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Anjali Devi

General Profile of Anjali Devi  -   Cine Artist

Anjali Devi is a veteran Telugu actress and producer. She is well known for her mythological role as Sita in Lava Kusha. She hails from Peddapuram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India, and later settled in Chennai. She was a theater artist before entering into movies. Her film debut was as Lohitasya in Raja Harishchandra in 1936.

Her first movie as heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad 1n 1940 but that movie was abandoned after three reels shooting.Later C.Pullayya found her given opportunity hevenly beauty Mohini in Gollabhama.Her expepressions and looks she became star over night in 1947 after that she never looked back. She eventually acted in more than 350 Telugu films and also in a few Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine.

She married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, in 1940. They have two sons. Together they produced many Telugu films under the banner of Anjali Pictures. Her granddaughter Saila Rao is also an actress. In 1955 she produced the film Anarkali, in which she herself played the lead role of Anarkali, with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Salim. Then she produced V. Madhusudan Rao's Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. Bollywood and Tollywood actress Jayapradha played the lead role in her film Chandipriya alongside Shobhan Babu and Chiranjeevi.

Films Acted

Balaraju
Keelu Gurram
Palleturi Pilla
Swapna Sundari
Nirdoshi
Niraparadhi
Sarvadhikari
Pakkinti Ammayi
Rechukka
Sangham
Anarkali
Devta
Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam
Panduranga Mahatyam
Suvarna Sundari
Chenchu Lakshmi
Jayabheri
Bhatti Vikramarka
Bhishma
Lava Kusha
Chilaka Gorinka
Palnati Yudham
Rangula Ratnam
Bhakta Prahlada
Rahasyam
Kalyana Mandapam
Badi Panthulu
Bala Bharatam
Tata Manavadu
Bhakta Tukaram
Jeevana Tarangalu
Soggadu
Mahakavi Kshetrayya
Shri Ram Vanvas
Ram Robert Rahim
Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam
Srutilayalu
Brundavanam
Gollabhama
Kashtajivi
Chandipriya
Bhale Krishnudu
Sati Sakkubai
Mayalamaari
Annai Oru Alayam
Adutha Veetu Penn
Manalanae Mangayin Baghyam
Sarvadhikari
Kanavane Kankanda Theivam
Penn
Mangayarkarasi
Marmayogi
Eezai Uzavan
Adiththan Kanavu
Sorgavasal

 
 
Awards & Titles

She received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 2005 for her lifetime service to the Telugu film industry.

She was conferred the Ramineni Award in 2006 in the fine arts category.

She received the prestigious ANR National Award in 2008.