Soundarya Soundarya
Indian actor
Soundarya Soundarya
Soundarya was an actress born in Karnataka who acted mainly in Kannada and Telugu films and also in many Tamil, Malayalam and Bollywood movies. She was much sought-after actress in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. She produced movies in the later phase of her career and won the Silver Lotus Award for her film Dweepa. She also received the Filmfare Awards six times for her acting performances.
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    TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 27
    Soundarya is regarded as a friendly and soft person with firm and clear mind. Soundarya died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004 when she was on her way to Karimnagar to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party candidate for the upcoming elections.
    More Details Hide Details She was pregnant when she died. The aircraft took off at 11.05 a.m. and turned in a westerly direction before crashing on the campus of the Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the University of Agricultural Sciences. It had reached only a height of 100 feet before it crashed and burst into flames. B.N. Ganapathi, one of the two persons working on the experimental fields of the university, who rushed to the aircraft to save the occupants, said the plane wobbled before the crash.
    This film also won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress posthumously in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Soundarya acted in the Hindi film, Sooryavansham, alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She was also starred in Tamil super hits, such as Arunachalam, Padayappa alongside Rajinikanth, and Kaadhala Kaadhala alongside Kamal Haasan.
    After the entry of budding next generation, she slowed down but even later she went on acting seven films each year till 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Besides being recognized for her talent, her directors and costars describe her as an honest, grounded and friendly person.
    She had wide popularity and tremendous goodwill among Andhra pradesh and Telangana and probably the most successful actress after Savitri in the history of Telugu cinema and is often called "Savitri of modern telugu cinema".She died in the 2004 aircraft crash, which happened in Bangalore, during an election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Soundarya's first movie was Raithu Bharatham opposite superstar Krishna, directed by Tripuraneni sriprasad alias varaprasad, Soundarya was one of the most prominent actress of 1990's. She is particularly regarded as the "Savitri of Modern Telugu cinema" because of her screen presence and phenomenal success. She was a versatile actress of her times, enacting strong, positive and responsible characters in each of her movies. She preferred performance-oriented roles and took a tough stand on glamour, throughout her career. These unique features worked out completely in her favour and struck a chord with a wide audience base, earning her immense popularity in the state of Andhra Pradesh (undivided state). She made 114 movies, predominantly in Telugu, in a span of twelve years. Her brilliant performances made her critically and commercially one of the successful heroines. Telugu superstar Venkatesh once described her as "a thorough actress".
  • 2002
    Age 25
    In 2002, she has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film (producer) for Dweepa.
    More Details Hide Details Her last film was the Kannada film Apthamitra, a run away hit with Vishnuvardhan.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    In 2000, she starred in yet another commercial success, Annayya opposite Chiranjeevi, Jayam Manadera and Deviputrudu opposite Venkatesh, Ninne premista opposite Nagarjuna and several others and went on displaying her acting abilities, continuing her successful journey with films like Eduruleni manishi, Sri manjunatha, Narasimha, Pelli peetalu, Dongata, and Nagadevatha.
    More Details Hide Details She had around 10 film releases each year, most of them in Telugu, from 1993 to 2001, which reflects her path breaking success.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    Her 1999 release Raja, opposite Venkatesh, was another blockbuster and won her her third Filmfare.
    More Details Hide Details Her other releases, Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth, Azad opposite Nagarjuna, and Premaku Velayera and Arundathi further solidified her position. In the same year she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Suryavansham, which was one of the only failures of her career, and prevented her from entering into the Bollywood business.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    Furthermore, the critical success of Chudalani Vundi opposite Chiranjeevi in 1998 made her reach the pinnacle of her career.
    More Details Hide Details She also starred along Kamal Hassan in Kaathala Kaathala in Tamil in the same year. Pelli Peetalu and Sri Ramulayya in Telugu and Doni Saagali in Kannada were commercially highly successful. Anthapuram, directed by Krishnavamshi, stood as one of the finest performances of Soundarya in her career, winning her a State Nandi award and also her second consecutive Filmfare Award. The producers and directors realized Soundarya's ability to be a crowd puller and the biggest plus for the promotion of the movie.
  • 1997
    Age 20
    She also starred alongside South Indian superstar Rajinikanth in Arunachalam, which became the highest grossing film of 1997 in Tamil.
    More Details Hide Details Soundarya, apart from good performances and a growing lady fan following, emerged as the golden hand with her continuous successes when her rivals faced constant debacles. This stardom made her come out of the shadow of mainstream heroines and she chose scripts which had a wide potential of performance even alongside big stars which was clearly reflected in her movies.. Though the industry regarded her to be the golden hand, as a former director's daughter, she always regarded the success not as a one-man show but the team work between 36 departments. Soundarya's intensity in performances, expressions, her beautiful face, her lady fan following and phenomenal success were all in common with Savitri, and she was able to earn fame as a replacement to Mahanati Savitri.
    In 1997, she continued her success with Pelli Chesukundam, Maa Aayana Bangaram, Osi Na Maradala, and Aaro Pranam, winning acclaim from all over the industry for her performances.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    In 1996, Soundarya had another critical and commercial success through Pavitra Bandham, alongside Venkatesh, where she acted as a woman who signs for a contract marriage for supporting her family.
    More Details Hide Details Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu and Ramudochadu have given her a credit of golden hand. This continuous success and popularity made Soundarya the reigning Queen of Telugu cinema, and she was referred popularly as NUMERO UNO by the Telugu media and magazines. Soundarya paved a way for strong performances and led the change in the framing of characterizations of heroines. Though her contemporary Ramyakrishna too displayed great versatility in films of various genres.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    She stood ahead with eleven movie releases in 1995.
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    In 1995, she had acted in Pedarayudu, a remake of the Tamil film Nattamai, alongside Mohan Babu for the first time, and the movie was critically appreciated and highly successful.
    More Details Hide Details Following this success, she starred with all Tollywood's biggest stars like Chiranjeevi in Rikshavodu, with Venkatesh in Super Police, with Balakrishna in Top Hero. Top Hero was a decent hit while Rikshavodu and Super Police flopped at the box office. But she had an award-winning role in Ammoru, where she played the pivotal role of a selfless devotee to Goddess Ammoru; the film was a big success and it specially showcased her acting skills.
  • 1994
    Age 17
    Most of her other releases in 1994 had a decent run.
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  • 1993
    Age 16
    In her first hit in Telugu, in 1993, she acted the leading role alongside Rajendra Prasad in Rajendrudu Gajendrudu, directed by S.V.Krishna Reddy.
    More Details Hide Details She had a decent start with another pair of releases in the same year. The real commercial recognition came with Hello Brother (1994) in which she starred alongside Nagarjuna and Ramyakrishna. The film became the biggest blockbuster of 1994.
  • OTHER
  • 1972
    Age -5
    Born on July 18, 1972.
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