C K Saraswathi is a film actress in Indian industry who works primarily in Tamil films. She is famous for her work in movies like Raja, thillana mohanambal, and kudivazdhal Kodi nanmai. Saraswathi began her career in this industry in 1945 and used to perform the roles of a comedian. Later she started doing negative characters for which she was highly noted.
Saraswathi worked in cinema for quite a long period of fifty-two year and was seen doing the roles of a mother in wealthy families predominately. She used to get motherly roles because of the physical appearance. Saraswathi debuted as an actress with the picture en magan in 1945. Directed by R S Mani, the film was a Second World War romantic front line film which was based on Waterloo Bridge.
Following this her other works are vidyapathi, kanjan, digambara samiyar, marudhanaattu ilavarai, rajambal, singari, sudharshan, azhagi, gumastha, lakshmi, rohini, ulagam, illara jyothi, kudumbam, thookku thookki, maheswari, maaman magal, menaka, nallavan, rambaiyin, kaadhal, sadhaaram, iru sagodharigal, samaya sanjeevi, soubhagyavathi, boologa, rambai, malaiyitta mangai, pathi bhakthi, bhaaga pirivinai, kaveriyin kanavan, koodi, vazhnthal kodi nanmai, naan sollum ragasiyam, nalla idathu sammandham, penkulathin ponvilakku, vannakili, engal, selvi, kuravanji and ponni thirunaal.
These films of her were released before the year 1960 ended. C K Saraswathi was one of the prominent and well-acclaimed actresses of her time. She is still remembered in the south Indian industry and many actresses consider her as their role model. The other films she has been a part of are ell am unakkaga, sri valli, mamiyarum, oru veetu marumagale, yar manamagan of 1961, avana ivan, pasha kannikai, paasam, padithal mattum podhuma, naanum oru penn, karuppu panam, muradan muthu, navarathri, aasai mugam, madras to Pondicherry, mahakavi kalidas, kumari penn, yaar nee, muthu chippi, iru kodugal, kanne pappa, pillayio pillai, mannippu, kulama gunama, school master, vani rani, engal kural, enga ooru rasathi, yarukku maapillai yaro, rajapart rangadurai, sindhu nathi poo, naan petha magane, iruvar, ponmaanai thedi, and many more.
Among all her roles as Sundaram's grandmother, muthamma's mother, a strong woman akkilandham, as mangamma's mother, Radha's mother, as Gopinath's mother, vadivambal, as ghost mother, Selvy's mother, Meena's mother, as one of the patients in mental asylum, as Ravi's mother, etc. she is best known for her character of vadivambal, and mohanambal's mother.