Fatafat Jayalakshmi is the popular screen name of Jayalakshmi Reddy, who is predominantly a Telugu actress. She was also renowned in Tamil film industry. She was known by the name Supriya in Malayalam films. Born in 1958, she hails from Andhra Pradesh. The year 1972 saw her being introduced in a Malayalam movie Theerthayatra. Later she acted in another Malayalam film. K Balachander introduced her into Tamil cinema with the film 'Aval Oru ThodarkathaI'. The film was a huge hit and Jayalakshmi became a name to reckon with through her dialogue “Fatafat”. Her praiseworthy movies include Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai,
Anthuleni Katha, and
Mullum Malarum. Her role of an innocent love-bound sister in Mullum Malarum gained her accolades. She shared screen space with notable actors including
Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, NTR and Chiranjeevi. She was seen in most of Telugu director Dasari Narayana Rao’s films. On her personal front, Jayalakshmi was wedded to the nephew of former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran. Unfortunately she resorted to suicide in 1980 when she was at the prime of her youth (22 years). She was very successful during this period, but why she committed suicide is indeed a mystery. Some say that she died because of love failure.