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Jayachitra (Telugu: జయచిత్ర) is an actress in South Indian films of the 1970s and 1980s, her work consisting mostly of Tamil and Telugu films.

Contents

1 Childhood 2 Career as heroine 3 Career as matured actress 4 Career as director 5 Personal life 6 Partial filmography

6.1 Tamil films 6.2 Telugu films 6.3 Malayalam films 6.4 Kannada films

7 Television 8 References 9 External links

Childhood[edit] Jayachitra was born in 1957. Her family was originally from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her father Mahendra was a veterinary doctor, who had earlier worked as a lawyer. Her mother Ammaji (a.k.a. Jayasree) was an actress who had acted in films such as the Tamil film Mahaveeran (1955). They moved to Chennai
Chennai
for work, which was where Jayachitra was born and raised as Rohini. Her grandmother looked after her when her parents were busy with work. With her mother's encouragement, she became a child star at the age of six in the Telugu film Bhakta Potana.[1] Career as heroine[edit] When Jayachitra was in her early teens, she screen-tested for a Telugu film titled Beedala Paatlu, but the director felt she was too young and rejected her for the role. However, he did recommend her to K.S. Gopalakrishnan, who was looking for a young, spirited heroine, for the Tamil film Korathi Magan, (1973). He immediately cast her, because he loved the way she delivered her lines. He signed her for three films under his banner and gave her the name Jayachitra. She continued in heroine roles in Ponnukku Thanga Manasu (1973) and played Sivaji's daughter in Bharata Vilas and was one of the 9 heroines in MGR's Navaratnam. She worked for big-name directors, such as K. Balachander in Sollathaan Ninaikiren and Arangetram. She was Kamal Hassan's heroine in the Tamil film Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu
Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu
(1978) and its Telugu remake Vayasu Pilichindi
Vayasu Pilichindi
(1978). As an actress, she was known for her courage and spontaneity as she continued to star in Tamil and Telugu films. She faced a snake up close in Vellikizhamai Viratham (1974), and then a tiger in the Telugu film Cheppindi Chesta (1978). She made other unforgettable films: Ponnukku Thanga Manasu, Sathyam, Kalyanamam Kalyanam, Vandikaran Magan, Cinema Paithiyam (remake of the Hindi hit film Guddi (1971)). Most of her Tamil films are with Kamal Hassan. She memorably played the title role in the Telugu film Kalpana (1977), a remake of the Hindi hit film Anamika (1973). Career as matured actress[edit] Later, she became a character actress in K. Balachander's film Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989).[2] After completing 200 films, she turned to television with the serial Sumangali, which she produced, directed and acted in. It became a hit, and she was soon acting and producing other serials, Alaigal
Alaigal
and Sivaranjini (2005).[3] She was unanimously elected chairperson of the action committee of the TV Serial Producers' Guild of South India, which in turn led to her involvement in politics. She joined the Congress party and has remained fairly active.[4] She has won numerous awards, including Tamil Nadu's Kalaimamani Award. Career as director[edit] She cast herself as the heroine in the Tamil film Pudhiya Raagam (1991), which marked her debut as a director and producer. Unfortunately, the film flopped. In 2010, she cast her son Amresh Ganesh as the hero in the Tamil film Naane Ennul Illai
Naane Ennul Illai
(2010), which she wrote, produced, and directed.[5] Personal life[edit] After more than a decade as a heroine, Jayachitra decided to concentrate on her personal life by getting married to an industrialist named Ganesh in 1983. She has a son with him named Amresh, whom she is trying to promote in show business, just as her mother had done with her.[6] Despite giving him a debut through Naane Ennul Illai (2010), the film's failure made it difficult for Amresh to succeed as an actor. In 2011, it was announced that he would work on projects titled Kaliyuga Kadhalan and Machan Ava En Aalu Da, with the former being set in three different eras, but neither film was completed.[7] Later in the year, Jayachitra announced that she was working on three more films with Amresh in the lead role, Mundru Mugangal, Nedunchalai and Scene Podathey, but again neither film materialised.[8] He also shot for a comedy film titled Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam alongside Mansoor Ali Khan during late 2011, but the film also did not release.[9] In 2013, he briefly worked on the making of another incomplete film Thaaru Maaru, which had a grand launch event.[10] In 2015, he was signed on by Raghava Lawrence
Raghava Lawrence
to work on the music for his forthcoming film Motta Siva Ketta Shiva. Partial filmography[edit] Tamil films[edit]

Year Movie Co-star Notes

1972 Kurathi Magan Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Haasan Debut in Tamil

1972 Vazhaiyadi Vazhai Muthuraman, Prameela

1973 Arangetram Sivakumar, Kamal Haasan, Jayasudha, Prameela

1973 School Master Gemini Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki

1973 Bharatha Vilas Sivaji Ganesan, K.R Vijaya

1973 Ponnukku Thanga Manasu Sivakumar, Vijayakumar

1973 Pennai Nambungal Sivakumar, A.V.M Rajan, Jayanthi

1973 Ponvandu Jai Shankar, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Ushanandini

1973 Sollathaan Ninaikkiren Sivakumar, Kamal Haasan, Jayasudha, Sri Vidya, Shubha

1973 Pookkari M. K. Muthu, Manjula Vijayakumar, Vennira Aadai Nirmala

1974 Engamma Sapatham Muthuraman, Sivakumar

1974 Panathukkaga Kamal Haasan, Sivakumar

1974 Akkarai Pachai Jaishankar, Ravichandran

1974 Ungal Viruppam Jaishankar, Manorama

1974 Idhayam Parkirathu Jaishankar, Sreekanth, Shubha

1974 Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu Sivakumar, Cho

1974 Patha Poojai Jaishankar, Pandaribai

1974 Unnaithan Thambi Jaishankar, Sreekanth

1974 Kadavul Mama Muthuraman

1974 Thaai Paasam Sivakumar

1974 Vellikizhamai Viratham Sivakumar, Jayasudha

1974 Kalyanamam Kalyanam Jaishankar

1974 Engal Kula Deivam Muthuraman, K.R Vijaya

1974 Kaliyuga Kannan Gemini Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki

1975 Pattikkaattu Raja Sivakumar, Kamal Haasan

1975 Pattampoochi Kamal Haasan

1975 Cinema Paithiyam Kamal Haasan

1975 Yarukku Maappillai Yaro Jaishankar, Sreekanth

1975 Sonthangal Vazhga Jaishankar

1975 Pinju Manam Jaishankar, Lakshmi

1975 Then Sindhudhe Vaanam Kamal Haasan, Sivakumar, Rani Chandra

1976 Inspector Manaivi Jaishankar

1976 Panakkara Penn Jaishankar

1976 Dasavatharam Ravikumar

1976 Thottathellam Pon Aagum Jaishankar

1976 Asai 60 Naal Vijayakumar

1976 Payanam Vijayakumar

1976 Thayilla Kuzhandai Muthuraman

1976 Satyam Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan

1976 Kumaara Vijayam Kamal Haasan

1976 Varaprasadham Ravichandran, Vijayakumar, M. N. Rajam

1976 Nee Indri Naan Illai Vijayakumar

1977 Aalukkoru Aasai Jaishankar

1977 Navarathinam M.G.R

1978 Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan

1978 Sadhurangam Rajinikanth

1978 Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar

1978 Sakka Podu Podu Raja Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan

1978 Vandikkaran Magal Jaishankar

1978 Pilot Premnath Sivaji Ganesan, Vijayakumar, Jaiganesh, Sridevi, Sathyapriya

1978 Varuvan Vadivelan Jaiganesh, Vijayakumar, Latha, Chandrakala

1979 Mayandi Jaishankar

1979 Gnana Kuzhandhai Gemini Ganesan, Venirradai Nirmala

1980 Pennukku Yaaru Kaaval Vijayakumar, Pandari Bhai

1980 Ratha Paasam Sivaji Ganesan, Sripriya

1981 Sorgathin Thirappu Vizha Jaiganesh

1981 Srinivasa Kalyanam Ravikumar, Sripriya, Sumithra

1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Prathap K Pothan, Suhasini Cameo Appearance

1982 Mamiyara Marumagala Suresh, Manju Bhargavi

1982 Nayakarin Magal Sathyaraj 100th film

1983 Kaman Pandigai K.R.Vijaya

1985 Thandanai Vijayakumar

1985 Engal Kural Arjun, Suresh, Nalini, Jeevitha

1985 Yaar? Arjun, Nalini, Jaishankar

1986 Lakshmi Vanthachu Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini

1987 Paruva Ragam Ravichandran, Juhi Chawla, Manorama

1987 Ivargal Varungala Thoongal Prabhu, Ambika

1988 Agni Nakshatram Karthik, Prabhu, Nirosha, Amala

1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Rahman, Sithara

1991 Pudhiya Raagam Rahman Director, Producer, Writer

1995 Maaman Magal Sathyaraj, Meena

1996 Selva Vijay, Swathi

1997 Raasi Ajith Kumar, Rambha

1997 Kaadhali Vignesh, Devayani

1997 Vasuki Rajendra Prasad, Urvashi

2010 Rettaisuzhi K. Balachander, P. Bharathiraja

2010 Naane Ennul Illai Amresh, Nassar, Saranya Ponvannan

2018 100% Kadhal G. V. Prakash Kumar, Shalini Pandey Filming

Telugu films[edit]

Soggadu (1975) Bharatamlo Oka Ammayi (1975) Yavvanam Katesindi (1976) Maa Daivam (1976) Chillarakottu Chittemma (1977) Savasagaallu (1977) Tholireyi Gadichindi
Tholireyi Gadichindi
(1977) Kalpana (1977) Manchi Babayi (1978) Nindu Manishi (1978) Cheppindi Chesta (1978) Katakataala Rudraiah (1978) Mugguru Muggure (1978) Vayasu Pilichindi
Vayasu Pilichindi
(1978) Annadammula Savaal
Annadammula Savaal
(1978) Rickshaw Raji (1978) Muttaiduva (1979) Tirupati Shri Venkateswara Kalyanam (1979) Allari Pillalu ( 1978 [ OR ] 1979 ) Raavanude Ramudaithe (1979) Kaksha (1980) Bobbili Puli
Bobbili Puli
(1982) Muvva Gopaludu
Muvva Gopaludu
(1987) Mama Alludu (1990) Abbaigaru
Abbaigaru
(1993) Rajeshwari Kalyanam (1993) Gharana Bullodu
Gharana Bullodu
(1995) Attaa ... Nee Koduku Jaagratta (1997) Samarasimha Reddy
Samarasimha Reddy
(2001) Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2002) Adrustam (2002) Narasimhudu (2005) Prema Lokam (2005) Kashmora (2005)

Malayalam films[edit]

Nee Ente Lahari (1976)

Kannada films[edit]

Huliya Haalina Mevu Mane Mane Kathe Kulla Kulli Ranadheera

Television[edit]

Alaigal
Alaigal
(Sun TV) Sivaranjani Ranga Vilas (Jaya TV)

References[edit]

^ CineSouth.com Now and Then Jayachitra ^ http://www.telugucinema.com/c/publish/stars/interview_Jayachitra_3.php ^ The Hindu : As charming as ever ^ The Hindu : Metro Plus Tiruchirapalli / Cinema : Small screen, big role ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/54486.html ^ The Hindu : Metro Plus Tiruchirapalli / Cinema : Another son rises ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/two-more-from-amresh-tamil-news-64565.html ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/itsy-bitsy/article2579782.ece ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.  ^ http://moviegalleri.net/2013/03/thaaru-maaru-movie-launch-photos.html?pid=430236

External links[edit]

Jayachitra's profile at IMDB (http://www.imdb.co

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