Srividya was a versatile actress who balanced her position well in Tamil and Malayalam movies. She is the daughter of M. L. Vasantha Kumari, the popular carnatic vocalist. Her father Krishnamoorthy was an actor and he quit acting after he was diseased by some skin issues. Srividya made her debut as a child artist in the film Thiruvarutchelvar, which had Chevalier
Sivaji Ganesan as the lead. She danced in the Malayalam film Kumarasambhavam at her young age and also entered the Telugu film industry. Srividya’s bigger breakthrough was through the Tamil movie Nootrukku Nooru, in which Jaishankar and Lakshmi did the lead roles. Srividya had her character as a student, who loves her professor madly. Delhi to Madras is her first film as a solo heroine, in which she paired Jaishankar. She had lots of hit films, among which the film Apoorva Raagangal directed by K. Balachander was a notable one. In that film she acted as the middle aged lady, who is loved by a youngster. That is the first film for Rajini Kanth, in which she paired him. As Srividya is from the family of carnatic legends, she had many offers to sing for films. She did only a few songs in Malayalam and Tamil, among which Sunday Bazaar song in the film Amaran is the only Tamil song sung by her. Srividya’s last film is London directed by Sundar C and acted by Prashanth and Pandiyarajan. Srividya’s marriage with George Thomas lasted only for four years. Srividya had her last breathe in the year 2006. She suffered from spine cancer and lived finally at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
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Born on July 24, 1953, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Srividya, otherwise called Sreevidya, was an Indian film on-screen character who showed up in films of various cinemas such as Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu for a long time. She was the daughter of M. L. Vasanthakumari, a Carnatic classical vocalist and Krishnamurthy, a Tamil comedian.
Sreevidya had a brother named Sankararaman. Due to financial conditions, she began acting at a very early age. Srividya propelled her vocation as a child actor in the Tamil movie named Thiruvarutchelvar with on-screen character Sivaji Ganesan in 1966.
Later, she debuted in Malayalam motion pictures Kumara Sambhavam coordinated by P.Subramanyan in a dance part in 1967 and 1972 Telugu movie Tata Manavadu by
Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first real part was in the Tamil movie Nootrukku Nooru in 1971, directed by K. Balachander.
Her first film as the female lead was Delhi to Madras in 1972, where she worked opposite Jaishankar. In the mid-1970s, she got busy in the Tamil cinema. She acted in motion pictures such as
Velli Vizha, Apoorva Raagangal and Sollathaan Ninaikkiren, all coordinated by K. Balachander.
Sreevidya was superstar Rajinikanth's first female lead in Apoorva Raagangal in 1975. She began working in Malayalam films in 1969. Her first motion picture was with Sathyan named Chattambikkavalaby N.Sankaran Nair. She captured the attention of the audience in Chenda by A. Vincent. Among the south Indian dialect films she acted in, the highest number of motion pictures in Malayalam from the year 1969 to 2003.
Her part as Amba from the mythological story adaptation from the Mahabarath, Amba Ambika Ambalika in 1976 got her appreciation. Srividya was a playback vocalist also. She first sang for movies in the Tamil film Amaran and after that for Malayalam motion picture Ayalathe Sundari.
She later sang in a few movies such as Nakshathratharattu and Oru Painkilikkadha. She was a classical singer too. She sang in events such as the Soorya Festival. Sree vidya won many honors and grants for her work in south Indian cinema such as Filmfare Award thrice, Tamil Nadu State Film honor twice, Kerala State Film Award five times and Kerala State Television grant once.
Srividya acted with
Kamal Haasan in Apoorva Raagangal that changed her life. In the movie, she portrays the role of as an admirer of actor Kamal Haasan. Sree vidya fell in love with Kamal Haasan amid the production of the motion picture.
They had the help of their families, however, they separated. Their relationship was the motivation of a Malayalam movie Thirakkatha discharged in 2008. In 1976, she married George Thomas, an assistant director of her motion picture Teekkanal but didn’t last long and ended up in divorce.
After returning to the acting post-divorce, she fell in love with Bharathan, the director of her movies but the affair didn’t last either. Later, she settled in Thiruvananthapuram. In 2003, she experienced a biopsy test following physical issues and tested positive for spine disease.
She took treatment for a long time. Two months previously her passing on 19 October of 2006, Ms.Srividya executed a will and endowed Mr. Ganesh Kumar, cine performing artist and MLA. She asked him to enroll a magnanimous society to establish music and dance school for productive students who couldn't get sufficient open doors because of the absence of cash or to give away grant to such understudies to proceed with their examinations and to stretch out money related help to meriting debilitated artistes.
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Srividya was an Indian actress who worked mainly in the South film industry. She was a leading South Indian movie actress of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
Srividya also happened to be a good singer. In the later part of her career, she focused on Malayalam films. Her brilliant acting as a mother in many films was highly appreciated. Her personal life was full of unpleasant events, but she never got depressed and moved on with her life. Srividya was born on July 24th, 1953, at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to a Tamil movie industry comedian Krishnamurthy and classical singer ML Vasanthkumari.
Her father stopped acting in the same-year Srividya was born because of a disease that affected his facial muscles. Her family faced a financial crisis. Her mother had to work for long hours to meet the family's financial needs. Srividya once reportedly told that her mother didn't even get the time to breastfeed her.
At the time when her parent's marriage faced problems because of financial difficulties, Srividya's youth was affected. She received a marriage proposal from a US-based scientist, but the marriage did not take place due to the financial problems faced by her family. Srividya started her career in Malayalam films with a dance part in Kumarasambavam, directed by P Subrahmanyan. Srividya got public attention in Chenda, directed by A. Vincent. Julie fame Lakshmi was her close friend.
In the mid-1970s, Srividya became involved in the Tamil film industry. She appeared in movies such as Sollathan Ninakkiren and Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K Balachander. The movie Apoorva Raagangal (1975), in which she featured opposite the then-rising stars and now superstars of Tamil films, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, ultimately changed her life.
In the movie, she appeared as the wife of Rajinikanth and as the lover of Kamal Haasan. She got in love with Kamal Haasan during the shooting of the film. They both had the support of their respective families, but they broke up. Later, Srividya fell in love with George Thomas, assistant director of her Malayalam film Teekanal.
She married Thomas on January 9th, 1978, despite opposition from her family. As Thomas wished, she was baptized before the marriage takes place. She wanted to live as a housewife but had to return to acting, when Thomas forced her due to financial issues. She soon realized that she made a wrong decision of marrying Thomas.
Her family life became tragic, and the marriage ended in a divorce. It got followed by a very long legal battle to settle the financial interest between the two.
The issue went up to the Supreme Court of India, where Srividya won the case. After the divorce, she moved from Chennai and settled in Trivandrum. Srividya was a good singer too and sang her first song for the Malayalam film Ayalathe Sundari.
She later did singing in several other movies, such as Oru Painkilikkadha. Srividya was an expert classical vocalist as well. Srividya's later career known for her iconic mother roles, the most popular of which was probably in Thalapathi (1991), which was directed by Manirathnam, in which she appeared as the mother of Rajinikanth, who acted as her husband in Apoorva Ragangal.
On October 31st, 1990, Srividya's mother, ML Vasanthakumari, died, which depressed her. She later started acting in Malayalam and Tamil TV serials. She featured in the super-hit Malayalam serials like Swapnam. In 2003, she has undergone a biopsy test due to physical problems and was found positive for breast cancer. She has undergone treatment for three years.
In October 2006, she has undergone chemotherapy, but cancer had already developed throughout her body. On October 19th, 2006, she passed away.