S. Varalakshmi((13 August 1925 - 22 September 2009) - Actress

Saridey Varalakshmi, popularly known as Telugu: ఎస్. వర లక్ష్మి. Varalakshmi (13 August 1925 - 22 September 2009) was a veteran Telugu and Tamil actress and singer. She was popular for her roles and songs in Telugu movies like Mahamantri Timmarasu and Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam and Tamil movies like Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Savale Samali.
Born :13 August 1925,Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh .
Died :22 September 2009 (aged 84),Chennai, India
Spouse: A.L.Srinivasan
Life:
              Varalakshmi was born in Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India. She started her career as child artist in saint role in Balayogini (1937), when she was nine years old. Gudavalli Ramabramham was engaged by the pioneer filmmaker K. Subrahmanyam to direct the Telugu version of this movie. He spotted young Varalakshmi in Kurnool. Subramanyam later cast her in his classic Seva Sadanam (1938) with M. S. Subbulakshmi. She played a young friend of the heroine (M.S.), and they became close friends. She played a young girl’s role in Parasuraman (Tamil, 1940) along with T. R. Mahalingam. T. R. Sundaram, cast her in a major role in his box office hit ‘Aayiram Thalai Vaangi Apoorva Chinthamani’ (1947). The title role was played by V. N. Janaki. The film was a major success and Govindan and Varalakshmi made an attractive pair. T. R. Sundaram cast her again in the lead role in ‘Bhojan’ (1948). Her first successful movie was Balaraju in 1948 produced and directed by Ghantasala Balaramaiah. She later acted with all top heroes in Telugu and Tamil industries including Sivaji Ganesan (Veerapandiya Kattabbomman), M. G. Ramachandran (Chakravarthi Thirumagal, Maattukara Velan, Needhikku Thalaivanangu), Gemini Ganesan (Poova Thalaiya), N. T. Rama Rao, ANR (Balaraju), Chittor V. Nagaiah (Naga Panchami), Ranjan (En Magan) and R. S. Manohar (Maamiyaar). She was also famous for her voice, and sung her songs in all movies she acted. Her roles as Sivaji's wife in Veerapandiya Kattabomman, and important roles in Poova Thalaiyaa, Savale Samali, Maattukkara Velan, Raja Raja Chozhan and Neethikku thalaivanangu won her critical acclaim as a talented singer and actress in Tamil movies. In her later career, she acted in mother and aunt roles. She married film producer A. L. Srinivasan and has two children. She continued to act after marriage in senior roles in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

Death:
        Varalakshmi was bedridden during the last 6 months of her life after she fell and injured her back. She died on 22 September 2009.
Honors and awards:
         She has received several awards commending her service to Tamil cinema. The most recent ones were:


1.Sivaji Ganesan Memorial Award Presented by the Sivaji Family in Oct 2007
2.Kavignar Kannadasan Award presented by the Tamil Nadu Government in 2004
Filmography:
Actress    Year     Film Language Character
1937 Balayogini (Telugu) -  Child Saint
1938 Seva Sadan (Tamil )
1939 Raitu Bidda (Telugu ) - Beggar Girl
1940 Illalu (Telugu )
1945 Mayalokam (Telugu )
1947 Aayiram Thalai Vaangi Apoorva Chinthamani (Tamil )
1947 Palnati Yudham (Telugu) -  Maanchala
1948 Balaraju (Telugu ) - Sita
1948 Bhojan (Tamil )
1948 Chakradhari
1949 Jeevitham (Telugu ) - Lakshmi
1950 Swapna Sundari (Telugu )
1950 Vali Sugriva
1954 Ethirparadathu Nalini
1954 Sati Sakkubai Sakkubai
1956 Kanakatara (Telugu )
1956 Naga Panchami (Telugu )
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal Durga
1957 Sati Savitri Savitri
1958 Mangalya Balam (Telugu)
1959 Sivagangai Seemai (Tamil )
1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman (Tamil ) - Jakkamma
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (Telugu ) - Sri Mahalaxmi
1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu (Telugu ) - Tirumaladevi
1963 Lava Kusha (Telugu) -  Bhoodevi
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (Telugu) -  Satyabhama
1964 Babruvahana (Telugu) -  Chitrangada
1964 Bavru Vahana (Tamil )
1965 Satya Harishchandra (Telugu ) - Chandramathi
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (Telugu) -  Kunti
1967 Apoorva Piravaigal (Tamil )
1967 Bhama Vijayam
1967 Shri Krishnavataram (Telugu ) - Draupadi
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam (Telugu )
1970 Drohi
1971 Bomma Borusa (Telugu ) - Parvathamma
1971 Prem Nagar (Telugu )
1971 Sri Krishna Satya (Telugu)
1972 Bala Bharatam (Telugu ) - Gandhari
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu (Telugu )
1973 Nathayil Muthu Varadhachari's Wife
1975 Abhimanavathi (Telugu ) - Mother of Krishna
1975 Yashoda Krishna (Telugu )
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna (Telugu ) - Kunthi
1979 Kavariman (Tamil )
1983 Neti Bharatam (Telugu )
1991 Guna Tamil Mannonmani

Singer Year  Film Language  Songs  Music  Co-Singer!
1945 Mayalokam (Telugu) -  Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
1947 Palnati Yudham (Telugu) -  Chandamama O Chandamama  Jaalirada Neeku Naameeda
(Galipenchala Narasimha Rao)
1947 Palnati Yudham (Telugu ) - Oho Charusheela Oho Veerabala (Galipenchala Narasimha Rao Akkineni )
1947 Aayiram Thalai Vangi Aboorva Chithamani (Tamil ) - Kathal Aginen
1948 Bhojan (Tamil ) - Bhagyasali Puvimel Naane (C. R. Subburaman )
1948 Balaraju (Telugu) -  Evarine Nenevarine Vagavagala Nenevarine
(C. R. Subburaman, Galipenchala Narasimha Rao and Ghantasala )
1948 Balaraju (Telugu 0 - O Balaraja Jaalileda Balaraja
(C. R. Subburaman, Galipenchala Narasimha Rao and Ghantasala )
1948 Balaraju( Telugu ) - Roopama Neeyaraya Nijaroopamu Neeyaraya( C. R. Subburaman, Galipenchala Narasimha Rao and Ghantasala )
1949 Jeevitham (Telugu ) - Palleseema Daanadharmakillu Maa Palleseema (R. Sudharsanam )
1949 Navajeevanam (Tamil) -  Eedilla Kathalar Name (Ghantasala )
1950 Macha Regai (Tamil) -  Odathe (C. R. Subburaman T. R. Mahalingam )
1950 Swapna Sundari (Telugu)  C. R. Subburaman
1951 Vanasundari (Tamil ) - Azhagana Thadi Raja( C. R. Subburaman)
1951 Vanasundari (Tamil ) - Nane Rani (C. R. Subburaman )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil ) - Avarthane (T. G. Linggappa )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil ) - Vinmugil Kaana (T. G. Linggappa )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil) -  Oh Jegamathil Inbam Kanbathellam (T. G. Linggappa T. R. Mahalingam )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil ) - Pulli Maanai Pole (T. G. Linggappa T. R. Mahalingam )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil ) - Kanneerthano (T. G. Linggappa T. R. Mahalingam )
1951 Mohanasundaram (Tamil ) - Kanavilum Unai Maraven (T. G. Linggappa T. R. Mahalingam )
1952 Velaikkaran (Tamil ) - Nane Rani (R. Sudaharsanam )
1952 Manavathy (Tamil) - O Saratha (Balantrapu Rajinikantha Rao )
1953 Maamiyaar (Tamil ) - Arul Purivay (C. N. Pandurangan )
1953 Maamiyaar (Tamil) - Vazviniley Nannalithuve (C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah )
1953 Shyamala (Tamil ) - Puthu Vazhvu
1953 Shyamala (Tamil ) - Thaye Sangari (M. S. Sarojini )
1954 Sati Sakkubai (Telugu )
1955 Nam Kuzhanthai (Tamil ) - Ulagam Pora Thisai
1955 Nam Kuzhanthai( Tamil ) - Ithayathile
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (Telugu ) - Sri Devini Needu Deverini Sarisaatileni Sowbhagyavatini
(Pendyala Nageswara Rao)
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (Telugu) -  Varala Beramaya Vanaram Beramaya (Pendyala Nageswara Rao )
1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu (Telugu ) - Leela Krishna Nee Leelalu Ne Leelaganaina Teliyanuga
(Pendyala Nageswara Rao )
1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu (Telugu ) - Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara (Pendyala Nageswara Rao P. Susheela )
1965 Satya Harishchandra (Telugu) -  He Chandrachooda Madanantaka Shoolapane (Pendyala Nageswara Rao Ghantasala )
 

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