August 19, 1977
|Years active||1994 - 2003|
|Parent(s)||K. C. Munshi
As a child, Suvaluxmi was passionate about Indian classical and folk dance forms and performed the art forms across regional shows. Her performance on stage was noticed by film director Satyajit Ray, who cast her as the female lead in the film adaptation of his story Uttoran (1994). The film, which was completed by his son Sandip Ray following Satayajit Ray's demise, won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1994 and was screened in film festivals around the world, including at Cannes.
Alongside graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calcutta in 1998, Suvaluxmi acted as the female protagonist in several movies in South Indian languages. She made her debut in Tamil films with Aasai (1995), a romantic thriller film directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Ratnam. Suvaluxmi portrayed Yamuna and paired opposite Ajith Kumar, with her character being vigorously pursued by her brother-in-law, portrayed by Prakash Raj. Upon release, the film won positive reviews and performed well at the box office, with all three lead actors getting a boost in their career. Her second film, Agathiyan's Gokulathil Seethai (1996) opposite Karthik, also performed well commercially and earned the actress critical acclaim. Despite the success of her first two films, Suvaluxmi's subsequent films failed to expand her initial popularity and she felt that the rise of glamorous roles for female actors in Tamil films, meant that she found it difficult to find apt characters to portray and was typecast as a homely girl. In the late 1990s, she appeared in several Tamil films, though her roles and the performance of her films failed to get acclaim. In 2001, she opted to quit films and pursue a career as a lawyer and finally signed up to appear in Ponvannan's critically acclaimed film Nadhi Karaiyinile (2003), for which she won positive reviews, with The Hindu noting she gave a "heartrending enactment". She later married scientist Swagato Banerjee and travelled to live in Geneva then San Francisco with her husband. In 2007, she turned down an offer from Mohan Raja to portray a supporting role in Santosh Subramaniam (2008) and restated her retirement from films.
Since her departure from the film industry, Suvaluxmi practised as a natural artist and graduated with a degree of Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration during 2013 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
|1998||Kavalai Padathe Sagodhara||Tamil||Philomina|
|1999||En Aasai Rasave||Tamil|
|1999||Nee Varuvai Ena||Tamil||Dream Bride||Guest appearance|
|2001||Kanna Unnai Thedukiren||Tamil||Maheswari|
|2003||Nadhi Karaiyinile||Tamil||Jameela||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
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- Rangarajan, Malathi (28 November 2003). "Nadhi Karaiyinilae". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
- Ashok Kumar, S. R (23 August 2002). "Tamil film in Chinese fest". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
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