Silk Smitha (Telugu:సిల్క్ స్మిత )went on to star in over 200 Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and a few Hindi films. Her dance numbers and her bold performances in films like Moondru Mugam have made her the ultimate symbol of sensuality in Tamil, Kannada. Malayalam and Telugu cinema. Her item numbers in films like Amaran were also celebrated at the box office. Some film critics, historians and journalists have referred to her as a "soft porn" actress. . The vast majority of her movies are softcore and a common theme is her playing a freakishly strong agent in skimpy bikinis beating up huge thugs. Even in the rare non-sexual roles, she impressed critics and audiences, such as her role of a wife hurt by her husband's infidelity in Alaigal Oivathillai (1981). One of her films, Layanam, has earned a cult status in the Indian adult film industry, and was remade as Reshma ki Jawani. Her most respected film is Moondram Pirai, remade as Sadma.
Silk Smitha appeared in a Tamil film, Vandi Chakkaram (1979), and after playing a character named Silk in this film, she was named the same.
She was known for her seductive looks after appearing in films like Moondru Mugam and Amaran. She played the role of a wife in Seethakoka Chilaka (1981) and one of her films, Layanam, was remade in Hindi as Reshma Ki Jawani. Moondram Pirai which saw her in the lead role was also remade in Hindi as Sadma starring Sridevi in the lead role.
In 1996, Smitha was found dead in her Chennai apartment. In the previous year she had tried to shift career in order to become a film producer. Financial problems, a disillusionment in love and an alcohol dependency apparently led to depression. It is suspected that Smitha committed suicide.
Halli Mestru (1992) - Sex Education Teacher
Aditya 369 (1991) - Rajanarthaki Nandini
Avasara Police 100 (1990)
Adharvam (1989) - Ponni
Miss Pamela (1989)
Pataal Bhairavi (1985) - Dancer
Shri Datta Darshanam (1985) - Dancer
Paayum Puli (1983)
Sadma (1983) - Soni
Alaigal Ooivathilai (1981)