T. R. Rajakumari

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T. R. Rajakumari
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T. R. Rajakumari in Sivakavi (1943).
Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajayee

5 May 1922
Died20 September 1999 (age 77)
Years active1936–1963
Parent(s)Father: Radhakrishnan
Mother: Ranganayaki
FamilyT. S. Damayanthi (Sister),
T. D. Kusalakumari (niece),
T. R. Ramanna (brother)

Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajayee (5 May 1922 – 20 September 1999), known by her screen name T. R. Rajakumari, was an Indian actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream girl" of Tamil cinema. [1] [2] [3]


Film career

Rajayee made her film debut in "Kumara Kulothungan" which was produced in 1938–39 but was released in 1941 after Kacha Devayani. In the initial ads her name appeared as T. R. Rajayee but later in the film she was credited as T. R. Rajalakshmi. Her second film was Mandharavathi directed by D.S. Marconi was also released in 1941. [4] Kacha Devayani (1941) was a hit and helped launch her career in movies. There is some confusion about in which film she actually made her debut as Kacha Devayani's director K. Subramaniam later insisted that he was the one who introduced her to films. [5] [6] In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal. [7]

In her Tamil film career, Rajakumari acted as the female lead to many major film stars including Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, T. R. Mahalingam, K. R. Ramasamy, P. U. Chinnappa, M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. She also started a film production company (with her brother T. R. Ramanna) called "R. R. Pictures" and produced films like Vaazhapirandhavan (1953), Koondukkili (1954), Gul-E-Bagaavali (1955), Paasam (1962), Periya Idathu Penn (1963), Panam Padaithavan (1965) and Parakkum Paavai (1966). Her last film as an actress was Vanambadi (1963). [1] [8]

Later life and death

Rajakumari died on 20 September 1999 after a prolonged illness. [9]

Partial filmography

YearTitle [10] RoleNotes
1939Kumara Kulothungan
1941 Kacha Devayani Devayani
1941Soorya Puthiri
1942Sathi Suganya
1942 Manonmani Manonmani
1943 Sivakavi Vanji
1943Kubera Kuchela
1944 Haridas Haridas' mistress
1945 Saalivaahanan Chandralekha
1946 Valmiki
1947 Pankajavalli
1948 Chandralekha Chandralekha
1949 Krishna Bakthi Devakumari
1949 Pavalakkodi Pavalakkodi
1950 Ithaya Geetham Thara
1950 Vijayakumari
1951 Vanasundari Vanasundari
1952 Amarakavi
1953 Anbu Thangam
1953 En Veedu
1953 Panakkaari
1953Vazha Pirandavan
1954 Manohara Vasanthasenai
1955 Gulebagavali
1957 Pudhumai Pithan
1957 Thangamalai Ragasiyam Nandhini
1959 Thanga Padhumai
1962 Paasam
1963 Vanambadi
1963 Periya Idathu Penn Gangamma, Murugappan's elder sister

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