Tamil Actor, Vinu Chakravarthy who had introduced Silk Smitha to the film industry had passed away due to respiratory problems. Chakravarthy has played character, villain and comic roles in 1,002 films. He has acted with well known actors including Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Vijay and Ajith Kumar. Vinu Chakravarthy is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
He discovered Silk Smitha at a flourmill in Chennai and persuaded her to act in “Vandichakkaram” in which he had worked as writer. Silk Smitha (Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati) who was born in Telugu family in eluru moved to Chennai due to financial problems and started working in flourmill near AVM studios. Vinu Chakravarthy was the director of the flourmill. He changed her name to Smitha and gave her a character in his movie.
After the success of “Vandichakkaram”, she was popularly called as “Silk” Smitha which was her character’s name in the movie. After that, there was no stopping for her and she became symbol of sensuality in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi movies.