In an unfortunate development, veteran actress Krishna Kumari reportedly passed away earlier today after a long battle with cancer and this left fans heartbroken. She was 85. The yesteryear star is survived by her daughter. She was diagnosed with bone marrow sometime ago and had been receiving treatment for the same at a noted hospital since the last few months. In March 2017, she had undergone chemotherapy after her cancer was detected.
In case you did not know, Krishna Kumari was born in West Bengal in 1933. The sister of yesteryear actress Sowkar Janaki, she entered the film world with 1951 release ‘Navvithe Navaratnalu’ and added a new dimension to her career. In the years that followed, the actress went on to work alongside the likes of ANR, NTR, and Sivaji Ganesan to name a few. Interestingly, she was paired opposite NTR in some of her finest films. Her most notable films with the former Andhra CM include ‘Aaptha Mithrulu’ and ‘Devantakudu’. ‘Devantakudu’ was directed by Chithajallu Pullaiah and is best remembered for heavy on satire screenplay. It was based on a Bengali hit titled ‘Jamalaye Jibanto Manush’ and saw Krishna Kumari essay the role of a rich guy’s daughter.
Some of her other notable films include ‘Sri Tirupathamma Katha’ and ‘Yashodha Krishna’. Her characters in these films were relatable and helped her expand her fan base even further. Her popularity in the South helped her bag a Hindi film titled ‘Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala’ and ad a new dimension to her career. Although she grabbed plenty of attention in th Hindi film circles because of her looks, she ultimately returned to the Telugu film industry and made it clear that she was not keen on working in Hindi cinema.
We are indeed sad to know about her demise and our condolences go out to Krishna Kumari’s family. Her contribution to the film world will not be forgotten.