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Date of Birth: 27 August 1963
Birth Place: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1979–present
Spouse(s): Ambareesh (m. 1991; died 2018)
Children: Abhishek Gowda

Height: 1.69 m
Parents: V. Roopa Mohan, V. Madan Mohan
Siblings: Rajender Prasad


Sumalatha is an Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 220 films in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi. Her most recognised role was Clara from the movie Thoovanathumbikal directed by an Indian Legend P. Padmarajan in the year 1987, was a superhit at the boxoffice and over the years it has turned into a cult film with a large following.The film was ranked #8 by IBN Live in its list of greatest Indian films of all time. She is seeking election for Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency of Karnataka as an independent candidate.

She ails from Kerala, but her mother is a telugaite. She gained popularity in Malayalam cinema and later married Kannada actor-politician Ambareesh and has a son Abhishek Ambaresh. Ambareesh died on 24 November 2018 at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru due to cardiac arrest.

Career
Sumalatha began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest in 1979. After her pictures began circulating in the magazines, film producer D. Ramanaidu expressed interest in casting her in his film and offered her a signining amount of ₹1,001 in 1979.[2] However, she made her film debut in Tamil with Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979). She was named the Best New Face following the film. Her Kannada entry was through Ravichandran opposite to Rajkumar. She entered Telugu through Samajaniki Saval (1979), and Malayalam through Moorkhan (1980). She appeared in films in many languages Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu early in her career. She was Rajinikanth's second heroine besides Rati Agnihotri in films like Murattu Kaalai and Kazhugu. She was the heroine of legendary Malayalam actor Jayan's last film Kolilakkam (1981). In her Malayalam entry film Moorkhan, she acted as Jayan's second heroine. Her most memorable Malayalam films include Thazhvaram, Isabella, Nirakkoottu, Dhinarathrangal, Thoovanathumbikal, Parampara and New Delhi. She has acted in many Kannada movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Tayi Kanasu, Karna, Hong Kong nalli Agent AmarTayiya Hone, Kallarali Hoovagi, Ravichandra in which she acted with actor Rajkumar. Malayalam is the language in which she acted the most number of times, followed by Telugu.

She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Shrutilayalu in 1987. She is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director Kodandarami Reddy noticed Suhasini combing Sumalatha's long hair on the train journey to the film set. Reddy asked his cameraman, Ashok Reddy, to film the two and added the scene to the movie's final cut.

Sumalatha reportedly speaks six languages, and has acted in five.

Personal life
She married Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh on 8 December 1991 and they have a son Abhishek born in 1993. She acted with Ambareesh in movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Sri Manjunatha and Kallarali Hoovagi which went on to win a National Award. They supposedly met on the sets of a movie, and she was attracted to his bold personality. In an interview with TV9 Kannada she mentioned she was very much attracted to his rebellious attitude. It seems[according to whom?] she used to be very silent and be to herself on the sets; he encouraged her to be talkative and mingle with the crew and the people around her.

Awards
Devar's Best New Face Award: Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979) (Tamil)
Nandi award (Best Actress): Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
Film Fans Award for Best Actress: Shrutilayalu (1987) (Telugu)
Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: New Delhi and Thoovanathumbikal (1987) (Malayalam)
Lux Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Malayalam)
Film Fans Award for Best Actress: New Delhi (1987) (Hindi)
Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Actress: Isabella (1988) (Malayalam)

Filmography

Malayalam
Naayika (2011) as Herself (Archive footage/Uncredited cameo)
Kandahar (2010) as Sumangaly
Purappadu (1990) as Nalini
Parampara (1990) as Meera
Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu (1990) as Lakshmi Haridas
No.20 Madras Mail (1990) as Sr. Gloria
Thazhvaram (1990) as Kochootti
Nair Saab (1989) as Prabha
Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas (1988) as Sophia
Dhinarathrangal (1988) as Dr. Savithri
David David Mr. David (1988)
Isabella (1988) as Isabella
New Delhi (1987) as Maria Fernandez
Thoovanathumbikal (1987) as Clara
Shyama (1986) as Lakshmi
Nirakkoottu (1985) as Mercy
Idavelakku Shesham (1984) as Sindhu
Alakadalinakkare (1984)
Himam (1983) as Indu
Chakravalam Chuvannappol (1983) as Latha
Kodunkattu (1983) as Sreekala
Kilukilukkam (1982)
John Jaffer Janardhanan (1982) as Jeny
Thadaakam (1982) as Sabira
Kazhumaram (1982) as Radhika
Aarambham (1982) as Santha
Dheera (1982)
Irattimadhuram (1982) as Sangeetha
Aranjaanam (1982) as Anu
Aadarsham (1982) as Radha
Thenum Vayambum (1981) as Sreedevi
Ithihasam (1981) as Shobha
Munnettam (1981) as Ramani
Kolilakkam (1981) as Suma
Raktham (1981) as Valsala
Kadathu (1981) as. Thulasi
Saahasam (1981)
Ellam Ninakku Vendi (1981) as Sreedevi
Kilugaatha Changalakal (1981)
Nizhal Yudham (1981)
Moorkhan (1980) as Raji

Telugu
Samajaniki Saval (1979)
Rajadhi Raju (1980) as Lilly
Girija Kalyanam (1981) as Rosy
Pelleedu Pillalu (1982) as Poorna
Subhalekha (1982) as Sujata
Aalaya Sikharam (1983)
Khaidi (1983) as Dr. Sujata
Merupu Daadi (1984)
Justice Chakravarthy (1984)
Janani Janmabhoomi (1984)
Agni Gundam (1984)
Jackie (1985)
Chattamtho Poratam (1985) as Kalyani
Kattula Kondaiah (1985)
Ranarangam (1985)
Veta (1986)
Tandra Paparayudu (1986) as Subhadra
Guru sishyulu
Rakshasudu (1986)
Sruthi Layalu (1987)
Pasivadi Pranam (1987)
Swayam Krushi (1987) as Sharada
Viswanatha Nayakudu (1987)
Punnami Chandrudu (1987)
Donga Kollu (1988)
Antima Teerpu (1988) as Vasanta
Jayammu Nischayammu Raa as Shanti
Gang Leader (1991)
Dabbu Bhale Jabbu (1992)
Raja Kumarudu (1999) as Rajya Lakshmi
Sri Manjunatha (2001) as Sumalata Devi
Boss (2006)
Srirastu Subhamastu (2016)

Kannada
Ravichandra (1980)
Thayiya Kanasu (1985)
Aahuti (1985)
Thayiya Hone (1985) as Suma
Thayi Mamathe (1985)
Karna (1986)
Kathanayaka (1986)
Sathya Jyothi (1986)
Maheshwara (1986)
Huli Hebbuli (1987)
New Delhi (1988)
Hongkongnalli Agent Amar (1988)
Nyayakkagi Naanu (1991)
Kaliyuga Bheema (1991)
Sri Manjunatha (2001) as Sumalatha Devi
Excuse Me (2003)
Kanchana Ganga (2004)
Bhoopathi (2007)
Viraat (2016)
Bhale Jodi (2016)
Jessie (2016)
Doddmane Hudga (2016)
Jaguar (2016)
Thayige Thakka Maga (2018)

Tamil
Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979)
Murattu Kaalai (1980) as Soundarya
Azhaithal Varuven (1980)
Kazhugu (1981)
Karaiyellam Shenbagapoo (1981)
Pen Manam Pesugirathu (1981)
Aradhanai (1981)
Enakkaga Kaathiru (1981)
Sollathe Yarum Kettaal (1981)
Kudumbam Oru Kadambam (1981)
Azhagiya Kanne (1982)
Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu (1983)

Hindi
New Delhi (1988) as Maria Fernandes
Pratibandh (1990)
Swarg Yahan Narak Yahan (1991) as Suman V. Kumar
Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992) as Ritu Saxena
Paradesi (1993)
Dushman Duniya Ka (1996) as Reshma
Mahaanta (1997) as Shanti Malhotra

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