Sumalatha is a popular Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 200 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi movies. Born in Chennai, she was raised in Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh and remains based in southern India. Sumalatha began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest. She is married to Kannada Super star and politician Ambareesh. Her most memorable films include New Delhi, Isabella, Thoovanathumbikal and Nirakkoottu.
Sumalatha reportedly speaks six languages, and has acted in four. She is married to great actor and Karnataka politician Ambareesh, and is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director Kodandarami Reddy noticed Suhasini combing Sumalatha's long hair on the train journey to the film set. Reddy asked his cameraman, Ashok Reddy, to film the two, and added the scene to the movie's final cut.
She has acted in many Telugu films. She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Sruthilayalu in 1987. She co-starred with Rajendra Prasad (actor) in Jayammu Nishchayammu Raa and Donga Kollu; with Chiranjeevi in Swayamkrushi, Gangleader, Veta, Raakshasudu, Kaidhi, Chattam tho Poratam, Agnigundam and Sri Manjunatha. Her last movie in Telugu is Boss(2006), she played Sreya's mother role in that movie.
She also appeared in a Kannada movie Kallarali Hoovagi with her husband, which went on to win a National Award. Her husband Ambareesh died on 24 November 2018 at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru due to cardiac arrest.
In March 2019, Sumalatha announced that she would be running as an independent candidate in Mandya for the Lok Sabha elections againt Nikhil Kumaraswamy from the JD(S). Darshan and Yash campaigned for Sumalatha Ambareesh at the Mandya constituency.