Jayasudha

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Jayasudha
Jayasudha

Jayasudha was a famous South Indian actress from the 1970's and 1980's, with most of her films being Telugu films

Career

Jayasudha was born as Sujatha to a Telugu speaking family in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Her aunt is the famous actress and director Vijaya Nirmala, who convinced Jayasudha's disapproving father, to permit his stage-struck daughter to act in films. Jayasudha made her film debut when she was twelve years old as Jamuna's daughter in the Telugu film Panduntikaapuram. Her next break came in two Tamil films directed by the celebrated director K. Balachander: Arangettram and Apoorva Raagangal. The latter became a big hit. Her fame quickly spread, where Telugu film producers were offering her good film roles. While her debut role as heroine in the Telugu film Lakshmana Rekha (1975) got her attention, it was really the title role in Jyothi (1975) (remake of the Hindi film Mili starring Jaya Bhaduri) that made her a huge star in Telugu films. She was now called a successor to the great Telugu actress Savithri and performed many strong roles and showed excellent range Her roles varied from the cute looking teeny bopper who wore minis in Nomu (1974) to the battered wife of a sadist husband in Idi Katha Kadu, to that of a comedienne who discovers that her husband wants to murder her for her wealth in "Money Money." She performed showy roles in Telugu remakes of Hindi films, such as Yugandhar (1979) (the fighter role that Zeenat Aman originated in Don (1978 film)), Illalu (1981) (Reena Roy's dark-shaded role from Apnapan (1977)), etc. In commercial cinema, she received a huge break when she starred in Adavi Ramudu (1977). She also showed innovativeness and lack of vanity in original Telugu films like Premabhishekam (1981) where she played a supporting role as a deglamorized prostitute, while Sridevi played the female lead. Although Telugu is her mother tongue language, she never learned to read or write Telugu, because she is from Madras where English and Tamil are taught in schools. But that didn't stop her from starring in 225 Telugu films, and in one year, she had 24 film releases. She accomplished all this, despite her illiteracy in Telugu, by having people read lines to her and she would remember and deliver her lines She became such a famous actress that she starred in a film Jayasudha (1982), named after her. Her fame also allowed producers to cast her sister Subhashini in supporting roles in some of the films that she starred in, such as Sivaranjani (1978) and Meghasandesham (1983). Subhashini's daughter Pooja is now a budding actress.

Jayasudha's mother, Joga Bai was also an actress of older days

Personal life

Jayasudha had a failed marriage in 1982 with Vijayawada's Dr.Rajendra Prasad, a relative of former A.P. Chief Minister, Nadendla Bhaskaro Rao

Later, Jayasudha fell in love with producer Nitin Kapoor, cousin to actor Jeetendra. They married in 1985 and have two sons, Nihar and Sreyanth. She also converted to Christianity after a near-death experience.

She also closely associates with actors Kamal Hassan, Sobhan Babu, Krishnam Raju, Mohan Babu and Director Dasari Narayana Rao. Her friends in the industry are Radhika, Revati, and Jayaprada, whom she had acted with in the huge hit Adavi Ramudu (1977).

Awards

  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for Jyothi (1975)
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for Amekatha (1977)
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for idi katha kadu (1979)
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for premabishekam (1981)
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for Meghasandesam (1982)
  • Kalasagar Award as Best Actress for Meghasandesam (1982)
  • Nandi Award for Best Actress for dharmatmudu (1983)
  • Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award (Telugu) for Amma Naana O Tamil Ammayi (2004)
  • Pride of Indian Cinema Award (2007)
  • Andhra Pradesh Cinegoer's Association-Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
  • ANR Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Trivia

Other Telugu films that Jayasudha acted in that are remakes of Hindi films are:

  • Prematarangalu (1980) (Rekha's role from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)),
  • Malle Poovu (1977) (Mala Sinha's role from Guru Dutt's film Pyaasa (1957)),
  • Sivamettina Satyam (1980) (Neetu Singh's role in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aadalat (1976)),
  • Pakkinti Ammayi (1981) (Saira Banu's role from Padosan (1967)),
  • Vichitra Jeevitham (1978) (Rakhee's role from Daag: A Poem of Love (1973)),
  • KD No. 1 (1978) (Hema Malini's role from Dus Numbri (1976)),
  • Naa Desam (1982) (Zeenat Aman's role from Laawaris (1982)),
  • Edadugula Bandham (1985) (Mumtaz (actress)'s role from Aap Ki Kasam (1974)).

She also acted in Telugu remakes of American films, such as Money (Telugu film) (1988) (Bette Midler's role from Ruthless People (1986)).

Jayasudha was disappointed when she didn't win the National Award for Best Actress for Meghasandesam (1982), even though she claims that she came really close to winning it.

Her favorite film role was the title role in Sivaranjani (1978).

Filmography

  1. Billa
  2. Kalavaramaye Madilo
  3. Kalidasu (2008)
  4. Raksha (2008)
  5. Vijaya Dashami (2007)
  6. Bommarillu (2006)
  7. Style (2006)
  8. Balu (2005)
  9. Vishnu (2003)
  10. Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi (2003)
  11. Fools (2003)
  12. Ammaye Navvithe (2001)
  13. Ishtam (2001)
  14. Chinna (2001)
  15. Alai Payuthey (2000)
  16. Kante Koothurne Kanu (2000)
  17. Yuvakudu (2000)
  18. Sooryavansham (1999) (as Jaya Kapoor)
  19. Daddy Daddy (1998)
  20. Anthimanthaarai (1996)
  21. Deyyam (1996)
  22. Money Money (1995)
  23. Rikshavodu (1995)
  24. Bangaru Kutumbam(1994)
  25. Shrinatha Kavi Sarvabhowma(1993)
  26. Sarovaram (1993)
  27. Inspector Jhansi (1993)
  28. Akka Pettanam Chelleli Kapuram (1993)
  29. Money (1993)
  30. Vijay (1989)
  31. Naa Mogudu Nanke Sontham (1989)
  32. Vontari Poratam (1989)
  33. Raogari Illu (1988)
  34. Bharyabhartala Bandam (1988)
  35. Kanchana Seeta (1988)
  36. Sardar Dharmanna (1987)
  37. Aatma Bandhuvulu (1987)
  38. Magadheerudu (1986)
  39. Aadi Dampathulu (1986)
  40. Dharma Peetam Daddarillindi (1986)
  41. Muddula Manavaraalu (1986)
  42. Tandra Paparayudu (1986)
  43. Andarikante Monagadu (1985)
  44. Edadugula Bandham (1985)
  45. Maha Sangramam (1985)
  46. Mangalya Balam (1985)
  47. Palnati Simham (1985)
  48. Thirugubatu (1985)
  49. Bharatamlo Sankharavam (1984)
  50. Bharyamani (1984)
  51. Bobbili Brahmanna (1984)
  52. Dandayatra (1984)
  53. Iddaru Dongalu (1984)
  54. Jagan (1984)
  55. Yuddham (1984)
  56. Zakhmi Sher (1984)
  57. Trisulam (1983)
  58. Amayakudu Kadhu Asadhyudu (1983)
  59. Lanke Bindelu (1983)
  60. Meghasandesam (1983)
  61. Poratham (1983)
  62. Raj Kumar (1983)
  63. Ramudu Kadu Krishnudu (1983)
  64. Gruha Pravesam (1982)
  65. Anuraga Devatha (1982)
  66. Madhura Swapnam (1982)
  67. Naa Desam (1982)
  68. Nipputho Chelagatam (1982)
  69. Raga Deepam (1982)
  70. Yuvaraju (1982)
  71. Aadavallu Meeku Joharulu (1981)
  72. Agni Poolu (1981)
  73. Illalu (1981)
  74. Premaabhishekam (1981)
  75. Prema Tarangalu (1980)
  76. Edantastulameda (1980)
  77. Gajadonga (1980)
  78. Gopala Krishnudu (1980)
  79. Gopala Rao Gari Ammayi (1980)
  80. Sreevari Muchatlu (1980)
  81. Idi Kathakaadu (1979)
  82. Andamaina Anubhavam (1979)
  83. Driver Ramudu (1979)
  84. Intinti Ramayanam (1979)
  85. Judagadu (1979)
  86. Kalyani (1979)
  87. Mande Gundelu (1979)
  88. Muddula Koduku (1979)
  89. Ninaithale Inikkum (1979)
  90. Shivamettina Satyam (1979)
  91. Shri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam (1979) .... Goddess Lakshmi
  92. Yugandhar (1979)
  93. Pranam Kareedu (1978)
  94. Kalanthakulu] (1978)
  95. Katakatala Rudraiah (1978)
  96. KD No. 1 (1978)
  97. Lawyer Vishwanath (1978)
  98. Sivaranjani (1978)
  99. Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi (1978)
  100. Aaina (1977)
  101. Aame Katha (1977)
  102. Adavi Ramudu (1977)
  103. Amaradeepam (1977)
  104. Gadasu Pillodu (1977)
  105. Gadusu Ammayi (1977)
  106. Premalekhalu (1977)
  107. Jyothi (1976)
  108. Alludochhadu (1976)
  109. Mangalyaniki Maromudi (1976)
  110. Monagadu (1976)
  111. Raju Vedale (1976)
  112. Secretary (1976)
  113. Apoorva Raagangal (1975)
  114. Soggadu (1975)
  115. Tirapathi (1974)
  116. Pandanti Kapuram (1972)

Producer:

  1. Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai (1990)

See Also

List of Telugu Films (1931-2010)

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