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|Born||24 July 1972|
|Other names||Vidhya Venugopal, Kodai Mazhai Vidhya, Vidyasree, Sunitha|
Sunitha is an Indian actress known for her roles in films made in south India from 1986 to 1996.
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.
As a dancer
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. She has enriched the cultural life of the South Carolina by dedicating herself to teaching and performing classical dance over the past ten years.
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.
|1986||Kodai Mazhai||Vidhya||Tamil||Rajanikanth & Prasad||Debut Movie as Heroine|
|1987||Neram Nalla Irukku||Rukku||Tamil||Ramarajan|
|1990||Anukoolakkobba Ganda||Radha||Kannada||Raghavendra Rajkumar|
|1990||Varavu Nalla Uravu||Valarmathi||Tamil||Shakthikumar, Visu|
|1991||Roll Call Ramakrishna||Swapna||Kannada||Ananth Nag|
|1991||Mimics Parade||Sandhya Cheriyan||Malayalam||Siddique|
|1991||Georgootty C/O Georgootty||Alice||Malayalam||Jayaram|
|1991||Irikku MD Akathundu||Ancy Sreedharan||Malayalam||Mukesh|
|1991||Puksatte Ganda Hotte Tumba Vunda||Revathi||Kannada||Ambareesh|
|1992||Snehasaagaram||Kaveri||Malayalam||Manoj K Jayan|
|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||Addeham Enna Iddeham||Mercy||Malayalam||Jagadeesh|
|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|
|1995||Chiranjeevi Rajagowda||Vasantha||Kannada||Tiger Prabhakar|
|1996||Om Saravana Bava||Tamil||Sowmyan|
|2011||Again Kasargod Khader Bhai||Sandhya Cheriyan||Malayalam||Archive footage |