Friday, November 11, 2011


Sobhana, who was born on 21 March 1966 in Trivandrum to parents Chandra Kumar and  Anandam is a well known actress in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada  as well as a renowned classical Dancer.She is the neice of  famous Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini who were known as 'Travancore Sisters' well distinguished in classical dance and   film stars of India.. Actress Padma Shri Sukumari who is very famous in Malayalam and Tamil Films is her Aunt.The famous Malayalam and Telugu film star Vineeth who is a fantastic classical dancer also is her relative.
Sobhana's talents are so inherent and  she was given classical dance training from the childhood itself and her main Guru is 'Chithra Viswesaran'.She is very proficient in all kinds of classical dances especially 'Bharata Natyam'.She started her own Dance School  at Chennai in the name 'Kalarpana' which organizes dance festivals throughout India every year.The funds raised by these dance programs are utilized for training talented students who are financially poor and also for the betterment of handicapped people.
Sobhana got entry in to films in 1984  with the film 'April 18' which is a Malayalam film which was produced and directed by Balachandra Menon.Bharat Gopi,Adoor Bhasi,Adoor Bhavani,Venu Nagavally,Unni Mary etc acted in that movie which was a super hit.Even though Sobhana was very young then, she was able to present her role in an ennobled form.
In the same year with Mammootty she could act in another super hit film 'Kana Marayathu' which made her part of the industry and offer from other languages also came in search for that talented artist.She acted along with Kamal Hassan,Rajani Kanth,Chiranjeevi etc in several major projects such as Siva,Thalapathy,Rudraveena etc and gained much applause from the audience.In Nagarjuna's debut film 'Vikram. Sobhana was the heroine.
During the 80's and 90's Sobhana was the No.1 heroine of all south Indian languages is  an incontrovertible fact.She could play the character of 'Mani Chitrathazhu' a Malayalam film directed by eminent director Fazil which the theme was based on psychological phenomenon  superbly brilliant.Her dance sequences in that film were also excellent with gorgeous gesticulation and movements combined with minute face expressions.Her acting in that film can not be described in words but we can only say that it is immaculate and wonderful.Her susceptible role and incandescent acting performance  resulted such that   Sobhana was the National award winner of Best Film Actress of 1994 for film Manichitrathazhu..Again in 2001 she got National award for Best Actress for film 'Mitr,My Friend' a film made in English language by actress Revathy and directed by her.
The dancing sequences in the films of Sobhana would be a feast for the spectators who love classical dance.
She is a very talented choreographer also.
Mohan Lal  is  a successful pair for Sobhana in many of her films.T.P.Balagopalan M.A. was a nice film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad in which Sukumari,Balan K.Nair,Sreenivasan,Maniyan Piilai Rajau etc were co- stars which was a very successful film.In  'Vellanakalude Nadu' Sobhana was a Government Officer and Mohan Lal Public works department Contractor.That film was a block buster film  like 'Pavithram' 'Mazhayethum Munpe' 'Pakshe' and 'Commissioner'. The film 'Thenmavin Kombathu' which was written and directed by 'Priyadarshan' was an awful success.The Mammootty film 'Hitler' was a roaring success at the box office.Like that in other languages films like 'Siva' 'Thalapathy'  'Kokila'  'Asthram'  'Rudraveena' etc are all remarkable films.Sobhana has acted in more than Forty films in other languages than Malayalam.She recived Padma Shri from  Government of India in 2006.
She was given 'Kala Ratna' award in 2014 by Kerala Government.
Selected Filmography
April 18
Kana Marayathu
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove
Vasantha Sena
Azhiyatha Bandhangal
With Nagarjuna in  'Vikram'
Ithrayum Kalam
Nadodi Kattu
Vellanakalude Nadu
Maya Mayuram
Thenmavin Kombathu
Manathe Vellitheru
Receiving 'PADMA SHRI AWARD' from Indian President 
Agni Sakshi
Sagar Elias Jacky
Sobhana with Ajith and Salini
Beauty at its Best
Excellent transition to the character
Perfection like a sculpture
Smt.Sobhana,Smt.Kanimozhi,Sri.Kamal Hasssan

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