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Srividya is no more

Veteran south Indian actor Srividya, aged 53, passed away after battling with cancer at a private hospital in Kerala on the evening of October. Her funeral is scheduled at Thiuvanthapuram on 20.10.06 with full state honours. She had settled in Kerala. Born in Tamil Nadu in 1953, daughter of eminent classical singer M.L. Vasanthakumari, Srividya entered the film world at the age of 13 with a prominent role in the Sivaji Ganesan-starrer Thiruvarul Selvar.

Srividya appeared in various roles in over 900 films, of which the majority were in Tamil and Malayalam. Her debut film Chattambikavala, in Malayalam, released in 1969, was a big hit; after that, she was firmly established in the Malayalm film world. Srividya had given memorable performance in over 300 Malayalam films and she was awarded the state government's best actress award twice.

She also acted in a few Hindi films. She began her filmi career at age 13 and acted as heroine opposite nearly all the famous heroes of the film industry - from Kamal to Sathyan to Mammootty, and as mother of most of today?s heroes and heroines. Apart from acting she was also a popular dancer and singer. She was also working in television serials in Tamil and Malayalam.

At the peak of her career, she married businessman George Thomas but they separated some years back. Since then, she was reportedly alone.

Noted film director K.G. George said in that despite her glorious acting career, her personal life was in turmoil and she was always sad. She was a good human being; her concern for directors is quite well known. Many directors have personally benefited by her empathy and concern, he said.

All TV channels carried the news of her demise with video bytes of the condolence messages of eminent film personalities. On coming to know of her untimely death, many stalwarts of the film industry were unanimous in their homage and unstinted praise for Srividya, who was an excellent human being, a good friend, and a marvelous actor.

Srividya?s mortal remains would be kept at the VJT hall, Thiruvananthapuram, in the morning for her fans to pay their last respects to her. The cremation will take place at the Brahmin Samajam crematorium at Karamana later in the afternoon.

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