Well known Tamil and Telugu actress of black and white era, this extraordinary danseuse’s greatest legacy to cinema was that it is de rigeur for every girl who enters the South Indian cinema has to be an accomplished dancer. An actress par excellence, she combined beauty and histrionics to captivate the audience.
She made her mark in South Indian cinema with her debut in a small role as a blind girl in M G R’s film , which was released in 1952 and she acted in about 70 films with almost top stars like
, and even
. She came from a small village in Thiruvalluvar district where she was born on November 3, 1935. She was a stage artiste before making her debut in 'Enn Thangai' with the legendary M G Ramachandran. She and her brother E V Rajan established E.V.R pictures and went to produces films like Thaga Surangam with Sivaji Ganesan and Koduthuvaithaval with MGR. This actress tied her knot with a film maker to R Ramanna and had a son and a daughter... Not many know that En Thangai was based on a play written by ‘En Thangai’ Natarajan which hit the stage in the early 1950s which was enacted by struggling actor Sivaji Ganesan. While the screen role was offered to MGR. Actually MGR was not the choice for the film, but the role was to be enacted by singer Tiruchi Loganathan. For some reasons, Loganathan was replaced by MGR. Even attempts were made to rope Sivaji Ganesan for the role, but he was busy with debut film “Parasakthi’. Thus, Saroja got a break as the girl, who becomes blind due to lightening and young actress displayed her histrionics and reached the ladder of success in cine field.
Her success in Tamil films took her to Telugu cinema and she played interesting roles in movies such as `Iddharu Mithrulu' where A. Nageswara Rao was the hero. She did not know Telugu, but her lines were written in Tamil and she spoke the dialogues. Besides acting, she also choreographed dances for a couple of Telugu films. She also acted in Hindi films too, She died when she was 74 at a private hospital in Chennai. She was honored with the 'MGR Award' by Jayalalitha.