Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Southern Spice


Well, a lot of members have sent note about how little information there is on Sridevi's South Indian films here on the blog. Truth of the matter is, I grew up watching Sridevi during her Bollywood reign, and have nominal information and facts on her early days - which many have said were the great 'acting' years of Sri in sensational south Indian films with parts in classic movies and unforgettable songs. To pilfer from another site (Squidoo.com), the basics on Sridevi's early years are here:

Sridevi made her first public appearance as a child artist in the Tamil film Kandhan Karunai (1967). In the beginning of her career, she gave performances in numerous Tamil and Malayalam movies. Some of her best Malayalam movies are Aalinganam, Kuttavum Sikshaiyum, Aadhyapaadam, Aa Nimisham. In the year 1976, she got a major break in the Tamil movies in the lead role. Here, she got the opportunity to work with two great actors, namely Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth.

In the year 1978, she made her entry in the Hindi films. Her debut Hindi film was Solva Saawan, which unfortunately did not succeed. But, her second film Himmatwala was a super duper hit. The movie made her a star overnight.

Thereafter, she signed the film Sadma, which brought her lot of appreciation. During 1980s, she gave fabulous performances, which were admired by all. Her film Chandni was the biggest hit the year it was released, which brought her in the list of one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. She worked in a number of films and has had a very prosperous career. After performing in Judaai, she took a break from the film industry, for upbringing her two daughters. After six years, she appeared on the small screen in a couple of TV serials.


Important Works of Sridevi:

Malayalam
Kumara Sambhavam (1969) (First Malayalam movie)
Swapnangal (1970)
Poombatta (1971)
Theertha Yathra (1972)
Aasirvadham (1976)
Anthardhanam (1977)
Vezhambal (1977)
Avalude Ravukal (1978)
Amme Narayana (1984)
Devaragam (1996)

Tamil
Nam Naadu (1969)
Kumara Sambhavam (1969)
Nam Naadu (1969)
Moondru Mudichu (1976)
Gayathri (1977)
Kavikkuyil (1977)
Manitharil Iththanai Nirangala (1978)
Mudisooda Mannan (1978)
Pilot Premnath (1978)


Telugu
Bangarakka (1977)
Erra Gulabeelu (1978) (Sigappu Rojakkal - dubbed)
Kartheeka Deepam (1979)
Vetagadu (1979)
Aatagadu (1980)
Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980)
Devudu Ichchina Koduku (1980)
Gharana Donga (1980)
Kaksha (1980)
Mama Allulla Saval (1980)

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