She's back

in focus Purnima is eager to make a mark, second time around

P urnima completed ten years in the film industry. She was seen in a mother's role recently in Graduate and says she's keen to do more films as her children have grown up. Born and brought up in Chennai, the actress became popular with Nalugu Sthambalata, Muddha Mandaram, Srivariki Premalekhalu, and Ma Pallelo Gopalaudu.

She didn't wait for her career to flourish and got married at 21. “ Ye age lo jarige mucchata aa age lo jarigipovaali, if you postpone your marriage people will think you are interested only in your career and that will send wrong signals to people,” says Purnima firmly and is immensely happy at her decision.

Purnima says even while working in the films earlier, she was detached with the film people, never had an artiste's number in her diary and maintained a professional relationship.

She had done 50 films that includes Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam, the last film being with Savitri in Harischandrudu. The golden period of her career she cites was during 1981-1988, she was particularly appreciated for popularising voni (half saris) and having worked without make up in Jandhyala's films.

After her marriage, Purnima shifted to Chennai, then Vizag and now she is in Gujarat. She had a child immediately and couldn't work and after ten years did a TV serial Kavyanajali, “I successfully completed 50 episodes,” she says. “I'm pining for work in films, but my husband is on a transferable job, people think that travelling from Surat to Hyderabad takes time, money so they are desisting from giving me offers, but I'm sure to chalk out a way. An artiste can't stay without work for long,” says Purnima.

The Telugu community when they see Purnima at family gatherings apparently break into, tholi saari mimalni choosindi modhalu, kadilayi madhilo yenneno kalalu… her popular number from Srivariki premalekhalu and the actress is amazed that her films have made such an impact. Currently she is waiting for the release of a film opposite Bhanuchander, Mr Lavangam starring Tanikella Bharani's son.

y. sunita chowdhary

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