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Born Suvaluxmi Munshi
(1977-08-19) August 19, 1977 (age 40)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994-2003
Spouse(s) Swagato Banerjee
Parent(s) K. C. Munshi

Suvaluxmi (born 19 August 1977) is an Indian actress who predominantly appeared in Tamil films. She also appeared in Bengali, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films.[2][3][4]


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).[5] The film, which was completed by his son Sandip Ray following Satyajit 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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".[10]

Personal life[edit]

She married scientist Swagato Banerjee in 2002 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.[11] 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.[12]


Year Film Language Role Notes
1994 Uttoran Bengali Manashi
1995 Aasai Tamil Saraswathi (Yamuna)
1996 Gokulathil Seethai Tamil Nila
1996 Kalki Tamil
1997 Kathirunda Kadhal Tamil
1997 Love Today Tamil Sandhya
1997 Kadhal Palli Tamil Uma
1998 Ponmanam Tamil Maheswari
1998 Dinanthorum Tamil Booma
1998 Santhosham Tamil Bhavani
1998 Kavalai Padathe Sagodhara Tamil Philomina
1998 Iniyavale Tamil Meena
1998 Anuragakottaram Malayalam Anna
1998 Nilaave Vaa Tamil Sangeetha
1998 En Aasai Rasave Tamil
1999 Housefull Tamil The Flowergirl
1999 Suyamvaram Tamil Ezhilarasi
1999 Ponvizha Tamil Ponni
1999 Nee Varuvai Ena Tamil Dream Bride Guest appearance
1999 Kanmani Unakkaga Tamil Sudha
2000 Eazhaiyin Sirippil Tamil Thulasi
2000 Krishna Leele Kannada
2000 Maayi Tamil Lakshmi
2000 Kannaal Pesavaa Tamil Poongodi
2000 Durga Telugu Ganga
2000 Pottu Amman Tamil Ganga
2001 Kanna Unnai Thedukiren Tamil Maheswari
2001 Aandan Adimai Tamil Maheswari
2003 Nadhi Karaiyinile Tamil Jameela Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize


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  2. ^ "Suvalakshmi's no to films". Indiaglitz. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (28 November 2003). "Nadhi Karaiyinilae". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R (23 August 2002). "Tamil film in Chinese fest". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Satyajit Rays son offers film tribute to his father". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "UTTORAN - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rediff On The Net, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Hindu : Realistic film-making". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Hindu : "Nadhi Karaiyinilae"". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Suvalakshmi's no to films - Tamil Movie News - IndiaGlitz". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bio". Suvaluxmi Banerjee. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 

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