Suma Kanakala (née Pallassana Paachuveettil; was born on 22 March 1974) she is an Indian television presenter, actress, and television producer who predominantly works in Telugu television. She is best known for hosting ETV’s Star Mahila – a Telugu TV game show, which is the longest-running TV game show in India and ran for almost 12–15 years (until 2021).
Suma was born on 22 March 1974 in her native hometown of Palakkad, Kerala, India. Her parents are Pranavi Narayanan Kutty Nair and Pallassana Paachuveettil Vimala, who were in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh (now in Telangana), India for a very long time because of the father’s government job transfer over there. Their only daughter Suma was born 10 years later after her parents’ marriage as the only child for them. As a six-month old baby, she along with her parents flew to Secunderabad where she was brought up near Lalaguda & Mettuguda railways. She married Tollywood actor, Rajeev Kanakala on 10 February 1999. That’s why she’s known as Suma Kanakala in the Tollywood industry, otherwise Kerala culture would take up mother surname as well as their property to their children. They have two children- one son named Roshan Karthik Kanakala (b. 2000) & Snehanaswini Kanakala (b. 2005). In addition to her mother tongue of Malayalam, she is fluent in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, and English.
A presenter aged 16, she has hosted many Telugu film audio launches, film awards and functions. She is a Malayali from Kerala, but speaks Telugu fluently. She has acted in various serial and telefilms since 1995, her breakthrough came with the boom in satellite channels. Swayamvaram, Anveshitha, Geethanjali, and Ravoyi Chandamama were her major serials. She didn’t have any interest in working in films. Kanakala’s flagship show is Star Mahila on ETV, which attracted many female audiences. She created a record by this show becoming one of the longest running women game show in India. Her versatility is evident in Panchavataram on TV9. Cash on ETV and Start music on MAA TV are her current prime time shows.
Kanakala started her own production house named K. Suma Rajeev Creations on 26 December 2012 and has produced a show named Lakku Kikku which is telecast on Zee Telugu. She also worked in a show named Genes on ETV. Her Kevvu Keka on MAA TV with co-star Mano and produced by K. Suma Rajeev Creations. Kanakala also sang “Suya Suya” song from the 2017 Telugu film Winner. She is well known for her spontaneous and humorous remarks during her shows
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