- Actor, Writer, Producer, Dialogue Writer
Dec 10, 1952 in Galle, Sri Lanka
Dec 10, 1952 in Galle, Sri Lanka
With over 300 movies to her credit, Sujatha was one of the most successful South Indian actresses who appeared in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu language films. Working in the industry for over three decades, Sujatha displayed her acting prowess through a myriad of roles: being equally proficient in roles that demanded her to be fiery and the roles that demanded her to be subtle. In her career, she appeared in over 200 Tamil films working alongside actors such as Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, N.T.R, Sivaji Ganesan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and Sobhan Babu. The actress won several awards for her performances including the Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Pelli (1997). The actress died of cardiac arrest on 6th April 2011 in Chennai.
Born in Galle, Sri Lanka, Sujatha only came to India when she was 15. She spent her childhood in Sri Lanka and during her school days, she participated in various plays.
Sujatha began her acting career in the 1960s with Malayalam-language films. She appeared in films such as Ammu (1965), Kattupookkal (1965), Kadathukaran (1965), and Rowdy (1966).
In 1974, the actress made her debut in the Tamil film industry with the movie Aval Oru Thodar Kathai. Portraying the role of the protagonist, Sujatha received high praise for her performance and it was considered to be one of the best roles of her career.
Notable Roles & Movies
Uravu Solla Oruvan (1975) - In 1975, she won the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her performance in the movie Uravu Solla Oruvan.
Annakili (1976) - In 1976, Sujatha essayed the lead role of Annakili in the movie titled by the same name. Directed by Devaraj Mohan, the movie showcases how a woman named Annakili tries to prove her innocence when a womanizer defames her wrongly.
Avargal (1977) - K. Balachander who had introduced Sujatha to the Tamil industry in 1974 cast her again in Avargal alongside two of the finest actors of Tamil cinema - Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. Sujatha, who was already emerging as a top actress proved her mettle with an astounding performance yet again. She essayed the role of Anubama, a woman torn between her former sadistic husband Ramanathan (Rajinikanth), who has apparently turned better for the good and her lover Janardhan (Kamal Haasan). Her performance fetched her the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award - this was her third Best Actress Award in row.
Guppedu Manasu (1979) - Not just in the Tamil film industry but Sujatha also found success with Telugu cinema. Her partnership with K. Balachandran also worked for the Telugu audience when the latter cast her in the movie Guppedu Manasu alongside Sarath Babu and Saritha. For her performance in the movie Sujatha received Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award in 1979.
Vidhi (1984) - In K. Vijayan's courtroom drama Vidhi, Sujatha essayed a fiery character - Shakuntala - and the movie went on to run for over 500 days in theatres.
Kodi Parakuthu (1988) - In the '80s, Sujatha started appearing in character roles and was often seen portraying the roles of a mother. Just like her performances as a lead actress, her character roles were also appreciated. In Kodi Parakuthu she essayed the role of Rajinikanth's mother.The actress played the role of Rajinikanth's mother in two other movies including Uzhaippali (1993) and Baba (2002).
Some of her other notable movies include Mayangugiraal Oru Maadhu (1975), Senthamizh Paattu (1993), Aval Varuvaala (1998), and Villain (2002).
In 2006, Sujatha appeared in the Tamil thriller-drama Varalaru directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The movie which starred Ajith Kumar in a triple role saw Sujatha playing a supporting role.