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Abinayasaraswathy Dr Sarojadevi Queen of Indian south cinema
Bhairappa Saroja Devi is one of the top most successful south Indian star-actresses ever since cinema began to talk Tamil- Telugu in 1931(Kannada, 1934).? Her life and career are an incredible success story from obscure beginnings to the top of the heap playing major roles and the lead in many in films of several languages like Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and even Hindi. She also has the unique track record of not only doing over 180 movies in four languages, but also played opposite superstars of Indian Cinema like M. G. Ramachandran… Sivaji Ganesan… Gemini Ganesh… Rajkumar… Rajendrakumar (known as the Silver Jubilee Star of Hindi Cinema… Sunil Dutt… N. T. Rama Rao… A. Nageswara Rao, and several other top- notchers of Indian Cinema.
Highest honourable award PADMA BUSHAN NATIONAL AWARD
She was the recipeint of the Padma Bhushan award and acted in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi movies. Saroja Devi was born in Karnataka in 1942 to Bhairappa and Rudramma. Bhairappa worked for the police department.
Saroja Devi's first big break came in the Honnappa Bhagavatar's Kannada film, Mahakavi Kalidasa, in 1955, for which she won a National Award.Her debut movie in Telugu was Panduranga Mahatyam (1957) in which she acted opposite N.T. Rama Rao.After this she came under the notice of the MGR for the very first time, on K Subramaniam's sets and MGR casted her in Nadodi Manan(1958).It was the Tamil film that catapulted Saroja Devi to superstar status in Tamil Film industry and she kept that status for three decades.
Saroja Devi was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer by profession on 1 March 1967. She was Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Development Corporation. She was also the chairperson of Kantheerava Studios, Bangalore.Saroja Devi organized many donation camps in the name of her late husband Sri Harsha, daughter Bhuvaneshwari and her mother and has organized Charitable Trusts, rehabilitation centers and health programmes.
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