Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati (2 December 1960 – 23 September 1996), better known by her stage name Silk Smitha, was an Indian
film performing artist who worked overwhelmingly in South Indian films.She entered the business as a sideactress and first got saw for
her part as “Silk” in the 1979 Tamil film Vandichakkaram. She turned into a noteworthy sex image and the most looked for after suggestive
performing artist in the 1980s. In a profession spreading over 17 years, she showed up in more than 450 movies in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and
Hindi dialects. On 23 September 1996, she was discovered dead in her condo in Chennai, obviously having conferred
Smitha was conceived in a Telugu family to Ramallu and Sarasamma in Eluru. She exited school after her fourth standard (in India, at
around 10 years old) because of the family’s money related limitations. Her hitting looks troubled her with uninvited consideration, and her
family wedded her off at an extremely youthful age. When she was abuseed by her significant other and in-laws, she fled to Madras (now
known as Chennai) and began living with an auntie.
Smitha began as a touch-up craftsman for a performing artist and soon got a break in little character roles.Later she was found by
Vinu Chakravarthy, executive at a flour process close AVM studios. He changed her name to Smitha and encouraged her; his
spouse showed her English and masterminded her to pick up moving, however soon, because of her stamped sex request, she changed to
parts of supper club artists and vamps and definitely got herself pigeonhole. Subsequent to gathering much notice and approval with her
in the first place significant part in the Tamil film Vandichakkaram, in 1979, Smitha accepted the screen name “Silk”, after her character’s name
in the movie.After it turned into a major hit, she couldn’t circumvent pigeonholing, extremely restricting her range all through her profession.
Smitha went ahead to star in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and a couple of Hindi movies. Her move numbers and strong
exhibitions in films like Moondru Mugam made her a definitive image of arousing quality in South Indian silver screen. Her thing
numbers in films like Amaran, Hallimeshtru Kannada were additionally celebrated in the cinematic world. Some film faultfinders, students of history and
columnists have alluded to her as a “delicate porn” performing artist. A larger part of her motion pictures are considered ‘softcore’ by Indian
measures and a typical topic is her playing an amazingly solid specialist in meager swimming outfits thrashing tremendous hooligans. Her acting
ability did not go totally unnoticed, and in her uncommon non-sexual parts she inspired faultfinders and gatherings of people, for example, her
depiction of a spouse hurt by her part in her significant other’s assault of their servant (which she latently permitted by not keeping him from
entering the house keeper’s washroom and standing “watch” amid the despicable demonstration, to forestall humiliation to their family) and
when she piercingly conceded her misstep in her encounter of her better half in Alaigal Oivathillai (1981). One of her movies,
Layanam (1989), has earned a faction status in the Indian porno industry and was named in various dialects, including
Hindi (Reshma Ki Jawani, 2002), which, as well, procured clique status. Her most regarded film is Moondram Pirai by Balu
Mahendra, changed in Hindi as Sadma, with a great part of the best cabinet cast, including Sridevi, Kamal Hassan, and Silk Smitha
repeating their parts.
Such was her group of onlookers drawing power that, at the pinnacle of her profession, as indicated by Tamil film student of history Randor Guy, “Movies that
had lain in jars for a considerable length of time were sold by the straightforward expansion of a Silk Smitha melody.”
Silk Smitha had a little hover of dear companions. She was a contemplative person and did not make companions rapidly with anybody that
effectively. She is likewise known for her touchiness and straightforwardness, which some erroneously took for egotism. In all actuality,
she was dependable (touching base in film sets route before the shooting starts), mindful, and extremely eager (having
figured out how to talk the English dialect smoothly regardless of her restricted instruction). She is additionally portrayed as having a ‘delicate’ and
‘tyke like’ identity by her dear companions and fans. She was extremely gifted with make up and made it her calling previously
entering the business. She was normally wonderful and understood for her doe like eyes, brilliant appearance, and physical make-up.
The evening of September 22, 1996 she had reached her companion, artist Anuradha, to talk about an issue that was exasperating her.
Anuradha said she couldn’t come amid the night, as her better half would get back home right away, however would meet her in the
Toward the beginning of the day of September 23, 1996, Smitha was discovered dead in her Chennai home, much to the stun of her fans. The
explanation for her passing remains a secret. Some trust it was suicide, because of melancholy finished her obligation collected from
delivering motion pictures, while others call it unfairness. A couple of months after the fact it was announced in the posthumous report that Smitha passed on of
liquor abuse and liquor inebriation.
In 2011, a true to life film on Silk Smitha’s life, titled The Dirty Picture, was delivered in Hindi by Ekta Kapoor. The motion picture was coordinated by Milan Luthriaand featured Vidya Balan (who later won National Film Award for Best Actress). The motion picture was discharged on Smitha’s birthday (2 December 2011) and got positive audits. Reports propose that the group of Silk Smitha, on whom the film is based, isn’t content with the motion picture. Smitha’s sibling V Naga Vara Prasad asserted the film was made without the family’s assent. After the claim, Ekta Kapoor promptly changed her announcement by citing The Dirty Picture did not depend on Silk Smitha’s life.
Be that as it may, in 2013, a Kannada film titled Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Hot featuring Pakistani performing artist Veena Malik was discharged. The film depended on Silk Smitha and Veena Malik was adulated for her execution in the film. The film was a colossal hit in Karnataka.
A Malayalam film titled Climax featuring Sana Khan as Silk Smitha discharged on 24 May 2013.