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Kanchana… The actress whose glitter only have we seen!

Ask 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 life.

Many 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 movie goers.

As 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.

The 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.

Sridhar, 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.

Though 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.

Only 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?!

Slowly 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.

The 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 world.

Without 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.

Her 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.

Slowly, 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 will tell.

On behalf of idle brain, we salute the great actress for the contribution she had made to Telugu cinema.

This 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.

This article is written by Spider
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