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Suryakantham
Suryakantham

Suryakantham (Pronounced sūryakāntam, Telugu: was  (28 October 1924 - 18 December 1994) was a popular Indian actor in Tollywood. She was known for her nasty mother-in-law roles.
 

Early life 
suryakantham was born at Venkata Krishnaraya Puram near Kakinada in East Godavari district. She was the 14th child to her parents, while ten children had died. She learnt dance and singing at a tender age of six.


She married Peddibhotla Chalapathi Rao, a High Court Judge, in 1950.

 

Career
Suryakantham(Telugu:సూర్యకాంతం) started as a dancer in Chandralekha, produced by the Gemini Studio. Thanks to the efforts of Leela Kumari, she got her first role as character artiste in NaradaNaradhi. But small roles did not satisfy the artiste insider her. She dreamt of going to Bombay (Mumbai) for better opportunities. When Gemini Studio makers failed to provide her roles other than a dancer, she quit her job. But her financial position would not permit her pursue her dream.Later, she got a good character artist role in the movie Grihapravesam. Though, she got an opportunity to do the heroine's role in Soudhamini, she did not do it. The heroine chance slipped away from her, when she met with a car accident (in which Suryakantham was hurt in the face). But she consolidated her position by playing the role of a cruel mother-in-law in Samsaram. There wano looking back thereafter. The audience began to abuse her      racter).Once again, the most-wanted “heroineâ€Â� role tapped her door from Bollywood. Knowing that the producer had dropped a heroine from his movie on personal grounds; and the same was given to her; Suryakantham rejected the offer, saying “I can’t live on the unhappiness of other artists.â€Â� Such was the integrity of Suryakantham, as an artist. Kodarikam lifted her to lofty heights. Ace directors of the era, B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani would not do a movie without Suryakantham. They had even produced a movie Gundamma Katha, starring N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and S.V. Ranga Rao. The entire story would revolve around Suryakantham's role of Gundamma. Audience all over state wondered at the title. But when the movie released, it became a big hit.


Filmography

Year     Film                                      Language                                     Character

1946     Narada Naradi     Telugu    
1949     Dharmangada     Telugu    
1950     Samsaram     Telugu                                                               Venkamma
1952     Daasi     Telugu    
1952     Kalyanam Panni Paar     Tamil    
1952     Pelli Chesi Choodu     Telugu    
1952     Prema     Telugu    
1953     Ammalakkalu     Telugu    
1953     Bratuku Theruvu     Telugu                                                    Kotamma
1954     Chakrapani     Telugu                                                            Manorama
1954     Chandraharam     Telugu    
1955     Donga Ramudu     Telugu    
1955     Kanyasulkam     Telugu                                                        Meenakshi
1956     Chiranjeevulu     Telugu    
1956     Charana Daasi     Telugu                                                      Seshamma
1956     Ilavelpu     Telugu    
1957     Bhagya Rekha     Telugu    
1957     Dongallo Dora     Telugu    
1957     Maya Bazaar     Telugu                                                       Hidimbi
1957     Todi Kodallu     Telugu                                                       Anasuya
1958     Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu     Telugu                                  Rajaratnam
1958     Mangalya Balam     Telugu    
1959     Jayabheri     Telugu                                                            Ratnalu
1959     Krishna Leelalu     Telugu    
1960     Shantinivasam     Telugu    
1961     Bharya Bharthalu     Telugu    
1961     Iddaru Mitrulu     Telugu    
1961     Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham     Telugu    
1961     Sabash Raja     Telugu    
1961     Vagdanam     Telugu                                                        Baalamani
1962     Atma Bandhuvu     Telugu                                                Widowed daughter
1962     Bhishma     Telugu    
1962     Gundamma Katha     Telugu                                             Gundamma
1962     Kula Gothralu     Telugu    
1962     Manchi Manasulu     Telugu    
1962     Mohini Rugmangada     Telugu    
1962     Raktha Sambandham     Telugu    
1962     Siri Sampadalu     Telugu    
1963     Chaduvukunna Ammayilu     Telugu    
1963     Lava Kusha     Telugu    
1963     Mooga Manasulu     Telugu    
1963     Narthanasala     Telugu    
1963     Paruvu Prathishta     Telugu    
1963     Punarjanma     Telugu    
1963     Tirupathamma Katha     Telugu    
1964     Dr. Chakravarthy     Telugu    
1964     Murali Krishna     Telugu    
1964     Velugu Needalu     Telugu                                               Kanaka Durgamma
1966     Kanne Manasulu     Telugu    
1966     Navarathri     Telugu    
1966     Zamindar     Telugu    
1967     Grihalakshmi     Telugu    
1967     Poola Rangadu     Telugu    
1969     Aatmiyulu     Telugu     Mahankali
1969     Buddhimanthudu     Telugu    
1970     Balaraju Katha     Telugu    
1971     Dasara Bullodu     Telugu    
1971     Shrimanthudu     Telugu    
1972     Iddaru Ammayilu     Telugu                                                         Sundaramma
1972     Kalam Marindi     Telugu    
1972     Koduku Kodalu     Telugu    
1972     Vichitra Bandham     Telugu                                                       Kantham
1973     Andala Ramudu     Telugu                                                         Samalamma
1973     Ganga Manga     Telugu    
1975     Muthyala Muggu     Telugu    
1975     Pooja     Telugu    
1975     Yamagola     Telugu    
1976     Secretary     Telugu    
1976     Shri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club     Telugu    
1977     Andame Anandam     Telugu    
1978     Gorantha Deepam     Telugu    
1979     Karthika Deepam     Telugu    
1982     Pelleedu Pillalu     Telugu    
1983     Pelli Choopulu     1983    
1983     Shri Ranganeethulu     Telugu    
1987     Gundammagari Krishnulu     Telugu    
1988     Yamudiki Mogudu     Telugu                                                        Kali's grandmother
1989     Bandhuvulostunnaru Jagratha     Telugu    
1989     Hai Hai Nayaka     Telugu                                                            Suryakanthamma
1993     Govindha Govindha     Telugu    
1994     S.P.Parasuram     Telugu    

Awards: Mahanati Savithri Memorial Award

 Titles: Gayyali atta

 Sahaja Nata Kala Shiromani

 Haasya Nata Siromani

 Bahumukha Natanaa Praveena

 Rangasthala Siromani

 Arungalai Maamani (Tamil)


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