25 June 1945
|Other names||Urvasi Sharada|
|Years active||1955; 1961-present|
|Spouse(s)|| Chalam |
(m.1972; div. 1984)
(died in 1989)
|Awards||National Film Award for Best Actress (3)|
|Political party||Telugu Desam Party|
Sharada (born Saraswati Devi; 25 June 1945[ citation needed ]) is an Indian actress and politician. Known for her work predominantly in Telugu and Malayalam films, Sharada is the recipient of three National Awards. She has also appeared in few Tamil, Hindi as well as Kannada language films. She is also known as Urvasi Sharada as National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. She won three National Awards for her roles in Thulabharam (1968), Swayamvaram (1972), and Nimajjanam (1977). Sharada has garnered the NTR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her contributions to Indian cinema.
Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her parents Venkateswar Rao and Satyavathi Devi belonged to a family of agriculturalists. She has a brother, named Mohan Rao. Sharada was sent to Madras in her childhood to live with her grandmother Kanakamma. Sharada describes her grandmother as a "strict disciplinarian" who in the later days "wouldn't even let the heroes touch her" and allowed "rehearsals only on Sundays".Sharada started to learn dance when she was six. She used to perform during Dasara and other temple festivals. It was because of her mother's desire that she learned dance. Her mother wanted her to become a "big star in cine field". Though Sharada's father was not too interested in the idea, he did not stop her. Sharada married Telugu actor Chalam, the couple later divorced. Currently Sharada is living with her brother's family in Chennai.
When she grew up, she started acting in Telugu theatre.Her debut in cinema was with a minor role in the Telugu film Kanyasulkam . However, she returned to theatre after that and did a major role in the Telugu version of Rakta Kanneeru , a Tamil drama. The play went to get staged over 100 times in Tamil Nadu.
In 1959, she began her career as Sharada. The change in name was attributed to the presence of a few other actors in the industry with the devotional name, Saraswati.She came under contract to L.V. Prasad, a Telugu producer. Though she didn't get to act in any of his films, she got her formal training in acting under him, including the Navarasa lessons. She largely attributes her performances and growth in the field to this training. Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mitrulu , which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well.
The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala , Murappennu , Udhyogastha by P. Venu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal .After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu . The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam . She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time. After 1993, she became choosy and accepted only a few films. Her major films of late were Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002, Malayalam), Rappakal (2005, Malayalam), Nayika (2011, Malayalam) and Stalin (2006, Telugu).
She owns a chocolate factory named Lotus Chocolates. She was elected as a Member of Parliament on Telugu Desam Party ticket from her native town of Tenali.
|1955||Kanyasulkam||Minor role||Debut film|
|1969||Shri Rama Katha|
|1973||Devudu Chesina Manushulu|
|1974||Devudu Chesina Pelli|
|1975||Jamindaru Gari Ammayi|
|1975||Bharati (1975 film)|
|1977||Daana Veera Soora Karna||Draupadi|
|1976||Nimajjanam||Brahmin housewife|| National Film Award for Best Actress |
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|1980||Sardar Papa Rayudu||Seeta|
|1980||Kodalu Vastunaru Jagratha||Janaki|
|1980||Kaliyuga Ravana Surudu|
|1980||Alludu Pattina Bharatham|
|1981||Nyayam Kavali||Lawyer Shakuntala|
|1981||O Amma Katha|
|1982||Nipputho Chelagatam||Mrs. Ganga Kumar|
|1983||Chanda Sasanudu||Bhuvaneswari Devi|
|1984||Bobbili Brahmanna||Savitri||wife of Brahmanna|
|1984||Marchandi Mana Chattalu|
|1985||Ee Samajam Maakodu|
|1986||Anasuyamma Gari Alludu||Anasuyamma|
|1986||Dharma Peetam Daddarillindi|
|1987||Sardar Krishnama Naidu|
|1987||Collector Gari Abbai||Laxmi Devi|
|1987||Lawyer Bharti Devi|
|1988||15 August Rathri|
|1988||Illu Illalu Priyuralu|
|1988||Maa Telugu Talli|
|1989||Bhale Donga||SP Indrani|
|1989||Dhruva Nakshatram||Bharathi Devi|
|1989||Nari Nari Naduma Murari||Sesha Rathnam|
|1989||State Rowdy||SP Laajmani M. Rao|
|1990||Lorry Driver||Collector Lalitha Devi|
|1990||Aggiramudu||Justice Janaki Devi|
|1991||Amma Rajinama||Amma (Mother)||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|1991||Killer||Malavika||Guardian of Heiress|
|1992||Pellante Noorella Panta||Vasanthi|
|1968||Chithra Mela||Sarassu||segment "Apaswarangal"|
|1969||Ammeyenna Sthree||Vijaya||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|1973||Colonel and Colector||Sub. Collector Nalini|
|1970||Hotel High Range||Nalini|
|1970||Vila Kuranja Manushyan||Devi|
|1973||Jwala||Kunjomana, Kunjammini||double role|
|1970||Vila Kuranja Manushyan||Stella|
|1973||Vilakkyu Vaangiya Veena||Sharada|
|1974||Swayamvaram||Seeta||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|1972||Snehadeepame Mizhi Thurakku||Reena|
|1974||Oru Pidi Ari|
|1976||Chennai Valarthiya Kutty||Chellamma|
|1977||Itha Ivide Vare||Bharathi|
|1978||Thacholi Ambu||Guest role|
|1979||Ward No. 7|
|1979||Ente Sneham Ninakku Mathram|
|1983||Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback||Geetha|
|1983||Nizal Moodiya Nirangal||Shoshamma|
|1987||Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam||Saraswathi Teacher||Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|1994||Kashmeeram||Justice Usha Varma|
|1963||Kungumam||Susila||Debut in Tamil|
|1976||Mazhai Megam||Aruna / Suguna|
|1976||Ennai Pol Oruvan||Laxmi|
|1977||Aval Thandha Uravu|
|1978||Pudhu Seruppu Kadikkum|
|1970||Samaj Ko Badal Dalo||Chhaya|
|1982||Sindoor Bane Jwala|
|1982||Main Intequam Loonga||Mrs.Ganga Kumar|
|1996||Sabse Bada Mawali||Malvika|
|2008||Yaar Meri Zindagi||Radha||Started in 1971|
|1978||Maathu Tappada Maga||Latha|
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