Sachu is a veteran Tamil actress, who was born and brought up in an orthodox family in Mylapore, Chennai. She was born as Saraswathi in 1948 and was introduced to acting at an early age of 4 and has been active ever since. Her family had musicians, lawyers, etc. but no actress, hence she found it difficult to convince her Orthodox father to accept her profession. She has acted in hundreds of films in over five languages and also acted in a few serials on television. She predominantly plays a supportive role or as a comedienne in almost all of her movies.
Her first movie was '
' in which she acted at the age of 4 and went on to act in stage plays through the years and has made a big mark in the industry. Sachu replaced the space left by the absence of Baby Saroja, and her performances were adored by the Tamil audience. She then performed with stars of the Tamil industry like Padmini, Savithri,
, etc. She then had her big breakthrough in ‘
’ where she played Kutty Valsala and reached far and wide through the audience. She also played in the legendary ‘
’ as a comedienne alongside greats like Muthuraman, Nagesh, M. R. Radha, ‘Thengai’ Srinivasan, etc. She took to playing plays and dramas in the 1970s and played her first play in playwright and director PVR’s ‘Neerottam’. Since then she has acted in several plays and movies alongside
, MGR, Nagesh, etc.
Later in the 1980s, she played with younger stars like Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and in the next decade, we saw her play roles alongside the next generation of Vijay, Surya, Karthik, etc. She then moved on to the small screen, television serials in the 2000s. She played a comedienne in ‘Maanbumigu Mayor’, ‘
’, and ‘Veettukku Veedu Looty’ taking her name to higher levels of versatility. She was awarded the 'Kalaimamani' award in 1991 by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.