActress
Years active1990
Spouse(s)Raj (m.1996-present)
ChildrenShashank

Sunitha is an Indian actress known for her roles in films made in south India from 1986 to 1996.

Movie career[edit]

She entered the film industry through the movie Kodai Mazhai, a 1986 Tamil movie directed by Muktha S. Sundar, with music by Ilayaraja, starring Rajinikanth, Prasad and Lakshmi and Ponmana Selvan (1989), starring Vijayakanth, directed by P. Vasu. The same year saw the release of Vijayakanth's movie Rajanadai and Varavu Nalla Uravu (1990), a family movie, for which director Visu won the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Story Writer. She was also in Nenja Thottu Sollu a Tamil movie, a female oriented story based on a character called Pongona, directed by T. N. Kanna.

She starred in the Malayalam movies Nirabhedangal, directed by Sajan, starring Prathap Pothen, Ambika and Geetha and Kanikanum Neram, directed by Rajasenan, starring Ratheesh and Saritha in 1987. Her popular movies include Mrugaya, a Malayalam action drama written by A. K. Lohithadas and directed by IV Sasi; Appu, directed by Dennis Joseph and written by Sreekumaran Thampi, starring Mohanlal and K. R. Vijaya; Gajakesariyogam, directed by P. G. Viswambharan, starring Mukesh and Innocent, and Neelagiri, directed by I. V. Sasi, written by Ranjith and Georgootty C/O Georgootty, produced under the banner of Chandragiri Productions. It was Haridas' directorial debut. Haridas got the State Award for Best New face Director for this film, starring Jayaram and Thilakan, She starred in Mimics Parade and Kasargod Khader Bhai, comedy films directed by Thulasidas, starring Siddique and Jagadeesh; Pookkalam Varavayi, directed by Kamal, written by Ranjith and Nathan, starring Jayaram and Shamili; Savidham, directed by George Kithu, starring Nedumudi Venu and Santhi Krishna; Snehasagaram, directed by Sathyan Anthikkad, starring Murali and Manoj K. Jayan; Mukha Chithram, directed by Suresh Unnithan; Samooham, directed by Sathyan Anthikad, with Suhasini Manirathnam and Suresh Gopi; Vatsalyam, directed by Cochin Haneefa, written by Lohithadas, starring Mammootty and Geetha; Nandini Oppol, directed by Mohan Kuplari, starring Geetha and Nedumudi Venu; Sowbhagyam, directed by Sandhya Mohan; Pradakshinam, directed by Pradeep Chockli, starring Manoj K. Jayan and Balachandran Chullikkadu, and Kaliveedu, a family drama that explores the marital relationship, directed by Sibi Malayil, starring Jayaram and Manju Warrier.

She entered the Kannada film industry in 1990 through the movies Anukulakobba Ganda, directed by M. S. Rajashekar, starring Raghavendra Rajkumar; Aralida Hoovugalu, directed by Chi Dattharaj, starring Shivarajkumar and Srinath; Puksatte Ganda Hotte Tumba Unda a typical drama movie directed by Raj Kishore, starring Ambareesh and Roll Call Ramakrishna, directed by B. Rama Murthy, produced by S. R. Raajeshwari, with music by Upendra Kumar, starring Ananth Nag and Devraj.

She has paired with leading Indian actors such as Mammooty, Mohanlal, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Ambareesh, Anant Nag, Shivaraj Kumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and many others.

As a dancer[edit]

Sunitha, alternatively known as Kodai Mazhai Vidya and Vidyasree, is a well known Indian classical dancer. She is trained in the Bharata Natyam style of dancing. She began dancing at the age of 3 and did her arangetram at the age of 11. She has had the privilege of experiencing the old tradition of "Gurukul". She received her training in the Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam from Padmashree Vazhuvoor Ramaiyya Pillai and his son Kalaimamani Vazhuvoor R. Samaraj. To date, she has given more than 200 dance recitals all over the world. She has performed dances in many stage shows all over the world with Amitabh Bachchan, Mamooty, Mohanlal, Vineeth etc.

Sunitha owns and serves as artistic director at the Nrithyanjali School of Dance, based in United States.[1] She has enriched the cultural life of the South Carolina by dedicating herself to teaching and performing classical dance over the past ten years.

Personal life[edit]

She is born to Venugopal Shivaramakrishnan and Bhuvana at Andhra Pradesh. She is married to Raj in 1996 and has a son, Shashaank, born in 1998. She currently resides at South Carolina, United States with family.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Co-Actor Notes
1986 Kodai Mazhai Vidhya Tamil Rajanikanth & Prasad Debut Movie as Heroine
1987 Maaveeran Helina Tamil Rajanikanth
1987 Kanikanum Neram Indu Malayalam Vineeth
1987 Neram Nalla Irukku Rukku Tamil Ramarajan
1987 Nirabhedangal Indu Malayalam Prathap Pothen
1988 Uzhaith Vazhavendum Rani Tamil Vijayakanth
1989 Mrugaya Bhagyalakshmi Malayalam Mammootty
1989 Ponmana Selvan Radha Tamil Vijayakanth
1989 Dravidan Sarada Tamil Sathyaraj
1989 Rajanadai Thenmozhi Tamil Vijayakanth, Suresh
1989 Gharana Raja Telugu Vijayakanth
1989 Chinnappadass Tamil Sathyaraj
1990 Appu Sarojini Malayalam Mohanlal
1990 Vettaikkaran Siluva Tamil
1990 Anukoolakkobba Ganda Radha Kannada Raghavendra Rajkumar
1990 Gajakesariyogam Karthika Malayalam Mukesh
1990 Varavu Nalla Uravu Valarmathi Tamil Shakthikumar, Visu
1991 Neelagiri Lakshmi Malayalam Mammootty
1991 Roll Call Ramakrishna Swapna Kannada Ananth Nag
1991 Mimics Parade Sandhya Cheriyan Malayalam Siddique
1991 Kollur Kala Kannada Shashikumar
1991 Georgootty C/O Georgootty Alice Malayalam Jayaram
1991 Irikku MD Akathundu Ancy Sreedharan Malayalam Mukesh
1991 Aralida Hoovugalu Sudha Kannada Shivarajkumar
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Thulasi Malayalam Jayaram
1991 Utharakandam Malayalam Mukesh
1991 Kunjikiliye Koodevide Malayalam
1991 Mukha Chithram Sunanda Malayalam Siddique
1991 Mrugam Telugu
1991 Puksatte Ganda Hotte Tumba Vunda Revathi Kannada Ambareesh
1992 Snehasaagaram Kaveri Malayalam Manoj K Jayan
1992 Mukhamudra Devi Malayalam Siddique
1992 Mantrikacheppu Shyama Malayalam Jagadeesh
1992 Aardram Sainaba Malayalam Murali
1992 Savidham Neelima Malayalam Ashokan
1992 Ponnurukkum Pakshi Amminikutty Malayalam Suresh Gopi
1992 Nenja Thottu Chollu Pongana Tamil Paari
1992 Kasargod Khader Bhai Sandhya Cheriyan Malayalam Siddique
1993 Karpagam Vanthachu Radha Tamil Arjun Sarja
1993 Sowbhagyam Indhu Malayalam Jagadeesh
1993 Vakkeel Vasudev Sridevi Malayalam Jayaram
1993 Aagneyam Ramani Malayalam Jayaram
1993 Vatsalyam Sudha Malayalam Mammootty
1993 Addeham Enna Iddeham Mercy Malayalam Jagadeesh
1993 Samooham Radhika Malayalam Vineeth
1993 Bejawada Rowdy Telugu
1994 Poochakkaru Mani Kettum Radhika Malayalam Mukesh
1994 Nandini Oppol Maya Malayalam K. B. Ganesh Kumar
1994 Bombat Raja Bandal Rani Kannada
1994 Pradakshinam Sudha Malayalam Manoj K Jayan
1994 Rowdy Rajyam Lekshmy Telugu
1995 Janani Kannada Rockline Venkatesh
1995 Chiranjeevi Rajagowda Vasantha Kannada Tiger Prabhakar
1996 Kaliveedu Urmila Malayalam Jagadeesh
1996 Om Saravana Bava Tamil Sowmyan
2011 Again Kasargod Khader Bhai Sandhya Cheriyan Malayalam Archive footage
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunitha Raj's Nrithyanjali". Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  2. ^ http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/malayalamContentView.do?contentId=14412595&programId=1073752204&channelId=-1073750705&BV_ID=@@@&tabId=3

External links[edit]

Sunitha on IMDb