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Suryakantham (28 October 1924 – 18 December 1994) was an Indian actress in Tollywood. She was popular for playing the role of a cruel mother-in-law in most of her movies.
28 October 1924
|Died||18 December 1994(aged 70)|
|Alma mater||Padmavathi Mahila University, A. P.|
|Spouse(s)||Peddibhotla Chalapathi Rao|
Suryakantham was born and brought up in a Telugu Brahmin family residing at Venkata Krishnaraya Puram near Kakinada of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. She was the 14th child to her parents, ten of whose children had died. She learnt dance and singing at the age of six.
She married Peddibhotla Chalapati Rao, a High Court Judge, in 1950.
Suryakantham started as a dancer in Chandralekha, produced by the Gemini Studios, for which she had been paid Rs 75 in remuneration. She got her first role as character artiste in Narada Naradi, but eventually quit her job at Gemini Studios.
Later, she got a character artist role in the movie Gruhapravesam. She was offered the heroine's role in Soudamini, but did not accept it. She later was in a car accident, in which she received injuries to her face. She later played the role of a cruel mother-in-law in Samsaram.
Another "heroine" role was offered to her from a Bollywood film producer. Knowing that the producer had dropped a heroine from his movie on personal grounds, and that the same was given to her, Suryakantham rejected the offer, saying "I can't live on the unhappiness of other artists." She subsequently appeared in the Telugu film Kodarikam, which brought her a new level of success. The directors B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani would not do a movie without Suryakantham. They produced the movie Gundamma Katha, starring N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and S.V. Ranga Rao, with Suryakantham playing the lead role of Gundamma. The film was commercially successful.
Awards and titlesEdit
- Mahanati Savitri Memorial Award
- Honorary Doctorate Padmavati Mahila University
- Gayyali atta
- Sahaja Nata Kala Siromani
- Haasya Nata Siromani
- Bahumukha Natanaa Praveena
- Rangasthala Siromani
- Arungalai Maamani (Tamil)
|1952||Kalyanam Panni Paar||Tamil|
|1952||Pelli Chesi Choodu||Telugu||Chukkalamma|
|1958||Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu||Telugu||Rajaratnam|
|1958||Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu||Telugu|
|1964||Velugu Needalu||Telugu||Kanaka Durgamma|
|1961||Pelli Kani Pillalu||Telugu|
|1961||Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham||Telugu|
|1962||Atma Bandhuvu||Telugu||Widowed daughter|
|1965||Aatma Gowravam||Telugu||Santhana Lakshmi|
|1970||Kodalu Diddina Kapuram||Telugu|
|1971||Dasara Bullodu||Telugu||ANR's Adopted Mother|
|1971||Attalu Kodallu||Telugu||As Krishna's Step mother|
|1972||Illu Illalu||Telugu||Raja Babu's Mother in law – Surammatta|
|1972||Anta Mana Manchike ||Telugu||Leela Rao|
|1975||Mutyala Muggu||Telugu||Contractor's wife|
|1976||Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club||Telugu|
|1988||Yamudiki Mogudu||Telugu||Kali's grandmother|
|1989||Hai Hai Nayaka||Telugu||Suryakanthamma|
|1990||Idem Pellam Baboi||Telugu|
|1993||One by Two||Telugu||Srikanth's grandmother|
|1994||S. P. Parasuram||Telugu||Lakshmikantham|