The end of Kulebhagavali

Sunday, November 26 saw the end of a graceful, classy actress at her daughter’s home in Alwarpet.

G Varalakshmi characterized the haughty, cold-mannered, yet classy woman with a core of strength more clearly than any one else, I think. I fell in love with her in Kulebhagavvali – so much that when she loses (albeit in a show of talent) to the all-powerful and multi-talented MGR, I was almost sorry for it.

On the other hand, her performance in Sampoorna Ramayanam is what I rate as my personal best. She threw herself into the role so well that for years afterwards, I couldn’t see her as anything but Kaikeyi – the mean, manipulative queen … who managed to provoke a twinge of sympathy in her audience.

Goodbye, haughty princess. We’ll miss you.

2 Comments so far

  1. bejharboy (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    and her recent cameo appearance in GUNA is also pretty good, where she renders her golden voice set to Ilaiyaraja’s music “unnai naan arivaen”…and then a younger voice comes later on…but I really liked her piece only in the song..such a voice!

  2. Shalini (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    Wow, someone is actually talking of Kulebagavalli. I’m thrilled to bits. I think the movie had some really, really awesome songs and a cool plot! The hero gets to marry 3 sisters – our own Arabian Nights!

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