Jayamala (born 1955) is an Indian actress and politician. She served as the Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens in the Government of Karnataka, by virtue of being a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council. She served as the female president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce between 2008 and 2010. Her popular Kannada films include Premada Kanike, Shankar Guru, Antha and Chandi Chamundi among several others. She has produced and acted in the award-winning Thaayi Saheba.
|Ex-Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka Leader of the Upper House, Karnataka Legislative Council|
June 2018 – June 2019
|Minister for Kannada and Culture, and Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka|
06 June 2018 – June 2019
|Member of the Karnataka Legislative Council|
24 June 2014 – 23 June 2020
|President, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce|
29 June 2008 – May 2010
|Succeeded by||Basant Kumar Patil|
|Born||1955 (age 64–65)|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Tiger Prabhakar, H.M. Ramachandra|
Jayamala was born to a Tulu speaking family in Mangalore. Her father G. Omaiah was an agriculturist and mother Kamalamma, a homemaker. She has six sisters and a brother. They moved to Chikmagalur in 1963 after being displaced due to the harbour work in Panambur. She was married to Kannada Film actor Tiger Prabhakar and they later divorced. She then married cinematographer H. M. Ramachandra and the couple has a daughter Soundarya Jayamala, a popular actress in her own right.
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Jayamala has acted in several movies mainly in Kannada. Jayamala was the most glamorous heroine of Kannada cinema during the early 1980s. She started her career as a Rajkumar heroine and after a string of successful movies went on to star opposite all the top heroes of Sandalwood, With Anant Nag, she has acted in romantic movies as Janma Janmada Anubandha and Premave Baalina Belaku. With Vishnuvardhan, she starred in multi-starrer pot-boilers like Naga Kala Bhairava, Hanthakana Sanchu and Sididedda Sahodara. Her pairing with Ambareesh, started with the cult classic Antha where she played the tragic role of a cabaret dancer who is his sister and then went on to become his heroine in several movies like Ajith, Prema Matsara and Khadeema Kallaru. Her pairing with Shankar Nag in many movies also proved successful, including the heroine-oriented Chandi Chamundi that made her a household name as an action heroine. Her last successful pairing was with Prabhakar, (who incidentally had played her brother in Chandi Chamundi) whom she married in 1985 and then she quit films. Interestingly Jayamala and top heroine Aarathi have costarred in nine films with Jayamala's glamour quotient complementing Aarathi's simple-girl appeal.
Jayamala created history of sorts when she became the only actress in the Indian film industry to be conferred a doctorate for writing a thesis. Her thesis was on the rehabilitation of rural woman in Karnataka and required her to tour Karnataka and also scrutinise several documents. The Doctorate was conferred by the Bangalore University on 18 January 2008 and presented by former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
She was at the center of a controversy when she claimed that she touched the Lord Ayyappa idol in Sabarimala during the shooting of Tamil movie titled 'Nambinar Keduvathillai'. Women from the age 10–50 are banned from entering Sabarimala temple. It created a furor in India and led to ideological warfare in Indian media and courts. It was Mr V Rajendran who is currently the Kerala state committee member of Bharatiya Janata Party who filed the petition against her in Ranni court. Jayamala has said she regretted her action, but clarified that she was pushed into the shrine by a crowd of devotees. Rajendran insisted that it is impossible to touch as the shrine is located far inside the Garbhagriha. The Supreme Priest of Sabarimala Kantararu Maheshwararu had dismissed the actress's statement as a figment of her imagination.
|1974||Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu||None||Debut in supporting role|
|1975||Daari Tappida Maga||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1975||Thrimurthy||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1976||Badavara Bandhu||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1976||Premada Kanike||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1977||Babruvahana||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1977||Giri Kanye||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1978||Shankar Guru||Dr. Raj Kumar|
|1979||Khandavideko Mamsavideko||Suresh Heblikar|
|1979||Madhu Chandra||Shankar Nag|
|1980||Janma Janmada Anubandha||Anant Nag|
|1981||Bhaari Bharjari Bete||Shankar Nag|
|1981||Muniyana Madari||Jai Jagdish|
|1981||Naga Kala Bhairava||Vishnuvardhan|
|1981||Antha||None||Special appearance as Ambarish's sister/cabaret dancer|
|1981||Number 5 Ekka||Srinath|
|1982||Prema Matsara||Ambarish, Ramakrishna, Manu|
|1982||Raga Thala||Newcomer Prithviraj|
|1983||Chandi Chamundi||Shankar Nag, Prabhakar|
|1983||Geluvu Nannade||Ambarish, Prabhakar|
|1983||Thirugu Baana||Ambarish||Guest appearance|
|1984||Bedaru Bombe||Shankar Nag|
|1984||Gandu Bherunda||Shankar Nag|
|1984||Nagabekamma Nagabeku||Shankar Nag|
|1984||Premave Balina Belaku||Anant Nag|
|1984||Raktha Thilaka||Shankar Nag|
|1997||Thaayi Saheba||Girish Kasaravalli||National Film Special Jury Award |
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
- Oru Kodiyil Iru Malargal (1976)
- Jamboo (1980)
- Bhama Rukmani (1980)
- Andru Muthal Indru Varai (1981)
- Kadavulin Theerpu (1981)
- Kalthoon (1981)
- Kann Sivanthaal Mann Sivakkum (1983)...Valli
- Thalaimagan (1983)
- Kuvaa Kuvaa Vaaththukkal (1984)
- Padikkadha Pannaiyar (1985)
- Nambinar Keduvathillai (1986)
- En Pondatti Nallava (1995)...Mayilu
Malayalam: Credited as JayanthiEdit
- Devalokam (Unreleased)
- Makara Vilakku (1980)
- Oridathoru Phayalvaan (1981)... Chakkara
- Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam (1982)
- Kadamba (1983)
- Rishi (1992)
- Rakshasudu (1986)
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