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M S Sundari Bai

Name  M. Sundari
Role  Film actress

Died  2006
Spouse  Kothamangalam Subbu
M. S. Sundari Bai wwwthehinducommultimediadynamic0102220060324
Movies  Chandralekha, Aadmi, Avvaiyar, Miss Malini, Palum Pazhamum
Similar People  Kothamangalam Subbu, S S Vasan, A Bhimsingh, V Shantaram, M S Viswanathan

M. S. Sundari Bai (1923–2006), often credited as Sundari Bai or Sundarabai, was an Indian film actress, singer and dancer who worked mainly in Tamil cinema from the 1940s to the 1970s.

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Sundari Bai was the wife of writer and director Kothamangalam Subbu. Her most notable films include Aadmi (1939), Madanakamarajan (1941), Nandanar (1942), Dasi Aparanji (1944), Kannamma En Kadhali (1945), Miss Malini (1947), Chandralekha (1948), Avvaiyyar (1953), Vanjikottai Valiban (1958), Deivapiravi (1960), Padikkadha Medhai (1960) and Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1976).

Biography

Sundari Bai was born in Madurai in 1923, and belonged to the Saurashtra community. A family friend persuaded her parents to send her to Bombay (now Mumbai). In the 1930s, she appeared in an advertisement film. When film producer S. S. Vasan bought Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam's MPPC Studio and renamed it Gemini Studios in 1940, Sundari Bai joined Gemini as staff artiste. She appeared in a major role in Gemini's first Tamil production Madanakamarajan (1941). She played a slum girl in Nandanar (1942), while her role as a maid in Dasi Aparanji (1944) elevated her fame. She later fell in love with Kothamangalam Subbu, another member of the Gemini staff who was a writer, actor, and director, and married him. In 1945, Sundari Bai played the lead in Kannamma En Kadhali, a World War II film written by Subbu. In 1947, Gemini produced the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Miss Malini, written and directed by Subbu, who also played the male lead. Sundari Bai acted and sang two songs in this film that became hits. She later went on to act in various films including Chandralekha, Samsaram, Moondru Pillaigal, Avvaiyar, Valliyin Selvan, Enga Veettu Mahalakshmi, Vanjikottai Valiban, Deivapiravi, Naan Kanda Sorgam, Padikkadha Medhai, Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar and Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal.

Filmography

  • Aadmi (1939)
  • Madanakamarajan (1941)
  • Nandanar (1942)
  • Dasi Aparanji (1944)
  • Kannamma En Kadhali (1945)
  • Miss Malini (1947)
  • Chandralekha (1948)
  • Moondru Pillaigal (1952)
  • Avvaiyyar (1953)
  • Valliyin Selvan (1955)
  • Bommai Kalyanam (1958)
  • Vanjikottai Valiban (1958)
  • Deivapiravi (1960)
  • Padikkadha Medhai (1960)
  • Manithan Maravillai (1962)
  • Annai Illam (1963)
  • Thulasi Maadam (1963)
  • Motor Sundaram Pillai (1966)
  • Selvam (1966)
  • Jeevanaamsam (film) (1968)
  • Kanavan (1968)
  • Irulum Oliyum (1971)
  • Thenum Paalum (1971)
  • Pillaiyo Pillai (1972)
  • Arangetram (1973)
  • Ninaithadhai Mudippavan (1975)
  • Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1976)
  • References

    M. S. Sundari Bai Wikipedia


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