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Jayanthi, Veteran Kannada Actor, Passes Away At 76

Bengaluru: Eminent multi-lingual film actress Jayanthi, who had acted in more than 500 films in her five decades long career, passed away on Monday (July 26), family sources said. She was 76. The actor who starred in movies in five languages, was suffering from age-related ailments and was undergoing treatment for quite some time, they… Continue reading Jayanthi, Veteran Kannada Actor, Passes Away At 76

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Bengaluru: Eminent multi-lingual film actress Jayanthi, who had acted in more than 500 films in her five decades long career, passed away on Monday (July 26), family sources said. She was 76.

The actor who starred in movies in five languages, was suffering from age-related ailments and was undergoing treatment for quite some time, they added.

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Born Kamala Kumari to an English professor Balasubramanyam and Santhanalakshmi on January 1945 in Ballari, Jayanthi made her debut with Jenu Goodu.

She then acted in Chandavalliya Thota opposite Kannada matinee idol Dr Rajkumar.

Jayanthi also acted in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films. She made an indelible mark in the Telugu film industry and acted with iconic Telugu actor, N T Rama Rao and gave many hit movies including Jagadeka Veeruni Katha, Kula Gauravam, Kondaveeti Simham and Justice Choudhari.

During her stint in Tamil movies, she acted with legendary actors Gemini Ganeshan, M G Ramachandran, Muthuraman and Jaishankar and gave hits such as Padagoti, Mugaraasi, Kanna Nalama, Punnagai, ‘Velli Vizha and Iru Kodugal.

In Hindi, she acted in films including Lal Lal Bangla (1966), Teen Bahuraniyan (1968), Gunda (1970) and Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (1969).

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She won Kannada Filmfare awards seven times and twice the Filmfare Awards (South).

Condoling her death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the news about the demise of renowned veteran artist, Jayanthi. Her contribution to the film industry is immense, and her demise has caused an irreparable loss to the Kannada film industry. I pray to God to bless her soul give his family members and her admirers the power to bear the loss