Known for her item song performances in many Telugu films, Jyothi Lakshmi is not just famous in Tollywood, but also famous in Sandalwood, Bollywood, Tamil film industry, and Malayalam film industry. Since her childhood, she is a good dancer. In her film career, she is an actress as well as an item song dancer. She played the role of Valli in her debut movie, Periya Idathu Pen, in 1963. Her role is not so lengthy in the movie, but she made her presence felt by the audience.
In the 1960's, Jyothi Lakshmi confined herself to the supporting roles, but in the later years, her skills as a dancer were revealed. From that point onwards, she was famous for her roles as an item dancer, vamp roles, etc. In her career as an actress and item song dancer, she appeared in around 500 movies in five decades of her career. In the 1970s, she became famous for her leading roles in some films, apart from her glamorous dancing. She acted mostly in female-oriented movies, and she is a trained dancer. Her notable roles in Telugu films can be seen in ‘James Bond 777’, Hero (Old), ‘Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu’, ‘State Rowdy’, etc. Her role in the State Rowdy is very well-known. Her roles in Tamil movies can be seen in ‘Kozhi Koovuthu’, ‘Jaganmohini’, ‘Thaalikaatha Kaaliamman’, etc. She has acted beside almost every renowned actor in the Telugu film industry like Superstar Krishna. Apart from Telugu and Tamil movies, she appeared in Malayalam films like 'Murappennu', which was a big commercial hit then.
Though Jyothi Lakshmi is growing old, she appeared young in some of her roles recently. She danced in Telugu movies, ‘Jaganmohini’ and ‘Kuberulu’, and she was able to entertain the audience. Her career went downhill when her younger sister, ‘
’, entered the film industry. However, both the sisters appeared in some item dances and roles together.