Dasari Girija ( 3 March 1938 – 5 September 1995) was an Indian actress who has worked in Telugu films. She was active in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in comic roles. She appeared in many films with Relangi, the two of them becoming a famous comedic duo.
3 March 1938
|Died||5 September 1995|
|Occupation(s)||Actress, comedian and film producer|
|Years active||1950 1977|
|Spouse||C. S. Raju|
Her first movie was Kasturi Sivarao's Paramanandayya Sishyulu (1950). She acted in many films with Relangi and other leading actors of that period. Her portrayal of titular Pathala Bhairavi in 1951 hit film Patala Bhairavi displayed her talents and resulted in her getting many film offers lasting about two decades. Her role as Usha in Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1959) opposite Relangi is memorable. The ever lasting comedy song Kaseeki Poyanu Ramahari has been pictured on them. The comedy-duo also acted in the award-winning Ramudu Bheemudu (1964) of Suresh Productions. The funny Sarada Sarada Cigarettu song about the habit of Smoking is superhit during that time. She also acted in Tamil films during the fifties.
She along with Relangi acted in small but key roles in the epic film Lava Kusa (1963) by Shankar Reddy and refused to take any extra remuneration for the extratime in shooting the song Ollanori mama nee pillanee…. In addition to the comedy roles, she played as character actress in the key role of Hemalatha opposite Akkineni Nageswara Rao acting as second heroine in Bharya Bhartalu (1961) and as Varalaxmi in Velugu Needalu (1961). She has played key roles in some mythological and Janapada films, like Dharma Devatha (1952).
She started a film company with her husband C. S. Raju as a producer, named Vijaya Giri Dhwaja Productions (named after Girija) and produced few movies including Bhale Mastaru (1969) and Pavitra Hrudayalu (1971), in both films main protagonist is played by N. T. Rama Rao. They met with a heavy financial loss.
She married C. Sanyasi Raju, popularly known as C. S. Raju; their daughter Saleema is also an actress who acts mainly in Malayalam movies. According to her daughter Saleema, Girija died on 5 September 1995. Though she has been suffering from Diabetes, in the last moments she experienced some breathing problem and died suddenly in her Chennai residence.
|1951||Patala Bhairavi||Telugu||Pathala Bhairavi|
|1956||Bhale Ramudu||Telugu||Taara, daughter of Zamindar|
|1957||Suvarna Sundari||Telugu||Princess Parthima Devi|
|1958||Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu||Telugu||Usha|
|1958||Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu||Telugu||Rani|
|1960||Bhatti Vikramarka||Telugu||Arakasu, wife of Tirakasu|
|1960||Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chinthamani||Telugu|
|1961||Jagadeka Veeruni Katha||Telugu||Ekasa|
|1961||Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham||Telugu||Haranath's fiancée|
|1962||Srikakula Andhra Maha Vishnu Katha||Telugu||Makarika|
|1963||Lava Kusa||Telugu||Chakali vaani Bharya|
|1964||Amara Silpi Jakkanna||Telugu||Fisherwoman Gangu|
|1965||Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima||Telugu||Queen of Women Kingdom|
|1965||Sati Sakkubai||Telugu||Daughter of Suryakantham|
|1966||Srikakula Andhra Maha Vishnu Katha||Telugu||Makarika|
|1976||Secretary||Telugu||Vanita Vihar Member|
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- Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu || Kasi Poyanu Ramahari Full Video Song || NTR, Savitri, Jamuna, SVR". YouTube.
- Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "SARADA SARADA CIGARETTU SONG IN RAMUDU - BHEMUDU". YouTube.
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- Narasimham, M.L. (13 May 2015). "Velugu Needalu (1961)". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- Guy, Randor (27 September 2014). "Dharma Devatha 1952". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Returning after a long hiatus: Saleema". 14 March 2017.
- "మా అమ్మపై ఇన్ని పుకార్లా". 12 July 2019.