|Full Name Saraswati Devi|
Children Chithra Shenoy
|Name Saraswati Devi|
Years active 1959–present
|Born 25 June 1945 (age 78) (1945-06-25) Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, india|
Awards National Film Award for Best Actress
Parents Venkateswar Rao, Satyavathi Devi
Movies Sharada, Daana Veera Soora Ka, Major Chandrakanth, Amma Rajinama, Sukumarudu
Political party Telugu Desam Party
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Sharada (born Saraswati Devi 25 June 1945) is a three-time National Award winning Indian actress and politician from Andhra Pradesh. She has achieved success through Malayalam cinema, and Telugu cinema. She is also known as Urvasi Sharada because earlier the National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. She won two Filmfare Awards. Sharada has garnered the NTR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her contributions to Indian cinema.
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- Actress sharada remembering jayalalithaa
- Early life
- Early career
- Film career
- Nandi Awards
Actress sharada remembering jayalalithaa
Sharada was born Saraswati Devi in Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her parents Venkateswar Rao and Satyavathi Devi belonged to a family of agriculturalists. She has a brother, named Mohan Rao. Sharada was sent to Madras in her childhood to live with her grandmother Kanakamma. Sharada describes her grandmother as a strict disciplinarian who in the later days wouldn’t even let the heroes touch her and allowed rehearsals only on Sundays. Sharada started to learn dance when she was six. She used to perform during Dasara and other temple festivals. It was because of her mother's desire that she learned dance. Her mother wanted her to become a big star in cine field. Though Sharada's father was not too interested in the idea, he did not stop her. Sharada married Telugu actor Chalam, the couple later divorced. Currently sharada is living with her brother in hyderabad, and she is taking care of her brother's children.
When she grew up, she started acting in Telugu theatre. Her debut cinema was with a minor role in the Telugu film Kanyasulkam. However, she returned to theatre after it and did a major role in the Telugu version of Rakta Kanneeru, a Tamil drama. The play went to get staged over 100 times in Tamil Nadu.
In 1959, she began her career as Sharada. The change in name was attributed to the presence of a few other actors in the industry with the name Saraswati. She came under contract to L.V. Prasad, a Telugu producer. Though she didn't get to act in any of his films, she got her formal training in acting under him, including the Navarasa lessons. She largely attributes her performances and growth in the field to this training. Her first break came with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao starrer Iddaru Mitrulu, which was a major hit. Noted for the role in the film, she got chances from Tamil and Malayalam films as well.
The year 1965 changed her career as Sharada carved her niche for herself in the Malayalam film industry with her performances in Shakuntala, Murappennu, Udhyogastha by P. Venu, Kattu Thulasi and Inapravukal. After that, she focused in Malayalam films, acting only a few roles in other languages. Recognition came in 1967 in the form of a national honorary award for her performances in various films of 1966 including Iruttinte Athmavu. The award was the predecessor to the National Film Award for Best Actress, which was instituted in 1968. In 1969, she won her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Thulabharam. She went on to win the award 2 more times, for Swayamvaram (1972, Malayalam) and Nimajjanam (1978, Telugu). She also won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actress one time. Post 1993, she became choosy and accepted only a few films. Her major films of late were Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002, Malayalam), Rappakal (2005, Malayalam), Nayika (2011, Malayalam) and Stalin (2006, Telugu). She owns a chocolate factory named Lotus Chocolates. She was elected as a Member of Parliament on Telugu Desam Party ticket from her native town of Tenali.