Remembering “Silk Smitha” On Her 20th Death Anniversary

Silk Smitha was busy actress in 1980’s, she was synonyms with sexy roles in that period. Born as  Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh to poor parents, she got married at a very young age and moved to Chennai forced by the ill-treatment at in-laws house.

She made a silent entry into the industry as an extra and got recognized by the audience in 1979 movie Vandichakkaram, her character name ‘Silk’ later added to cine name

She acted in more than 450 films all major south Indian languages as well in Hindi language, her career span of 17 years brought her grand success.

A film critic remembers how a simple addition of song featuring Silk turns the box office collection of the movie.

On the fateful day of 23rd September in the year 1996, Smitha committed suicide at her home in Chennai. She was said to be under chronic depression following a series of issues both in her personal and professional life.

In the year 2011, a movie named “The Dirty Picture” said to inspired by the life and death of Silk was released on her birthday 2nd December. The movie was opposed by the family members of Silk calling it was made without their consent

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