Anjali Devi Sathabhishekam function
Anjali Devi, one of the most popular stars of the black and white era celebrated her Sathabhishekam on Saturday. Her relatives, friends and Colleagues from the film industry were there. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi visited the place of Anjali Devi and blessed her.
Born in Peddapuram in Kakinada district on 23th October, 1928, Anjali Devi began acting at the age of eight. Later she performed on stage with Young Man’s Happy Club. She met her husband Adinarayana Rao there and they got married in 1940.
Anjali Devi was introduced to Cinema by C. Pullaiah as Mohini, the heavenly beauty, in ‘Golla Bhama’ film. After that she never looked back. She went on to complete around 400 films as heroine in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. She paired with all the top stars in the 40s and 50s.
In 1950, Anjali Devi established her own production house Anjali Pictures. Under the banner she launched a bilingual Tamil-Telugu film ‘Paradesi’. Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Anjali Devi played the lead roles and she introduced Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan with the film. Another legend introduced by Anjali Devi in ‘Paradesi’ was the versatile SV Ranga Rao.
In Tamil Anjali Devi is still a legend. Anjali Devi was always in the big league of actors with films like, Mangayarkarasi, Adutha Veettu Penn, Penn, Kanavane Kankanda Theivam, Manalanae Mangayin Bakiam, Adithan Kanavu which were all block busters of the times. Her films with MGR, Marmayogi, Sarvadhikari and Gulebagavali are cherished movies even today. She was also the mother of Rajinikanth in ‘Annai Ou Aalayam’.
A great devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, Anjali Devi symbolizes the golden era of Tamil and Telugu cinema.
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