Anjali Devi Biography, Popular movies and Awards.

Anjali Devi

Anjali Devi was the famous Indian film actress in Telugu and Tamil. She was also a model and the producer.

Anjali Devi Personal life

Anjali Devi was born on 24 August 1927 in Peddapuram of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India. Her original name was Anjamma and later she changed her name to Anjani Kumari when she was acting in dramas. After entering the film industry, director C. Pullaiah changed her name to Anjali Devi. She married P. Adinarayana Rao in 1948 who was a music director. They have two sons. They both together produced many Telugu films under the banner, Anjali Pictures. Anjali Devi’s granddaughter is also an actress. She was died on 13 January 2014 at the age of 86, due to a cardiac arrest.

Anjali Devi Film career

She acted in drama’s before entering into Film industry. Before she entered into movies, she was a theater artist and her first film was “Raja Harishchandra” in which she played Lohitaswa role in the year 1936. Anjali Devi got a chance as heroine in 1940 in a movie named Kashtajeevi, but the film was dropped after shooting three reels.

Later she acted as an heroine in the movie named “Gollabhama” directed by C.Pullaiah in 1947. She became an overnight star after this movie and acted in more than 350 movies in different languages like Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada. Played various roles like Goddess, an angel, demon, dancer and later mother characters. She is well known for her Sita role on Lava Kusa movie in 1963. It was the first movie in Telugu film industry to be released in colour. She was appreciated for her performance in the movies like “Suvarna Sundhari” and Anarkali.

Some of her popular movies

MovieYearHero
Lava Kusa 1963NTR
Anarkali 1955ANR
Bala Nagamma1959NTR
Suvarna Sundari1957ANR
Chenchu Lakshmi 1958ANR
Balaraju 1948ANR
Mayalamari 1951ANR
Sati Anasuya 1957NTR
Keelugurram1949ANR
Sati Sakkubai1954S. V. Ranga Rao
Anjali Devi Movies
Anjali Devi in Lava Kusa
Anjali Devi in Lava Kusa

As a producer she produced 27 movies including movies like Anarkali, Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. she also acted and produced a telefilm named Shirdi Sai-Parthi Sai Divya katha.

Movie produced by Anjali Devi
Movie produced by Anjali Devi

Awards

AwardYearCategoryFilm
Filmfare Award1955Best ActressAnarkali
Filmfare Award1958Best ActressChenchu Lakshmi
Filmfare Award1963Best ActressLava Kusa
Raghupathi
Venkaiah Award
1994lifetime serviceTelugu Films
Ramineni Award2006fine arts
Awards
  • She also received ANR National Award in 2008
  • Awarded Arignar Anna Award in 2000
  • She was awarded Padmabhushan Dr. B. Saroja Devi National Award in 2010 .

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