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Sumithra (actress)

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Film actress

Ragava Nayar, Janaki

Uma, Nakshatra babu

Sumithra Sumithra


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Sumithra sitting on a red chair while looking afar and wearing a green blouse and red dupatta

D. Rajendra Babu (m. ?–2013)

Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada

Nizhal Nijamagiradhu, Chittu Kuruvi, Panakkaran, Anney Anney, Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri

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18 September 1953 (age 67) Thrissur, Kerala

Sumithra is an Indian actress. She has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada languages. She acted as the lead heroine in films between 1974 and 1986. She later started being known for her roles as mother since 1990s.


Sumithra talking to someone while holding a black wallet and wearing a white blouse, red and gold dupatta, necklace, and earrings

Early life

Nakshatra smiling with her mother Sumithra at the Doo Movie Press Meet while wearing a black jacket, blue inner blouse, and earrings

Sumithra was born to Ragavan Nair and Janaki at Thrissur, Kerala. She has three brothers, her father was working in an oil refining company. When she was doing her schooling she learnt dance from Murugappan Master, who was the guide to K.R Vijaya on that time. Sumithra is a good classical dancer.

Sumithra at the press conference wearing a pink dress, pink dupatta, gold necklace, earrings, and bracelet

Sumithra started her career at her 19 years in the movie Nirthasala in 1972, Director A.P Raj is the first director who noticed sumithra's talent.

Nakshatra smiling and wearing a blue top and white inner top while  her mother Sumithra wearing a green blouse and red and gold dupatta

Sumithra acted as heroine with Rajini and Kamal as well as she acted as mother to both of them.

Nakshatra smiling and wearing a blue top and white inner top while  her mother Sumithra wearing a green blouse and red and gold dupatta

Sumithra made her debut in Nirmalayam. She has acted in over 200 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada languages. In Tamil, Avalum Penn Thaane (1974) was her first movie. Later in 1975 she made her debut Kannada movie Mugiyada Kathe which had a popular song "Kangalu Vandane Helide". She has acted with leading heroes like Vishnuvardhan, Rajesh in Kannada, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Sivakumar, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Tamil. She's performed supporting roles in hundreds of Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam,and Telugu movies.


She is married to notable Kannada film director D. Rajendra Babu and has two daughters. Her elder daughter Umashankari made her entry into movies through Kannada movie Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. as heroine and acted in few movies. She made her small screen appearance through Kannada mega serial Chikkamma in the lead role, which is telecast on Udaya TV. Her second daughter Nakshatra debuted as lead actress in Tamil movie Doo.


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  • Andala Ramudu (1973)
  • Garujuthunna Katha (1977)
  • Vaaralabbai
  • Geethanjali (1989)
  • Rudraveena
  • Bobbili Raja
  • Bujji Gadi Babai
  • Brahma (2014)
  • References

    Sumithra (actress) Wikipedia

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