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Actor and Padma Shri awardee Sukumari passes away

DC Online/Agencies | 26th Mar 2013


Bengaluru: Actor Sukumari, known for her movies in South India, passed away at a private hospital in Chennai. She was 74 years old.

The death was following a heart attack. The veteran star of Tamil and Malayalam cinema was admitted to the hospital for burn injuries that she suffered a month ago. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who had acted with Sukumari in some films, had visited her in the hospital a few days back.

The actor is survived by her son Dr. Suresh Bhimsingh. Her husband A. Bhimsingh had died earlier.

Sukumari, a Malayali by birth, has acted in films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi, and used her own voice in all of the movies without taking the help of dubbing artistes.

She started acting since she was 10 years old. The total number of her films is presumed to be about 2500. She has also done movies in Telugu as well.

In 2003, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions towards the arts. In 2010, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Namma Gramam (2010), a bilingual in Tamil and Malayalam (Gramam).

Jayalalithaa condoled Sukumari's death, saying her passing away is a great loss to the cinema industry. Jayalalithaa said Sukumari was extremely interested and dedicated to acting from the age of 10 and that had acted in over 2000 films in various languages in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

She created a special place for herself by virtue of her various roles in different languages, the Chief Minister said.

Recalling that Sukumari had won various awards, including the Padmashri, Jayalalithaa said the actor was a simple and affable person. She also expressed her condolences to the bereaved family members.

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May her soul rest in peace. One brilliant actor. Seriously cannot believe it. Will take time to sink in. Prayers.
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A Great loss to Indian Film Industry...............................................
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A truly versatile talent. She was not only pride of Kerala but pride of India. A true malayali icon. Great actress, great human being. Truly indespensable. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
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A big loss to south India.. May her soul rest in peace
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itz a great loss for our malayalam film industry........ :'(
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a great lost, may her soul rest in peace. " gradma of indian film industry"
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The veterans are stepping to back stage.. but the significance created will never wash away..
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the next great loss for Indin film industry and i am feeling so sad :c
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A great loss.....
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May her soul rest in peace . Lets pray for god to give power to their family
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May her soul rest in peace. A great loss for kerala film field.
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Actress Sukumari, known as ‘Sukumari Chechy’ had lived in South Indian films as Mother, Mother-In-Law, and sister right from time of legendary actors in fifties to the present day super stars. She could conveniently shed the old inhibitions of dramatized films to swim forward towards relevant roles in the contemporary entertainment cinemas wherein violence, melodrama and romance are assorted to mesmerize audiences. Probably she was one and only who had associated with every stage of epoch happened in the celluloid. Common film-goers may know her as a classical and folk dancer being the privileged cousin of the one-time Travancore sisters- Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini. They may be unaware that she was also a singer blessed by the renowned singer- M.L.Vasanthakumari and had even performed carnatic kutcheries! Despite acting with top heroes and villains of Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu films she never had any reluctance to appear in Dramas which were staged by stalwarts like Y.G.Parthasarathy and Cho Ramasamy with due regards to the fact that acting dramas only enabled her to grab challenging roles in films. Interestingly she had acted in some Bengali and Hindi films too, pairing very celebrated actors! Sukumari’s career with more than 2,500 films from age-10 to age- 73 will certainly be a saga for anyone who lands in the acting profession, especially female actors while Sukumari would have depicted all most all probable characters pertinent to the transitions registered in the Indian civilization during the past six decades. Her untimely demise had created a real vacuum in our films. She can be evenly compared with erstwhile all-round male actors like Renga Rao,Balayyah, Adoor Bashi,Shangaradi etc. Let me pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.
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May her soul rest in peace. A great loss for kerala film field.
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Sukumari was one of the finest actors in the South Indian film industry who served Indian cinema for close to six decades. Many of her memorable performances went unrecognised but four state awards and one national award for best supporting actress were the real jewels in her crown. A dedicated professional she also shone on stage in several plays directed by Cho.
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May her Soul Rest in peace... Really a good actor............


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