Latha (actress)

Latha, also known as M.G.R. Latha or Latha Sethupathi, (born 7 June 1953)[1] is an Indian film and television actress, who played leading roles in South Indian films from 1973 to 1983. She is also known for her roles in various serials in Tamil language.

Latha
Born
Nalini

(1953-06-07) June 7, 1953 (age 67)
Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesM.G.R. Latha, Latha Sethupathi
Years active1973–1984
1992–2000
2000–Present (Television)
Spouse(s)Sabapathy
(m.1983–present)
ChildrenKarthik, Srinivas
Parent(s)Father : Shanmugha Rajeswara Sethupathi
Mother : Leelarani

Early lifeEdit

Her photogenic looks and dancing skills attracted attention from the Tamil film industry. She entered films when she was fifteen and was encouraged by her aunt, actress Kamala Kotnis.[2] Her first film was Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973), whose star and producer was M. G. Ramachandran.[3][4] She is from the Sethupathy clan, the Royal family of Ramnad, and her father was Shanmugha Rajeswara Sethupathi and her mother is Leelarani, originally from Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, so Latha was fluent in Tamil and Telugu from an early age.[5] The name Latha was given by MGR himself. Actor Rajkumar Sethupathy is her brother.

CareerEdit

Latha became a very successful actress and has won several awards. She has acted in more than one hundred films, spanning Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Her first film was Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973), in which she starred alongside M. G. Ramachandran. It was shot exclusively in foreign locations such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. The film's success skyrocketed her to the top of the industry and she was felicitated by the press for being the best and most glamorous amongst all the four actresses in the film. She remained M. G. Ramachandran's leading lady for several years in Tamil films. He recommended her to star with Akkineni Nageswara Rao for Andala Ramudu (1973), thus making her debut in Telugu films.[6] She specialized in playing glamorous roles in Tamil and Telugu films. She played Zeenat Aman's role in two remakes of Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973): the Telugu film Annadammula Anubandham(1975) and the Tamil film Naalai Namathay (1975). She played Jaya Bhaduri's role from Zanjeer (1973 film) in the Telugu remake Nippulanti Manishi (1974) and the Tamil remake Sirithu Vazha Vendum (1974). She won a Filmfare Award for her performance in Vattathukkul Sadhuram. The Kalaimamani award was bestowed upon her by the State Government of Tamil Nadu for her achievements in the film industry. She has also received awards from the Government of Tamil Nadu as well as the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her acting ability. She was also briefly involved in politics, as her father, Shanmugha Rajeswara Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad, was once a politician.[7][2] She played a vital role in Rajinikanth's movie Shankar Salim Simon. This role made her one of the only 2 actresses, along with Lakshmi, to be paired with MGR and Rajinikanth in the 1970s Tamil movies.

After a hiatus of 14 years, she successfully reprised her career by acting in leading roles in many mega-serials in Tamil and Telugu. In 2002, the actress played vicious mothers-in-law in the Telugu television serials Eenati Ramayanam,[8] Pavithrabandham and Matti Manishi.[9] Most recently, she has gained much notoriety alongside Raadhika in the Tamil television serials Chitthi, Kasthuri, Selvi and most famously in Arasi. Her role in Arase is very popular amongst the demographic of Tamils that religiously follow mega serials, namely housewives and children. Her role is best known for her catchphrases "Pada Pada Padannu Irukkiradhu" and "Idhu Rombo Too Much" and the humorous portrayal of the character. Currently she is acting in the serials Roja as Canada Kamakshi and Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum as Vijayalakshmi.[10]

Notable filmographyEdit

Year Film Language Role Notes
1973 Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Tamil Lilly
1973 Veettukku Vandha Marumagal Tamil
1973 Andala Ramudu Telugu Sita
1973 Gandhi Puttina Desham Telugu
1974 Netru Indru Naalai Tamil
1974 Sirithu Vazha Vendum Tamil Mala
1974 Urimai Kural Tamil
1974 Chamundeshwari Mahime Kannada
1974 Sorgathil Thirumanam Tamil
1974 Sivakamiyin Selvan Tamil
1974 Nippulanti Manishi Telugu
1974 Intinti Katha Telugu
1974 Ammayi Pelli Telugu
1975 Pallandu Vazhga Tamil Saroja
1975 Naalai Namadhe Tamil Rani
1975 Ninaithadhai Mudippavan Tamil Mohana
1975 Niramaala Malayalam
1975 Anbu Roja Tamil
1975 Rakta Sambandhalu Telugu
1975 Annadammula Anubandham Telugu
1976 Needhikku Thalaivanangu Tamil
1976 Uzhaikkum Karangal Tamil Muthamma
1976 Manamaara Vazhthungal Tamil
1976 Magaadu Telugu
1977 Meenava Nanban Tamil
1977 Navarathinam Tamil Manikkum
1977 Kurukshetram Telugu Satyabhama
1978 Devadasi Kannada Manjari
1978 Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan Tamil
1978 Shankar Salim Simon Tamil Vasanthi
1978 Vayasu Ponnu Tamil
1978 Prathyaksha Daivam Malayalam
1978 Prema Paga Telugu
1978 Kumara Raja Telugu
1978 Simha Garjana Telugu
1978 Aayiram Jenmangal Tamil Savithri
1978 Ahalya Malayalam
1978 Varuvan Vadivelan Tamil
1978 Vayanadan Thamban Malayalam
1978 Vatathukkul Chadhuram Tamil
1978 Kannamoochi Tamil
1979 Andadu Aagadu Telugu
1979 Sankhu Teertham Telugu
1979 Pancha Bhootalu Telugu
1979 Neeya? Tamil
1979 Gnana Kuzhandhai Tamil Ponni
1979 Suprabadham Tamil
1979 Urvashi Neene Nanna Preyasi Kannada
1979 Urvasi Neeve Naa Preyasi Telugu
1979 Malligai Mohini Tamil
1979 Needhikku Mun Neeya Naana Tamil
1979 Srungara Ramudu Telugu
1979 Ramabanam Telugu
1979 Azhage Unnai Aarathikkiren Tamil Vani
1979 Agniparvatham Malayalam
1980 Love in Singapore Telugu Sudha
1980 Ramudu Parasuramudu Telugu
1980 Love in Singapore Malayalam
1980 Pappu Malayalam Herself
1980 Raman Parasuraman Tamil
1980 Anna Paravai Tamil
1980 Oru Iravu Oru Paravai Tamil
1980 Rusi Kanda Poonai Tamil
1981 Pinneyum Pookkunna Kadu Malayalam
1981 Deiva Thirumanangal Tamil Parvathy,Meenatchi
1981 Devi Dharisanam Tamil
1981 Parvathy Malayalam Parvathi Bhai
1981 Antha Kannada
1981 Samskaram Malayalam
1982 Erattai Manithan Tamil
1982 Ilaya Magan Tamil
1992 Amaran Tamil
1994 Raja Pandi Tamil
1997 Vasuki Tamil Parvatham
1997 Rettai Jadai Vayasu Tamil Anjali's mother
1998 Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi Tamil
1999 Pudhu Kudithanam Tamil Seethalakshmi
1999 Thachiledathu Chundan Malayalam
2000 Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela Tamil Parvathi amma
2006 Kusthi Tamil
2010 Vallakottai Tamil
2018 Nagesh Thiraiyarangam Tamil Dr. Sakuntala

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Language Channel
Matti Manishi Telugu
2000 Chithi Rajeshwari Tamil Sun TV
2002–2003 Eenati Ramayanam Telugu Gemini TV
2003–2004 Pavithrabandham
2005–2006 Selvi Thangam Tamil Sun TV
2006–2011 Kasthuri Radha
2007–2009 Arasi Thangam
2007–2008 Manjal Magimai Sanjay's mother Kalaignar TV
2011 No. 23 Mahalakshmi Nivasam Rajeshwari Telugu Gemini TV
2016–2019 Valli Tamil Sun TV
2019 Chandrakumari Rohini's mother
Kalvi Dhashwanth's Grandmother Pogo
2019–2020 Siva Manasula Sakthi Rajalakshmi Star Vijay
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum Vijayalakshmi
Roja Canada Kamakshi Sun TV
2020–Present Abhiyum Naanum Rajeshwari

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Sabapathy, a Singapore businessman in 1983 and has 2 sons Karthik and Sreenivas.[3][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Latha –The Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ a b "Rediff On The NeT: An interview with Latha, former MGR heroine-turned- politician". Rediff.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Rediff On The NeT: An interview with Latha, former MGR heroine-turned- politician". Rediff.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ "உலகம் சுற்றும் வாலிபனில் எம்.ஜி.ஆர். அறிமுகம் செய்த லதா" [Latha was introduced by MGR through Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban]. Cinema.maalaimalar.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. ^ "நடிப்பு, நடனம் லதா பயிற்சி பெற எம்.ஜி.ஆர். ஏற்பாடு" [MGR helped Latha for practising acting and dance]. Cinema.maalaimalar.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Andala Ramudu (1973)". Telugu Cinema. Archived from the original on 10 November 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Sonia act fails to help Cong men retain even their deposit in TN". Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
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  9. ^ "The Hindu : Telly beckons top stars". Hindu.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "சின்னத்திரையில் லதா" [Latha in Television]. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  11. ^ "சிங்கப்பூர் தொழில் அதிபரை மணந்தார் லதா" [Latha was married to Singapore businessman]. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.

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