Veteran Telugu movie actress Anjali Devi passes away
Hyderabad: Veteran Telugu actress Anjali Devi, a contemporary of legendary N T Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao who acted in about 500 films, passed away in Chennai today afternoon after a cardiac arrest.
She was 86. Devi was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai after she had complained of breathing difficulties on January 11.
In a career spanning more than six decades, Devi acted in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada movies.
Devi, who acted in a number of films starring late N T Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao, immortalised the mythological role of Sita in the movie ‘Lavakusa’.
She made a mark for herself in essaying mythological characters like Savitri and Sakkubai.
Married to noted film music director Adinarayana Rao, who passed away earlier, the couple also produced several movies.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy condoled Devi’s death.
Recalling her performance in movies like ‘Lavakusa’, ‘Bhakta Prahlada’ and ‘Bhakta Tukaram’, Reddy said Devi was a household name in Andhra Pradesh.
Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa condoled Anjali Devi’s death, saying her demise was an “irreparable loss” to South Indian cinema.
In his condolence message, Rosaiah said she was a renowned artiste who had enthralled ‘rasikas’ (fans) “by her scintillating performance in Tamil, Telugu and other Indian language films.”
“Her films have good reception even among present day youth. Rarely such great artists are born. Her death is an irreparable loss to South Indian film industry” he said in a Raj Bhavan statement.
Jayalalithaa, also a former cinema star, said Anjali Devi had captured the hearts of many Tamil film fans with her performance in movies, including ‘Mannathi Mannan,’ and ‘Chakravarthi Thirumagal’ among others.
“Her death is a big loss not just to the Tamil and Telugu film industries, but to me also. None can fill her place,” she said in a statement.