G. Sakunthala

G. Sakunthala (born 19 August 1932) was an Indian actress who worked predominantly in Tamil films and plays. As she was a prominent member of MGR's drama troupe, Sakuntha appeared as a 'regular' cast member in many of MGR's movies, beginning from Manthiri Kumari, Thaaikkuppin Thaaram and Mannadhi Mannan. Thus, she maintained her standing as one of the leading actresses in Tamil film industry in the 50's and early 60's. She has acted more 150 films in the Tamil cinema industry.[1][2][3]

G. Sakunthala
ஜி. சகுந்தலா
Born(1932-08-19)19 August 1932
Died8 November 2004(2004-11-08) (aged 72)
NationalityIndian
OccupationFilm actress, Stage actress, Dancer
Years active1950–1972
Notable work
Manthiri Kumari, Thaaikkuppin Thaaram, Mannadhi Mannan, Athey Kangal, Idhaya Veenai
AwardsKalaimamani Award

Early lifeEdit

Sakunthala was born in 1932 into an Isai Vellalar family in Chidambaram Thanjavur District.[citation needed] Sakunthala's native is Chidambaram.[clarification needed] She has acted in dramas with M.G.R, Sivaji Ganesan, R. S. Manohar and S. S Rajendran.[citation needed]

Film careerEdit

Sakunthala entered the film industry with MGR as the heroine in Manthiri Kumari. Though she has acted in Kalpana, a Hindi film, Manthiri Kumari (1950) was her debut into Tamil cinema. After Manthiri Kumari, S. S. Rajendran paired opposite The two heroines in the movie 'Chinna Durai' starring T. R Mahalingam in dual roles. M. Karunanidhi is the author of both films After these films, Sakuntala did not get a chance to play the heroine. Her chances of being a comedian, supporting character, dancing in a few films were all there. She has acted  almost 150 films in the Tamil cinema industry. Her last movie was Idhaya Veenai with MGR. After that she spent 20 years without acting in films.[4][5]

AwardsEdit

She got Kalaimamani Award recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1963.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

She died on 8 November 2004 at the age of 72.[6]

FilmographyEdit

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1950sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1950 Manthiri Kumari Jeevarekha Debut in Tamil
1951 Mohana Sundaram Maragatham
1952 Chinnadurai Chandramani
1952 Thai Ullam Singari
1954 Ammaiyappan Muthayi
1956 Thaaikkuppin Thaaram Valli
1957 Aaravalli Maragathavalli
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal
1957 Raja Rajan
1958 Mangalya Bhagyam
1958 Nadodi Mannan Nandini
1959 Vaazha Vaitha Deivam
1959 Odi Vilaiyaadu Paapa

1960sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1960 Mannadhi Mannan Mangayarkarasi
1961 Thirudathe Kaveri
1962 Thayai Katha Thanayan Bakkiyam
1962 Sumaithaangi
1963 Koduthu Vaithaval
1963 Kattu Roja
1963 Needhikkuppin Paasam Janaki
1963 Kaanchi Thalaivan Ceylon King's wife
1964 Karnan
1964 Panakkara Kudumbam Velayee
1964 Thayin Madiyil
1964 Poompuhar
1965 Anbu Karangal Uma
1965 Kalangarai Vilakkam Gowri
1965 Ennathan Mudivu
1965 Karthigai Deepam
1966 Nee! Chithra
1966 Mahakavi Kalidas
1966 Parakkum Paavai Kannamma
1966 Chinnanchiru Ulagam
1967 Adhey Kangal
1967 Thiruvarutchelvar
1968 Uyarndha Manithan Pankajam
1968 Thirumal Perumai Yasodha
1968 Thillana Mohanambal
1969 Nirai Kudam
1969 Kulavilakku
1969 Gurudhatchanai
1969 Kaaval Dheivam
1969 Annaiyum Pithavum

1970sEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Puguntha Veedu
1970 Vilaiyaattu Pillai Queen
1970 Ethiroli Radhamani
1970 Dharisanam
1970 Thalaivan Velamma
1970 Navagraham Saraswathi
1971 Neerum Neruppum The queen Karpagam
1971 Annai Velankanni
1971 Rickshawkaran
1971 Kulama Gunama Doctor
1971 Muhammad bin Tughluq
1971 Aathi Parasakthi
1972 Appa Ta ta
1972 Kurathi Magan
1972 Sange Muzhangu Visalam
1972 Deiva Sankalpam
1972 Idhaya Veenai Mangalam Last Movie

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "மந்திரி குமாரியின் அரச குமாரி ஜி.சகுந்தலா". dinakaran.com. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
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  3. ^ "எம்.ஜி.ஆருடன் முதல் சந்திப்பு! - லக லக லக லக... லதா! பகுதி-2". Vikatan (in Tamil). Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ "ஜி.சகுந்தலா". spicyonion.com (in Tamil). Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Exclusive biography of #GSakunthala(OldActress) and on her life". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ "G.Sagunthala". Antru Kanda Mugam. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2020.