Soundarya (Aka) Sowmya Satyanarayan(Munna)

 Mulbagal, Kolar, Karnataka
 Gandharva (1992)

About Me

Soundarya, was born to industrialist, and Kannada film writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She discontinued her M.B.B.S., and then married to G. S. Raghu, who is a Software Engineer. She made her acting debut with Gandharva in 1992. In her first hit in Telugu, in 1993, she acted the leading role alongside Rajendra Prasad in Rajendrudu Gajendrudu, directed by S.V.Krishna Reddy. She had a decent start with another pair of releases in the same year. The real commercial recognition came with Hello Brother, in which she starred alongside Nagarjuna and Ramyakrishna. The film became the biggest blockbuster of 1994. Most of her other releases in 1994 had a decent run. In 1995, she had acted in Pedarayudu, a remake of the Tamil film Nattamai, alongside Mohan Babu for the first time, and the movie was critically appreciated and highly successful. Following this success, she starred with all Tollywood's biggest stars like Chiranjeevi in Rikshavodu, with Venkatesh in Super Police, with Balakrishna in Top Hero. She had an award-winning role in Ammoru. The film was a big success and it specially showcased her acting skills. She stood ahead with eleven movie releases in 1995. In 1996, Soundarya had another critical and commercial success through Pavitra Bandham, alongside Venkatesh. This continuous success and popularity made Soundarya the reigning Queen of Telugu cinema, and she was referred popularly as NUMERO UNO by the Telugu media and magazines. In 1997, she continued her success with Pelli chesukundam, Maa Aayana Bangaram, Osi na maradala, and Aaro pranam winning acclaim from all over the industry for her performances. She also starred alongside South Indian superstar Rajinikanth in Arunachalam, which made up as the highest grossing film of 1997 in Tamil. Furthur the critical success of Chudalani Vundi opposite Chiranjeevi in 1998 made her reach the pinnacle of her career. She also starred along Kamal Hassan in Kaathala Kaathala in Tamil in the same year. Pelli Peetalu and Sri Ramulayya in Telugu and Doni Saagali in Kannada were commercially highly successful. Anthapuram, directed by Krishnavamshi, stood as one of the finest performances of Soundarya in her career. Her other releases, Padayappa opposite Rajinikanth, Azad opposite Nagarjuna, and Premaku Velayera and Arundathi further solidified her position. In the same year she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Suryavansham. She had around 10 film releases each year, most of them in Telugu, from 1993 to 2001Soundarya died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004 when she was on her way to Karimnagar to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party candidate for the upcoming elections. The posthumously released films are Shiva Shankar, Shwetha Naga, Madhumathi and Apthamitra for which she awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She made 114 movies, predominantly in Telugu, in a span of twelve years.