Soundarya Sathyanarayana (18 July 1976  – 17 April 2004)[2] was an Indian actress and producer who worked predominantly in Telugu and Kannada films, besides Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films in lead roles.[3]

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K. S. Sowmya Sathyanarayana

(1976-07-18)18 July 1976}[1][2]
Died17 April 2004(2004-04-17) (aged 32)
Cause of deathPlane crash
Years active1992–2004
Spouse(s)G. S. Raghu (m.2003-2004)
  • K.S.Satyanaryana (father)
  • Manjula Satyanarayana potluri (mother)

In 2002, she received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film as producer for the Kannada film Dweepa. She received two Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Actress, several Filmfare Awards South and the Nandi Awards for her performances in films such as Ammoru (1994), Anthapuram (1998), Raja (1999), Dweepa (2002) and Aaptamitra (2004).[3][4] At the peak of her career, Soundarya died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004, when she was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party.[5][6] Soundarya's first movie was the Kannada movie Gandharva in 1992, produced and directed by Hamsalekha. In the same year, she entered Telugu movies ("Tollywood") through the movie Raithu Bharatham, opposite Krishna.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Soundarya was born in a Kannada speaking Ashtagrama Iyer family to Kannada film writer-producer K. S. Satyanarayana. She discontinued her M.B.B.S. after her first year in Bangalore. She married G. S. Raghu, her maternal relative, a Software Engineer by profession. She had wide popularity and tremendous goodwill among Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and is probably the most successful actress after Savitri in the history of Telugu cinema and is often called the "Savitri of modern Telugu cinema". She died in a 2004 aircraft crash along with her brother Amarnath in Bangalore during an election campaign to support BJP Party while travelling to Karimnagar from Bangalore on 17th of April 2004 at 1:30pm. [7]

Early careerEdit

Soundarya's first movie was the Kannada film Gandharva in 1992. In the same year, she acted in the Telugu movie Raithu Bharatham, with Krishna, directed by Tripuraneni Sriprasad alias Varaprasad. She made more than 100 movies, predominantly in Telugu, in a span of 12 years. Telugu actor Venkatesh once described her as "a thorough actress" of Indian cinema.[8]

She began with lead roles in Kannada, her mother tongue, and went on to become the most popular actress in Telugu films. In her first hit in Telugu, in 1993, she acted in the leading role alongside Rajendra Prasad in Rajendrudu Gajendrudu, directed by S. V. Krishna Reddy.[citation needed] The real commercial recognition came with Hello Brother (1994), directed by commercial director E. V. V. Satyanarayana, in which she starred alongside Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna.[citation needed] She had an award-winning role in Ammoru, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. She starred alongside Ramya Krishna and Suresh where she played the role of Bhavani, a devotee of Goddess Ammoru. She had eleven movie releases in 1995.[8] In Tamil, she was introduced by Ammoru dubbing as Amman. She got major acclaim with Ponnumani, starring with Karthik and Sivakumar. She played the role of a mentally disabled person and received good reviews for her acting.

Continuous success, critical acclaim and popularity (1995–2002)Edit

According to D. Ramanaidu, the "Most Beautiful Pairs of Telugu cinema" are NTR and Savitri, ANR and Vanisri, Chiranjeevi and Vijayashanti, Daggubati Venkatesh and Soundarya.

In 1997, she continued her success with Pelli Chesukundam, Pavitra Bandam, Amma Donga, Maa Aayana Bangaram, Osi Na Maradala and Aaro Pranam, winning acclaim from all over the industry for her performances. She also starred alongside South Indian superstar Rajinikanth in Arunachalam, which became the highest-grossing film of 1997 in Tamil cinema. This stardom made her come out of the shadow of mainstream heroines and she chose scripts which had a wide potential of performance even alongside big stars which was clearly reflected in her movies. Though the industry regarded her to be the golden hand, as a former director's daughter, she always regarded the success not as a one-man show, but the teamwork between 36 departments.[8]

Furthermore, the critical success of Chudalani Vundi, directed by Gunashekar, opposite Chiranjeevi in 1998 made her reach the pinnacle of her cinema career. She also starred along Kamal Haasan and Prabhudeva in Kaathala Kaathala in Tamil in the same year, dubbed in Telugu as Navvandi Lavvandi, directed by Singeetam Srinivas. Pelli Peetalu and Sri Ramulayya, Ninne Premista in Telugu and Doni Saagali in Kannada were commercially highly successful. Anthapuram, directed by Krishnavamshi, stood as one of the finest performances of Soundarya in her career, winning her a State Nandi Award for Best Actress and also her second consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The producers and directors realized Soundarya's ability to be a crowd puller and the biggest plus for the promotion of the movie. Her 1999 release Raja, opposite Venkatesh, was another blockbuster and won her her third Filmfare Award. Her other releases, Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth, Azad opposite Nagarjuna and Premaku Velayera, Premaku Swagatam and Arundathi further solidified her position. In the same year, she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Sooryavansham, which was one of the remarkable work in her career.[8]

In 2000, she starred in yet another commercial success, Annayya, opposite Chiranjeevi, Jayam Manadera and Deviputrudu, opposite Venkatesh, Ninne premista, opposite Nagarjuna and Srikanth and several others and went on displaying her acting abilities, continuing her successful journey with films such as Eduruleni Manishi and Sri Manjunatha, opposite Chiranjeevi, Arjun Sarja, Ambareesh and Sumalatha and Narasimha, opposite Rajinikanth and Ramyakrishna, Pelli Peetalu, Dongata and Nagadevatha.[8]

She has also given special songs in a few movies. alongside Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Mayabazar, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, In Adhipathi, alongside Akkineni Nagarjuna and in Shubalagnam, alongside Ali also. She had about 10 film releases each year, most of them in Telugu, from 1993 to 2001, which reflects her path-breaking success. After the entry of the budding next generation, she slowed down, but even later she went on acting in eight films each year till 2004. She has never been proud about stardom, she has been recognized for her super talent, her directors and costars describe her as an honest, grounded and friendly person.[8]

During the period, Balakrishna is announced plans to act and direct in the remake of Nartanasala, and a launch event was held in Hyderabad during March 2004. Soundarya was signed to play Draupadi.[9] The remake was shelved later due to the death of Soundarya in an flight accident.

She worked with almost all the top directors of the film industry, like Dasari Narayana Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, A. Kodandarami Reddy, Priyadarshan, Girish Kasaravalli, S. V. Krishna Reddy, K. S. Ravikumar, Krishna Vamsi, Kodi Ramakrishna, E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Muthyala Subbaiah, Gunasekhar, P. Vasu, Muppalaneni Shiva, Bharathi Kannan, Sundar C. and many more.

She starred along with many actors such as megastar super-star Krishna for 5 movies, Chiranjeevi for 4 in Telugu and 1 in Kannada movies, Balakrishna in only one movie, Nagarjuna for 5 movies, Venkatesh for 8 movies, Jagapathi Babu for 7 movies, Mohan Babu for 5 movies, Rajashekar for 5 movies, Suman for 3 movies, Harikrishna for 2 movies, Srikanth, Saikumar for 5 movies and Rajendra Prasad for 4 movies and has given films with all heroes such as Vinod Kumar, Naresh, Suresh, Harish, Abbas, Vineeth, Vadde Navven, Ramesh Babu, Avinash, Bhanu Chander and J. D. Chakravarthy.[8]

In Tamil, she also collaborated with superstar Rajinikanth for 3 movies, Kamal Hassan for one movie, Karthik for 3 movies, Arjun Sarja for 4 movies, Vijaykanth for 3 movies, Parthiban for 3 movies, and along with Chiyaan Vikram, Anand, Rehman, etc. and also she shared screen with Shivaji Ganesan in Padayappa.[8]

Kannada CinemaEdit

In Kannada movies, she has acted with Vishunuvardhan, Anant Nag, Ravichandran, Shashikumar, Ramesh Arvind and Avinash. In 1996, she acted in the musical blockbuster Sipayi, along with Ravichandran and Chiranjeevi, dubbed in Telugu as Major. In 2002, she received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film (producer) for Dweepa. She also acted beside Ambareesh in Sri Manjunatha. Her last film was the Kannada film Apthamitra, a runaway hit with Vishnuvardhan. The film won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress posthumously in 2004.

Other languagesEdit

Soundarya acted in the Hindi film Sooryavansham, alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She also starred in Kollywood super-hits such as Arunachalam and Padayappa, alongside Rajinikanth and Kaadhala Kaadhala, alongside Kamal Haasan. She acted in Mollywood as female lead in Kilichundan Mambhazham, with Mohanlal and Sreenivasan. And also with Jayaram in Yathrakarude Shradaykku in 2002, which was her first movie in Malayalam.

Politics and accidental deathEdit

Soundarya joined into Bharatiya Janata Party in the year 2004. Vijayashanti (joined in 1998) and Soundarya are star actresses to host the meetings of Lal Krishna Advani in Nirmal and Adilabad.[10] Soundarya and her brother Amarnath died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004, when she was on her way to Karimnagar to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party candidate for the upcoming elections. The aircraft, a Cessna 180 owned by Agni Aerosports, took off at 11:05 a.m. and turned in a westerly direction before crashing on the campus of the Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the University of Agricultural Sciences. It had reached only a height of 100 feet before it crashed and burst into flames. B. N. Ganapathi, one of the two persons working on the experimental fields of the university, who rushed to the aircraft to save the occupants, said the plane wobbled before the crash.

Social reformsEdit

Before death, Soundarya started 3 schools for orphaned children in Bangalore, in the name of her father, after Soundarya's death, her mother Manjula started schools, institutions and orphanages in the name Amarsoundarya Vidalaya's in Bangalore, Karnataka, India


Year No Film Role Language Notes
1992 1 Gandharva Sudha Kannada Debut movie
1992 2 Nanna Thangi Kannada
1992 3 Raithu Bharatham Soundarya Telugu
1992 4 Baa Nanna Preethisu Asha Kannada
1992 5 Manavarali Pelli Soundarya Telugu
1993 6 Vijaya Kranthi Kannada
1993 7 Ponnumani Chinthamani Tamil
1993 8 Rajendrudu Gajendrudu Lalita Telugu
1993 9 Amma Naa Kodala Neelima Telugu
1993 10 Number One Soundarya Telugu
1993 11 Mayalodu Alaka Telugu
1993 12 Inspector Jhansi Jhansi Telugu
1993 13 Asalae Pellaina Vanni Telugu
1993 14 Donga Alludu Latha Telugu
1993 15 Urmila Cameo Role Telugu
1994 16 Thooguve Krishnana Kannada
1994 17 Madam Soundarya Telugu
1994 18 Hello Brother Ooha Telugu
1994 19 Allari Premikudu Jhansi Telugu
1994 20 Top Hero Chitra Telugu
1994 21 Super Police Bharathi Telugu
1995 22 Amma Donga Kumari Padma Priya Telugu
1995 23 Muthu Kaalai Poonjolai Tamil
1995 24 Dear Son Maruthu Raani Tamil
1995 25 Rikshavodu Narasakka Telugu
1995 26 Ammoru Bhavani Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Dubbed in Tamil as Amman
1995 27 Bhale Bullodu Raadha Telugu
1995 28 Amma Naa Kodala Neelima Telugu
1995 29 Peddarayudu Bharathi Telugu
1995 30 Chilakapachcha Kaapuram Satyavathi Telugu
1995 31 Raja Simham Sundari Telugu
1995 32 Vetagadu Telugu
1995 33 Balaraju Bangaru Pellam Telugu
1995 34 Maya Bazaar Herself Telugu
1996 35 Jagadekaveerudu Soundarya Telugu
1996 36 Pavithra Bandham Radha Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
1996 37 Maa Voori Maraju Satyavathi Telugu
1996 38 Ramudochadu Soundaryaananda Aravindha Vadhana SundaraLakshmi Telugu
1996 39 Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu Seeta Telugu
1996 40 Puttinti Gowravam Telugu
1996 41 Maa Inti Adapadachu Janaki Telugu
1996 42 Sipayi Shanthi Kannada
1996 43 Senathipathi Aishwarya Tamil
1996 44 Prema Pranayam Telugu
1997 45 Pellichesukundam Shanti Telugu
1997 46 Adirindi Guru Telugu
1997 47 Taraka Ramudu Taraka Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as "Velli Nilave"
1997 48 Maa Aayana Bangaram Vennela, Sruthi Telugu
1997 49 Oosi Na Maradala Manisha Koirala, Kanchana Mala Telugu
1997 50 Aaro Pranam Maknaa, Aakaanksha Telugu
1997 51 Arunachalam Vedhavalli Tamil
1997 52 Priyaragalu Priya Telugu
1998 53 Choodalani Vundi Padmavathi Telugu
1998 54 Pelli Peetalu Anjali Telugu
1998 55 Sri Ramulayya Seethamma Telugu
1998 56 Sooryudu Panthulamma Prameela Telugu
1998 57 Doni Saagali Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1998 58 Anthapuram Bhanumathi Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1998 59 Thambulalu Telugu
1998 60 Dongata SubbaLakshmi Telugu
1998 61 Subhavartha Meghana Telugu
1998 62 Raayudu Madhavi Telugu
1998 63 Kaathala Kaathala Sundari Tamil
1999 64 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Tamil
1999 65 Raja Anjali Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1999 66 Aryabhata Bharathi Kannada
1999 67 Anaganaga O Ammayi Sandhya Telugu
1999 68 Arundhati Arundhati Telugu
1999 69 Premaku Velayara Madhavi, Malathi Telugu
1999 70 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1999 71 Padayappa Vasundhara Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as "Narasimha"
1999 72 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Seetha Kannada
1999 73 Sooryavansham Radha Singh Hindi
1999 74 Mayadari Mosagadu Latha Telugu
2000 75 Annayya Gajjela Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Devi Telugu
2000 76 Jayam Manade Raa Uma Telugu
2000 77 Ninne Premistha Meghamala Telugu
2000 78 Moodu Mukkalata Shravani Telugu
2000 79 Ravanna pirralamma Sirisha Telugu
2000 80 Azad Anjali Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as "Gurushethram" and Dubbed in Hindi as "Mission Azad"
2000 81 Naga Devathe/Naga Devatha Goddess Nagamma Kannada / Telugu bilingual Dubbed in Tamil as "Nagadevathai"
2000 82 Postman Archana Telugu
2001 83 Devi Putrudu Karna Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as "Paapa" and Dubbed in Hindi as "Aaj Ka Deviputra"
2001 84 Sri Manjunatha Katyaayini Kannada
2001 85 Eduruleni Manishi Vasundhara Telugu
2001 86 Sarduku Podam Randi Raadha Telugu
2001 87 Naa Manasisthaa Raa Nandhini Telugu
2001 88 9 Nelalu Savithri Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as "Kanden Seethaiyai"
2001 89 Adhipati Jagan's fiancée Telugu
2001 90 Eshwar Allah Telugu
2001 91 Vijayadasami/Thaye Bhuvaneswary Goddess Bhuvaneswary Kannada / Tamil bilingual Dubbed in Telugu as "Peddamma Talli"
2001 92 Thavasi Priyadarshini Tamil
2001 93 Kalisi Naduddam Vijaya Telugu
2002 94 Kondaveeti Simhasanam Chitti Telugu
2002 95 Premaku Swagatham Lahari Telugu
2002 96 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Jyothi Malayalam Debut in Malayalam.
2002 97 Gelupu Guest Role Telugu
2002 98 Ivan Dikshanya Tamil Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
2002 99 Dweepa Nagi Kannada Also as Producer
National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada
2003 100 Chokka Thangam Pavala Tamil
2003 101 Prema Donga Telugu
2003 102 Seetayya Seetha Telugu
2003 103 Kilichundan Mampazham Amina Malayalam
2003 104 Sri Renukadevi Goddess Renuka Devi Kannada Dubbed in Tamil as "Namma Ooru Ellaiamman" and Dubbed in Hindi as "Ma Ka Chamatkar"
2004 105 Shwetha Nagu/Shwetha Naagara Madhumathi Telugu / Kannada bilingual Dubbed in Tamil as "Madhumathi"
2004 106 Shiva Shankar Padma Telugu Posthumously released
2004 107 Apthamitra Ganga / Nagavalli Kannada Posthumously released
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada


National Film Awards
Karnataka State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards


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