Veteran South Indian actor Sharada recently attended the Women Empowerment meet at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised by the Women’s Cell in Kochi, Kerala and interacted with the scientists and several others present at the event. Sharada spoke about numerous things during her speech, one of them being about her film career in Malayalam cinema. The seasoned actor said that when her career started to fade in Telugu cinema, it was Malayalam film industry that gave her the support and important roles which revived her career. “It is Malayalam cinema that made me a star and I am indebted to filmmaker Kunchako for my success as an actor,” Sharada was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. Sharada further added that many scriptwriters gave her important roles during key moments in her life for which she is very thankful.
“At a time when the Telugu cinema was reluctant to accept a dusky girl like me, it was Kunchako who offered me a role in Malayalam film. I got the jury award for my role in ‘Iruttinte Athmavu’ and two national awards for ‘Thulabharam’ and ‘Swayamvaram’ in Malayalam. ‘Thulabharam’ gave me a re-entry into the Telugu industry as a heroine. Actors Sathyan, Prem Nazir and Madhu, scriptwriter Sarangapani, P Bhaskaran, M T Vasudevan Nair, Vincent, Thoppil Bhasi and many others offered me good roles and supported me. I am thankful to Malayalam cinema for all my achievements,” she further added.
Sharada is one of the few actors in South Indian cinema who has won three National Awards. Few of her prominent films in South India are Kanyasulkam, Shrimati, Manushulu Marali, Daagudumootalu and Devudu Chesina Manushulu in Telugu. It was her role in the film Sharada that brought the fame to the actor and was well lauded for her performance as a disturbed woman in the film.