Saroja Devi

Saroja Devi

 Actress
 Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
 07-Jan-1942
 Mahakavi Kalidasa (1955)

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Saroja Devi is the Indian film heroine with the longest career as the main lead female heroine in Indian films - 29 years from 1955-1984. Of her 190 films between 1955 to 2015, 165 were box office hits. She remains the only Indian Film Heroine to do 154 films as the main lead heroine in just a span of 23 years from 1955-1978. It's a world record for appearing in 62 films as female lead heroine within 8 years. She acted in films such as Sri Renukadevi Mahathme, Gunavanthudu, Katha Sangama, Shani Prabhava and Katha Sangama. She won accolades from critics in films opposite Dr. Rajkumar in Kannada for her performances in Mallammana Pavada, Nyayave Devaru, Sri Srinivasa Kalyana, Babruvahana, Bhagyavantharu and with Vishnuvardhan in Shani Prabhava and Rudranaga, Ugra Naagu and in other films like Thande Makkalu, Papa Punya, Chiranjeevi etc.(from 1971-1984). MGR Saroja Devi established a popular on screen pair and had back to back super-hits from 1958-1966. The pair who began with Naadodi Mannan, went on to give do 27 hit films together,the most popular being Thirudathey, Thai Sollai Thattathey, Paasam,Thaayaikaatha Thanayan, Asai Mugam, Periya Idathu Penn, Dharmam Thalaikkakkum, Neethikku Pin Pasam, Pannakkara Kudumbam,Padakoti, Nadodi, Thali Bhagyam, Naan Anayittaal, Petralthaan Pillaiya, Arasa Katalai and Kudumba Thalaivan. Her best performances opposite MGR were the 'rich girl' roles in Anbe Vaa, Enga Veettu Pillai, En Kadamai, Deiva Thai,Kalangarai Vilakkam, Pana Thottam, Parrakkum Pavai and Thayin Madiyil. after completing the films she had signed before her scheduled marriage in 1967 and not do any films from 1968.But when she in 1969 came to attend premier of Aradhana to Mumbai, she was advised by MGR and Dilip Kumar to continue acting in films as she had ability to do well at least for another 12 years as an actress. Saroja acted as lead female heroine until 1985.  Saroja Devi signed up for the film Ladies Hostel in 1985, but stopped shooting after her husband fell ill. He subsequently died in 1986, and she resumed shooting only in 1987. The film was successful, but Saroja Devi refused to sign up for any more films. She completed the 8 films that she had accepted before 1986, and these films were released during 1987-1990. 

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