A tribute to actress Sujatha

The death of versatile actress Sujatha has left the regional film industries in grief. It has shocked her fans. The actress, who made the audience to cry with her emotional roles, has acted in over 300 films in variety of characters in different languages.

Sujatha was born on 10th December 1952 in Srilanka. She spent her childhood in the island nation and participated in stage plays. She entered the film industry by doing a small role in Malayalam movie Ernakulam Junction in the year 1971.

Her biggest break came in the form of Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, which was directed by K Balachander in 1974. The actress paired Kamal Hassan in the film and her performance received rave reviews. The success of the women-oriented film brought her under the limelight and instantly she was showered with offers from many film industries.

Since then, the actress acted with many South Indian stars like Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganeshan, Vijaykumar, NTR, Akkineni Nageshwara Rao etc., as the leading lady in their films. But after her marriage, the actress switched for character artiste roles. She was seen in mother roles in the later half of her career. Her last film in Tamil was Varaluru in 2006, where she played the role of Asin Thottumkal’s mother in the film. In her three decades journey, Sujatha has received various awards, including prestigious Kalai Mamani Award from the state Government.

Sujatha died of heart attack yesterday (April 6, 2011) at her residence. She is survived by by husband Jayakar, son Sajid and daughter Divya. We at TamilWire express our condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace!

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