Jayamala (actress)

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Jayamala Ramachandra
Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka Leader of the Upper House, Karnataka Legislative Council
Assumed office
June 2018
Preceded by Umashree
Minister for Kannada and Culture, and Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka
Assumed office
06 June 2018
Preceded by Umashree
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Council
Assumed office
24 June 2014
President, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce
In office
29 June 2008 – May 2010
Succeeded by Basant Kumar Patil
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 58–59)
Mangalore
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) S. R. Ramegowda
Profession
  • Actress
  • politician

Jayamala (born 1959)[1] is an Indian actress and Indian politician. She is currently serving as the Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens in the Government of Karnataka, by virtue of being a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council.[2] She served as the female president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce between 2008 and 2010.[3][4]

Her films include Giri Kanye, Shankar Guru, Aaj Ka Ye Ghar, Sampoorna Teerth Yatraa, Balak, Spy in Rome, Love and Murder and Harishchandra Taramati. She has also produced the film Aaj Ka Ye Ghar.

Personal life[edit]

Her father G Omaiah is an agriculturist and mother Kamalamma, a homemaker. She has six sisters and a brother. They moved to Chikmagalur in 1963 after being displaced due to the harbour work in Panambur.[5] She was married twice. Her first marriage was with Kannada Film actor Tiger Prabhakar and later got divorced.[6][7] Her second marriage was with cinematographer H M Ramachandra and the couple has a daughter Soundarya Jaimala, an aspiring actress.[5][8]

Film career[edit]

Jayamala has acted in several movies in Tulu, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. She has acted with several big Kannada stars like Rajkumar, Ananth Nag, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Shankar Nag and Prabhakar. She had several hits like Shankar Guru, Giri Kanye, etc. Her first production venture Thaayi Saaheba was directed by Girish Kasaravalli and it won a National award. Jayamala received a special jury award for her performance in the film.

Jayamala created history of sorts when she became the only actress in the Indian film industry to be conferred a doctorate for writing a thesis, She wrote a thesis on the rehabilitation of rural woman in Karnataka. The thesis required her to tour many places in Karnataka and also scrutinise many documents. The doctorate was conferred by the Bangalore University on 18 January 2008 and presented by former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

Controversy[edit]

She was at the center of a controversy when she claimed that she touched the Lord Ayyappa idol in Sabarimala. Women from the age 10–50 are banned from entering Sabarimala. It created a furor in India and led to ideological warfare in Indian media and courts. Jayamala has said she regretted her action, but clarified that she was pushed into the shrine by a crowd of devotees. The Supreme Priest of Sabarimala Kantararu Maheshwararu had dismissed the actress's statement as a figment of her imagination.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1974 Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu Supporting Role[15]
1975 Daari Tappida Maga
1975 Thrimurthy
1976 Badavara Bandhu
1976 Premada Kanike Kumada
1977 Babruvahana Subhadra
1977 Giri Kanye
1978 Shankar Guru Nalini
1979 Khandavideko Mamsavideko
1979 Madhu Chandra
1980 Hanthakana Sanchu
Janma Janmada Anubandha
Akhanda Brahmacharigalu
Kappu Kola
1981 Bhagyada Belaku
1981 Bhaari Bharjari Bete
1981 Muniyana Madari
1981 Naga Kala Bhairava
1981 Sangeetha
1981 Antha Shobha
1982 Ajith
1982 Khadeema Kallaru Usha
1982 Prema Matsara
1982 Raga Thala
1982 Shankar Sundar
1983 Chandi Chamundi
1983 Geluvu Nannade
1983 Hosa Theerpu
1983 Prema Yuddha
1983 Sididedda Sahodara
1983 Thirugu Baana
1984 Bedaru Bombe
1984 Benki Birugali
1984 Gandu Bherunda Myna
1984 Hosa Ithihaasa
1984 Jiddu
1984 Nagabekamma Nagabeku
1984 Onti Dhwani
1984 Premave Balina Belaku
1984 Raktha Thilaka
1985 Pralaya Rudra
1995 Gadibidi Aliya
1996 Geluvina Saradara
1996 Nirbandha
1997 Thaayi Saheba National Film Special Jury Award
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada[16]
2004 Rowdy Aliya Malini Devi
2008 Navashakthi Vaibhava

Tamil[edit]

  1. Oru Kodiyil Iru Malargal (1976)
  2. Jamboo (1980)
  3. Andru Muthal Indru Varai (1981)
  4. Kann Sivanthaal Mann Sivakkum (1983)...Valli
  5. Kuvaa Kuvaa Vaaththukkal (1984)
  6. Padikkadha Pannaiyar (1985)

Malayalam[edit]

  1. Devalokam (1979)

Telugu[edit]

  1. Rakshasudu (1986)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ನಟಿ ಜಯಮಾಲಾಗೆ ಒಲಿದ 'ಮಂತ್ರಿ' ಅದೃಷ್ಟ: ಬೆಲ್ಲ ಸವಿದು ಸಂಭ್ರಮ". oneindia.com (in Kannada). 6 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Four members to be nominated to Karnataka Council after poll results". The Hindu. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Jayamala elected KFCC president". The Hindu. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Basanth Patil is new chief of KFCC". Deccan Herald. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  5. ^ a b http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/mobile.aspx?article=yes&pageid=6&edlabel=TOIBG&mydateHid=15-02-2010&pubname=&edname=&articleid=Ar00600&format=&publabel=TOI
  6. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/This-fighter-finally-met-his-match-/articleshow/35859915.cms
  7. ^ http://www.ourkarnataka.com/kannada/movie/tiger_prabhakar.htm
  8. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-09-03/news-interviews/28091078_1_jayamala-soundarya-actress-and-kfcc-president
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5132602.stm Sabarimala Controversy on BBC
  10. ^ http://www.ibnlive.com/blogs/sagarikaghose/223/14816/the-cosmic-glass-ceiling.html Sabarimala Controversy,CNN-IBN
  11. ^ http://in.news.yahoo.com/060629/139/65hnz.html Jayamala controversy in Yahoo
  12. ^ http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/Sep272006/national1747292006926.asp Sabarimala Controversy on Deccan Herald
  13. ^ http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/jun/28temple1.htm Jayamala row
  14. ^ Jayamala in a song on YouTube
  15. ^ http://epaper.prajavani.net/Home/index?Edition=185&Date=MTEvMDYvMjAxNw==&Page=250535
  16. ^ "Filmfare (South) awards presented". The Tribune. 26 April 1999. Retrieved 8 April 2017.