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Native name
కుసుమా కుమారి
Kusuma Kumari [1]

(1945-08-31) 31 August 1945 (age 73)
Other namesRajasri, Gracy, Rajasree.T
Occupation Actress, Classical dancer
Years active1956–1979
Spouse(s)Thota Panchajanyam (1978-1983 till his death)
Children1 son (b.1979)

Rajasree (Rajasree Thota Panchajanyam, [2] Kusuma Kumari, Telugu: కుసుమా కుమారి, born 31 August 1945), also known as Rajasri or Rajashri, is a noted South Indian film actress from 1956 to 1979. She is particularly famous for her portrayal as princess in several folklore Telugu movies opposite N. T. Rama Rao and Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao and for acting alongside Ravichandran in the Tamil comedy films – Neeyum Naanum, Kadhalikka Neram Illai and Delhi Mappilai. Notable among Rajasri's roles in non-folklore social films in Tamil are as Nimmi in Tamil hit comedy film Kaadhalikka Neramillai , remade as Preminchi Choodu in Telugu, as movie star Bhama in Tamil film Bama Vijayam . She was credited as Gracy in the Malayalam movies she starred in her career since her debut film Bharya (1962) directed by Kunchakko. Rajasree went on to do 200 films spread across the languages – Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam (as Gracy) and Hindi from beginning of 1956 to 1979.

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Film industry

Rajsree first appeared as a child artiste in the Tamil film Naga Devadhai in 1956. She worked as child artiste in films like Bhaktha Ambarisha(1959) and Mangalyam(1960) in Telugu, Aasha Sundari(1960) in Kannada, Petraval Kanda Peruvazhvu (1960)and Baktha Sabari(1960) in Tamil. She debuted as the supporting young heroine with the Malayalam film Bharya (1962). Her character was named Gracy. With the success of her debut Malayalam film, Rajsree was always credited throughout her Malayalam film career as Gracy. Some of her famous Malaylam movies include Kadalamma (1963), Rebecca (1963), Pazhassi Raja (1964), Shakuntala (1965). However, she was cast only as supporting and second lead actress in Tamil films like Sengamala Theevu (1962), Nichaya Thaamboolam (1962), Thendral Veesum (1962), Kalai Arasi(1963), Yarukku Sondham (1963), Kattu Maina (1963) in the period 1962–63. Her portrayal as the courtesean Madhavi in the film Poompuhar brought her new recognition as supporting actress in 1964. It was the film Kadhalikka Neram Illai in 1964, which made her a household name as the main lead heroine. She started receiving more Tamil films from 1964 onwards.

However, she continued to be very selective as far as her choice of doing Malayalam movies was concerned. Her notable films in Malayalam as the lead heroine include Jail (1966), Kadamattathachan (1966), Anarkali (1966), Udhyogastha (1967), Karutha Rathrikal (1967), Kadal (1968), Dial 2244 (1968), Urangatha Sundary (1969), Sree Guruvayoorappan (1972 film), Sreemurukan, Devi Kanyaakumaari (1974). She did about 30 movies in Malayalam. Her last Malayalm film was Vishwaroopam (1978).

It was the Tamil comic classic, `Kaadhalikka Neramillai,' that catapulted Rajasree to national fame. She quoted in an interview "When I got a call from such a big banner as Chitralaya asking me to be present at the studio the next morning, I couldn't believe my ears. Many artistes had been considered for the role, I had heard. The song, `Anubavam Pudhumai,' was the sequence that was shot first. They liked it and I did the film,". Rajasree went on to play the same role in Telugu with Akkini Nageswara Rao and in Hindi with Shashi Kapoor — she was the only one to repeat the role in the remakes. She quoted in interview "I remember Nagesh pulling my leg often shouting out `Dhigilazhagi' whenever I was on the sets,". Hence both during the shooting of Bama Vijayam and everytime she met actor Nagesh, he would always call her as Dhiglazhagi as in the film, a thief refers to her by that name.

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It was decided by Sridhar to remake the Kadhallikaa Neram Illai in Hindi as Pyar Kiye Jaa and he retained only Rajasree from the original. Her debut Hindi film was a major box office hit in 1966. This led to her receiving films in Hindi as well. However none of her 4 films in Hindi became a hit except for her debut Hindi film.

She made her heroine debut in Telugu films with Constable Kuthuru (1962) opposite Kanta Rao but previously she has been already introduced as a child artist in Nagula Chavithi (1956). She was cast as the heroine of N.T.Rama Rao in films like Aggi Barata(1966), Pidugu Ramudu(1966), Aggi Veerudu(1969), Chitti Chellelu (1969).Her pairing opposite actor Kanta Rao was box office success. The pair Rajasree-Kanta Rao worked in Pakkalo Ballem (1965), Bangaru Timmaraju (1964), Saptaswaralu (1969), Pratigyna Palana (1966), Vijaya Simha(1965), Aggidora (1967), Bhoolokamlo Yamolokam (1966), Devudichchina Bharta (1968), Veera Pooja (1968), Ranabheri (1968), Aggimeeda Guggilam (1968), Oke Kutumbham (1970), Merupu Veerudu (1970), Maa Manchi Akkayya (1970), Prema Jeevulu, Bhale Ettu Chivaraku Chittu (1970), Raite Raju (1970).They worked in another 10 movies where they were not paired opposite each other.She did about 76 films in Telugu. Her last film in Telugu was Andame Anandham (1977).

Her debut film in Kannada was Kantheredu Nodu (1961). The Kannada film Thejaswini, produced by M.Pandaribai, made Rajasree a popular in Kannada film circle. She played second lead supporting roles in Kannada films like Swarna Gowri, Rathna Manjari, Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu, Chandra Kumara. She regularly starred in mythological period films like Santha Thukaram (1963), Shivarathri Mahathme, Shivagange Mahathme with either Rajkumar (actor) or Udaykumar or both in the lead roles. After achieving success in Tamil with Kadhalikka Neram Illai, she decided to do only lead heroine roles even in Kannada from 1964. Her Kannada films as lead heroine include Chandavalliya Thota, Satya Harishchandra (1965 Kannada film), Bala Nagamma (1966 film), Bhale Basava, Mr. Rajkumar (1970), Jwala Mohini, CID 72, C.I.D. Rajanna. She was part of the cast in 14 films in Kannada with Rajkumar (actor) in the lead role. She did 30 films in Kannada with her last movie being Devadhasi (1978).

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When she received MGR award in 2004 she quoted: "I've done three films with the CM J.Jayalalitha, and I've also acted with her mother Sandhya as her daughter."

Personal life

Rajasree hails from a village in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Her mother tongue is Telugu. She was born with a sister and her father was a railway station master. Rajasree was ten years old when she came to Chennai. Rajasree's husband died suddenly when her child was just four. Yet the actress has kept up her promise to him to this day! "Many ask me why I can't do television now? But I'm reluctant," she says. However, she has not severed ties with the film world. "I still have many friends from the industry. Saroja Devi calls up whenever she's in town. In 2004 Sharada, Vanisri, Jayapradha, Sachu, Padmini, Rajasulochana and I met over lunch. In fact it was Sachu who first called me up and told me about the award," she says. Rajasree spends her time in meditation and being a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, people can often spot her at Sundaram, their Chennai centre. But today she is a picture of contentment, leading a relaxed life and taking care of her old sister. In 2012, she along with her friends Saroja Devi, Kanchana, Jamuna, P.Susheela, Anjali Devi, Rajasulochana, Sowcar Janaki, Sechu, Cho Ramaswamy, Jamuna, Vijayakumari met Jayalalithaa at personal reseidence Veda Nilayam of Jayalalithaa. [3]

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Yesteryear actress Rajasree was honoured with the MGR Award in 2004.

Tamil Nadu State Government Awards

Kalaimamani, 2012 for her contribution to Tamil Cinema

Partial filmography

In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.

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  1. Andame Anandham (1977)
  2. Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977)
  3. Manushulanta Okkate (1976)
  4. Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddham (1975)
  5. Alluri Seetarama Raju (1974)
  6. Intinti Katha (1974)
  7. Panjaramlo Pasipapa (1973)
  8. Atthanu Diddina Kodalu (1972)
  9. Prema Jeevulu (1971)
  10. Pattindhalla Bangaaram (1971)
  11. Adavi Veerulu (1971)
  12. Vikramarka Vijayam (1971)
  13. Anuradha (1971)
  14. Bangaru Kutumbam (1971)
  15. Chitti Chellelu (1970)
  16. Evarini Nammali (1970)
  17. Jhanmabhoomi (1970)
  18. Okka Kutumbham (1970)
  19. Raithe Raju (1970)
  20. Lakshmi Kataksham (1970)
  21. Maa Manchi Akkayya (1970)
  22. Bale Etthu Chivariki Chitthu (1970)
  23. Merupu Veerudu (1970)
  24. Ukkupidugu (1969)
  25. Gopaludu Bhoopaludu (1969)
  26. Sattekalapu Satteya (1969)
  27. Sabash Satyam (1969)
  28. Takkari Donga Chankkani Chukka (1969)
  29. Aggi Veerudu (1969)
  30. Ukku Pidugu (1969)
  31. Saptaswaralu (1969)
  32. Gandara Gandadu (1969)
  33. Govula Gopanna (1968)
  34. Aggi Meeda Guggilam (1968)
  35. Rajayogam (1968)
  36. Ranabheri (1968)
  37. Devudichhina Bhartha (1968)
  38. Bhale Kodallu (1968)
  39. Evaru Monagaadu (1968)
  40. Rahasyam (1967)
  41. Aggidora (1967)
  42. Sthree Janma (1967)
  43. Kambojaraju Katha (1967)
  44. Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (1967)
  45. Raktha Sindhooram (1967)
  46. Satyame Jayam (1967)
  47. Veera Pooja (1967)
  48. Loguttu Perumallakeruka (1966)
  49. Bheemanjaneyula Yuddham (1966)
  50. Pidugu Raamudu (1966)
  51. Bhulokamlo Yamalokam (1966)
  52. Prathigna Palana (1966)
  53. Akasha Ramanna (1965)
  54. Prameelarjuna Yuddham (1965)
  55. Aatma Gowravam (1965)
  56. Vijaya Simha (1965)
  57. Manushulu Mamathalu (1965)
  58. Preminchi Chudu (1965)
  59. Mangamma Sapatham (1965)
  60. Pakkalo Ballem (1965)
  61. Babruvahana (1964)
  62. Aggi Pidugu (1964)
  63. Totalo Pilla Kotalo Raani (1964)
  64. Bhaktha Ramadasu (1964)
  65. Pooja Phalam (1964)
  66. Bangaru Timmaraju (1964)
  67. Guruvunu Minchina Sishyudu (1963)
  68. Madana Kamaraju Katha (1962)
  69. Conistable Kuthuru (1962)
  70. Dakshayagnam (1962)
  71. Aradhana (1962)
  72. Mahamantri Timmarusu (1962)
  73. Nitya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam (1960)
  74. Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chintamani (1960)
  75. Mangalyam (1960)
  76. Bhaktha Ambarisha (1959)
  77. Nagula Chavithi (1956) - Debut in Telugu (Child Artist)


1978 Iravu 12 Mani Ravichandran
1976 Veeduvarai Uravu Jaiganesh , Sujatha
1975 Amudha Ravichandran , R. Muthuraman , C. R. Vijayakumari Anbarasi
Naalai Namadhe M. G. Ramachandran , Latha , Vennira Aadai Nirmala Kamala
1974 Akkarai Pachai Jaishankar , Ravichandran , Lakshmi , Savitri
Netru Indru Naalai M. G. Ramachandran , Manjula Vijayakumar , Latha Amudha
Pathu Matha Bandham Bhanumathi Ramakrishna , A. V. M. Rajan , R. Muthuraman , B. Saroja Devi , Vennira Aadai Nirmala Mallika
1973 Pattikaattu Ponnaiya M. G. Ramachandran , Jayalalithaa Megala
School Master Gemini Ganesan , Sreekanth , Sowcar Janaki
1972 Ellai Kodu Gemini Ganesan , Ravichandran , C. R. Vijayakumari Bhavani
1971 Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan Gemini Ganesan , C. L. Anandan , T. K. Balachandran , Vijayanirmala Kamini
Aathi Parasakthi Gemini Ganesan , R. Muthuraman , Jayalalithaa , Padmini , Vanisri Lakshmi Devi
Pattondru Ketten A. V. M. Rajan , Ravichandran , Kanchana , K. R. Indira Devi
Poi Sollathae Ravichandran , Nagesh
Needhi Dhevan Jaishankar , Vennira Aadai Nirmala
1970 Patham Pasali Gemini Ganesan , Vijayalalitha Radha
Sorgam Sivaji Ganesan , R. Muthuraman , K. R. Vijaya Anjana
Namma Veettu Deivam R. Muthuraman , K. R. Vijaya
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Gemini Ganesan , Padmini , Srividya Urvasi
Singapore Seeman Ravichandran , M. R. Radha , Subhasri
Maya Theevu Ragasiyam N. T. Rama Rao , Vijayalalitha
Adimai Penn M. G. Ramachandran , Jayalalithaa Princess Muthazhagi
Poova Thalaiya Gemini Ganesan , Jaishankar , Vennira Aadai Nirmala Raji
Ulagam Ivvalaudhan Nagesh , Manorama
1968 Kudiyirundha Koyil M. G. Ramachandran , Jayalalithaa Asha
Siritha Mugam Gemini Ganesan , Jaishankar , Vijayanirmala
Delhi Mapillai Ravichandran , Cho Ramaswamy , Sachu Gandhimathi
Neeyum Naanum Ravichandran , Nagesh
Kallum Kaniyagum T. M. Soundararajan , A. L. Raghavan, Nagesh , M. N. Rajam Geetha
1967 Selva Magal Jaishankar , Sreekanth , Major Sundararajan , Nagesh Saradha
Anubavam Pudhumai R. Muthuraman , T. R. Ramachandran Vanitha
Anubavi Raja Anubavi R. Muthuraman , Nagesh , Jayabharathi Rajamani
Aporvaa Piravigal N. T. Rama Rao , Jayalalithaa , Vanisri
Bama Vijayam R. Muthuraman , Nagesh , Major Sundarrajan , Sreekanth , Sowcar Janaki , Kanchana , Jayanthi Bama
Thaikku Thalaimagan M. G. Ramachandran , S. V. Ranga Rao , Nagesh , Jayalalithaa , Sowcar Janaki Nalini
1966 Kaaveri Mannan N. T. Rama Rao , Vanisri
1965 Neela Vanam Sivaji Ganesan , Nagesh , Devika Vimala
Vazhikaathi S. S. Rajendran , Prem Nazir , C. R. Vijayakumari
Iru Thuruvam Sivaji Ganesan , R. Muthuraman , Padmini Kamala
Poomalai S. S. Rajendran , Anjali Devi , C. R. Vijayakumari Nalina
1964 Kalai Kovil S. V. Subbiah, R. Muthuraman , Nagesh , Chandrakantha, Jayanthi Saroja
Amma Engey R. Muthuraman
Veeraadhi Veeran N. T. Rama Rao , Krishna Kumari Roja
Magaley Un Samathu C. L. Anandan , M. R. Radha , Gemini ChandrakanthaAlli
Nal Varavu R. Muthuraman , Ravichandran , Puspalatha
Ramadasu Chittor V. Nagaiah , P. Kannamba
Nanum Manidhandhaan R. Muthuraman , C. L. Anandan, Chandrakantha
Poompuhar S. S. Rajendran , C. R. Vijayakumari , Nagesh Madhavi
Kaadhalikka Neramillai Ravichandran , R. Muthuraman , Kanchana Nirmala/Nimmi
1963 Kaattumaina Prem Nazir , C. L. Anandan , Sheela , Vijayalalitha
Yarukku Sontham Kalyan Kumar , Devika , PusphalathaMallika
Manthiri Kumaran Kantha Rao , Anuradha, Jayanthi Rani
Kalai Arasi M. G. Ramachandran , Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Princess Rajani
Kubera Theevu C. L. Anandan , Devika Vasanthi
1962 Nichaya Thaamboolam Sivaji Ganesan , Jamuna , P. Kannamba Sarala
Sengamala Theevu M. R. Radha , C. L. Anandan , PusphalathaKanni
Thendral Veesum M. R. Radha , Kalyan Kumar , Prem Nazir , Krishna Kumari
Dakshayagnam N. T. Rama Rao , S. V. Ranga Rao , Devika Rohini
1961 Panam Panthiyile S. S. Rajendran , M. R. Radha , C. R. Vijayakumari Santha
1960 Baktha Sabari S. A. Asokan , Pandari Bai , L. Vijayalakshmi
Petraval Kanda Peruvazhvu Prem Nazir
1956 Naga Devathai R. Nagendra Rao , Jamuna , Sowcar Janaki Child Artist (Debut in Tamil)


Malayalam:credited as Gracy

1962 Bharya Malayalam debut
1963 Kadalamma
1963 Rebecca
1964 Pazhassi Raja Ammu Thampuratty
1965 Shakuntala
1966 Jail
1966 Kadamattathachan
1966 Anarkali Gulnar
1967 Udhyogastha
1967 Karutha Rathrikal
1968 Kadal Rajeena
1968 Dial 2244
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Urvashi
1969 Urangatha Sundary Vilasini
1970 Dathuputhran
1971 Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan
1972 Sree Guruvayoorappan
1973 Manassu
1973 Ponnaapuram Kotta
1974 Devi Kanyaakumaari Devaki
1974 Durga Latha
1975 Raasaleela
1977 Sreemurukan Rajeswari
1978 Vishwaroopam


1966 Pyar Kiye Jaa Nirmala/ NimmiHindi Debut as Rajasree of South
(Remake of Kadhalikka Neramillai)
1968Payal Ki JhankarKala
1968Mujrim Kaun?

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Sheela Devi, known mononymously as Sheela, is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema.Paired with Prem Nazir, they hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (130) together as heroine and hero. In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale. She was one of the most popular and highest paid actress, reportedly paid more than her male counterparts, of her time.

Vasanthabhamadevi, known by her stage name Kanchana is a noted Indian actress of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. She acted in all four major south Indian languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam, as well as in a few Hindi films.

Sowcar Janaki Indian actress

Sankaramanchi Janaki, popularly known as Sowcar Janaki, is a south-Indian actress who has acted in over 387 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She also performed on stage in over 300 shows and was a radio artist during her earlier years. Her career as film actress began only after her marriage. She became a popular actress with hits in various languages between 1949 and 1975 as the lead heroine such as Shavukaru (Telugu), Valayapathy, Rojulu Marayi (Telugu), then in Tamil, such as Naan Kanda Sorgam, Kaviya Thalavi, Bhagya Lakshmi, Pallum Pazhamum, Paar Magale Paar, Thayikku Thalaimagan, Kumudham, Panam Paadithavan, Puthiya Paravai, Bama Vijayam, Oli Villaku, Ethir Neechal, Maanavan, Uyardha Manidhan, Nimarundhu Nil, Thunaivan, Needhi, Kaliyuga Kannan and Iru Kodugal (Tamil), with Kannada films such as Devakaanika, Saaku Magalu, Sadarame, Thayige Thakka Maga and then with her Malayalam debut Schoolmaster (1964) and with a film in Hindi - Teen Bahuraniyan. She worked with famous directors such as Dada Mirasee and K. Balachandar.

Devika Indian actress

Devika or Prameela Devi was a Tamil and Telugu actress.

Thotakura Venkata Raju, better known as T. V. Raju, was a music director of many films in South India.

Vijayalalitha or Vijaya Lalitha was a Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam/Kannada and Hindi actress in the 1960s and 1970s. She is best known for her appearances in Rani Mera Naam (1972), Baazigar (1972) and Saakshi (1967). She is also the aunt of Vijayashanti, former Telugu superstar actress turned politician.

Chandrakala was an Indian film actress who appeared in hundreds of Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films.

M. Krishnan Nair was an Indian film director of Malayalam films. He directed over 100 films. He also directed 18 Tamil movie including four films starring M. G. Ramachandran and two Telugu movies, one each with superstars N. T. Rama Rao and Krishna Eminent filmmakers including Hariharan, S. P. Muthuraman and Bharathiraja apprenticed under him as assistant directors.

K. V. Shanthi known by her stage name Shanthi is an Indian actress in Malayalam movies. She was a prominent lead actress and Dancer during the late 1950s and 1960s and 1970s in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu & Hindi films. She appeared in famous Hindi films like Chori Chori of 1956.

B. V. Radha Indian film actress

Bengaluru Vijaya Radha was an Indian actress and film producer. She began her career in the 1964 Kannada film Navakoti Narayana. She went on to play mostly supporting roles in over 300 films, 250 of which were in Kannada, and the rest in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi.

Geetanjali (actress) Indian Telugu film actress

Geetanjali is a Telugu actress who acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films for several decades. She is famous for her roles in Illalu, Sitarama Kalyanam with NTR, Adurti Subba Rao's Dr. Chakravarthy, Murali Krishna, Abbayigaru Ammayigaru, Kaalam Marindi and Sambarala Rambabu. She is also a member of the Nandi Award committee.

The South Indian film industry produced colour films since the 40s, especially Tamil cinema. The earliest colour films in India were also produced in South India.

<i>Aggi Veerudu</i> 1969 film

Aggi Veerudu is a 1969 Telugu swashbuckling adventure fantasy film, produced by B. Vittalacharya under the Sri Vital Combines banner and directed by B. V. Srinivas. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Rajasree in the lead roles and music composed by Vijaya Krishna Murthy.

Vasanthi B. A. was an Indian actress and producer who was active in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada film industries during the latter half of the 20th Century. She was well known for her second heroine and supporting roles in some movies.

Rathna is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada film industries.


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