Srividya was a versatile actress who balanced her position well in Tamil and Malayalam movies. She is the daughter of M. L. Vasantha Kumari, the popular carnatic vocalist. Her father Krishnamoorthy was an actor and he quit acting after he was diseased by some skin issues. Srividya made her debut as a child artist in the film Thiruvarutchelvar, which had Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan as the lead. She danced in the Malayalam film Kumarasambhavam at her young age and also entered the Telugu film industry. Srividya’s bigger breakthrough was through the Tamil movie Nootrukku Nooru, in which Jaishankar and Lakshmi did the lead roles. Srividya had her character as a student, who loves her professor madly. Delhi to Madras is her first film as a solo heroine, in which she paired Jaishankar. She had lots of hit films, among which the film Apoorva Raagangal directed by K. Balachander was a notable one. In that film she acted as the middle aged lady, who is loved by a youngster. That is the first film for Rajini Kanth, in which she paired him. As Srividya is from the family of carnatic legends, she had many offers to sing for films. She did only a few songs in Malayalam and Tamil, among which Sunday Bazaar song in the film Amaran is the only Tamil song sung by her. Srividya’s last film is London directed by Sundar C and acted by Prashanth and Pandiyarajan. Srividya’s marriage with George Thomas lasted only for four years. Srividya had her last breathe in the year 2006. She suffered from spine cancer and lived finally at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
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Born on July 24, 1953, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Srividya, otherwise called Sreevidya, was an Indian film on-screen character who showed up in films of various cinemas such as Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu for a long time. She was the daughter of M. L. Vasanthakumari, a Carnatic classical vocalist and Krishnamurthy, a Tamil comedian.
Sreevidya had a brother named Sankararaman. Due to financial conditions, she began acting at a very early age. Srividya propelled her vocation as a child actor in the Tamil movie named Thiruvarutchelvar with on-screen character Sivaji Ganesan in 1966.
Later, she debuted in Malayalam motion pictures Kumara Sambhavam coordinated by P.Subramanyan in a dance part in 1967 and 1972 Telugu movie Tata Manavadu by Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first real part was in the Tamil movie Nootrukku Nooru in 1971, directed by K. Balachander.
Her first film as the female lead was Delhi to Madras in 1972, where she worked opposite Jaishankar. In the mid-1970s, she got busy in the Tamil cinema. She acted in motion pictures such as Velli Vizha, Apoorva Raagangal and Sollathaan Ninaikkiren, all coordinated by K. Balachander.
Sreevidya was superstar Rajinikanth's first female lead in Apoorva Raagangal in 1975. She began working in Malayalam films in 1969. Her first motion picture was with Sathyan named Chattambikkavalaby N.Sankaran Nair. She captured the attention of the audience in Chenda by A. Vincent. Among the south Indian dialect films she acted in, the highest number of motion pictures in Malayalam from the year 1969 to 2003.
Her part as Amba from the mythological story adaptation from the Mahabarath, Amba Ambika Ambalika in 1976 got her appreciation. Srividya was a playback vocalist also. She first sang for movies in the Tamil film Amaran and after that for Malayalam motion picture Ayalathe Sundari.
She later sang in a few movies such as Nakshathratharattu and Oru Painkilikkadha. She was a classical singer too. She sang in events such as the Soorya Festival. Sree vidya won many honors and grants for her work in south Indian cinema such as Filmfare Award thrice, Tamil Nadu State Film honor twice, Kerala State Film Award five times and Kerala State Television grant once.
Srividya acted with Kamal Haasan in Apoorva Raagangal that changed her life. In the movie, she portrays the role of as an admirer of actor Kamal Haasan. Sree vidya fell in love with Kamal Haasan amid the production of the motion picture.
They had the help of their families, however, they separated. Their relationship was the motivation of a Malayalam movie Thirakkatha discharged in 2008. In 1976, she married George Thomas, an assistant director of her motion picture Teekkanal but didn’t last long and ended up in divorce.
After returning to the acting post-divorce, she fell in love with Bharathan, the director of her movies but the affair didn’t last either. Later, she settled in Thiruvananthapuram. In 2003, she experienced a biopsy test following physical issues and tested positive for spine disease.
She took treatment for a long time. Two months previously her passing on 19 October of 2006, Ms.Srividya executed a will and endowed Mr. Ganesh Kumar, cine performing artist and MLA. She asked him to enroll a magnanimous society to establish music and dance school for productive students who couldn't get sufficient open doors because of the absence of cash or to give away grant to such understudies to proceed with their examinations and to stretch out money related help to meriting debilitated artistes.
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