On Jyothika’s birthday, a look at her work with her ‘favourite co-star’ Suriya
Jyothika dominated the Tamil and Telugu film scene in the 2000s till her marriage to Suriya in 2006. She celebrates her birthday on October 18.Updated: Oct 18, 2017 12:29 IST
She was the darling of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh’s cinema-loving folks through much of the late 1990s and 2000s. Though she made her film debut in a Bollywood film, the Priyadarshan directed Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, she made her mark in the south Indian films.
Her string of successes include films like Kushi, Dhool, Thenali, Thirumalai, Dumm Dumm Dumm, Snegithiye, Kaaka Kaaka, Perazhagan, Chandramukhi, June R, Pachaikili Muthucharam, Mozhi and 36 Vayadhinile. Through much of early 2000s, she dominated the scene like a colossus.
She starred with all the leading men in the industry, starring with Rajinikanth (Chandramukhi), Kamla Haasan (Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu), Ajith (Vaali, Raja, Poovellam Un Vasam and Mugavaree), Vikram (Arul and Dhool), Vijay (Thirumalai and Kushi) and Chiranjeevi (Tagore).
However, it is with Suriya that she did seven films -- Poovellam Kettuppar, Uyirile Kalanthathu, Kaakha Kaakha, Perazhagan, Maayavi, Sillunnu Oru Kadhal and June R (June R starred Suriya in a guest appearance though). Jyothika, who married Tamil actor Suriya at the height of her career in 2006, celebrates her birthday on Wednesday.
On her birthday, here’s a look at her films with Suriya.
Poovellam Kettuppar (1999)
Poovellam Kettuppar (Ask All the Flowers) was one of the earliest films Jyothika and Suriya worked in. A romantic comedy, the film is the story of two friends, both music directors, who have a bitter fall out. Years later, their children fall in love with each other. How they help their respective parents become friends again forms the rest of the story. As the name suggests, the future couple were set for a life together early in their career.
Uyirile Kalanthathu (2000)
A romantic comedy and a family drama, Jyothika and Suriya spread their charm yet again. Suriya, plays a young man who falls madly in love with Jyothika. Though he is the fond son of the family and much pampered, his elder brother detests him with all his heart. When Suriya’s character decides to meet Jyothika’s family, his brother plays the spoilsport and tries to sabotage everything. How the lovers eventually meet is what Uyirile Kalanthathu is all about.
Kaakha Kaakha (2003)
Kaakha Kaakha (To protect), directed by Gautham Menon, was the first big blockbuster in Suriya’s career. It also happened to be the film in which Jyothika played his wife. A cop drama, in which Jyothika’s character dies, saw the love birds play a married couple to the hilt. It would be in films like these the audience started getting a taste of their unmistakable chemistry.
Yet another comedy with lots of drama, Perazhagan (Most Handsome Guy), is a case of two set of identical people, coming together under difficult circumstances as their paths cross. Both Suriya and Jyothika played double roles. While Suriya starred a hunchback and a college student, Jyothika plays the daughter of a cop and a blind girl. How the blind girl and her beloved, the hunchback, unite is what the film is all about. Needless to say, with all its twists and tales, Perazhagan, a remake of Malayalam film Kunjikoonan, was a major hit in Jyothika’s career.
Maayavi or Magician is a kidnap drama with loads of comedy to boot. While Suriya plays a guide who is actually a thief, Jyothika plays herself onscreen. With his accomplish Sathyaraj, Suriya’s character decides to rob a plush bungalow in Chennai. As luck would have it, the house belongs to actress Jyothika. Making matters worse, she catches them red-handed and gets them jailed. As revenge, Suriya’s character kidnaps her and that’s when all hell lets loose. A roaring comedy, the film sealed their fate as a hit-making machine.
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006)
Yet another romantic comedy cum family drama, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (A Breezy Love Story) is all about family and love one discovers in marriage. Suriya (Gautham) and Jyothika (Kundhavi) have an arranged marriage and like many such marriages, theirs too lacks any spark in the early years. They move to Mumbai, have a 5-year-old daughter, Ishwarya, and life seems good. As part of his job, Suriya leaves for New York. In his absence, Jyothika’s character discovers an old letter of her husband, in which describes in great detail about his past love, his college sweetheart Ishwarya (Bhumika Chawla). On his return, Jyothika arranges for the former lovers to meet again for a day while she and her daughter leave their home.
On her return, a day later, she discovers that the former lovers realise that they have moved on in life and that Jyothika is indeed Suriya’s true love now.
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First Published: Oct 18, 2017 12:27 IST