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Sumathi (actress)

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Name  Sumathi Sumathi
Other names  Baby Sumathi, Sumi
Siblings  Prabhakar, Kumar
Role  Actress
Years active  1966–1989
Occupation  Film actress

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Born  August 19, 1964 (age 51) (1964-08-19) Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Relatives  Master Prabhakar (brother)
Awards  Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Movies  Suvarilladha Chiththirangal, Balaraju Katha, Rathinirvedam, Nadhi, Sarapancharam
Similar People  Prabhakar, K Bhagyaraj, Thoppil Bhasi, Sreekumaran Thampi, M S Viswanathan

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Sumathi (Tamil: சுமதி) (born 19 August 1964) is an Indian actress from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She started her career at the age of two. She starred in many Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi language films.


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Personal life

Sumathi was born in Madurai; a city in Tamil Nadu, India. Her mother tongue is Saurashtra. Her father and mother were originally from Madurai. Her father managed several businesses such as photo studio and printing press. Her mother, was a housewife taking care of Sumathi and her seven brothers and three sisters. Her elder brother Master Prabhakar was the first one in the family to enter the film industry.

In 1966, Sumathi moved in with her Aunt along with Prabhakar to pursue her dreams. Sumathi entered the film industry when a director was looking for a young baby to play a role in a Malayalam film along with veteran actor Bharath Gopi.


She started her film career in Tamil movies as a child actress (Baby Sumathi) by playing the role of daughter of Gopi in the late 60's. She appeared in many children's movies. She played dual roles and in some movies acted as a boy. Soon she moved to Telugu and Malayalam films, where she starred in many films.

As Baby Sumathi grew up, she took to modeling and started endorsing many products. She has won many Nandi and Filmfare awards as a child. She acted many films with her third elder brother Master Prabhakar and second younger brother Kumar. As soon as her brothers entered the film industry, most of her family members were interested to go on the same line. Sumathi's cousin was a well known actress who was successful in various Tamil films. Sumathi's other cousins were cinematography and assistant directors. Sumathi also dubbed for many actresses in the past in every language.

In her acting career, she was often stereotyped as the girl next door. She acted with many stars such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Jaya Bachchan, Manorama, Nagesh, Rajinikanth, Jayalalithaa, Ambika, and Bhagyaraj to name a few. Her debut film, as heroine, was Bhagyaraj's directorial debut; Suvarillatha Chithirangal (1979) in Tamil. She gave up her acting career at the peak after her marriage in 1989 to move to America.

Personal life

Sumathi is married and settled in America with their daughter and son.

Child Artist awards in Malayalam

Baby Sumathi is a three-time winner Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (female).

  • 1969 Best Female Child Artist (female) Baby Sumathi - Nadhi
  • 1972 Best Female Child Artist (female) Baby Sumathi
  • 1977 Best Female Child Artist(female) Baby Sumathi - Shankupushpam
  • Tamil

  • Iru Kodugal (1967)
  • Vaa Raja Vaa (1969)
  • Thirumalai Thenkumari (1970)
  • Velli Vizha (1972)
  • Appa Tatta! (1972)
  • Dhikku Theriyadha Kaattil (1972)
  • Vatathukkul Chadhuram (1978)
  • Suvarillatha Chithirangal (1979)
  • Pennin Vazhkai (1981)
  • Ponnazhagi (1981)
  • Azhagu (1984)
  • Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985)
  • Telugu

  • Balaraju Katha (1970)
  • Hindi

  • Swarg Narak (1978, film, as Baby Sumathi)
  • References

    Sumathi (actress) Wikipedia