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.