Kanchana (actress)

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Born Vasundhara Devi
August 16, 1939
Madras, India

Kanchana is a noted actress of the 1960s and 1970s. She acted in all four South Indian languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. She has also acted in Hindi films as well.


Personal life

Kanchana's wealthy family is originally from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. They moved to Madras (present Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, which was where Kanchana was born on August 16, 1939.[1] Her original name was Vasundara Devi. She learnt Bharata Natyam and Music.

Her father suffered business losses, and she went to work as a Air Hostess to support her family, when she was discovered by the film director C. V. Sridhar on a plane where he was a passenger. He gave the lead role in his film Kadalikka Neramillai in 1963 and changed her name to Kanchana, since there was already another actress named Vasundhara Devi, mother of star Vyjayanthimala.[2] She acted in over 150 films – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, with a successful acting career.

She now lives in Bangalore, close to her sister and brother-in-law.


Kanchana acted in over 150 films, in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi movies. She retired from films in the early 1980s.[3] In 2005, she was presented with the MGR award and in 2007 the ANR Swarna Kankanam award.[4]

She was appropriately known as the Queen of the Seventies in South Indian film industry. Her performances in the movies Kalyana Mandapam, Pavitra Bandam, Manchivadu were well appreciated and recognized.[5] She played the role of Uttara in the film Veerabhimanyu (1965) along with Shobhan Babu which established her in the industry. Next year she acted in Annapurna pictures film Aatma Gowravam with veteran director K. Viswanath.

She acted with Krishna in some glamorous roles in Ave Kallu, Nenante Nene and Dharma Daata. Not only in social roles, she acted some mythological roles in pictures likeShri Krishnavataram (1967). After retirement as heroine, she acted in some good films including Ananda Bhairavi and Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra in 1984.

There were rumours floating around a few years ago about her living in penury. A popular Tamil magazine Kumudam published a report that Kanchana was relying on the prasadam served at a Temple. However in a press release, Kanchana refuted all this with deep anguish. She cited her existing legal tangles as a reason for reluctance for not suing the magazine.

Kanchana now lives in an apartment right opposite her sister's and spends her days in spiritual progress.

The actress later got the wealth of Rs. 15 crores with the Court ruling against her parents. It was learnt that one day her father took signature of Kanchana on a white paper and without her knowledge converted total assets on his name. After a long legal battle she won and regained her wealth.

Kanchana along with her Sister Girija Pandey donated their property in Chennai worth Rs. 15 crores to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on 25 October 2010.


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1964 Kadalika Neramillai Tamil Debut film
1965 Aatma Gowravam Telugu Savitri/Sarala
1965 Manchi Kutumbam Telugu
1965 Preminchi Choodu Telugu
1965 Veerabhimanyu Telugu Uttara
1966 Navarathri Telugu Dr Anand
1966 Parakkum Paavai Tamil
1966 Dr. Anand Telugu
1967 Adhey Kangal Tamil
1967 Ave Kallu Telugu Susheela
1967 Bama Vijayam Tamil
1967 Farz Hindi
1967 Prana Mithrulu Telugu
1967 Private Master Telugu Sundari
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu
1967 Thangai Tamil Lalitha
1968 Bandhipotu Dongalu Telugu Malli, Kalisochina Adrishtam
1968 Nenante Nene Telugu , Tarasasankam
1968 Teen Bahuraniyan Hindi Kanchukota, Saptaswaralu, Devakanya, Kalisochina Adrushtam, Veeranjaneya
1969 Manushulu Marali Telugu
1969 Bhale Mastaru Telugu
1969 Natakala Rayudu Telugu Geetha Devi
1969 Shanti Nilayam Tamil
1970 Dharma Daata Telugu Padma
1970 Samaj Ko Badal Dalo Hindi
1970 Sivanda man Tamil
1970 Uthiravindri Ulle Vaa Tamil
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Tamil
1971 Kalyana Mandapam Telugu
1971 Pavitra Bandham Telugu
1971 Amayakuralu Telugu
1973 Bhakta Tukaram Telugu
1972 'Manchirojula Vachyai' Telugu
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu
1973 Manchi Vadu Telugu
1974 Prem Nagar Hindi Dancer
1975 Alakh Niranjan Hindi Mohini
1975 Maya Maschindra Telugu Mohini
1976 Mahakavi Kshetrayya Telugu Annadammula Anubandham
1976 Secretary Telugu
1977 Babruvahana Kannada Uloopi
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Telugu
1977 Indradhanusu Telugu
1977 Veer Arjun Hindi Uloopi
1978 Sigappu Rojakkal Tamil
1979 Driver Ramudu Telugu Kalavathi
1980 Johnny Tamil Johnny's mother
1981 Gadasari Attaha Sosagara Kodalu Telugu
1982 Ina Malayalam Aunty
1984 Ananda Bhairavi
1984 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra Telugu
1985 Shri Datta Darshanam Telugu
1986 Mouna Raagam Tamil
1987 Waqt Ka Shahenshah Hindi
1991 Devata Manushya Kannada


Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award

  • She was presented with the MGR award in 2005.

Other awards

  • ANR Swarna Kankanam award in 2007.[4]


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