Annapurna (actress)

Annapurna (born Umamaheswari; 17 October 1948), also credited as Annapurnamma, is an Indian actress who appears primarily in Telugu films. She is known for her portrayal as mother, mother-in-law, and grand mother, aunt, etc. She started her film career as an actor alongside Mohan Babu (debut film) in the blockbuster Telugu film Swargam Narakam directed by Dasari Narayana Rao in 1975.[1] She appeared in over 700 films and won three Nandi Awards.

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Annapurna in 2019

17 October 1948 (1948-10-17) (age 72)
Other namesAnnapurnamma, Uma
Years active1970s–present

Early lifeEdit

Annapurna was born as Umamaheswari on 17 October 1948 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh to Prasad Rao and Sitaravamma.[2] Though she was initially credited as Uma, lyricist C. Narayana Reddy changed it when she did Dasari Narayana Rao-directed Swargam Narakam.[2][3]


Annapurna has started her film career in 1975. She is well remembered for her character roles in Samsaram Oka Chadarangam, Muthyamantha Muddu, Swargam Narakam, Assembly Rowdy and acted in almost all of the 1980s movies with Chiranjeevi as lead hero namely Donga, Chattamtho Porattam, Sangarshana, Raakshashudu, Trinetrudu, Marana Mrudangam, Khaidi No 786, and Jwala.

She has also acted in Tamil film such as Nadodi Pattukkaran, and Varavu Nalla Uravu etc. and in Hindi movies such as Waqt Ka Shahenshah, and Kanoon Ki Hathkadee. With the absence from the screen for few years, she started her second innings in 2007 with the Telugu films Evadithe Nakenti and Godava as mother and grand mother respectively.

Annapurna who played the role of lead actress in Swargam Narakam alongside Mohan Babu, also played the role of mother to Mohan Babu in Assembly Rowdy (1991).[4] She went on to appear in over 700 to 800 films.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Annapurna had a daughter, Keerthi, who died by suicide in June 2018.[5]


List of films appeared:[6][7][8]





  • Kottayam (2020)


  • Hum Hain Khalnayak (1996)


Nandi Awards[10]


  1. ^ "Annapurna - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "అప్పట్లోనూ ఎదుర్కొన్నాం." [We faced it then too]. Prajasakti (in Telugu). 18 April 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "విజయశాంతి ఇచ్చిన సలహా అది!". Eenadu (in Telugu). Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  4. ^ .[1] Archived 22 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Telugu actor Annapurna's daughter commits suicide in Hyderabad". Deccan Chronicle. 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Check out lists of Movies by #Annapurna #Filmography". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Annapurna - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Annapurna on". Retrieved 15 December 2020.
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  10. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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