Beltangady: Cine journey of Leelavathi from Leena Sequeira

Daijiworld Media Network – Beltangady (MS)

Beltangady, Dec 9: The journey of Leelavathi, renowned actress of Sandalwood who passed away on Friday at the age of 85 is thrilling.

Leelavathi was born as Leena Sequeira at Mura of Navoor village in the taluk. Her sister was Angelina Sequeira. They lost their father at a very young age. Lucy Sequeira, who was the daughter of their elder uncle was taking care of Leena and Angelina. Both sisters were very active and best dancers in their childhood. They used to give dance training for a living. According to Anni Moolya and Carmina D’Silva, childhood friends of Leelavathi, she also has other nick names like Ellu and Lilly.

Leena completed her primary education in the school that was just 100 meters from her uncle’s home at Mura. Both Leena and Angelina resided in a thatched house that was by the side of highway that was going from Laila to Kajoor Kolli. In the beginning, they used to visit Beltangady church. Later, they began visiting Indabettu church after it was built in 1955. A Muslim person sent them to Padil in Mangaluru in 1963 seeing their work. Leena was 17 years old then. She went to Bengaluru. After going to Bengaluru, her contact with the native place reduced considerably.

Leelavathi or Leena’s sister Angelina Sequeira was a teacher. She died earlier. Lucy Sequeira, who took care of Leena and Angelina is still living at Berkala of Nittade village in Venur. She is 93 now. She has eight children. She sold her house at Mura after Leena became Leelavathi and lost touch with Beltangady.

At present, a Muslim family resides in the house in which Leelavathi spent her childhood days. It is said that Leelavathi had come to Navoor 25 years ago with son Vinod Raj and had paid the house tax and interacted with neighbours.





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  • robert, bangalore

    Sun, Dec 10 2023

    good social workers,dont talk her personal information ..atleaset she help for public we nee think

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  • NS, Manipal

    Sun, Dec 10 2023

    Didn't know she was a Catholic. RIP.

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  • Ryan, UDUPI

    Sun, Dec 10 2023

    Wiki never spoke about her difficult times when Rajkumar cheated her. And he is worshipped by Kannada people and same people used derogatory words in social media against such a great leady. I feel Kannda people really blind where worship noncompetent actors and family. RIP

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, Malad -Malwani

    Sun, Dec 10 2023

    Will you please give some details in respect of your comments Rajkumar cheated her.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Rest in Peace Leena ...

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  • N. D'Souza, Talluru/Kundapura

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Anybody know why that was kept as top secret "Leena Sequeira to Leelavathi". I think majority of the people may not be aware of this reality. May your soul rest in peace with Jesus in heaven. You will be remembered by us for acting as mother in any movies.

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    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Rest in peace Leena Sequeira.

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  • ROY, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Raised By a christian missionary. Her popular films are bisatti Babu, page tapuge, Sipayi Ramu, Gejje Puje, nagara havu,karulina kare, sharapanjara ,bakta kumbara etc.

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    RIP... Life of an artist is always a challenging one... She must have seen lot of uncertainties in her long career... No one knows how a chubby little child can grow into... She is a mother to most of us who grew up when her films were releasing... She led a life without blemish and always simple in soul... Hardly had any enemies in life... Overall a life well spent in the service of humanity....

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  • sunil, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    I am shocked now to hear that she was Catholic . Such a big fact was hidden . now where in wiki also its mentioned that she was born catholic. Anyways caste doesn't matter . Even though she changed her caste also she will remain as good actress . RIP

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  • Susan, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    RIP Leelavathi ji. But wiki is all buxxxit. The bollywood actors change or reduce their age every 3 years. For eg. I was a fan of Bobby Deol, following him since Barsaat . He is 1966 born and was almost 30 when his first film had a delayed release. , Just since past 2 years in Wiki it shows him 3 years younger. Kannada villian Tiger Prabhakar , Hindi film star Mala Sinha, Babitha are Catholics as well.

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  • Prakash, Dubai

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Changed her Religion not cast.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Dec 09 2023

    Great actress...RIP...could make even men cry in the theatre including me..excellent in roles of mother

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