Sumalata (Telugu: సుమలత, born 27 August 1963) is a popular Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 200 films in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi.Contents
Born and raised in a Telugu family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, She gained popularity in Malayalam cinema and later married Kannada actor Ambarish and settled in Bangalore.
Sumalata began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest in 1979. She appeared in many Tamil and Telugu films early in her career. She was Rajinikanth's second heroine besides Rati Agnihotri in films like Murattu Kaalai and Kazhugu. Most of her Telugu films are with Chiranjeevi. Her most memorable Malayalam films include Thazhvaram, Isabella, Nirakkoottu, Thoovanathumbikal, Parampara and New Delhi. She has acted in many Kannada movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Tayi Kanasu, Karna, Tayiya Hone, Kallarali Hoovagi, Ravichandra in which she acted with legendary actor Dr. Rajkumar. She has also acted in many Telugu films.
She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Shrutilayalu in 1987. She is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director Kodandarami Reddy noticed Suhasini combing Sumalata's long hair on the train journey to the film set. Reddy asked his cameraman, Ashok Reddy, to film the two and added the scene to the movie's final cut.
Sumalatha reportedly speaks six languages, and has acted in four.
Personal lifeShe married Kannada actor and politician Ambareesh on 8 December 1991 and they have a son named Abhishek. She acted with Ambareesh in movies like Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Sri Manjunatha and Kallarali Hoovagi which went on to win a National Award. They supposedly met on the sets of a movie, and she was attracted to his bold and bindas personality. In an interview with TV9 Kannada she mentioned she was very much attracted to his rebellious attitude. It seems she used to be very silent and be to herself on the sets; he encouraged her to be talkative and mingle with the crew and the people around her.
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