Soundarya is one of the few surviving South Indian actresses doing mainstream commercial cinema. She does not need layers of pancakes or grease paint as her face glows like any other Mumbai actress. Soundarya comes across as a rare classic beauty on the silver screen. The diva has seduced the audience as much with her powerful and versatile performance as with her come-hither pout and smouldering expressive eyes. Till recently this Kannadiga beauty from Bangalore was Telugu cinema's 'numero uno' actress.
Soundarya has played heroine to Indian cinema's biggest demi-gods like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Chiranjeevi and Kamalhassan. Though Soundarya has largely been identified in her glamour roles, recently she changed tracks and started doing strong feminist roles in parallel cinema. She had produced and acted in Girish Kasaravalli's classic 'Dweepa', which bagged the National Award for the Best film. The film also bagged a major chunk of the Karnataka State Awards, including the Best Actress for 2001.
The chips may be down for her as a bevy of Mumbai girls have taken over the Telugu industry, but Soundarya's attitude was intact as she refused to call it a day. Last year she completed her 100th film 'Sokka Thangam' in Tamil and later got married to a Bangalore based businessman. After marriage she started concentrating in Malayalam films like Satyan Anthikkad's 'Yatrakarude Sradhakku' with Jayaram and Priyadarshan's 'Kilichundan Mambazham' with Mohanlal, which got her a lot of accolades. Recently she did a Telugu film 'Shweta Naagu' which went on to become a super hit. It was that film which actually attracted BJP to Soundarya and after she met Deputy Prime Minister L.K.Advani, she joined the party and started campaigning.