Silk Smitha life and biography

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Silk Smitha biography

Date of birth : 1960-12-02
Date of death : 1996-09-23
Birthplace : Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-16
Credited as : Actress, ,

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Silk Smitha was a South Indian cinema actress. Even though Smitha appeared in some character roles, she became popular through her glamourous appearances in softcore films.

Born Vijayalakshmi in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, Smitha left school after her fourth standard due to financial constraints. She became a film star by accident when she moved with her aunt to Madras (the then centre of the South Indian film industry). She was discovered by an Indian director Vinuchakravarthy at a flour mill. After that he renamed her Smitha & his wife taught her English. She learned dancing from another teacher.After garnering much notice and acclaim with her first major role in the Tamil movie Vandi Chakkaram, in 1979, Smitha assumed the name "Silk," after her character's name in the movie.

In 1996, Smitha was found dead in her Chennai apartment. The previous year she had tried to become a film producer. Financial problems, disillusionment in love and an alcohol dependency apparently led to depression. It is suspected that Smitha committed suicide.

Selected filmography:

Yamakinkarudu (1982)
Moondru Mugam (1983)
Khaidi (1983)
Challenge (1984)
Layanam (1989)
Nadodi (1992)
Halli Meshtru (1992)
Sphadikam (1995)

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