Jayanthi a.k.a Kamala Kumari is a veteran actress who was famously titled as ‘Abhinaya Sharadhe’ for her talent in the field. She is also known for her versatility, having acted in nearly 500 films of six language films namely, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi. This is an accomplishment that female actors of the 60’s have rarely achieved.
Jayanthi’s childhood wasn’t as grand as her future life was. With divorced parents and poverty, she experienced something of a humble beginning. Dance, however has always been her love, passion and asset and later became the reason for her being noticed and launched in films.
She adored N.T.Rama Rao, the popular veteran telugu actor and would often go to the sets of film shootings just to watch him act as a kid. Although she did rise to good fame in telugu film industry later on, it was only in the Kannada film industry that she began her career. Jeenu Goodu, 193 film by Y.R.Swamy was the first film that Jayanthi acted in.
She then became popular in the Kannada film industry pretty quickly. She acted with the then popular Kannada actors like Ashwath Kumar, Pandari and a record number of 45 films with Rajkumar (one of the most popular Kannada actors of the time). Jayanthi’s marriage to Peketi Sivaram, the Kannada film producer never interfered with her career and she continued to act after that.
Jayanthi also acted in 250 to 300 Kannada films, most of which went on to gain success. Jayanthi was known especially for the bold and strong characters that she portrayed during the 60’s and the 70’s when few actors dared to do so. After all these years of acting experience in an array of languages, Jayanthi still plays prominent supporting roles in films.