M. Jayashree

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M. Jayashree
M. Jayashree in Mutthaide Bhagya.jpg
Jayashree in Mutthaide Bhagya (1956)
Mysore, Mysore state, British India (in present-day Karnataka, India)
Died29 October 2006(2006-10-29) (aged 84–85)[1]
  • Actress
Years active1948–1996

M. Jayashree (1921 – 2006), was an Indian actress who worked mainly in Kannada films. She is known for her supporting roles in such movies including Rayara Sose (1957), Naagarahaavu (1972), Eradu Kanasu and Sri Srinivasa Kalyana.[2]

She was fondly referred to as 'Amma of Silvar screen'. She received Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie Amara Bharathi in 1970.[3]


Jayashree was brought to Pakshiraj Studio of Tamil Nadu by Devi, the sister of the studio owner who allowed her to cast in Tamil film Vazhivil Thirunal. Offers were poured in for Jayashree in Tamil movies.[4] This was noticed by Kannada film maker Honnappa Bhagavathar and he made her to debut in Kannada films with the 1948 movie Bhakta Kumbara.[5]

Her next project in Kannada as heroine was Nagakannika in 1949, a blockbuster movie directed by G. Vishwanath.[6] This film considered to be the first Kannada movie based on a folk tale.[7] She played the title role in her next movie Thilotthame in 1951. Gradually she got shifted to supporting roles playing mother, mother-in-law, aunt for stalwarts like Dr. Rajkumar, Kalyan Kumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Tiger Prabhakar, Rajesh, Gangadhar, Srinath and many. In her five decades acting career, Jayashree starred more than 450 films.

Last days and death[]

Jayashree did only two movies in the 1990s. Her last released movie was Savira Mettilu, an unfinished film of Puttanna Kanagal and finished by K. S. L. Swamy.

Jayashree spent last years of her life in Sri Vasavi Shantidhama, an old age home in Mysore. She died of heart attack early morning on 29 October 2006.[4][3]


Selected filmography[]


  • Vizhivil Thirunaal


See also[]

Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress


  1. ^ Chitraloka Team (30 Oct 2006). "M. Jayashree dead". Chitraloka.com. Retrieved 21 Sep 2020.
  2. ^ "Naagarahavu cast and crew". Chiloka.com. Retrieved 21 Sep 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "ಹಿರಿಯ ನಟಿ ಜಯಶ್ರೀ 'ಅಮ್ಮ'ನ ಅಂತ್ಯಕ್ರಿಯೆ" [Last rites of Amma M. Jayashree] (in Kannada). filmibeat.com. Retrieved 21 Sep 2020.
  4. ^ a b "ಬೆಳ್ಳಿತೆರೆಯ ಅಜರಾಮರ ಅಭಿನೇತ್ರಿ ಎಂ. ಜಯಶ್ರೀ" [Immortal actress of silver screen M. Jayashree]. The Newsism.com (in Kannada). 12 July 2017. Retrieved 21 Sep 2020.
  5. ^ "Bhakta Kumbara". nthwall.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  6. ^ B V Shiva Shankar (16 March 2007). "Sepia stories at 60". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ "History: First folk film". Chitraloka. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 Sep 2020.

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