M.S. Sundari Bai more commonly known as Sundari Bai is an Indian cinema film actress and dancer. She worked mainly in Tamil cinema. The song "Naatiya Kudhirai Naatiya Kudhirai Naalaayiram Pon Vangalaiyo," was performed by her. And it was inspired by music movie "Coney Island" starring Bette Grable- the pin-up girl of that era.

She was born in Madurai and belonged to Saurashtra community. Her beautiful eyes and looks made one of her family members to recommend her to go to Mumbai to find opportunities as an actor. In her first role, she appeared in an ad-film in early 1930's. She appeared in "Madanakamarajan" of Gemini studio's first production in 1941. Her movies like Dasi Aparanji and Nandanar took her to a great new level. She got married to Kothamangalam Subbu, the love of her life, who was also a member of Gemini Studio.

He was an actor, director, and writer. She played the lead actress in "Kannamma En Kaathali," a patriotic film. Kothamangalam Subbu wrote the screenplay, story, dialogue and lyrics of the film. Sundari Bai acted in many famous movies including "Valliyin Selvan," "Enga Veettu Mahalakshmi," "Moondru Pillaigal," "Deiva Piravi," "Naan Kanda Sorgam," "Padikkaatha Methai," "Avvaiyar," "Vanji Kottai Vaaliban," "Paadhai Theriyuthu Paar" and "Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal." She, later on, became a freelance artist. She died in 2006.

M R Santhanalakshmi Tamil Actress

M R Santhanalakshmi

M. R. Santhanalakshmi was born in the year 1905 and died at the age of 52, in the year 1957. Santhanalaxmi was a Tamil actress who played heart robbing roles as lead characters in the 1930s and 1940s movies. She was believed to be one of the most beautiful actors of the 1930s and 1940s. She started her film career in the year 1935, with her role in Radha Kalyanam, opposite S Rajam, who was a musician in Carnatic music. It was a movie directed by C. K. Sachi. However, the film could not win the hearts of the audience. Before her character as the lead actress in Abikapathy, she had done another movie called Chandrahasan in the year 1936. Santhanalakshmi plays the role of a princess, whom the prince Chandrahasan gets married to. This film, too, failed in pleasing the audience. It was not until the release of Ambikapathy that Santhanalakshi gained her fame; and she never looked back. The movie was a big hit as soon as it hit the theatres. The film was directed in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) by Ellis r. Dungan. It was a musical released in late 1937. It gained a lot of popularity amongst the South Indian audience and was termed as a “refreshing movie”, with the sparkling romance between the king, Ambikapathy (played by M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar) and Amaravathi (played by M. R. Santhanalakshmi). The reasons, out of several, for the popularity of the movie were for the certain degree of daring scenes of romance between the king and the princess. It was later copied and imitated by various other film actors in movies that came after that. Santhanalakshmi belonged to a poor family and because of poverty she had to join the film industry.

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Samantha Akkineni

Born on April 28 1987 Samantha is a model and actress, who has acted in Telugu and Tamil films. Samantha was brought up in Chennai and she was involved in modeling in her teens. The Telugu film Ye Maya Chesave was her first film and she was instantly successful; she got the Filmfare award for Best Debut. She also has a Nandi award to her credit, for this film. The Year 2013 was a happening year for this southern beauty; she got the Filmfare award for Best Actress in both Telugu and Tamil. This feat was accomplished only by actress Revathi earlier. Samantha got the award for her performances in the films Neethane En Pon Vasantham and Eega. The Telugu films Attarintiki Daredi and Manam also gained her awards. Samantha did her schooling in Chennai and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. Samantha once admitted that, she pursued modeling for the sake of pocket money. At the initial stage of her career, Samantha was touted to be the promising star by a website. Later, she did a Tamil film Bana Kaathadi and she received positive feedback for the film. She was the first artiste in the Tamil film industry to portray the role of a National Institute of Fashion Technology student. Samantha was the instant choice of director Ravivarman for his film Moscowin Kavery. This happens to be the first ever film Samantha signed. But the film was not welcomed by critics and Samantha was the sole solace of the film. All the same, Samantha was compared with versatile actress Revathi. Samantha has 15 awards to her credit. Samantha’s Telugu film Dookudu opposite Mahesh Babu was a superhit. Samantha’s role was quite appreciated though the film mainly centered on Mahesh Babu. Her role in Eega was also lauded. Samantha is the ambassador of many brands including Saravana Stores, Coca Cola etc. In the philanthropic side Samantha is a sincere supporter of children with Hemophila disease

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Samantha Akkineni Tamil Actress