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Born : July 18, 1971, First Movie : Gandharva(Kannada), Recent Release : Shiva Shankar,

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Born : July 18, 1976, Mulbagal

Died : April 17, 2004, Bengaluru

Spouse : G. S. Raghu (m. 2003–2004)

Parents : K. S. Satyanarayan

Siblings : Amarnath

Soundarya (born Sowmya; 18 July 1972 – 17 April 2004) was a Telugu film actress who acted in many Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and in a Bollywood film. She was much sought-after actress in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. She produced movies in the latter phase of her career and won the Silver Lotus Award for her film Dweepa. She was awarded the Filmfare Awards for her acting performances. Soundarya died in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party near Bangalore in 2004.She was considered as number one heroine in the Telugu film industry by giving tough competition to Ramya Krishna, Roja, Meena,in 90's.

Soundarya was the daughter of Kannada film producer and writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She was born in Mulbagal and raised in Bangalore. She made her debut while in her first year of MBBS when she was offered a role by a friend of her father's in the Kannada film Gandharva (1992). Her first Telugu film was 'Manavarali Pelli' (1992). She discontinued her studies after Ammoru (1995).

She moved on to Telugu films, where she achieved greater popularity and success.

She acted in around 90 Telugu films, such as Pavithrabandham, Pelliichesukundam with Venkatesh, found to be a popular pair. Annaya, Chudalani undhi with Chiranjeevi and others like Nagarjuna,balakrishna, Srikanth, Rajendraprasad, Jagapathibabu, Krishna,vineeth, abbas ,prabu deva ,vikram mohan babu ,arjun saikumar, vinod kumar, j d charavarthi etc. She acted in several female-oriented roles like Thommidi nelalu, Arundhathi, Maa inti adapaduchu, etc. Directors like Ragavendra rao, S.V.Krishna Reddy, Kodi Ramakrishna, Kranthi Kumar gave her lead roles.

Soundarya acted in one Hindi film, Sooryavansham. She was in Tamil films, such as Arunachalam and Padayappa alongside Rajinikanth, Kaadhala Kaadhala alongside Kamal Haasan and others. She produced and acted in the Kannada film Dweepa Aptamithra, with Vishnuvardhan. She performed in Malayalam movies opposite Jayaram and Mohanlal.

Dweepa won the Golden Lotus, which is given for best film of the year. It also won the Karnataka state awards for Best Actress, Best Film and Best Cinematography, and was featured in five international film festivals. She bagged seven Filmfare awards and three Nandhi awards from the government of Andhra Pradesh.

She was compared to great actress Savithri in her acting. She is the one of the finest actresses who believed in acting and not showing skin (glamour). In an interview with vetarian actor Akkineni Nageshswara rao said that if old blockbuster movie Mayabazar is to be remade nowadays means ,For the role of savithri he sugessted soundarya would suits the best as sasirekha.

Soundarya was offered the role of Draupadi in the remake of Narthanashala. Soundarya along with Balakrishna started shooting, but the film got shelved for financial reasons; the actress died before shooting continued.

Soundarya was born in the village of Ashtagrama, Gangigunte, Mulabagal taluk, Kolar. She was an Iyer Brahmin. She married her maternal uncle's son and childhood friend, software engineer G. S. Raghu, on 27 April 2003. She planned on promoting public welfare. Her husband and sister-in-law founded the Amara Soundarya Social and Educational Trust [ASSET]. Soundarya maintained an orphanage in Bangalore. She donated money to numerous educational institutions during her lifetime.

Soundarya died on April 17, 2004, in a crash near Bangalore, when the plane she was traveling in caught fire immediately after take-off. The plane, a Cessna 180, chartered by Agni Aviation, left Jakkur Airfield at 11:05 AM. Shortly after take-off the plane turned left, plunged and crashed in an open field about 500 m from the airport. She was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party for the coming elections. Her brother, Amarnath, a producer of Kannada films, also died in the accident. She was awarded the Karnataka State Award posthumously, which was received by her mother.

 
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