Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SUKUMARI

Sukumari was a highly versatile actress who worked for almost six decades mainly in Malayalam and Tamil Languages but also acted several films in Telugu,Kannada and Hindi.She used to perform  dubbing by herself in all languages and  protected her identity.
Sukumari as a senior artiste  was respected by all colleagues and all of them including Directors and other technicians called her either as 'Sukumari Amma' or 'Sukumari Chechi'.They all loved her as their elder sister or as Mother itself.She also had that care and concern to the newcomers and youngsters in the film field.She encouraged them with proper guidance and gave advices also.She was a well mannered artiste who always spoke and behaved nicely to others.It is said that after a small stay during weekend or during other gap of shooting schedule, at her Chennai residence, when returning to the sets Sukumari always brought two big luggage boxes with her;one would be containing her dress while the other contained sweets and other food items prepared by herself to be distributed at the studio sets.
Sukumari was born at Nagercoil to Madhavan Pillai and Sathyabhama Amma 
Her mother and the mother of 'Travancore Sisters'-'Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini' were sisters.So Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini were her fist cousin sisters.From the childhood days itself Sukumari stayed with her Cousin sisters who were then very famous dancers and film stars.Sukumari got dance training from a tender age and became an expert in Bharatanatyam,Kerala Natanam and Kathakali.She was also one among the dance troupe of Travancore Sisters and accompanied them on their all India tour to perform programs all over the country.
Sukumari during childhood itself liked to visit studio sets while her cousin sisters went for acting and watched curiously.The little cute girl was spotted by a Director and selected for a role in his Tamil Film 'OrIravu'.There after she also became an established actress gradually.
Sukumari in a long span of six decades has acted in more than 3000 films and has acted along with MGR, NTR, Raj Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyan, Prem Nazir etc  and also with all present day superstars.
In recent years she appeared in some T.V.Serials like "Sree Guruvayoorappan,Velamkanni Mathavu,Akasadoothu" etc.
Sukumari married Film Director Bheemsingh and the couple have a son-Dr.Suresh.Her husband died died when Sukumari was still very young.
Sukumari received Padma Shri from Government of India in 2003.
She received National Award as Best Supporting actress for Tamil film 'Namma Gramam'.
She received Kerala Government 'Second Best Actress Award' Four times;in the year 1974, 79, 1983, and 1985 respectively.
She received 'Filmfare' Lifetime achievement award and 'Asianet' Lifetime achievement award in 2005.
She was given 'Kalaimamani Award' and 'Kalai Selvem' award from Government of Tamil Nadu.
Sukumari passed away on 26 March 2013 due to Cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for burn injury occurred while lighting a traditional oil lamp.She was 73.
While she was in the hospital, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr.J.Jayalalithaa paid  a visit and extended all help for her treatment.Sukumari acted along with Jayalalithaa in her film 'Pattikada Pattanama' years back.
Selected Filmography
Koodapirappu





Thaskara Veeran
Kannum Karalum
Chilamboli
Kalanju Kittiya Thankam
Thacholi Othenan
Kuppivala
Chettathi
Nagarame Nandi
Chitramela
Aswamedham
Udyogastha
Collector Malathy
Yakshi
Pattikada Pattanama
Chattakkari
Kayamkulam Kochunni
Shalini Ente Koottukari
Parvathi
Ahimsa
Padayottam
Chillu
Ennennum Kannettante
Revathikkoru Pavakutty
Kalikkalam
Kuttettan
Ulladakkam
Nettipattam
Vishnulokam
Advaitham
My Dear Muthachan
Kallan Kappalil Thanne
Yodha
Adharam
Ayirappara
Tom $ Jerry
Nirnayam
Agnidevan
Krishnagudiyil Orupranayakalathu
Chandralekha
Prem Poojari
Megham
Friends
Priyam
Pilots
Darling Darling
Rakshasa Rajavu
Nizhalkuthu
CID Moosa
Symphony
Vellinakshatram
Viswa Tulasi
Pauran
Pandipada
Madhuchandralekha
Classmates
Kangaroo
Payum Puli
Nasrani
Mizhikal Sakshi
Twenty 20
Yaaradi Nee Mohini
Love in Singapore
Ponner Sankar 
Kathayile Nayika
Trivandrum Lodge
Chattakkari
Karmayodha
Hotel California
Vetade Mrugam

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