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Stars: Saroja B.Devi (born 1945)


Madhubala Meena Kumari Rajesh Khanna Dilip Kumar Jayshree Gadkar
Nalini Jaywant Dharmendra Deol Utpal Dutt Amitabh Bachchan Sivaji Ganesan Om Puri
Vishnupant Pagnis Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Akkineni Nageshwara Rao Rajkumar
Rajnikant Shabana Azmi Dhritiman Chatterjee Soumitra Chatterjee Chiranjeevi
Naseeruddin Shah Smita Patil
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A
star of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films, Saroja Devi was the icon of the 60s. Introduced by Honappa Bhagavathar in the film Mahakavi Kalidas (1955).

Her Telugu debut was opposite megastar NTR in K. Kameshwara's Panduranga Mahatyam. However, it was the Tamil film Nadodi Mannan opposite MGR that catapulted Saroja Devi to superstar status.

She excelled in roles that challenged her tremendous range. Of her long and illustrious career, in which she chiefly opted for sentimental films, some roles and performances are memorable : Chintamani and Manalane Mangayin Bhagyam of 1957, Nadodi Mannan, Bhukailasa and Schoolmaster of 1958, Paigham (1959), Parthiban Kanavu (1960), Kittur Chonamma and Opera House (1961),

Shri Krishnarjun Yudham (1962), Pareeksha (1963), Pandanti Kapuram (1972), Shri Ramanjaneya Yuddham (1974), Katha Sangama (1975), and Daana Veera Shurakarna (1977).

Saroja B. Devi was also Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Development Corporation, and of Kanteerava Studios at Bangalore.

 

SOURCE

So Many Cinemas
Author - B.D. Garga
Publishers - Eminence Designs Private Limited.

Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema.
Author -Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen
Publishers -Oxford University Press.

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