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Anjali Devi Passes Away

IndiaGlitz [Monday, January 13, 2014]
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Looks like Tollywood's loss of actors continues even in 2014. Veteran actress, 'Golden Beauty' of South Indian Cinema Anjali Devi passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday. She was 86 and was survived by two sons. Born as Anjani Kumari, Director Pullaiah changed her name to Anjali Devi after her entry into filmdom. Anjali was famous for portrayal in mythological films like Sita (Lava Kusha), Suvarna Sundari, Anarkali, etc.

Anjali made her film debut as Lohitasya in Raja Harishchandra's film in 1936 and later starred as Mohini in Gollabhama. Since then, she never looked back and went on to act in more than 500 films in all South Indian languages and in Telugu alone, she acted in over 350 films.

Anjali, who was married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, producer and a lyricist, in 1940, also jointly produced many Telugu films under the banner Anjali Pictures. She acted in Lava Kusha (1963), a landmark movie and the first color film in the Telugu. Anjali was a versatile actress and played damsel, glam doll, dancer, goddess, village belle and later in motherly roles.

Anjali won Filmfare Award several times for Best Actress. She was also the recipient of Raghupathi Venkaiah Award (2005) and was conferred the Ramineni Award (2006), apart from receiving several other honors. Tamil Nadu state Governor Rosaiah, Chief Minsiter Jaya Lalitha, Ex-CM MK Karunanidhi expressed deep grief and shock. She will be kept in Rama Chandra Hospital in Chennai for visitors tomorrow and will be shifted home before the rituals are performed.




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