Jayanthi (actress)


Kamala Kumari born 1950, known by her screen name Jayanthi, is an Indian actress She has appeared in over 500 films, including films in the Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi languages The Kannada film industry honored her with the title "Abhinaya Sharadhe", meaning Goddess Sharada in acting

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Initial struggle
    • 22 Rise to fame
    • 23 Films with Rajkumar
  • 3 Other works
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 Partial filmography
    • 51 Kannada films
    • 52 Tamil films
    • 53 Malayalam films
    • 54 Telugu films
    • 55 Hindi films
    • 56 English shows
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Jayanthi was born in Bellary, in the erstwhile Madras Presidency of British India Her maiden name before she came to films was Kamala Kumari Her father Balasubramanyam worked as English professor at the St Joseph's College in Bangalore Her mother was Santhanalakshmi Jayanthi was the eldest of three siblings and had two younger brothers

Jayanthi's childhood was never smooth Her parents separated when she was young and her mother took the children and moved to Madras Jayanthi's mother was keen on making her daughter a classical dancer and hence she joined a dance school run by Chandrakala Her friend in dance school was the famous Tamil actress Manorama

Career

Initial struggle

As a child, Jayanthi went to the studios to see her idol N T Rama Rao He called her and made her sit on his lap Affectionately, he had asked her whether she would agree to become his heroine and the little girl had merely blushed The pair would go on later in life to produce successful films such as Jagadeka Veeruni Katha, Kula Gowravam, Kondaveeti Simham and Justice Chowdhury

Jayanthi was ridiculed most of the time as she was plump and could never dance well During her teens, she had the chance to act in a few Tamil and Telugu movies in bit parts Jayanthi was shattered after the episode, but promised herself that one day she would prove her worth She enjoyed a good run in the Kannada Film industry and formed very good pair with the famous actor and doyen of Kannada Cinema Rajkumar, with whom she acted in more than 30 movies

Jayanthi's life changed completely when noted Kannada director Y R Swamy spotted her during one of her dance rehearsals He brought her to Kannada films such as Jenu Goodu He also changed her name to Jayanthi

Rise to fame

Jeenu Goodu was Jayanthi's first Kannada film She was married to Film Director Peketi Sivaram He backed her all the way and very soon she became a famous actress in Kannada She acted alongside veterans such as K S Ashwath and Pandari Bai Incidentally, this was actress Chandrakala's first film as well Jenu Goodu was a commercial success Her next major film was T V Singh Thakur's Chandavalliya Thota The film starred veteran actors Udaya Kumar, Rajkumar and Jayashree This was the first film that paired Raj and Jayanthi Based on Ta Ra Su's novel by the same name, Chandavalliya Thota was a huge success and even won the President's Medal for best film Jayanthi, in one of her interviews fondly remembered an incident during the shooting of this film During a particular scene, Jayanthi's character dies and Uday Kumar has to fall on her to cry Uday Kumar was so engrossed in his acting that he had forgotten that he had put his whole body weight on the young girl Jayanthi, who was yelling in pain and asking him to get up

The next major film that Jayanthi starred in was Miss Leelavathi, directed by M R Vittal This film was released in the mid-60s Miss Leelavathi was a very bold film for its time and Jayanthi played the title role The story is about the influence of bad parenting on young Leelavathi's mind She is the darling of her father Ashwath, who supports her in all her endeavours Leelavathi grows up to be rebel in the house and stands up against the conventional values of life She refuses marriage, wishes to be a career-oriented women and has a care-free attitude towards premarital sex Unfortunately, she pays the consequences

Miss Leelavathi had a very bold theme considering the fact that it was made at a time when the film industry was very conservative Jayanthi was launched as the glamour-diva through the film and she was at her best This was probably the first Kannada film to show-case a heroine's glamour The film was a huge success and catapulted Jayanthi to fame Jayanthi, for the first time in Kannada film history wore skirts, T-shirts and even a nightie on screen She is credited for introducing most of the modern day outfits onto the Kannada screen for the first time She also wore a swimsuit for the film, which the producers' first choice for the role had refused to do Miss Leelavathi had some of the lovely songs such as "Nodu Ba Nodu Ba Nammoora" and Kuvempu's classic "Doni Saagali" Miss Leelavathi got Jayanthi the President's award Jayanthi fondly remembered the occasion in one of her interviews when she received the award from Smt Indira Gandhi then IB Minister Mrs Gandhi, after giving away the award called back Jayanthi and gave her a sweet kiss and wished her good luck She has also acted in numerous films with Kalyan Kumar

Due to her stint in Tamil films from 1962 to 1973, she became nationally famous She was frequently paired opposite Gemini Ganesan In Tamil she acted with all major stars including MG Ramachandran, Gemini Ganeshan, Muhuraman and Jaishankar She acted with M G Ramachandran in Padagotti and Mugaraasi, with Gemini Ganeshan in Kanna Nalama, Velli Vizha, Punnagai and Iru Kodugal, with Jaishankar in Nil Gavani Kadhali and Kaadhal Paduthum Paadu and Ethir Neechal with Nagesh She was director K Balachander's regular actress and they went on to work in films such as Iru Kodugal, Bama Vijayam, Ethir Neechal, Punnagai, Velli Vizha and Kanna Nalama She acted with Jayalalitha and Manorama in the film Mugaraasi

Films with Rajkumar

Jayanthi has paired with actor Rajkumar in a record number of films 45 This is the highest ever number of films which Rajkumar has ever paired with any actress

Other works

In 2009, she gave her voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS

Awards

Karnataka State Film Awards

  • 1973-74 - Best Actress – Edakallu Guddada Mele
  • 1976-77 - Best Actress – Manassinanthe Mangalya
  • 1981-82 - Best Actress – Dharma Dari Thappithu
  • 1985-86 - Best Actress – Masanada Hoovu
  • 1986-87 - Best Supporting Actress - Anand
  • 1998-99 - Best Supporting Actress - Tuvvi Tuvvi Tuvvi
  • 2005-06 - Dr Rajkumar Award

Filmfare Awards South

  • 1973 - Best Actress - Edakallu Guddada Mele
  • 1976 - Best Actress - Tulasi

Partial filmography

Kannada films

  • Jenu Goodu 1963
  • Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddha 1963
  • Chandavalliya Thota 1964
  • Kalaavati 1964
  • Tumbida Koda 1964
  • Muriyada Mane 1964
  • Prathigne 1964
  • Pathiye Daiva 1964
  • Kavaleradu Kula Ondu 1965
  • Beratha Jeeva 1965
  • Vaatsalya 1965
  • Bettada Huli 1965
  • Miss Leelavathi 1965
  • Mamatheya Bandhana 1966
  • Endu Ninnavane 1966
  • Mantralaya Mahatme 1966
  • Mahashilpi 1966
  • Deva Manava 1966
  • Kiladi Ranga 1966
  • Onde Balliya Hoovgalu 1967
  • Anuradha 1967
  • Nakkare Ade Swarga 1967
  • Kallu Sakkare 1967
  • Miss Bangalore 1967
  • Lagnapatrike 1967
  • Muddu Meena 1967
  • Rajadurgada Rahasya 1967
  • Devara Gedda Manava 1967
  • Manassiddare Marga 1967
  • Chakratheertha 1967
  • Immadi Pulikeshi 1967
  • Jedara Bale 1968
  • Mateye Maha Mandira 1968
  • Bangalore Mail 1968
  • Rowdi Ranganna 1968
  • Simhaswapna 1968
  • Broker Bheeshmachari 1969
  • Bhale Basava 1969
  • Eradu Mukha 1969
  • Choori Chikkanna 1969
  • Bhaagirathi 1969
  • Punarjanma 1969
  • Maduve! Maduve! Maduve! 1969
  • Bhale Raja 1969
  • Ade Hrudaya Ade Mamathe 1969
  • Chikkamma 1969
  • Gruhalakshmi 1969
  • Bhale Basava 1969
  • Sri Krishnadevaraya 1970
  • Kanneeru 1970
  • Sedige Sedu 1970
  • Nanna Thamma 1970
  • Baalu Belagithu 1970
  • Devara Makkalu 1970
  • Paropakari 1970
  • Sidila Mari 1971
  • Kasturi Nivasa 1971
  • Thande Makkalu 1971
  • Kula Gourava 1971
  • Sedina Kidi 1971
  • Samshaya Phala 1971
  • Kalyani 1971
  • Baala Bandhana 1971
  • Malathi Madhava 1971
  • Vishakanye 1972
  • Ondu Hennina Kathe 1972
  • Kranti Veera 1972
  • Nanda Gokula 1972
  • Devaru Kotta Thangi 1973
  • Bharatada Ratna 1973
  • Jaya Vijaya 1973
  • Edakallu Guddada Mele 1973
  • Mooruvare Vajragalu 1973
  • Mannina Magalu 1974
  • Kasturi Vijaya 1975
  • Devaru Kotta Vara 1976
  • Baduku Bangaravayithu 1976
  • Bahaddur Gandu 1976
  • Mangalya bhagya 1976
  • Thulasi 1976
  • Devara Duddu 1977
  • Manassinanthe Mangalya 1977
  • Chinna Ninna Muddaduve 1977
  • Shrimanthana Magalu 1977
  • Banashankari 1977
  • Shubhashaya 1977
  • Ganda Hendathi 1977
  • Sridevi 1978
  • Balina Guri 1979
  • Vijay Vikram 1979
  • Janma Janmada Anubandha 1980
  • Bhakta Gnanadeva 1982
  • Nanna Devaru 1982 guest appearance
  • Kallu Veene Nudiyithu 1983
  • Banker Margayya 1983
  • Keralida Hennu 1983
  • Shubha Muhurtha 1984
  • Benki Birugali 1984
  • Tayi Nadu 1984
  • Masanada Hoovu 1984
  • Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya 1985
  • Karna 1986
  • Thayiye Nanna Devaru 1986
  • Anand 1986
  • Lancha Lancha Lancha 1986
  • Usha 1986
  • Agni Pareekshe 1986
  • Mukavaada 1987
  • Thayi Kotta Thali 1987
  • Thayi Karulu 1988
  • Matrudevobhava 1988
  • Nee Nanna Daiva 1988
  • En Swamy Aliyandire 1989
  • Sri Satyanarayana Puja Phala 1990
  • Sundara Kanda 1991
  • Belli Modagalu 1992
  • Jana Mechida Maga 1993
  • Gajanura Gandu 1996
  • Baava Baamaida 2001
  • Neela 2001
  • Namitha I Love You 2011

Tamil films

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  • Jagathala Prathapan 1961
  • Mangaiyar Ullam Mangatha Selvam 1962
  • Ninaipadharku Neramillai 1963
  • Iruvar Ullam 1963
  • Annai Illam 1963
  • Padagotti 1964
  • Karnan 1964
  • Kalai Kovil 1964
  • Neerkumizhi 1965
  • Mugaraasi 1966
  • Karthigai Deepam 1965
  • Kathal Padhuthum Paadu 1966
  • Bama Vijayam 1967
  • Bhakta Prahlada 1967
  • Ethir Neechal 1968
  • Iru Kodugal 1969
  • Nil Gavani Kadhali 1969
  • Punnagai 1971
  • Nootrukku Nooru 1971
  • Pudhiya Vazhkai 1971
  • Kanna Nalama 1972
  • Velli Vizha 1972
  • Ganga Gowri 1973
  • Pennai Nambungal 1973
  • Manipayal 1973
  • Nalla Mudivu 1973
  • Shanmugapriya 1973
  • Ellorum Nallavare 1975
  • Kula Gowravam 1976
  • Devadhai 1979
  • Mappilai Sir 1988
  • Naanum Indha Ooruthan 1990
  • Palaivana Paravaigal 1990
  • Sir I Love You 1992
  • Rajadhi Raja Raja Kulothunga Raja Marthanda Raja Gambeera Kathavaraya Krishna Kamarajan 1993
  • Veettaippaaru Nattaippaaru 1994
  • Gopala Gopala 1996
  • Sengottai 1996
  • Pudhalvan 1997
  • Housefull 1999
  • Annai Kaligambal 2003

Malayalam films

  • Palattu Koman 1962
  • Kattupookkal 1965
  • Kaliyodam 1965
  • Lakshaprabhu 1968
  • Karutha Pournami 1968
  • Vilakkappetta Kani 1974

Telugu films

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  • Bharya Bhartalu 1961
  • Jagadeka Veeruni Katha 1961
  • Doctor Chakravarty 1964
  • Thotalo Pilla Kotalo Rani 1964
  • Bobbili Yuddham 1964
  • Sumangali 1965
  • Rahasyam 1967
  • Bhakta Prahlada 1967
  • Bandipotu Dongalu 1968
  • Badi Panthulu 1972
  • Collector Janaki 1972
  • Mayadari Malligadu 1973
  • Sharada 1973
  • Gandhi Puttina Desam 1973
  • Devadasu 1974
  • Amma Manasu 1974
  • Devudu Chesina Pelli 1974
  • Challani Thalli 1975
  • Ramayya Thandri 1975
  • Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddham 1975
  • Bommarillu 1978
  • Bottu Kaatuka 1979
  • Kamalamma Kamatam 1979
  • Talli Badhyatha 1980
  • Kondaveeti Simham 1981
  • Parvati Parameshwarulu 1981
  • Agni Poolu 1981
  • Justice Chowdary 1982
  • Rakta Sambandham 1984
  • Santhi Nivasam 1986
  • Donga Mogudu 1987
  • Allari Krishnaiah 1987
  • Maavoori Magaadu 1987
  • Kodama Simham 1990
  • Raja Vikramarka 1990
  • Talli Tandrulu 1991
  • Swati Kiranam 1992
  • Gharana Bullodu 1995
  • Pedarayudu 1995
  • Vamshanikokkadu 1996
  • Kante Koothurne Kanu 1998
  • Girl Friend 2002
  • Neeke Manasichaanu 2003
  • 786 Khaidi Premakatha 2005

Hindi films

  • Teen Bahuraniyan 1968
  • Gunda 1970
  • Tumse accha kaun hai 1969

English shows

  • Brown Nation 2016

References

  1. ^ a b c Fernandes, Ronald Anil 23 December 2003 "Straight from the Heart:As this month's guest at Maneyangaladalli Mathukathe, cine actress Jayanthi held her audience spellbound with her usual charm" Deccan Herald Archived from the original on 6 March 2009 Retrieved 2006-12-24 
  2. ^ "Jayanthi profile" kannadamoviesinfowordpresscom Retrieved 9 December 2015 
  3. ^ Bold and beautiful
  4. ^ "Celebrated Actress Jayanthi Donates Voice to TeachAIDS Kannada animations" TeachAIDS 30 September 2009 Archived from the original on 28 July 2011 Retrieved 17 December 2010 

External links

  • Jayanthi on IMDb
  • Article about Jayanthi in The Hindu


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