Janaki Sabesh is an Indian media professional, actor, model, storyteller, author of children's book, theatre and voiceover artist. Throughout her film career, she has played the "screen mother" to several leading actors, appearing predominantly in Tamil and Telugu movies.
Janaki was born in Bangalore. She did her initial schooling in Carmel School, Kolkatta and then from DTEA Senior Secondary School, New Delhi. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi and a master's degree in mass communication from Jamia Millia, Delhi.
In 1991, Janaki Sabesh assisted Simi Garewal with her documentary on Rajiv Gandhi called India's Rajiv. She made her professional acting debut in the movie Minsara Kanavu starring Kajol and Arvind Swamy, in which she played a nun. She later went on to act in Shankar's magnum opus Jeans, where she played Aishwarya Rai's mother. Since then, she has acted in over 25 movies, including the blockbuster hit Ghilli, often playing the role of a mother.
She has modelled for leading brands like Cadburys, Pepsodent, KFJ, NAC jewellers, Chakra Gold Tea, Jansons Dhoti to name a few.She has also appeared in a web series titled Black Sheep on the YouTube channel of Stray Factory, Rascalas.Janaki's work as a theatre artist includes plays with Chennai based theatre groups, Crea- Shakti & Madras Players.Janaki Sabesh’s engagement with children began when she produced an audio cassette “The Learning Train” (1995) that simplified the world of numbers through story and songs.
She also runs her own storytelling initiative, Golpo - Tales Unlimited. The word Golpo in Bengali means "story". Her sessions are an interactive mix of narration, music and movement. She also conducts workshops for parents, teachers and students which centre on motivation and the productive uses of storytelling.
Janaki Sabesh turned an author in 2018 with her first picture book, "The Jungle Storytelling Festival" published by Tulika in 9 languages
|1997||Minsaara Kanavu||Sister Agnes||Tamil|
|2001||Kushi||Siddhartha Roy/Siddu's mother||Telugu|
|Minnale||Rajiv Samuel's mother||Tamil|
|Poovellam Un Vasam||Chinna's mother||Tamil|
|2001||Shah Jahan||Richa Pallod's mother||Tamil|
|Enakku 20 Unakku 18||Cameo appearance||Tamil|
|Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu||Cameo appearance||Telugu|
|Vaanam Vasappadum||Poongkothai's mother||Tamil|
|2004||Aayutha Ezhuthu||Doctor's wife||Tamil|
|2007||Shankar Dada Zindabad||Sada's mother||Telugu|
|2012||Billa II||David's sister||Tamil|
|2013||Singam 2||Kavya's mother||Tamil|
- "Janaki Sabesh". LinkedIn. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Deepa Venkatraman (15 June 2013). "It's all in the mind". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Y. Sunita Chowdhary (24 May 2010). "Exuding positivity". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "India's Rajiv - Credits (1:01:20)". Youtube. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Janaki Sabesh on IMDb