The veteran Malayalam actor Jalaja is a blend of pure timeless beauty and impeccable talent that to this day, she’s got strong admirers nearly 15 years after she quit acting. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, among the few Malayalam actors who have been recognised as both commercial actors and artists who’ve worked with some top notch directors, Jalaja was one.
Born and brought up in Malaysia, Jalaja moved to Kerala, India when civilian war broke out in Malaysia. Soon after her education, in the year 1978, she debuted with her first film, Thampu (which was an Aravindan directorial which won the Kerala film award). With each film, she gained name and fame and went on to act in nearly 120 Malayali films after that.
Sayoojyam (a 1979 film by
), Vikkanundu Swapnagal (an Azad directorial), Munnettam(starring Mammootty), Elippathayam (yet another film that won a Kerala film award) and Yavanika (the 1982 Mammootty starrer) were some of the films that she acted in. She’s won two awards in 1981, the Kerala State film award for best actress and the Filmfare award for the best actress for her role in the film Venal (directed by Lenin Rajendran).
With the year 1989, Jalaja bid her goodbye to movies. Shortly after that, in the year 1993, she married Prakash Nair and has since settled in Bahrain. Jalaja still plays a prominent role in award functions in the Malayalam film industry and is venerated as one of the most precious actors Mollywood industry has ever had.