Actress Chithra, who played memorable roles in some iconic Malayalam films, died in Chennai on Saturday. She was 56.
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Chithra (widely known as ‘Nallennai’ Chithra) had begun her career in tinseltown as a child artiste in Tamil films. But it was through Malayalam films that she attained popularity.
After debuting as an adult in a minor role in Hariharan’s Valaruthumrugangal in 1981, she gained recognition with Aattakalasham , in which she was featured in the popular song Naanamaavunoo meni novunno … along with Mohanlal.
Five years later, she lipsynched to an even more popular song in a film that proved a turning point in her career. The beautiful melody in Panchagni , Aa raathri manju poyi …, was rendered by her namesake, K.S. Chithra. She did justice to what was a good role in the film directed by Hariharan.
She went on to come up with splendid performances in films such as Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha , which was also directed by Hariharan, and Sibi Malayil’s Amaram .
In Tamil, her notable films include En Thangachi Padichava, Oorkkavalan and Thirippu Munai.
“Chithra was a fine actress and she justified my faith in her in Panchagni and OruVadakkan Veeragatha ,” Hariharan told The Hindu . “I was also impressed with her performance in Amaram. She was one of those actresses who had both looks and talent.”