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Sri Ranjani (Senior) (1906 - 39)

Actress known as Senior to distinguish her from her younger sister, the Telugu and Tamil star Sri Ranjani (Junior). She was born in Narasa Rao pet Taluk, AP in 1906. She was a major singing star in 1930's. She became famous by her record albums and audio releases of plays by the Gramophone Company of India. She was a stage actress in Krishna Vilasa Nataka Samajam that produced mythological plays. She is known for her portrayal of male roles, e.g. Krishna, Abhimanyu, Satyavan. She made her debut to Telugu cinema in 1934 for C Pullayya's Lavakusa. There after she appeared with Vel pics in Shri Krishna Leelalu (1935) and Mayabazaar (1936). She died four years later from cancer. She acted in eight films.

Sri Ranjani (Junior) (1927 - 74)

She is born in Narasa Rao pet in 1927. She debuted into films with Bhishma in 1944. She is known mainly for her roles as the long-suffering wife. In her Tamil film Parasakti she epitomizes the male ideal of virtuous Hindu womanhood. Joined films in Telugu with LV Prasad's Grihapravesam as Lalitha, the ill reputed girl friend of CSR Anjaneyulu. She acted in films by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao, KV Reddy and PS Rama Krishna Rao. She played the blind girl in City Lights (1931) remake of Raj en kanmani. She retired from films in 1960. She returned to cinema field to play a few guest roles, usually of elderly mother figures, after 1969. She died five years later in 1974

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