Silk Smitha

Other names of Silk Smitha: Vijayalakshmi,

Silk Smitha is an unforgettable personality in the film industry. Silk was an actress of South Indian Cinema. Her appearances in soft-core films made her famous in the industry. Originally named as Vijayalakshmi, she was born in a family to Ramallu and Sarasamma in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Smitha had struggled a lot during her initial days before making it big. She quit her schooling in fourth standard due to the financial crisis of her family. Her family married her off at a very young age as her beauty burdened her with undue attention. Ill-treated by her husband and his family Smitha went away to live in Madras and pursue her dreams when she was 17 years old. She started as a touch-up artist for a D grade actress and soon got a break in small character roles. A director named Vinu Chakravarthy discovered her talents and took her by his side. He was the one to rename her as Smitha. The director’s wife taught English to Smitha and made her learn dancing. With her ravishing sex appeal, Smitha began to enact the roles of vamps and cabaret dancers. In a short span of 4 years, she had acted in over 200 films in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, and Kannada. Her debut film was a movie in Malayalam, Innayaihhed. She had a minor role in the picture. It was her second cinema,

Vandichakkaram which was, in fact, her first Tamil debut through which she became ‘SILK Smitha’ after her portrayal of an arrack waitress in the picture. The role won her tremendous acclaim. After then a series of characters cast in glamorous roles followed. With her semi-nude scenes, item numbers and her fearless performances in movies, Silk ultimately became the figure of hotness in South Indian cinema. She has been referred to be a soft porn actress by some by film critics and journalists. Most of the roles played by her are soft-core, and the movies had a general concept of her performing as a crazy agent in revealing bikinis. She blew away the critics and viewers with her tremendous acting skills in her non-sexual movies such as Alaigal Oivathillai in the year 1981. Layanam was the film through which Silk became one of the noted personalities in the industry of Indian adult cinemas. Reshma Ki Jawani was the remake of Layanam in Hindi.

Moondram Pirai is one of Smitha’s most honored movies, and this movie was made over as Sadma starring Sridevi, Kamal Hassan, and Silk Smitha reprising their roles. Smitha was seen lifeless in her apartment at Chennai in 1996. In the recent years, while she was alive, she had made efforts to change her career from an actress to a movie producer. It has been more than 18 years since Silk Smitha committed suicide, but till date, no one knows why the heroine took such extreme step. The suspicion is that she committed suicide by poisoning herself due to the financial crisis, disappointment in love life and alcohol dependency leading to depression. In a career spanning 17 years, Silk appeared in over 450 films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi languages.

Sowcar Janaki

Sankaramanchi Janaki is an Indian actress hailing from South India, who has always enthralled the audience by her mesmerizing performances. She proved her mettle in acting and also produced quite a few films. Acting in over 385 films (Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam), performing in 300 stage shows, being a radio artist at the age of 11, she has very well proven her prowess. Janaki is the elder daughter of T. Venkoji Rao, a paper technologist (England) and Sachi Devi. Janaki completed her Matriculation from Gauhati University in Assam and had received honorary Doctorate from the University of Arizona. She is married to Sankamaranchi Srinivasa Rao, since 1947, has two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Sowcar commenced her acting career after her marriage only. She has promulgated her quintessential acting skills through blockbusters like “Sowcar” (Telugu), “Pudhiya Paravai” (Tamil), “Iru Kodugal” (Tamil), “Naan Kanda Sorgam”, “Kaviya Thalavian” and many more. Sowcar also performed for TANA all over the US in two Telugu plays created by actor Murali Mohan. She also served the National Indian Films Awards committee as a jury member and the state Telugu Films Awards committee as chairperson. Janaki has worked with noted directors like Dada Mirasee and K Balachandar and paired opposite to many great actors such as N.T Rama Rao (in her first movie “Shavukar”), A.Nageswara Rao, Jaggaiah, Dr. Rajkumar, etc. She had a commendable as well as a successful career that spanned from 1949 to 2003. Janaki received many prestigious awards and titles like Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award-South in 1984, Kalaimani (awarded for excellence in the fields of art and literature) and SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. After a void of 11 years, Sowcar ventured into films in 2014 again. She played a grandmother and Gayatri Devi in “Vanavarayan Vallavarayan” (Tamil) and “Pungi Daasa” (Kannada) respectively. She has appeared in many Telugu films as well. A woman of substance and positivity, Sowcar has been one of the gems in the acting department, since sixty-four years and showcases a dauntless zest. She loves to spend some quality time gardening, cooking and helping the needy in a generous way.

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