Girija (actress)

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.[1] She appeared in many films with Relangi, the two of them becoming a famous comedic duo.

Girija
Born
Dasari Girija

3 March 1938
Died5 September 1995
OccupationActress, comedian and film producer
Years active1950 1977
Spouse(s)C. S. Raju
ChildrenSaleema

Film careerEdit

She was born on 3 March 1938 in Kankipadu, Andhra Pradesh. Her mother is also staging and film actress Dasari Ramatilakam.[2]

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[3] 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.[4] The ever lasting comedy song Kaseeki Poyanu Ramahari has been pictured on them.[5] 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.[6] 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….[7] 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)[8] and as Varalaxmi in Velugu Needalu (1961).[9] She has played key roles in some mythological and Janapada films, like Dharma Devatha (1952).[10]

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.

Personal lifeEdit

She married C. Sanyasi Raju, popularly known as C. S. Raju; their daughter Saleema is also an actress who acts mainly in Malayalam movies.[11] According to her daughter Saleema, Girija died on 5 September 1995.[12] Though she has been suffering from Diabetes, in the last moments she experienced some breathing problem and died suddenly in her Chennai residence.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Language Role
1950 Paramanandayya Sishyulu Telugu Hema
1951 Navvite Navaratnalu Telugu
1951 Patala Bhairavi Telugu Pathala Bhairavi
1952 Dharma Devatha Telugu Vasanthi
1952 Velugu Needalu Telugu Varalakshmi
1953 Ashadeepam Malayalam Sarala
1953 En Veedu Telugu
1953 Naa Illu Telugu
1954 Manohara Tamil Princess Vijaya
1955 Kalyanam Seydhukko Tamil
1956 Bhale Ramudu Telugu Taara, daughter of Zamindar
1957 Sankalpam Telugu Suguna
1957 Bhale Ammayilu Telugu
1957 Dongallo Dora Telugu
1957 M.L. A. Telugu
1957 Suvarna Sundari Telugu Princess Parthima Devi
1957 Veera Kankanam Telugu
1957 Iru Sagodharigal Tamil Lalitha
1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu Telugu Usha
1958 Dongalunnaru Jagratha Telugu
1958 Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu Telugu Rani
1958 Anna Thammudu Telugu Padma
1959 Illarikam Telugu Kanakadurga
1959 Rechukka Pagatichukka Telugu
1960 Nammina Bantu Telugu Sarala
1960 Bhatti Vikramarka Telugu Arakasu, wife of Tirakasu
1960 Pelli Kanuka Telugu Kantham
1960 Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chinthamani Telugu
1960 Samajam Telugu
1960 Runanubandham Telugu
1961 Bharya Bharthalu Telugu Hema
1961 Jagadeka Veeruni Katha Telugu Ekasa
1961 Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham Telugu Haranath's fiancée
1961 Vagdanam Telugu Radha
1961 Velugu Needalu Telugu Varalakshmi
1962 Aradhana Telugu Gopi's Fiancée
1962 Kula Gothralu Telugu Leela
1962 Tiger Ramudu Telugu
1962 Raktha Sambandham Telugu
1962 Siri Sampadalu Telugu Rama
1962 Aatma Bandhuvu Telugu Geetha
1962 Srikakula Andhra Maha Vishnu Katha Telugu Makarika
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu Leela
1963 Savati Koduku Telugu
1963 Lava Kusa Telugu Chakali vaani Bharya
1963 Paruvu Prathishta Telugu
1964 Aathma Balam Telugu Chitti
1964 Amara Silpi Jakkanna Telugu Fisherwoman Gangu
1964 Ramudu Bheemudu Telugu Kamala
1965 Preminchi Choodu Telugu
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Telugu Queen of Women Kingdom
1965 Prameelarjuneeyam Telugu Maha Maya
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu Kalahakanthi
1965 Mangamma Sapatham Telugu
1965 Visala Hrudayalu Telugu Shantha
1965 Sati Sakkubai Telugu Daughter of Suryakantham
1966 Aastiparulu Telugu
1966 Srikakula Andhra Maha Vishnu Katha Telugu Makarika
1967 Navarathri Telugu Mental patient
1967 Rahasyam Telugu Sarvani Devi
1967 Vasantha Sena Telugu
1974 Aadadani Adrustam Telugu
1975 Balipeetam Telugu Servant
1976 Secretary Telugu Vanita Vihar Member
1977 Pantulamma Telugu House Head
1977 Savasagallu[13] Telugu
1980 Chandipriya Telugu Singamma

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "మా అమ్మపై ఇన్ని పుకార్లా". 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (13 April 2013). "Pathalabhairavi (1951)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (20 August 2015). "Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1959)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gxHjJIWg08
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ODm_JQLkw
  7. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (13 January 2017). "Lava Kusa (1963)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  8. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (28 April 2016). "Bharya Bharthalu (1961)". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  9. ^ Narasimham, M.L. (13 May 2015). "Velugu Needalu (1961)". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  10. ^ Guy, Randor (27 September 2014). "Dharma Devatha 1952". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Returning after a long hiatus: Saleema". 14 March 2017.
  12. ^ "మా అమ్మపై ఇన్ని పుకార్లా". 12 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Savasagallu (1977)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 July 2021.

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