Jyothika - Profiles of Cine Artist

Jyothika is an Indian actress who predominantly appeared in Tamil films. She also acted in a few Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films. She made her acting debut in the Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with her co-star Akshaye Khanna, directed by Priyadarshan. She later ventured into the Tamil film industry. Her first role was a cameo appearance in Vaali (1999), which starred Ajith Kumar and Simran.

Later that year, she starred in Poovellam Kettuppar, in which she played the love interest of the protagonist, portrayed by her future husband Suriya. A string of successful film followed, among them Kushi, Dum Dum Dum and Snegithiye. She also acted with Kamal Haasan in the same year. She was awarded the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her role in Kushi. In 2003, she starred in Dhool with Vikram, Kaakha Kaakha with Suriya and Thirumalai with Vijay, all of which did good business, Kaakha Kaakha in particular being one of the biggest hits of her career.

In 2004, she acted in a double role in the critically acclaimed Perazhagan opposite Suriya. In 2005, she acted in Manmadhan opposite Silambarasan. Her most successful film till date is the Rajinikanth starrer Chandramukhi 2005 in which she essayed the title role. She also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Perazhagan in 2004 and Chandramukhi in 2005. Her last films were Gautham Menon's Pachaikili Muthucharam and the critically acclaimed Mozhi, both in 2007.

Her performance in Mozhi took her very close to winning the National Film Award for Best Actress. However, she lost the award by a narrow margin at the end. Her roles in these two films, as a negative character in the former (which she played for the first time) and as a deaf and mute in the latter earned her widespread appreciation.

Jyothika entered the Telugu film industry with Tagore, starring Chiranjeevi. It was a super hit movie. Her next Telugu film was Mass (2004) written and directed by Raghava Lawrence. The film, which featured her opposite Akkineni Nagarjuna, also became a blockbuster. The film was dubbed into Tamil as Veeran and Hindi as Meri Jung — One Man Army. Most of her Tamil films were dubbed into Telugu.

Jyothika made a comeback through Television ads. She appeared with Suriya for endorsing brands like Aircel and Nescafé. In 2008, she appeared in a short film Herova? Zerova?. The film was written and produced by her father–in–law Sivakumar and also starred Vijay, R. Madhavan and Suriya. Jyothika was also the brand ambassador for RmKV silk sarees and a wardrobe hub in Chennai. She appeared in Paragon Slippers ad.

Films Acted

Doli Saja Ke Rakhna
Poovellam Kettuppar
Uyirile Kalanthathu
Little John
Dumm Dumm Dumm
Poovellam Un Vasam
One Two Three
One Two Three
Priyamana Thozhi
Kaaka Kaaka
Three Roses
June R
Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
Pachaikili Muthucharam
Seetha Kalyanam

Family Background

Jyothika was born on 18 October 1978 as Jyothika Sadanah is one of the most accomplished actresses in Indian cinema, to Chander Sadanah, a film producer, and Seema Sadanah, in Mumbai, India. She was born into a Punjabi family. Actress Nagma is her half sister. She also has a sister Roshini (born Radhika) and a brother Suraj, who is working as an assistant director for Priyadarshan.

After several years of being engaged, Jyothika married actor Suriya on 11 September 2006, with whom she was paired in seven films; Poovellam Kettuppar, Uyirile Kalanthathu, Kaakha Kaakha, Perazhagan, Maayavi, June R and Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. The couple has two children, daughter Diya (born August 10, 2007) and son Dev (born June 7, 2010).

Awards & Titles

• 2000 – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil – Kushi

• 2001 – Cinema Express Award for Best Actress - Tamil – Poovellam Un Vasam

• 2004 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Perazhagan

• 2005 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Chandramukhi

• 2005 – Kalaimamani Award

• 2005 – 55th Fans Association Best Actress Award – Chandramukhi

• 2007 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Mozhi

• 2003 – Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil- Dhool

• 2003 –Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil-Kaaka Kaaka