an individual on the street regarding the life of a film heroine
in this country… chances are that he/she would tell you words
like, excellent life style, bada ghar, shaann aur shaukat,
parties, glitter, glamour and money. Probably, the picture is
too good to be true or may be not!?…
While probing on the personal lives of famous heroines of yester
years, we came across the Queen of Seventies…. None other
than the beautiful, attractive and active heroine..Kanchana. While
attempting an understanding of her personal life, we realized
that people have only seen her on the reel and not in the real
of us know Kanchana as one of the most active, talented, beautiful
actresses in the seventies era of telugu cinema. For her talents,
she is appropriately known as the Queen of the Seventies. Her
performances in the movies kalyana mandapam, pavitra bandam,
manchivadu have etched her persona on the minds on Telugu
a child, her only friend was loneliness. Being a child from a
rich family, she never had to worry about any need. However, the
only issue that affected the little Kanchana was the tussles her
parents had. The only positive aspect to the dark cloud of her
childhood was that she had access to learn two of the best performing
arts - Bharatanatyam and Music. Not only have they provided a
solace to the little child but they also provided the necessary
grooming to become an actress.
economic scenario of the family has deteriorated due to many reasons.
To better the situation, Kanchana stopped her education and started
her career as an airhostess. The name, fame, and money that the
profession had given bought her a place close to the hearts of
the family members.
one of the best-known directors of his era spotted her during
one of the trips and made her an actress. This was certainly a
flight of fortune to Kanchana and her family, which was completely
sunk in debts. With a noble intention of helping her father get
rid of the monetary hassles, Kanchana decided to make a debut
onto the silver screen.
her "reel" life spiraled in glory and money, the "real" life was
not very happy. Slowly, Kanchana realized that her parents were
interested more in her money rather than her.
her sister could understand the problems of Kanchana. Against
the wishes of her family members, her sister moved away from the
family for the person she wanted to share her life with. Having
lost the only person who could understand her, Kanchana treated
marriage synonymous with Mirage. Dreams of her becoming a married
woman and leading a peaceful and happy life, have been busted
by her parents, as she was the main source of revenue…. Who would
want to kill a golden goose?!
but steadily, Kanchana became dependent on her parents. Her sensibility
as an Indian woman, who has been taught not to fight against her
parents for her own interests, became a major weakness.
belief she had in parents made her a pauper. Trusting her parents
blindly, she signed on papers, which made her liable and her parents
prosperous. The allegations made by her parents in connection
with the property issues have shattered her trust in human beings.
She became a living dead woman who is detached to the material
a penny in her hand, she had distanced herself from the maddening
world. Marriage, happy life, family are words that have always
avoided Kanchana. Today she lives in a small cottage, with no
amenities in the outskirts of Bangalore City. For many years,
people in the cinema world believed that she had died.
personal life is a sad story. Her life was marred with incidents,
which lifted her confidence from people around. Her current companion
is nothing but solitude.
she is recovering from the trauma she had experienced in the real
life. She still has not lost hope and is interested in acting
in elderly, respectful roles. However, the question is, how many
of them would be interested in giving her such a role… Only time
behalf of idle brain, we salute the great actress for the contribution
she had made to Telugu cinema.
article is written not to sympathize with the state of affairs,
Ms. Kanchana is in. We only wish we could make a dent in every
reader's mind that great actors and actresses have untold stories
which by themselves are heart rendering. Should she, or any of
her fans read this, we would want to tell them, that she is a
great inspiration to the work we do.