Actress Telangana Shakuntala passed away following a heart attack on late Thursday night (13 June) at her residence in Kompally, Hyderabad. She was 63. The actress is survived by her two children.
Shakuntala suffered a stroke and collapsed in her home. She was rushed to the Narayana Hrudayalam hospital in Suraram, but doctors declared her brought dead, reported Gulte. The actress is popular for her Telangana accent and portrayal of her characters in films.
She began her film career in 1981 and since then has starred in several Telugu films. Some of her notable films include "Nuvvu Nenu", "Gangotri", "Okkadu", "Lakshmi" and "Gulabi" among others. Shakuntala became popular in the Tamil film industry with her villainous character of Sorna akka in "Dhool", starring Vikram and Jyothika.
She has starred in more than 70 films in her film career and was last seen in the Telugu comedy entertainer "Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda", which hit screens in January 2014.
Prior to entering films, Shakuntala worked as a stage artiste. She was a versatile actress and has taken on comic as well as villainous roles.
The death of Shakuntala has shocked the Telugu film fraternity. Several film celebrities have expressed grief over the death of the talented actress.
Siddharth: "RIP Telangana Shakuntala garu. Vibrant, warm, and such a talented artiste. Gone too soon. Strength to the family."
Nikhil Siddhartha: "Tragic to know Telugu Film Industry has lost a Superb Actress like Telangana Shakuntala garu.. She has entertained us for so many yrs.. RiP"
Samantha Ruth Prabhu: "Saddened by the demise of Telangana Shakuntala ma'am.Honour to have worked with her.May her soul rest in peace"
Pranitha Subash: "Sad to hear of the sudden demise of Telangana Shakuntala garu..may her soul rest in peace .."
Sundeep Kishan: "Shocked to here of Telangana Shakuntala garu's demise..dint get to work with her but loved her performances..RIP"
Suresh: "Telugu/Tamil film industries shocked at sudden death of Telangana Shakuntala.Fond Farewell,Salute the Actress,her service to Movies n Stage."