Anjali Devi

Anjali Devi (About this soundpronunciation hk; 24 August 1927 – 13 January 2014) was an Indian actress, model and producer in Telugu and Tamil films. She was well known for her role as the Devi Sita in Lava Kusa as well as for the titular roles in movies like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali.

Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi in Mangaiyarkarasi 1949.jpg
Anjali Devi in 1949
Born
Anjanamma

(1927-08-24)24 August 1927
Died13 January 2014(2014-01-13) (aged 86)
Occupation
Spouse(s)
(m. 1948; died 1991)

Early lifeEdit

Anjali Devi was born in Peddapuram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India,[1] as Anjamma. She changed her name to Anjani Kumari when acting in dramas. Later, director C. Pullaiah changed her name to Anjali Devi.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

As actressEdit

She was a theatre artiste before venturing into movies, her debut film role was as Lohitasva in "Raja Harishchandra" in 1936. Her first movie as a heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad in 1940, but that movie was abandoned after three reels shooting. Later, C.Pullayya discovered her and gave her the opportunity to star as Mohini in Gollabhama. Based on her acting ability and looks, she became a star overnight in 1947. She eventually acted in more than 350 films, majority of them in Telugu films and a few in Hindi, Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine or in character roles.[2]

She acted in Lava Kusa, a milestone film and the first color film in the Telugu film industry in 1963. She is well known for playing Sita in Lava Kusa and her performances in films like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali were also appreciated. Brundavanam (1992), Anna Vadina (1993) and Police Alludu (1994) were the last few films of her career. In Balaiah's Police Alludu and Anna Vadina she appeared alongside Brahmanandam. She acted in various roles, such as a damsel, an angel, a dancer, a demon, a goddess, a traditional woman and later in mother roles.[3]

As producerEdit

In 1955 she produced the film Anarkali, in which she herself played the titular role, with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Prince Salim. Then she produced V. Madhusudan Rao's Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. Bollywood and Tollywood actress Jayapradha played the lead role in the latter alongside Sobhan Babu and Chiranjeevi. As a producer she has produced 27 films. An ardent devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba she produced and acted in Shirdi Sai Parthi Sai Divyakatha, a tele-serial on the life and avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This was also the first screen appearance of Vijay Devarakonda, then a student of class 3 at Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Puttaparthi in 1997.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, in 1948.[1] They settled in Chennai. They have two sons. Together, they produced many Telugu films under the banner, Anjali Pictures. Their granddaughter, Saila Rao, is also an actress.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

Devi died at the age of 86 on 13 January 2014 at Vijaya Hospital, in Chennai, due to a cardiac arrest.[5] Her organs were donated to Ramachandra Medical College.[6] She is survived by her sons.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

ActressEdit

Year Film Language Character Co-Star Notes
1947 Gollabhama Telugu Krishnaveni, Sriranjani
1947 Mahathma Udangar Tamil Rambai Kothamangalam Seenu
1948 Balaraju Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, S. Varalakshmi
1948 Aadhithan Kanavu Tamil T. R. Mahalingam
1949 Kanniyin Kaadhali Tamil Princess Megala Devi Madhuri Devi, S. A. Natarajan
1949 Keelu Gurram Telugu Mohini A. Nageswara Rao
1949 Maya Kudhirai Tamil Mohini A. Nageswara Rao
1949 Mayavathi Tamil T. R. Mahalingam
1949 Mangaiyarkarasi Tamil P. U. Chinnappa, P. Kannamba
1950 Palleturi Pilla Telugu Santha N. T. Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao
1950 Swapna Sundari Telugu Swapna Sundari A. Nageswara Rao, G. Varalakshmi, S. Varalakshmi
1950 Swapna Sundari Tamil Swapna Sundari A. Nageswara Rao, G. Varalakshmi, S. Varalakshmi
1950 Maaya Rambha Tamil N. T. Rama Rao
1950 Maya Rambha Telugu N. T. Rama Rao
1951 Nirdoshi Telugu Nirmala Mukkamala Krishna Murthy, G. Varalakshmi
1951 Niraparadhi Tamil Mukkamala Krishna Murthy, G. Varalakshmi
1951 Sarvadhigari Tamil M. G. Ramachandran
1951 Sarvadhikari Telugu M. G. Ramachandran
1951 Marmayogi Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, Madhuri Devi
1951 Marmayogi Telugu M. G. Ramachandran, Madhuri Devi
1951 Mayalamari Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1951 Mayalamaari Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
1951 Mayamalai Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1951 Stree Sahasam Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
1951 Strisahasam Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1952 Ezhai Uzhavan Tamil
1953 Pakkinti Ammayi Telugu Leela Devi Relangi Venkataramaiah, A. M. Rajah
1953 Inspector Tamil Veenai S. Balachander
1953 Poongodhai Tamil A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai
1953 Paradesi Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai
1953 Ladki Hindi Kamini Kishore Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Vyjayanthimala Hindi Debut
1954 Rechukka Telugu Nana N. T. Rama Rao, Devika
1954 Naattiya Thara Tamil Nana N. T. Rama Rao, Devika
1954 Penn Tamil Kamini Gemini Ganesan, Veenai S. Balachander, Vyjayanthimala
1954 Sangham Telugu Kamini N. T. Rama Rao, Veenai S. Balachander, Vyjayanthimala
1954 Sorga Vasal Tamil Thilagawathi S. S. Rajendran, K. R. Ramaswamy, Padmini
1954 Ponvayal Tamil Semba T. R. Ramachandran
1954 Rattha Pasam Tamil T. K. Shanmugam, T. K. Baghavathy
1955 Anarkali Telugu Anarkali A. Nageswara Rao
1955 Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam Tamil Princess Nalini Gemini Ganesan, Lalitha
1955 Kalam Maripochu Tamil Gemini Ganesan
1955 Jayasimha Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, Waheeda Rehman
1955 Jayasimman Tamil N. T. Rama Rao, Waheeda Rehman
1955 Doctor Savithri Tamil B. R. Panthulu, Veenai S. Balachander
1955 Mudhal Thedhi Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
1955 Town Bus Tamil Amudha M. N. Kannappa, M. N. Rajam, Thambaram Lalitha
1956 Devta Hindi Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala
1956 Mathar Kula Manickam Tamil Gemini Ganesan, A. Nageswara Rao, K. Savithri
1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu Tamil Gemini Ganesan, T. S. Balaiah
1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam Telugu Yasmin, the Princess A. Nageswara Rao
1957 Alavudheenum Arputha Villakkum Tamil Yasmin, the Princess A. Nageswara Rao
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Telugu Rama N. T. Rama Rao, Sowcar Janaki, B. Saroja Devi
1957 Suvarna Sundari Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, Rajasulochana, Girija
1957 Manaalane Mangaiyin Baakkiyam Tamil Sundari Gemini Ganesan, Rajasulochana, Girija
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal Tamil Kalamalini M. G. Ramachandran, S. Varalakshmi
1957 Neelamalai Thirudan Tamil Maragatham Ranjan
1958 Chenchu Lakshmi Telugu Goddess Lakshmi A. Nageswara Rao
1958 Chenchu Lakshmi Tamil Goddess Lakshmi A. Nageswara Rao
1958 Illarame Nallaram Tamil Gemini Ganesan, B. Saroja Devi
1958 Raja Nandini Telugu Ramani N. T. Rama Rao
1958 Kanniyin Sabadham Tamil K. R. Ramaswamy, Rajasulochana
1959 Jayabheri Telugu Manjulavani A. Nageswara Rao
1959 Bala Nagamma Telugu N. T. Rama Rao
1959 Kalaivanan Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1959 Naan Sollum Ragasiyam Tamil Sivaji Ganesan
1960 Bhatti Vikramarka Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, Kanta Rao
1960 Mannadhi Mannan Tamil Princess Karpagavalli M. G. Ramachandran, Padmini
1960 Aadavantha Deivam Tamil Kalyani T. R. Mahalingam, E. V. Saroja
1960 Adutha Veettu Penn Tamil T. R. Ramachandran
1960 Engal Selvi Tamil A. Nageswara Rao
1961 Naganandhini Tamil K. Balaji
1961 Pangaaligal Tamil M. R. Radha
1962 Bhishma Telugu Amba N. T. Rama Rao
1962 Swarna Manjari Telugu
1962 Mangaiyar Ullam Mangatha Selvam Tamil Gemini Ganesan
1962 Naag Devta Hindi Mohini Mahipal
1963 Lava Kusa Telugu Sita N. T. Rama Rao, Kanta Rao
1963 Lava Kusa Tamil Sita N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan
1965 Sati Sakkubai Telugu
1966 Chilaka Gorinka Telugu Krishnam Raju, Krishna Kumari
1966 Palnati Yudham Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, P. Bhanumathi, Jamuna
1966 Rangula Ratnam Telugu Ram Mohan, Chandra Mohan
1967 Bhakta Prahlada Telugu Leelavati S. V. Ranga Rao
1967 Rahasyam Telugu A. Nageswara Rao, B. Saroja Devi, G. Varalakshmi
1968 Veeranjaneya Telugu Sita Arja Janardhana Rao, Kanta Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao, Kongara Jaggaiah
1971 Dasara Bullodu Telugu Yashoda A. Nageswara Rao, Vanisri, Chandrakala, S. V. Ranga Rao, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
1971 Kalyana Mandapam Telugu Sobhan Babu, Kanchana
1971 Sabatham Tamil Rajeswari Ravichandran, K. R. Vijaya
1972 Badi Panthulu Telugu N. T. Rama Rao
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu
1972 Tata Manavadu Telugu S. V. Ranga Rao
1973 Bhakta Tukaram Telugu Avali Bai A. Nageswara Rao, Kanchana
1973 Jeevana Tarangalu Telugu Sobhan Babu, Krishnam Raju, Vanisree, Lakshmi
1974 Urimai Kural Tamil M. G. Ramachandran, Latha, S. V. Sahasranamam
1975 Soggadu Telugu Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha, Jayachitra
1976 Mahakavi Kshetrayya Telugu A. Nageswara Rao
1977 Shri Ram Vanvas Hindi
Kurukshetram Telugu Kunti Krishna, Sobhan Babu
1979 Annai Oru Alayam Tamil Rajinikanth, Sripriya
1980 Ram Robert Rahim Telugu Krishna, Rajinikanth, Chandra Mohan, Sridevi
1980 Chandipriya Telugu Chiranjeevi
1980 Bhale Krishnudu Telugu Mohan Babu, Krishna, Jaya Prada
1986 Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam Telugu Vijayachander, J. V. Somayajulu, Kanta Rao
1986 Sri Seeradi Saibaba Tamil Vijayachander, J. V. Somayajulu, Kanta Rao
1987 Srutilayalu Telugu Kaikala Satyanarayana, Rajasekhar, Sumalata
1987 Punnami Chandrudu Telugu Shoban Babu, Suhasini Maniratnam, Sumalatha
1987 Kadhal Parisu Tamil Kamal Haasan, Ambika, Radha
1993 Brundavanam Telugu Lakshmi Devi Rajendra Prasad, Ramya Krishna, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao

ProducerEdit

  • Paradesi
  • Suvarna Sundari
  • Swarnamanjari
  • Chandi Priya
  • Sati Sakkubai
  • Shirdi Sai Sathya Sai Divya Katha (television series)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Anjali Devi". IMDB. Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Veteran actor Anjali Devi dead". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 14 January 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Anjali Devi passes away". Filmcircle.com. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.uniindia.com/multi-lingual-actress-jayanti-wins-b-saroja-devi-national-award/states/news/834469.html

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