She starred in several films alongside top South film industry actors such as Rajnikanth, Kamal Hasan, Srividya, etc.
By Mrunal More/The Newster
On Saturday, South Indian actress Chithra (56) passed away after suffering cardiac arrest at her residence in Chennai.
Born in Kochi, Kerala, Chithra was a famous face in Malayalam and Tamil film industries and worked in over 100 films. She was known as ‘Nallennai Chithra’ after acting in the Nallennai commercial. This oil advertisement went viral several years ago.
From starting her career in the 80s and 90s as a child artist in the film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), which won the national award, she was among the few who made her first debut with well-known actors Mohanlal and Prem Nazir in Aattakalasam (1983).
She also starred in several films alongside top South film industry actors such as Rajnikanth, Kamal Hasan, Srividya, etc.
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Her big hits on the screens are Panchgani, Rajavazhcha, Devasuram, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Nayam Vyakthamakunnu, Ekalavyan, Aaram Thamburan, Commissioner, Ustaad and many others.
After a brief break due to marriage in 2000, she returned to the big screen with Mazhavillu and Soothradharan. She also worked in some of the tele-series.
She managed to be part of several Bollywood films as well, namely Razia and later, she was also featured in the movie Ek nayi paheli (1984).
She has also worked in many Telugu and Kannada films. Some of her notable Telugu films include Thangachi Padichava, Oorkkavalan and Thirippu Munai brought more prominence to her career.
She was married to Vijayararaghavan and had a daughter, Mahalaxmi.
After her demise, while talking to The Hindu, director Hariharan said, “Chithra was a fine actress and she justified my faith in her in Panchagni and OruVadakkan Veeragatha. I was also impressed with her performance in Amaram. She was one of those actresses who had both looks and talent”, he said.