Janaki Sabesh

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Janaki Sabesh
Born Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Janaki Sabesh is an Indian actress appearing predominantly in Tamil and Telugu movies. Throughout her career she has played the "screen mother" to several leading actors.[1]

Early life[edit]

Janaki did her schooling from DTEA Senior Secondary School, New Delhi. She graduated in political science from Lady Sriram's and did her masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia, Delhi.[2]


In 1991, Janaki Sabesh assisted Simi Garewal with her documentary on Rajiv Gandhi called India's Rajiv.[2] She made her 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. She has also appeared in a web series titled "Black Sheep" on the Rascalas YouTube channel.

She also runs her own storytelling initiative, "Golpo - Tales Unlimited" . Goplo , in Bengali means story. Her sessions are an interactive mix of narration, music and movement, where she holds the attention of children and adults in her inimitable style. She also conducts workshops for parents, teachers and students which center on motivation and the productive uses of storytelling.

Notable filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Sister Agnes Tamil
1998 Jeans Madhumitha's mother Tamil
1999 Jodi Guest Appearance Tamil
2000 Kushi Jennifer's mother Tamil
2001 Kushi Pawan Kalyan's Mother Telugu
2001 Minnale Rajiv Samuel's mother Tamil
2001 Poovellam Un Vasam Chinna's mother Tamil
2002 Run Shiva's mother Tamil
2003 Boys Renuka Tamil
Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Cameo appearance Tamil
2003 Nee Manasu Naaku Telusy Cameo appearance Telugu
2004 Ghilli Saravanavelu's mother Tamil
2004 Aaytha Ezhuthu Esha Deol's Aunt Tamil
2004 Vaanm Vasappadum Poongkothai's Mother Tamil
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Janaki Tamil
2006 Photographer Malayalam
2006 Valavan Sandhya's Mother Tamil
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Sada's Mother Telugu
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Tamil
2009 Ayan Lady at the Airport Tamil
2010 Singam Kavya's mother Tamil
2010 Maro Charitra Telugu
2011 Nootrenbadhu Annalakshmi Tamil
2012 Billa II David's sister Tamil
2013 Singam 2 Kavya's mother Tamil
2014 Poojai Divya's Mother Tamil
2016 Singam 3 Kavya's Mother Tamil


  1. ^ Deepa Venkatraman (2013-06-15). "It's all in the mind". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b Y. Sunita Chowdhary (2010-05-24). "Exuding positivity". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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