M.S. Subbulakshmi—the star Indian cinema forgot
She acted in only five films, but Carnatic singer M.S. Subbulakshmi's contribution to cinema is remarkable
People change careers. Sometimes, midway through being enviably successful at one. That doesn’t reduce their contribution to what they leave behind. Though they are rarely remembered, it doesn’t diminish their status. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s story is somewhat similar. Her mother Shanmugavadivu was opposed to the idea of her acting in films. The family had migrated from Madurai to Madras for a better life for their child—the life of a concert vocalist or a recording artiste.