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Sriranjani (Telugu: శ్రీరంజని జూనియర్) (February 22, 1927 - April 27, 1974) was Telugu and Tamil film actress. She is the younger sister of Sriranjani. She is known mainly for her tragedy roles particularly as the long-suffering wife.

Brief life

Sriranjani was born in Murikipudi village of Guntur districtmarker, Andhra Pradeshmarker. Her birth name is Mahalakshmi. She grown up with her elder sister and developed interest in movies and acting. Chitrapu Narayana Murthy encouraged her and gave her chance to act in the film Bhishma (1944). She subsequently acted in Gollabhama, Brahmachari, Gitanjali, Madalasa, Laila Majnu etc., Her life turned brighter with heroin character in Gunasundari Katha in 1949 directed by famous Kadiri Venkata Reddy. In this film her Gunasundari character established her in the industry. She subsequently acted in the Tamil version of Gunasundari Katha and obtained critical reviews. She acted as heroin in the magnus opus Chandraharam. Though she acted in many films like Mantradandam, Sankranthi, Prema, Bratuku Teruvu, Svayamprabha, Ramanjaneya Yuddham her best portrayal was the all time hit of Gunasundari Katha.

In her Tamil film Parasakthi (1952), she portrayed the male ideal of virtuous Hindu womanhood. She played Rajee in the Tamil film Raji En Kanmani (1954), the blind flower seller who regains sight, thanks to the unknown benefactor. The film is based on the City Lights (1931) of Charlie Chaplin.

She retired from films in 1960, but returned to cinema field to play a few guest roles, usually of elderly mother figures. She was traditional and respected by everyone in the industry. She has passed away in 1974.

Filmography

  • Inti Kodalu (1974)
  • Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)
  • Nenante Nene (1968)
  • Bangaru Panjaram (1965)
  • Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963)
  • Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960)
  • Krishna Leelalu (1959)
  • Preme Daivam (1957)
  • Penki Pellam (1956)
  • Santanam (1955)
  • Shri Krishna Tulabharam (1955)
  • Chandraharam (1954)
  • Amarasandesam (1954)
  • Peddamanushulu (1954)
  • Raji En Kanmani (1954)


  • Bratuku Theruvu (1953)
  • Kathal (1952)
  • Manavati (1952)
  • Parasakthi (1952)
  • Prema (1952)
  • Rajeshwari (1952)
  • Sankranti (1952)
  • Mantradandam (1951)
  • Vali Sugriva (1950)
  • Laila Majnu (1949)
  • Gunasundari Katha (1949)
  • Gitanjali (1948)
  • Madalasa (1948)
  • Grihapravesham (1946)
  • Bhishma (1944)


References

  1. Sri Ranjani Sisters in Kalasevakulu at Idlebrain.com.
  2. Rajee En Kanmani 1954 review in the Hindu.
  • Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, 2005.


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