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Actress Jayanthi Special

Updated on : Sep 06, 2010



Actress Jayanthi Special

The first female artiste to enter the Kannada screen with bold roles with strong hold who later flourished in multilingual films is JAYANTHI. She is also the first female artist in Kannada cinema to break the traditional inhibitions of a screen heroine only in terms of physical exposure but also in terms of unconventional roles. Her first big film was ‘Heddada Hulu’. Immediately commended itself to the audiences by her magnetic presence, which did not merely stop at a display of female grace went on the play anti-sentimental roles in films like Miss Leelavathi, Edakallu Guddada Mele – again the first Kannada heroine to do so without any reservations. Jayanthi later developed into both a sex symbol and a great artiste. She has also directed two of her own films in Kannada.
Jayanthi marital affairs have punctuated her mystique, but she has remained a totally un-spoilt human being despite all the bitterness she has experienced in life – Truly the Kannada screen first liberated woman.
We give you some of the observations of this great actress of six languages heroine is very Kannada, Telugu, Tamil languages.
·     Jayanthi’s original name is Kamalakumari. Born on October 11, 1950 to Santhanalakshmi and Balasubramanyam.

·     The Bellary proper Kamalakumari is the fond child of her mother. Her mother Santhanalakshmi wanted a male kid but female kid was born. Instead of frill frocks the tight point, bob cut, boyish looking dresses landed in the house. I was treated like a boy in the house. I was made as a cartoon from costumes.

·     I obliged to my friends and bunked the classes. I was in Galli playing Goli and Buguri. At 4.30 pm I did not turn up to the house. My mother came looking and caught hold of me and brought home without telling anything. I knew that I made a mistake and she is aware of it.

·     The same mother in anger once asked for Rs.25000. I did not arrange it at the right time. When it was given to her she took currency notes one by one started tearing it.

·     My mother was not allowing anyone to touch me. We went to Madras once. Seeing all places in Madras was like festival for me.

·     It was time to see NTR garu. He asked me to sit on his lap and told me that I would become an actress.

·     To see the dance program of our dance teacher I went with four others. It was the giant YR Swamy noticed me from a long distance. I was invited for Chandrakala studio there my name Kamalakumari was changed.

·     I was given a bit dialogue and I was pukka in delivering whatever is asked. I was called ‘Gili Mari’ (parrot) for it.

·     Then ‘Chandavalliya Thota’ main heroine was given to me. I had seen Bedara Kannappa and knew about long hair Rajakumar. When he came with short hair I was wondering is he the same person.

·     It was in Chandavalliya Thota I was to die. Udayakumar was to fall on my feet and I had to control the breath. I was doing Yoga and so it was not difficult.

·      Miss Leelavathi I did not miss. It was meant for Sowcar Janaki and she rejected the role because of swimming costume scene.

·     For the national award in Chandavalli Thota award money I bought my first swing (Uyyale).

·      Films came one after the other Chakrateertha, Paropakari and in Bale Basava I called the hero in singular. It clicked and that was for the first time.

·     From Savira Mettilu I worked for Puttanna films. When Puttanna worked as co director and writer in Padmini Pictures I knew him.

·     I lapped up an offer in NTR garu cinema with pride. He remembered his words and I was happy to work with him in Jagadeka Veerudu, Kula Gauravam, Justice Chaudhary and Kondaveeti Simha Telugu films.

·     I did not know how to react for romantic moments. The first on screen was with actor Shoban Babu. It was the first night scene. I had to be bit seductive when Shoban Babu puts his hand on my shoulder from behind. I did not give the right reaction. K.Vishwanth explained how I have to be in the romantic moment. So Romance was taught by K Vishwanath.

·     I did not how to walk properly. It was K.V.Reddy who taught me I should walk like a girl and not like a boy. From another K I learnt walking style.

·     The pause and timing in dialogue delivery was taught to me by K.Balachander. It was a good lesson for me. Yet another K taught me one more essential aspect.

·     When I took Obavaa role in ‘Nagarahavvu’ there was no good report. But I took it as a challenge and that became a huge success. Even in a place like Thirupathi people recognize me for that role after 30 years of performing that role.

·      I have received lethal blows for believing people. The first husband use to rob my property and make it registered with his first wife children and others. He never registered cars, bungalows brought from my money in my name. It continued very long in other cases too. I decided to end my life and sat in front of Sankey Tank. But my son came before my eyes. Then I decided that I should live for him.

·     I am ‘Sothu Geddavalu in life’. I am a loser and winner to comfort in life.

·     Politicians did not give encouragement for me properly. Politicians Ramakrishna Hegde and Jeevaraj Alva who invited me did not see to it she gained the MP seat from Chikkaballapur constituency.

·     The losing and gaining in the life of Jayanthi is a regular event. ‘Abhinetri’ the new concept I worked out for the good of female artists did not work out. Getting shelter to artists was first priority.

·     In 36 films with Dr Rajakumar I was the heroine. It was said ‘RAJA’ (RAjakumar JAyanthi) pair.
·     I like Jasmine and rose petals. In my younger days I used to spread it on my bed and sleep.

·      Smt Indira Gandhi told me in New Delhi after receiving the award ‘Shbash Beti’.

·     I am the actress who did not come up with recommendations in professional career.

·     I am from Bellary region. I known Kannada language. I learnt many languages. When actress Savithri shouted at my Tamil language my mother appointed a Tamil teacher in the house. Bhagwan, Rathnakar taught me proper Kannada.

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