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yothika Saravanan (née Sadanah, born on 18 October 1978) is an Indian actress who predominantly appeared in Tamil films. She also acted in a few Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films. She gained critical acclaim for her performances in Kushi, Perazhagan, Chandramukhi and Mozhi, winning three Filmfare and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. She was the most successful actress in the Tamil film industry of
her time. She is also a recipient of the Kalaimamani award. Her performances in Mozhi & Chandramukhi took her very close to winning the National Film Award for Best Actress.
She appeared in many commercially successful films such as Mugavaree, Thenali, Rhythm, Dumm Dumm Dumm, Poovellam Un Vasam, Dhool, Kaakha Kaakha, Thirumalai, Manmadhan, Saravana and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu.
1 Personal life
2.1 1998 – 2002
2.2 2003 – 2006
2.3 2007 – present
2.4 Other work
6 External links
Jyothika was born to Chander Sadanah, a film producer, and Seema Sadanah, in Mumbai, India. Actress Nagma is her half-sister. She completed her schooling in Learner's Academy, Mumbai. She later majored in Psychology at the Mithibai College in Mumbai. She also has a sister Roshini (born Radhika) and a brother Suraj, who is working as an assistant director for Priyadarshan.
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 have two children, daughter Diya (born 17 August 2007)and son Dev (born 7 June 2010).
1998 – 2002
She made her acting debut in the Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna directed by Priyadarshan, but it did not do well commercially. In a 2000 interview with India Today, Priyadarshan said that he "lapsed into depression" after the film flopped.But her Performance was noted and she was nominated at Filmfare Awards for Hindi film for Filmfare Best Female Debut Award category.
Her first role was a cameo appearance in Vaali (1999) in which she won Filmfare Best South Female Debutant . Later that year, she starred in Poovellam Kettuppar, in which she played the love interest of the protagonist, portrayed by her future husband Suriya. The success of the movie Kushi became a turning point in her career and critics compared her acting to that of Savitri.A string of successful films followed between 2000 and 2002, among them Mugavaree, Dum Dum Dum and Snegithiye. She also acted with Kamal Haasan during this period, in the comedy film Thenali. She was awarded the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her role in Kushi. Her role in Rhythm though small, has been widely appreciated. After the success of Kushi she was signed to play the female lead in Friends (2001 film) opposite to Vijay,but she was replaced by Devayani. She collaborated with Mani Ratnam for the first time by appearing in his production house, Madras Talkies' romantic comedy Dumm Dumm Dumm alongside Madhavan. The film won positive acclaim and became a success not only in Tamil Nadu but also in Andra with its dubbed version. She also made an appearance in Kannada film industry opposite Upendra.She had Dual role in this film. The Tamil thriller film directed by Priyadarshan made in all south languages,
2003 – 2006
In 2003, she starred in Dhool with Vikram, Kaakha Kaakha with Suriya, Thirumalai with Vijay, all of which did good business, Kaakha Kaakha in particular being one of the biggest hits of her career. She was listed amongst the Best Actress nominees in Filmfare Awards South for her roles in Dhool &Kaakha Kaakha. In 2004, she acted in a double role in the critically acclaimed Perazhagan opposite Suriya. In 2005, she acted in Manmadhan opposite Silambarasan.she acted in a double role for Perazhagan and received the Dinakaran Best Actress Award for it. In 2005, she acted in Manmadhan opposite Silambarasan and won accolades for her role in it including a Nomination for Filmfare award.
Her most successful film till date is the Rajinikanth starrer Chandramukhi 2005 in which she essayed the title role.She won several accolades for her performance in Chandramukhi including a Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, ITFA Best Actress Award, Kalaimamani Award, Dinakaran Best Tamil Actress Award,Nomination for Filmfare award. She also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Perazhagan in 2004 and Chandramukhi in 2005. Kala master who completed the climax song for Chandramukhi with Jyothika praised her dancing skill although she was not a trained dancer. She was also offered to act with Mohanlal in Udayon directed by Bhadran but she couldn't do it due to buzy schedules in Tamil.The stupendous success of Chandramukhi made her more fame in Andra and they tried raise a temple for her.Her first release & first hit movie in 2006 was Saravana opposite to Silambarasan after the Megahit movie Manmadhan.Her role in June R was noticed before the release of the film.Jyothika's performance is fine tuned and emotionally engaged.She has underplayed her emotions beautifully.Her most hit films in 2006 include Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu, Super Hit crime-thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon and Sillunu Oru Kaadhal opposite to Suriya.The former was dubbed into Hindi as The Smart Hunt. In an interview Gautham continues to dream up for Jyotika parts that no one's imagined her in before, and she contributes to the kind of mature romantic angle we’ve rarely seen before. In this film She played a sober, yet strong woman who is wriggling out of a troubled relationship, with great aplomb and finesse. It is a distant Jothika from her usual bubbly self.
2007 – present
Her last films were Gautham Menon's Pachaikili Muthucharam and the critically acclaimed Mozhi, both in 2007.Among these Mozhi gaves her a lot of appreciations.Jyothika as Archana Character steals the show. Not surprising, because with every film of hers, we have seen myriad shades of her performance and they have showed us what a seasoned performer she is. She is deaf, she is mute. But she makes all of us talk volumes about her performance, just the way one did after watching Vikram in Pithamagan. She is absolutely credible as the obstinate and confident young woman. 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. In Pachaikili Muthucharam had a crucial role and pulls off a memorable performance 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. Her Malayalam films Raakilipattu & Seetha Kalyanam were released in 2007 and 2009 respectively after languishing in development hell for years. Jyothika later made a come back through Television ads. 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. In a recent interview, Vikram was asked about the heroine who gives the toughest competition as counterpart in movies for which he listed three heroines in reply – Jyothika, Anushka and Tabu, but mentioned Jyothika to be the toughest competitor out of all the three.