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B Saroja Devi

General Profile of B Saroja Devi  -   Cine Artist

B. Saroja Devi is an Indian actress. She has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies. She is referred to as Abhinaya Saraswathi by the Kannada film industry and as Kannadathu Paingili by Tamil film industry. She has acted in nearly 200 films in a period of more than three decades.

Her father asked her to learn dance and encouraged her to venture into films when film offers started coming to her. A young Saroja Devi was often chaperoned to studios by him. He would patiently tie on her salangais, often massaging swollen feet after her dancing stints.

Saroja Devi was first spotted by B.R. Krishnamurthy singing at a function at the age of 13. Initially, she declined his offer to act in movies. She debuted with the Kannada film Mahakavi Kalidasa in 1955. It was followed by B R Panthulu's Thanga Malai Ragasiyam, where her eyes enacted a magical drama, in a dance sequence.Her debut movie in Telugu was Panduranga Mahathmyam (1957) in which she acted opposite N.T. Rama Rao.

After this she came under the notice of the MGR for the very first time, on K Subramaniam's sets and MGR casted her in Nadodi Manan(1958). People doubted her ability to speak Tamil, but MGR had faith in her and encouraged her to learn and speak Tamil.

She never allowed any one to dub for her and insisted that she would speak by herself as a result none of her Tamil movies her voice was dubbed by any other artiste since the beginning of her career.

Then she gave hits opposite Gemini Ganesan in Manalane Mangayin Bhagyam, Kalyana Parisu, Ode Velaiyadu papa, Kairasi and opposite Sivaji Ganeshan in Baga Pirivinai,Vidi Velli,Palum Pazhamum, Iruvar Ullam(1958 till 1960).After this she started getting offers from Tamil,Kannada, and Telugu films. She was working more than 20 hours a day in this peak period of her career(1960–69).

Saroja chose to do more films in Tamil in the period 1958-1969 and after her mairrage she was more active in Kannada and Telugu films from (1970–1984). Saroja Devi's energetic performance as a patriotic queen raging against the British in Kannada flick Kittooru Rani Chennamma, brought her much acclaim.

She had mincing accent, smart and perky attitude and this made her popular among the audience of all the four languages Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. She concentrated more in Tamil films as a result though she had all her films as hits in Hindi, after Preet Na Jane Reet opposite Shammi Kapoor she did not do more Hindi films.

Another leading Telugu actress Krishna Kumari had dubbed her voice in Panduranga Mahathmyam for Saroja devi and few more films in the initial part of her career in Telugu Films. But in subsequent years, without any external source of dubbing, Saroja Devi acted in her Telugu films.For her films in Hindi, Kannada and Tamil she always dubbed for herself since the beginning of her career.

She made a fashion statement too as women adored her dressing sense and her saris and blouses, ornaments, hairstyles were copied by girls and women. After Jayalalitha become a star and her pair with MGR was appreciated and after Saroja got married in 1967, Sarojadevi did not get the opportunity to work opposite MGR. Saroja Devi's last film oppsoite MGR was Arasa Katalai, which also starred Jayalalithaa. However Saroja continued having hits opposite Sivaji like En Thambi, Anjal Petti 520, etc.

She mesmerized audience of all sections with her lively action, eye-catching looks and sweet articulation and got critical acclaims for her roles in the few Telugu films she did like Rahasiyam and in Aathma Balam and Amarashilpi Jakanna, both with A Nageshwara Rao. From the late sixties till mid 70's she formed popular on screen pair with NTR in Telugu films with Dagudu moothulu,Shakuntala,Bahakiyachakaram, Mayani Mamata and Daana Veera Shoora Karna.

Saroja Devi accepted supporting roles in very few films.She took up very few assignments and even those films turned out to be popular. She said in an interview 'I have four homes in Chennai: the residences of MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, and MR Radha,' she had once said. 'But now, they have all gone—and I remain alone, with only their memories in my heart, and tears in my eyes.' B. Saroja Devi was Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Development Corporation. She was also the chairperson of Kantheerava Studios, Bangalore.

Films Acted

Mahakavi Kalidasa (debut)
Sri Rama Pooja
Aashadya Bhoothi
Kacha Devayaani
Kokilavani
Pancharathna
Chintamani
Panduranga Mahatyam
Ratnagiri Ragasiya
Anna Thangi
Bhookailas
Bhookailas
Manalane Mangayin Bhagyam
Manamulla Marutharam
Naadodi Mannan
Sabhash Meena
School Master
Sengottai Singam
Thedi Vantha Selvam
Bagapirivinai
Jagajyothi Basaveshwara
Kalyana Parisu
Kudivazhanthal Kodi Nanmai
OdeVelaiyadu Papa
Paigham
Pelli Sandadi
President Panchatcharam
Vaazha Vaitha Deivam
Yaanai Paagan
Ellorum Innatto Mannargal
Irumbu Thirai
Kairasi
Parthiban Kanavu
Pelli Kanuka
Sasural
Vidi Velli
Intiki Deepam Illalae
Jagadeka Veeruni Katha
Mana Pandhal
Opera House
Palum Pazhamum
Panithirai
Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam
Thai Sollai Thattathey
Thirudathey
Vijayanagarada Veeraputhra
Hong Kong
Kitturu Ranee Chennamma
Kudambathalaivan
Aadi Perukku
Devasundari
Valar Pirai
Paasam
Parthal Pasi Theerum
Madappura
Aalayamani
Thaayaikaatha Thanayan
Pareeksha
Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
Iruvar Ullam
Periya Idathu Penn
Kulamagal Radhai
Pana Thottam
Dharmam Thalaikkakkum
Neethikku Pin Pasam
Kalyaniyin Kanavan
Manchi Chedu
Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham
Beti bete
Dooj Ka Chand
Amarashilpi Jakanacharya
Vaazhkai Vaazhvatharke
Pannakkara Kudumbam
Thayin Madiyil
Padagotti
Deivathai
Paasamum Nesamum
Puthiya Paravai
En Kadamai
Dagudu moothalu
Aathma Balam
Amarashilpi Jakanna
Beretha Jeeva
Aasai Mugam
Enga Vettu Pillai
Kalangarai Vilakkam
Prameelaarjunaeyathum
Preet Na Jaane Reet
Naan Anayittaal
Nadodi
Thaali Bhagyam
Parakkum Paavai
Anbe Vaa
Petralthaan Pillaiya
Shakuntala
Dilwaar
Pen Endral Pen
Arasa kattalai
Rahasyam
Panama Pasama
En Thambi
Thamari Nenjam
Bahagyachakram
Uma Chandi Gauri Shankarula katha
Malamapavada
Anbalippu
Thanga Malar
Anjal Petti 520
Aindhu Laksham
Kula Vilakku
Odum Nadhi
Lakshmi Saraswathi
Malathy
Kann Malar
Snehithi
Vijayam manade
Mayani Mamata
Purnima
Thande Makkalu
Papa Punya
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satya Bhama
Nyayave Devaru
Uyir
Thenum Palum
Arunothayam
Hari Darshan
Sakthi Leelai
Pandanti Kapuram
Mathru Moorthy
Sahadharmini
Chamundeswarei Mahemai
Sri Srinivasa Kalyana
Gruhini
Paththu Matha Bandham
Sri Chamundeeswari Mahimai
Shri Ramanjaneya Yudhamu
Gunavanthudu
Shani Prabhava
Bhagya jothi
Katha Sangama
Sree Ram Hanuman Yudh
Sri Ram Vanavas
Chiranjeevi
Babruvahana
Sri Renukadevi Mahathme 150th film
Bhagyavantharu
Sree Tirupathi Kshetra Mahathmyam
Daana Veera Shoora Karna
llaiamman
Guru Sarvabhowma Sri Raghavendra Karune
Nammina Thayi Annamma
Rudra Naga
Guru Bhakthi
Thai Thande
Ugra Naagu
Yaarivanu
Ladies Hostel
Thaimel Aanai
Poovukkul Bhoogambam
Guru
Dharma Devan
Ponmana selvan
Oray Thai Oray Kulam
Bhale Chatura
Parambhariyam
Mahashakti Maye
Emergency
Anuragasangama
Putmalli
Agni I P S
Jannai Janma Bhoomi
Once More
Mangala Suitra
Thima
prarambha
Aadhavan
Elankathir selvan

 
Family Background

Saroja Devi was born in Karnataka on 7 January 1938 to Bhairappa and Rudramma. Her father worked for the police department. Saroja Devi was their fourth daughter. Her grandfather was Mayanna Gowda.

Saroja Devi was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer by profession who worked with Bharat Electronics Limited, on 1 March 1967.Her husband had reportedly no qualms about her star status, and was a 'complete gentleman'. She was careful not to involve herself in too many controversies and scandals obviously helped. Their marriage lasted till her husband's death in 1986. The couple has three children, daughters Bhuveneshwary, Indira and son Gautam.

 
Awards & Titles

Life Time Achievement Award in 2008 by the Government of India

Padma Bhushan in 1992

Padma Sri in 1969

Dr.Rajkumar National award by the Government of Karnataka in 2009

Life time achievement award by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 2010

N.T.R. National Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh for the second time for the year 2009.

Honorary Doctorate from Bangalore University in 2006

Dinakaran award for All-round Achievement in 2003

N.T.R. National Award from Andhra Pradesh Government for the year 2001.

Tamil Nadu Government’s M.G.R award in 1997

Cinema Express award in 1997

Filmfare award for All-round Achievement

Karnataka Government’s Rajyothsava award in 1989

Abhinandana-Kanchana Mala award in 1980

Honoured as a title "Abinya saraswathy" by Karnataka government in 1965

National award for Best Film for Kittooru Rani Chennamma in 1963

National Award for Mahakavi Kalidasa in 1955