Actor and dancer Jyothi Lakshmi dies at 63
It was in Jyothi Lakshmi’s death, said actor Nasser, that he truly learned how much she wanted to live. “She never breathed a word of her cancer to anyone in the industry . I did not know about it till she breathed her last,“ said Nasser, president of the Nadigar Sangam, who was among the first from the film fraternity to arrive at the actor’s house on Habibullah Road on Tuesday morning.
Jyothi Lakshmi, who ac ted and danced in more than 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kanna da, passed away early on Tuesday morning at the age of 63. She is survived by her daughter, actor Jyothi Meena, and her sister, actor Jayamalini.
Jyothi Lakshmi, a trained dancer, who made her debut in the M G Ramachandran-starrer `Periya Idathu Penn’ in 1963, went on to act with the biggest heroes of south Indian cinema of the 60s and 70s. She was to join the sets of director Adhik Ravichandran’s film AAA’ starring Simbu next month. Her last film was `Kavalai Vendam’, which released this year.
“The dance sequence in the MGR starrer Adimai Penn (1969) between actor and now TN CM Jayalalithaa and Jyothi Lakshmi was unforgettable and was the highlight of that movie,“ said director and actor Mano Bala, adding that it made her dancing so famous that distributors would beg directors to make sure she was in every movie.
dinathanthi newspaper 10/08/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx