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Leelavathi - Struggler for Stupendous Growth

Updated on : Sep 19, 2010

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Leelavathi - Struggler for Stupendous Growth

Sailing against the wind and storm in personal and professional life Dr Leelavathi has stood as the strong pillar. In the four and half decades of cinema life Dr Leelavathi attains a place for her excellence in acting, good heart and straightforward approach.
 
Washing vessels for livelihood to a comfortable standing as the top heroine Dr Leelavathi underwent pains. Some of them are tucked even today in her memory. ‘Life is like a train. You expect delays from time to time but not a derailment’. That is in a nutshell the life of Dr Leelavathi. The winner against all odds! Despite of derailment she managed to come on the tracks to continue the life. In that way she is a torchbearer to others.
 
Born in Belthangady village in Dakshin Kannada Leelavathi came with hope to Mysore. She got a small role in Shanker Singh film ‘Naga Kannika’. She joined the Mahalinga Bhagavathar team Sri Sahitya Samrajya Drama troupe. She got a chance to act in Subbainaidu ‘Bhakta Prahallada. Mangalya Yoga, Dharma Vijaya, Ranadheera Kanteerava she got paltry roles. It was from ‘Rani Honnamma’ Leelavathi became the heroine and did not turn back. Santha Thukaram, Kantheradhu Nodu, Kaivara Mahatme, Gali Gopura, Kanyarathna, Kulavadhu, Veera Kesari, Mana Mechchida Madadhi etc she proved her mettle as a competitive heroine. Even when started accepting the supporting actress the power of acting was more graduated. Gejje Pooje, Sipayi Ramu, Doctor Krishna she received the state award.
 
Leelavathi also turned producer for her son Vinodraj to get a standing in the Kannada cinema industry. College Hero, Nanjunda, Kannadadha Kandha, Shukra, Yaaradu are the production of films from Leelavathi.
 
In 2009 the Tumkur University honored her with honorary doctorate and in 1999-2000 she bagged the Dr Rajakumar award.
 
Agriculture is her primary love as on today. Shifting from Chennai to Bangalore living at Soladevanahalli in her farm house with acres of land she is growing crops. She has constructed a hospital for the poor people.
 
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HER LIFE:

•    Dr Rajakumar is like a God, crores of people offer prayers to him. I have acted as heroine in 30 plus films of his.
•    He has taught me acting. Let his soul always rest in peace – Dr Leelavathi once again on Dr Rajakumar. He is Sreshta among all is what I can say.
•    I was washing vessels for Rs.5 in my life. That was the very difficult days. She is 75 today and acted in 600 films in that 300 are Kannada films.
•    For Ranadheera Kanteerava film I was booked for Rs.1500 as remuneration. Still I have to get balance of Rs.500 from that film made in 1960.
•    Other than Kannada she acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Tulu language films with all prominent stars like Dr.Rajkumar, N.T.Rama Rao, Shivaji Ganeshan and Chiranjeevi.
•    She won national awards for 2 times for her performance in Madhuve Madi Nodu and Santha Thukaram.
•    To bring up my son in the cradle days I staged number of plays. When the bell at theatre play was ringing my son Vinod used to get up from sleep and started crying.
•    They say I have enough money. Let them come and tell me who gave me the money. I struggled even for one rupee.
•    Hari Khoday keeping the documents of my land once arranged for Rs.15 lakhs fund.
•    Once I had no food to eat. It was on the Ugadi day. I thought of ending my life. I had even sent for tablets to die but that was not available in the market.
•    In Tamil Nadu one of the roads is in my name. But for this Leelavathi there is no proper recognition here in Karnataka. I have acted in five languages.
•    I have acted with top stars but once I found my ground here in Kannada I did not accept other languages.
•    It requires more than two days to tell my agonies and pains.
•    I have faced the most difficult stages in life only because of my son Vinod Raj.
•    What the government gives for the Kannada cinema should be properly scrutinized. The given benefit should be rightly used.
•    Act with lot patience. That is the way to learning.
•    For me Ku Ra Seetharama Shastri taught the nuances of acting.
•    When I acted in Tamil I did not know the language. It is my problem too stated Rajanikanth in those days.
•    My son Vinodraj was even called by K Balachander. Like me he also did not want to go to other languages.
•    For my son Vinod I am ready to make any number of films. Even If I lose I don’t mind.
•    I did not get the BDA site so far even after winning state award three times. When S Bangarappa was the chief minister he asked me to meet him. I climbed the stair case and when I went up I felt uneasiness in the heart. I was admitted to hospital. Bangarappa looked after the medical expenses.
•    Till my last breath I want to keep on acting.  
•    Maximum of my roles are tear jerker ones.
•    Sometimes I have received the double the remuneration of heroes. I used to do my own make up.
•    I received scoldings from Subbai Naidu and GV Iyer.
•    I have earned my bread with sheer hard work. I am not living on anyone money.
•    Even in bathroom I was learning dialogues.
•    ‘Shradde and Asakthi’ – Dedication and interest are very important to come up in life.
•    The proud mother and son of Kannada cinema Dr.Leelavathi and Vinodraj have jointly constructed a hospital in Soladevanahalli for people of rural area’. This is a six bed hospital built on 100x100 land area given by Gram Thana for the social activity envisaged by Dr Leelavathi.
•    It took more than a year for this hospital to come up. It was built from the interest amount of Rs.27 lakhs which Dr Leelavathi generated from mutual funds kept in the name of Vinodraj from the remaining land sale in Chennai that fetched Rs.3 crores.
•    ‘I have not taken single paisa from anyone to construct this hospital’. So far for 8 state awards I have piled up my files for the site that has not come to me stated

Dr.Leelavathi.

•    Dr.Leelavathi has a website www.drmleelavathi.com
•    Dr Leelavathi and Vinodraj received a threat on their life sometime back. After investigation of the spot the glass pieces were found above the Toyota car.
•    Had the media not come to the support the situation would have been pathetic says Vinodraj.
 
 
IMPORTANT KANNADA FILMS OF DR LEELAVATHI IN KANNADA


1.Bhaktha Prahlada
2.Mangalya Yoga
3.Randheera Kanteerava
4.Rani Honnamma
5.Kan Theredu Nodu
6.Kithooru Chennamma
7.Boodana
8.Gaali Gopura
9.Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu
10.Rathna Manjari
11.Vidhi Vilasa
12.Nanda Deepa
13.Kanya Rathna
14.Malli Maduve
15.Kula Vadhu
16.Veera Kesari
17.Kalitharu Henne
18.Mana Meechida Madadi
19.Santha Thukaram
20.Thumbida Koda
21.Naga Pooja
22.Chandrahaasa
23.Vatsalya
24.Maduve Maadi Nodu
25.Thoogu Deepa
26.Premamayi
27.Gange Gouri
28.Bhagya Devathe
29.Mamathe
30.Kalpavriksha
31.Brindavana
32.Gejje Pooje
33.Aparajithe
34.Sukha Samsara
35.Aaru Mooru Ombathu
36.Sharapanjara
37.Signal Man Siddappa
38.Naa Meechida Huduga
39.Nagarahaavu
40.Sipayi Ramu
41.Upasane
42.Baktha Kumbara
43.Devaragudi
44.Kalla Kulla
45.Bhagyajyothi
46.Belittendthi
47.Hennu Samsarada Kannu
48.Naa Ninna Mareyakare
49.Veera Sindhura Lakshmana
50.Hombisilu
51.Namma Ammana Sose
52.Vasantha Geetha
53.Thayiya Madillalli
54.Muniyana Madari
55.Premaloka
56.Nanjunda
57.Kannadada Kanda
58.Shukra
59.Gagana
60.Golmal Radhakrishna

 Tamil
 1.Aval Oru Thodar Kathai
 2.Avargal
 3.Naan Avan Illai
   
 Telugu
 1.Marma Yogi  
 2.Idi Katha Kaadu  
 3.Maro Malupu
   
 Malayalam
 1.Pazhassi Raja
   
 Tulu Movie  
 1. Yanna sanasi api
 2. Besathi babu

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