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Sudha Chandran

sudhachandranSudha Chandran is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Indian film and television actress, who turned to acting following the loss of a leg in an accident in May 1981 near Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Early life and education

Sudha was born in 21 September 1964. She earned her B.A from Mithibai College, Mumbai and subsequently an M.A in Economics. In 1981, while traveling from there to the South during pilgrimage via the scindia school in Tamil Nadu, she met with an accident, because of which she had to have her right leg amputation as doctors missing her wound (a cut) in her ankle and by putting plaster on it and covered her leg, leading to infection in the wound. After two weeks when she returned to Madras to review, the doctors cut open the plaster to realize that she had been affected by gangrene and there was no alternative other than to amputate her leg. She has said that this period was the toughest time of her life. She subsequently overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic ‘Jaipur foot’, becoming one of the most highly acclaimed dancers of the Indian subcontinent. She received invitations from all over the world for performances. She was honored with various awards after she performed as far away from home as Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Soon after she catapulted to fame and recognition by venturing into the world of films and television.

Career

The 1984 Telugu film Mayuri in which she plays herself was inspired by her lifetime story. The 1986 film Nache Mayuri was a Hindi remake of the Telugu original, in which the cast was changed except for Sudha to suit the North Indian sensibilities. She was awarded the 1986 Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards for her performance in Mayuri.

In the serial, Kaahin Kissii Roz, she portrayed the character of “Ramola Sikand” which became an instant hit. She is considered to be one of the more flamboyant stars on Indian television, known for her avant garde sarees, chunk jewellery and designer bindis.

Since then she has acted in several TV shows such as K Street Pali Hill in which she played the character of Gayatri Kaul. She also portrayed the role of a rich brat’s mother in Kuch Iss Tara which was telecast on Sony TV. Recently, she has participated in ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ on Sony TV. She has also acted in a Tamil serial broadcast on Sun TV, titled ‘Kalasam’ for the role of the antagonist Chandramathi and had Ramya Krishnan in the lead role. She is now into the role of ‘Madurai Thilakavathy’ in Sun TV’s Tamil serial ‘Arasi’ which has Radhika Sarathkumar in lead role.

She plays a lawyer in that serial. Dance appears to be her passion, so much so that she has established a dance academy in Mumbai, ‘Sudha Chandran Academy of Dance’, which has branches all over Mumbai and Pune. Ravikumar Dang, Sudha’s husband is the executive director of the school. Sudha is often cited as a symbol of “will power”.She is also one among the judges in popular reality show Super Dancer Junior Series on Amrita TV.

Filmography

Aadhi Bhagavan
Venghai (2011) – Thamanna’s Mother
Alexander The Great(2009)
Sathyam (2008) – Sathyam’s mother
Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006) …. Doctor
Malamaal Weekly (2006) …. Thakurain
Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa (2000) …. Rani (Veeru’s girlfriend)
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) …. Manju
Milan (1995) …. Jaya
Raghuveer (1995) …. Aarti Verma
Anjaam (1994) …. Shivani’s sister
Daldu Chorayu Dhire Dhire
Baali Umar Ko Salaam(1994)
Phoolan Hasina Ramkali (1993)
Nishchaiy (1992) …. Julie
… aka Nishchay (India: Hindi title: video box title)
Inteha Pyar Ki (1992) …. Dancer at Tania’s wedding
Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul (1992) …. Julie
Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) …. Karan’s Sister
Insaaf Ki Devi (1992) …. Sita S. Prakash
Kurbaan (1991) …. Prithvi’s sister
Jaan Pechaan (1991) …. Hema
Jeene Ki Sazaa (1991) …. Sheetal
Thanedaar (1990) …. Mrs. Jagdish Chandra
Pati Parmeshwar (1990) (Hindi)
Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) (Malayalam)
Malarum Kiliyum (1986) (Malayalam)
Mayuri (film) (1984) (Telugu)
Sarvam Sakthimayam (1986)…Sivakami (Tamil)
Naache Mayuri (1986) …. Mayuri (Hindi)
Chinna Puve Mella Pesu (Year unknown) …. Shanthi (Telugu)
Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi (1987)…. (Tamil
super star junior ,dance reality show (malayalam,amritha tv) co judge with kala master

Awards

National Film Awards, 1986
Special Jury Award : Mayuri
The Indian Television Academy Awards, 2005
Best Actress in a negative role – For Tumhari Disha

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