Thursday, March 1, 2012


Remember the cute little girl of 1969 film 'Nadhi' which was a super duper hit in Malayalam?Nobody can forget that film and those who saw that movie will never forget the little charming  girl acted  along with
Prem Nazir and Sarada.At that time she was known as 'Baby Sumathi' and was the most sought female child artist in south Indian languages.In the film Nadhi she had an important role and the turning point of the film happens due to her charater's  death.
The story was of a typical type, three families spending vacation in big three wooden boats berthed  on a serene
river shore.The song scene in which  the character of actress Sarada singing "Kunjine veno. Kunjine Veno ...Kunjine vangan alundo...Thappu
Kottamburam Thakilu kottamburam...." holding Baby Sumathi in her hand was an appealing sequence and
the sentimental song scene when Baby Sumathi drowned  "Aayiram Paadasarangal Kilungi...Aaluva puzha pinneyum Ozhuki...created much pains in the hearts of all viewers.That song is immortal and still young.
Baby Sumathi hails from Madurai in Tamil Nadu and was born on August 19, 1964.Her father was running businesses like Printing press and Photo Studio.Her third elder brother Prabhakar joined Tamil movies as
child artist first and later at the age of two Baby Sumathi also became a child artist.Her second elder brother Kumar also became an actor.Several of her cousins were in acting field and handling  cinematography and working  as assistant directors.
Baby Sumathi had acted in Tamil,Malayalam,Kannada,Telugu and Hindi as a child artist.She was lucky enough
to act with M.G.Ramachandran,Sivaji Ganesan,Gemini Ganesan,Prem Nazir,Madhu,RajaniKanth,Bhagyaraj etc.
In the Malayalam film 'Sethu Bandhanam' she handled dual roles as twin sisters.In that  film Prem Nazir and Jaya Bharathi acted as the children's parents but living apart in conflict and both of them were taking care of a child each.The children happened to became class mates and their plans became successful to make  join their  parents was the story.In that film Baby Sumathi acted fantastically well.
In the film 'Hridayam Oru Kshetram' she handled the role of a patient in a hospital not knowing the seriousness
of her disease.She earned the love of all the staff and other patients in the hospital.In that film also no body can forget the marvelous acting skill of that actress displayed  in her childhood.
In the film 'Rathi Nirvedam' she presented a teen age role but was really very nice.
It was Bhagyaraj that made her a heroine for the first time in 1979 for his directional debut film 'Suvarillatha
Chitrangal' in which he acted as the hero.
In 1989 Sumathi got married and settled in America.
She got Kerala Government Best female child artist award in the year 1969,1972 and in 1977.
Selected Filmography
Iru Kodugal

Vaa Raja Vaa
Pani Theeratha Veedu
Velli Vizha
Sethu Bandhanam
Hridayam Oru Kshetram

Rathi Nirvedam
Swamy Ayyappan
Swarg Narak
Suvarillatha Chitrangal
Nan Sigappu Manithan

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