Jayabharathi (Actress) Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 69 Years
Hometown: Chennai
Religion: Hinduism

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Birth NameLakshmi Bharathi
Profession(s)Actor, Dancer
Famous ForBeing one of the renowned actors in the South Indian film industries
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 158 cm
in meters- 1.58 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 2”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
DebutMalayalam Film: Penmakkal (1966) as a child artist
Penmakkal poster
Tamil Film: Anubavi Raja Anubavi (1967) as Ramamani
Anubavi Raja Anubavi
Hindi Film: Pratishodh (1980)
Pratishodh (1980)
Telugu Film: Lakshmi (2006) as the mother of the protagonist
Lakshmi film
Awards• Kerala State Film Award in the Best Actress category for various films in 1972
• Kerala State Film Award in the Best Actress category for the film Madhavikutty in 1973
• National Film Award in the Special Jury/ Special Mention category for the film Marupakkam in 1990
• Filmfare Award in the Lifetime Achievement Category for her contribution to the film industry in 2014
Jayabharathi with the Filmfare Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 June 1954 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023) 69 Years
BirthplaceErode, Madras State (now Tamil Nadu), India
Zodiac signCancer
SchoolSt. Rita’s Girls High School, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Relationships & More
Marital StatusWidow
Husband/SpouseHari Pothan (m. 1973- div. 1974) (film producer)
Pratap Pothen's brother Hari Pothan
Sathaar (m. 1979- died. 2019) (actor)
ChildrenSon- Krish J. Sathaar (born as Unnikrishnan) (actor, entrepreneur)
Krish J. Sathaar
ParentsFather- P. G. Shivasankaran Pillai
Mother- Saralamma
SiblingsBrother(s)- 2
Names not known
Sister(s)- 2
• Shirley Simon
Shirley Simon
Other RelativesCousin- Jayan (deceased; actor)
Nephew- Munna Simon (actor)
Munna Simon
SingerLata Mangeshkar


Jayabharathi with Munna Simon

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jayabharathi (Actress)

  • Jayabharathi started studying classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, from the age of five. She did her first public performance at the Ettumannorappan Temple in Kottayam, Kerala.
  • She belongs to a Keralite family from the Kollam district settled in Tamil Nadu.
  • She won the first prize in a state-level dance competition at the age of 11. The trophy was presented by State Minister Sundara Vadivelu and was published in major newspapers and magazines, which gave her an entry into the film industry.
  • Her first lead role was in the Malayalam film Kattukurangu (1969) as a singer named Ambili along with veteran actors such as Sathyan, Sarada, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, and Adoor Bhasi.

    The poster of Jayabharathi's film Kattukurangu

    The poster of Jayabharathi’s film Kattukurangu

  • Jayabharathi was the actor who featured in the only song that legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar sang in Malayalam which is Kadhali Chengadhali from the film Nellu (1974). She was also featured in a song sequence sung by Lataji’s sister Asha Bhosle. [1]The Times of India
  • She likes to listen to the bhajans sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
  • She was the heroine of the multi-language film Allauddinum Albutha Vilakkum in which Kamal Haasan played the protagonist and Rajinikanth played the negative role.

    Jayabharathi on the poster of the film Allauddinum Albutha Vilakkum

    Jayabharathi on the poster of the film Allauddinum Albutha Vilakkum

  • She was the lead actor in Bharathan’s film Rathinirvedam (1978) as the character Rathi. The film was the subject of debate for its bold theme. The film was remade in 2011 with Shweta Menon playing Jayabharathi’s role.

    The old and the new cast of the film Rathinirvedam

    The old and the new cast of the film Rathinirvedam

  • She played prominent characters in the TV series Peythozhiyathe (2002) aired on Surya TV, Kottaipurathu Veedu (DD Pothigai), and Nimmathi Ungal Choice (Vasanth TV).
  • She appeared as the character Parvathy in the film Onnaman (2002) after which she has not acted in the Malayalam film industry.
  • Since 2003, she has shifted her focus to learning, teaching, and performing Bharatanatyam. She also started a dance school in Chennai called the Aswathi Arts Academy.

    Jayabharathi during a stage performance

    Jayabharathi during a stage performance

  • During the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) general body meeting in June 2023, Jayabharathi strongly demanded that the Kerala State government recommend veteran actress Sheela for the Padma Awards. [2]Malayala Manorama
  • As of February 2024, she has acted in over 350 films from various film industries.