Hema Chaudhary is a movie actress who has worked in South Indian film industries. She has acted mainly in Kannada films and also in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. The actress was born in the state of Andhra Pradesh in 1955.Her mother was Brundavan Chaudhary, a Telugu dubbing artist. While growing up, she saw renowned artists like
, NTR and MGR perform. She did a course in acting from the Chennai Film Institute. Soon after graduating from the acting school, the actress forayed into movies. Her first movie was Pelli Kani Pelli, which released in 1976. It was a Telugu movie directed by Adhiraj Anand Mohan. She played the lead along with Sridhar. She made her Kollywood, Mollywood and Sandalwood debut in the same year with the films
, Thulavarsham and Vijaya Vani respectively.
In Manmatha Leelai, Chaudhary was one of the leading ladies. The lead actor was
. Her character’s name was Madhavi. The movie created uproar at the time of its release but is now considered one of the classics of the Tamil cinema. In Vijaya Vani, she played the second lead. In the coming years, Hema gave several hits and balanced her work the four industries. In Shubhashaya (1977), the actress played the antagonist. In 1981, the actress was part of the Telugu film Gaali Maathu. A novel of the same name inspired the movie. This was the movie that got the actress much-needed fame for her portrayal of a grey character. The movie turned out to be a massive hit. In 1984, the actress did a movie called Masanada Hoovu. Audiences as well as the critics lauded the movie. It went on to garner several Karnataka State Film Awards.
In a career spanning four decades, Hema did over 150 movies. Her most recent appearance was in the Kannada movie Ganga in 2015, a direction by
. Whenever Hema completes the shooting of any movie, she offers a silk sari in the Hindu Goddess temples all over the country. Hema is not just a great actress but is also an exceptional dancer. She has trained in Kuchipudi and has done more than 700 shows across the globe. She was awarded the Panorama Award for her excellent dancing prowess. Santhosham Awards celebrated her contribution to the South Indian cinema with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The actress was on the panel of the judging committee of the
National Film Awards