M V Rajamma, yesteryear Indian actress, was the beloved mother of Tamil cinema. She essayed mother roles to such perfection that one cannot but appreciate her sincere effort. Born on 24th April 1923, M V Rajamma is the first woman producer in India. She is a versatile actress and has worked as both mother and heroine to South Indian top notch actors, including
Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, NTR and Rajkumar.
Hailing from Agandanahalli in Tamil Nadu, Rajamma completed her studies till the 8th standard, and later got fascinated towards theater and stage plays. Eventually she moved to Chennai with the idea of working in movies.
M V Rajamma worked in several films of Kannada superstar Rajkumar, as his mother. She has worked in most of the ventures of B R Panthulu. Along with him, she got herself involved in stage through Chandrakala Natak Mandali. The 1935 flick Samsara Nouka was her debut film, and Rajamma basked in the glory of feature films in South India. The 1943 flick
was under her production banner, Vijaya Films. This flick worked well at the box office, which motivated Rajamma to produce another film named Makkala Rajya in 1960.
Uthama Puthiran is her first film in Tamil and it was a great hit. She worked in 80 Tamil, 60 Kannada, 1 Hindi and 20 Telugu films and became a successful actress down south. Post marriage Rajamma focused mainly on motherly characters and became the onscreen mother to heroes with whom she worked as heroine initially.The notable films of Rajamma as a lead actress include
, Bhakta Prahalada, Abba Aa Hudugi and School Master.
Rajamma worked on various good roles in dramas like Gauthama Buddha, Subhadra and Samsara Nouke. Samsara Nouke was recreated as a movie in 1935, and Rajamma was the lead actress in that film too. Panthulu was her co-star and they went on to act together in several movies for over 2 decades.