In a disturbing development, veteran actor Jayanthi was hospitalised on Sunday after she complained of breathing trouble. Confirming this, her son told a leading daily that she was soon put on a ventilator and is under observation. He added that she has been suffering from asthma for over 35 years.
“She has been suffering from asthma for 35 years. She used inhalers every day and was never admitted to hospital over breathing issues. Last evening, her health started deteriorated and she was taken to Sidvin Hospital. Based on doctor’s advises, we shifted her to Vikram Hospital in Cunningham Road. The doctors have told us that she will be kept under observation for the next 24 hours. She is currently on the ventilator,” he added.
We sincerely hope that she gets well soon.
In case you did not know, Jayanthi was an integral part of Southern cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. She has acted in all the four major South languages and made a name for herself. She also did some Hindi films during her career. After initially doing bit parts in her teens, Jayanthi got her first break when director YR Swamy noticed her and introduced her to Kannada cinema with Jenu Goodu. In the years that followed, she became a top star in Kannada cinema and acted alongside the legendary Dr. Rajkumar, 45 times. Some of their notable films include Nanda Gokula and Baalu Belagithu. At her peak, she became so popular that she was soon dubbed the ‘Goddess of Acting’.
Jayanthi’s stint in Tamil cinema was just as fruitful as her career in Sandalwood. She acted with all the leading stars of her time– right from Gemini Ganesan to MGR—and proved her mettle as a performer. Her fans regard her as one of the bonafide legends of her era