Raja Sulochana – Interview
Among the several charming leading ladies of South India’s film industry who could be met on a short visit to Madras is that attracive actress who goes by the unusual name of Raja Sulochana.
A little over five feet in height, she has a dark attractiveness, alertness and charm, and that certain sparkle in her wide eyes which say that their owner knows just where she is going, and how she is getting there.
Currently, she is being groomed for stardom in Hindi films, playing the romantic partner to Bhagwan in A.V.M.’s “Chori Chori,” with also an important featured role in Narasu’s “Sitaron Se Aagey”.
Like so many other stars today, Raja Sulochana became an actress after being first a dancer. She entered films in 1951 and nobody dreamt at the time that the dancer would one day be a star actress. She went smoothly from dancing roles to acting parts, and, in the five years of her screen career, she has starred in more than thirty pictures, with sixteen more in hand or to come — no mean achievement for one who is a mere twenty-year-old. Raja Sulochana was born on August 15, 1936.
Telugu and Canarese were the languages most frequently spoken at home and Sulochana’s childhood domicile in Madras led to her picking up Tamil, too, which she did easily. Her fluent command of three Southern tongues at her age made her a “natural” for assignments in films made in those languages. She has acted in many Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.
Leaving school early, Raja Sulochana devoted most of her time to studying dancing. Her parents did everything to encourage her. At nineteen, and with only two years at a dancing school, she won the first prize at the annual contest. Soon after that, she made her debut as a dancer before Sangitha Kalanidhi Shri T. L. Venkatarama Iyer, Judge of the Supreme Court.
Independence Day seems to have significance in Sulochana’s life. She was born on August 15. On August 15 five years ago, she met the man she married. He belonged to another community, but her parents yielded to their love for their daughter and gave their assent to the marriage. In September, 1951, their daughter’s marriage was solemnized in reformist fashion by the Dravida Kazagham leaders.
Mother of a three-year-old son, whom she named Shyam Sunder, Raja Sulochana spends much of her leisure in the company of her husband and her son. She is fond of reading, sewing and knitting. The star also makes it a point to see every picture screened in Madras. Motoring is another one of her spare-time pursuits.
Her interest in the Kazagham movement notwithstanding, Raja Sulochana is a regular worshipper at important temples. Every Friday morning she is to be seen at the temple of Sri Ganesh in Triplicane.
The glamour of stardom, too, has not robbed her of the yen to live in a village, which she has always had, and recently she bought a tiny farm in Tanjore district, to which she drives out whenever her film work permits. (This interview was conducted in 1956).