Sumalatha (Kannada:ಸುಮಲತಾ) (born 27 August 1963) is a popular Indian film actress. She has acted in more than 200 films in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi movies.
Born in Chennai, she was raised in Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh and remains based in Karnataka.
Sumalatha began acting at age 15, after winning an Andhra Pradesh beauty contest in 1979. She appeared in many Tamil and Telugu films early in her career. She was Rajinikanth's second heroine besides Rati Agnihotri in films like Murattu Kaalai and Kazhugu. Most of her Telugu films are with Chiranjeevi. Her most memorable Malayalam films include Thazhvaram, Isabella, Nirakkoottu,Thoovanathumbikal, Parampara and New Delhi. She has acted in many kannada movies like Antha, Aahuti, Avatara Purusha, Tayi Kanasu, Karna, Tayiya Hone, Kallarali Hoovagi, Ravichandra in which she acted with legendary actor Dr. Rajkumar. She has also acted in many Telugu films.
She received the best actress Nandi Award for her role in Sruthilayalu in 1987. She is a close friend of actress Suhasini Maniratnam, her co-star in a Telugu movie. The friendship between the two provided the material for a candid scene in the film, when director