The 57 years old, Jayamalini is a South Indian film actress. She was born in Sullurupeta, Andhra Pradesh,India in 1958. She is the youngest of 8 siblings. Her elder sister Jyothi Laxmi was a cabaret dancer in films. Jayamalini wed a police inspector named Parthiban and has one son and two daughters. Currently she resides in Chennai and as her close sources reveal that she is planning to write an autobiography. Jayamalini is famous for her vamp roles and item numbers. She acted in numerous Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi movies. Jayamalini started her career a dance number in Annadammula Anubandham (1975) which is a Telugu action-drama film directed by S.D. Lal. The movie casts N. T. Rama Rao,
Murali Mohan and several others. In the movie Bhakta Kannappa (1976) she played a vital role named Ranjanam. This Tamil movie was directed by Bapu and features
Krishnam Raju for the main role. In 1977, she appeared in the Telugu drama film Amara Deepam and acted for the character named Asha. The movie is a remake of Tamil film Dheepam (1997) which itself was a remake of Malayalam film Theekkanai. Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha and Murali Mohan play vital roles in the film. In this movie she performed in the well-known song “Kottaga Unda Badhaga Unda”.
The movie was a huge hit and Krishnam Raju received Filmfare Best Actor Award (Tamil) and Nandi Award for Best Actor. In the movie Jaganmohini (1978), Jayamalini is casted for the main role of Jaganmohini. The movie enjoyed a super hit and had the best visual effects according to Indian standards at that time. The skilled actress is also remembered for her item number in the movie Maga Maharaju (1983): “Maa Amma Chintamani". The popularity of this movie can be traced from its several remakes in various languages latest being the Tamil movie with the same name released in 2015. In 1979 Telugu action-drama film Driver Ramudu, directed by K.Raghavendra Rao and starring N.T. Rama Rao and Jayasudha in pivotal roles with Kaikala Satyanarayana, Mohan Babu and Roja Ramani; Jayamalini’s appearance in the role of Kantam was unanimously admired.
The film was remade in Tamil as Lorry Driver Rajakannu starring Sivaji Ganesan. In Tamil movies too, Jayamalini left her remarkable presence. In the 1980 Tamil movie Guru she played a vital role. The film was directed by I.V.Sasi. It features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead role while Mohan Babu, Muthuraman and M.N.Nambiar play supporting roles. The movie was a blockbuster and successfully ran for 365 days in box-office. Later, the super hit Hindi movie Jaggu casting Dharmendra was a remake of this movie. In 1981, Jayamalini appeared in a dance score in the movie Garjanai which was directed by C.V.Rajendran, starring Rajinikanth and Madhavi. In the movie Andha Oru Nimidam (1985), the veteran artist plays in an important supporting role while Kamal Haasan and Urvashi appeared in lead roles.
The film was later dubbed in Hindi film Mahaan. As a dancer, Jayamalini played in various South-Indian movies. In the Malayalam film Thadavara (1981), she showed her extraordinary dance skill and was hugely applauded. It was directed by P. Chandrakumar and stars Jayan, K.P.Ummer, Seema, M.N.Nambiar in lead roles. Later on, Jayamalini stepped into Bollywood industry too. In her debut Hindi film, Jeevan Jyoti (1976), she played the role of Sudha. The movie was directed by Murugam Kamaran and casts Vijay Arora and Bindiya Goswami in lead roles. It was a remake of 1975 Tamil film Muthyala Muggu.
The superb dancer, stirred many hearts with her tribal dance score in the movie Shalimar (1978). The movie featured Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Shammi Kapoor, Prem Nath and Arun Irani. English dubbed version of the movie is known as “Raiders of the Sacred Stone”. In the 1979 Bollywood fantasy-film Lok Parlok, directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and starring Jeetendra and Jayapradha in lead roles, Jayamalini’s performance was appreciated by the audience. The film is the remake of Telugu blockbuster film Yamagola (1977) directed by same person.