Thursday, November 22, 2007
K.S.L. Swamee has been roped in to direct a documentary on veteran actress B. Saroja Devi being produced by the Karnataka state government. The documentary, focusing on her works in Kannada films, will have Hithaishini playing the role of Saroja Devi. Manjunath cranks the camera and Pandit Pravin Godkini helms the music.
Saroja Devi made her entry into films at a very young age with the Kannada film Mahaakavi Kaalidas, which won her a National Award. She has portrayed a spectacular variety of roles in over 300 films in different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. Her first Telugu film was Panduranga Mahatyam opposite N.T. Rama Rao. She rose to fame in Tamil Films with Nadodi Mannan opposite M.G. Ramachandran.
Some of her popular Kannada films include Anna Thangi, Amarashilpi Jakanachari (first colour movie in Kannada), Bhagyavantharu, School Master, and Mallammana Pavada. She has won several awards, including the Padmashree award in 1969 and the Padma Bhushan award in 1992.