KARNATAKA

An evening with Jaganmohini

SPARKLING TALENT:Prathima Devi in her stellar role that created an industry record.

SPARKLING TALENT:Prathima Devi in her stellar role that created an industry record.  

She was unforgettable in Jaganmohini, the first Kannada film that ran for 100 days.

Even then, the industry was facing challenges from non-Kannada films and Prathima Devi kept its flag flying high with Jaganmohiniand Nagakanye, giving Tamil and Telugu films a run for their money. This actor is the first heroine to star in a silver jubilee film in Kannada in the early 1950s. From then on, her husband, Shankar Singh, as producer and director with Mahatma Pictures, went on to create many records.

Fundamentally a theatre artiste, Prathima Devi debuted in Krishna Leela, and went on to act in over 60 films such as Srinivasa Kalyana, Muttidella Chinna, Chanchala Kumari, Dharmasthala Mahatme, Mangala Sutra, Dharani Mandala Madhyadolageand others.

Mother of two big talents — noted director S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu and actor-turned producer Vijayalakshmi Singh — the lady donned the mother's role in the film Law and Orderafter a gap of 16 years. On Saturday, Prathima Devi will star in Belli Hejje, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy's popular interactive programme, at 4.30 p.m. at Badami House.

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