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Sunday, 14 July 2024 3.36 PM IST

'Smitha was a unique character, she cared for everyone who worked for her'


Silk Smitha is an actress who dominated the South Indian film world in the eighties with her wide eyes, charming smile and beauty. The star was known as 'Marilyn Monroe of Indian cinema'. In a career spanning seventeen years, Silk Smitha has appeared in more than 450 films in five languages. Now Telugu director Krishna Vamshi's words about Smita in an interview are going viral.

Vamshi started his career in cinema as an assistant director. He became an independent director in 1995 with the film Rose. Vamshi has also worked with Silk Smitha.

'During the beginning of my career, I used to go to all the shooting locations to get a chance in the film. Once an acquaintance took me to Varaprasad Rao. He was doing a film with Silk Smitha then. I also worked actively there. Smitha observed this.

After this Smitha produced the film Veeraviharam. I got the opportunity to work with her. I worked in production for a few months. Thus a good friendship was formed with Smitha. She is a unique character. After this I became a director through the film Rose.

One day I was smoking, standing in front of Annapurna Studio. Meanwhile, a car passed. I didn't care who it was. Suddenly the car came back and stopped in front of me. When the mirror of the car was lowered, I saw Smitha inside.

I was shocked. She asked if I don't remember her. I replied that I was wondering if she remembered me. She said that she had seen the movie 'Rose' and it was beautiful. Smitha cared for those who worked for her, whether it was a driver or a make-up man, as her own people.'- Vamshi revealed in an interview.

Vijayalakshmi alis Silk Smitha, was born in Dendluru, a village in Andhra Pradesh. Silk, who dropped out of school in the fourth grade due to financial difficulties, got married at the age of fourteen due to her family's insistence. Soon Silk Smitha fled to Chennai along with her aunt due to harassment by her husband and in-laws.

Smitha started out as a touch up artist in films. Later, she started her career in films through small roles. Actor-director Vinu Chakraborty met Silk at a flour mill near AVM Studios and the turning point in her life. Vinu Chakraborty arranged for Smita to be trained in acting and dancing.

Smitha got her first break in a film in 1980. The role of a bar girl named 'Silk' in the film Vandichakram changed Smitha's life. In 1982, with the release of Rajinikanth's Moondru Mukham was also a hit.

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