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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Soundarya (1992 - 2004)


Born Soumya
July 18, 1976
Kolar, Karnataka, India
Died 17 April 2004 (aged 32)
GKVK campus, India
Other name(s) Soundarya
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992 - 2004
Spouse(s) G. S. Raghu

Soundarya (Kannada) (July 18, 1976 - April 17, 2004) was a popular film actress in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam films. She had a successful career of 12 years as heroine in films until her death in a plane crash near Bangalore. She acted in more than 90 films.

Film career

Soundarya, daughter of senior film writer, industrialist K. S. Satyanarayan was born and brought up in Bangalore.[1] She acted in her first film while she was in high school, when she was offered a role in the film Gandharva a Kannada movie (1992) by her father's friend, while she was studying in her first year of MBBS. She discontinued her studies after the film Ammoru became successful.[citation needed]

She described her roles in Kannada films as "insignificant", and moved onto Telugu films where she achieved immense popularity and success. The majority of her career was spent in Telugu Film industry and she became a household name in Andhra Pradesh.

Soundarya has also acted in Hindi film, Sooryavansham. She also produced and acted in a Kannada film Dweepa, with Girish Kasaravalli as director. The film won a host of National awards including Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) which is given for best film of the year. It also won Karnataka state awards for Best Actress, Best Film and Best Cinematography and was featured in five international film festivals.


Soundarya died on April 17, 2004 in an airplane crash near Bangalore when the four-seater plane Cessna 180 caught fire immediately after take-off. She was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for Bharatiya Janata Party for the elections. Her brother, Amarnath, a producer of Kannada films, also died in the accident.

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