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A Look At Jyothika’s 2018

She is on a roll!

After her marriage with Suriya in 2008, many thought actress Jyothika has bid farewell to the big screen. However, in 2015, she was back with a bang in 36 Vayathinilae, a women-centric movie. Her second innings began on a successful note for this multi-faceted actress. She rose from strength-to-strength playing meaty roles that had a say on the script. She disproved critics that marriage is no end to an actress’ career. Her portrayal of an independent woman on screen won the hearts of movie-lovers.  The year 2018 was special in Jyothika’s career. She had three releases and all were strikingly different from each other. And what more, she worked with the big league of directors who brought a change in Tamil filmdom – Bala, Mani Ratnam, and Radha Mohan. The year began with a bang for the Chandramukhi star as she captured the imagination of all playing a rugged policewoman in Naachiyaar. The Bala directorial surprised many as she used swear words in the trailer, something that one had never seen her do before.

Naachiyaar 

A case was registered against Jyothika and Bala in Mettupalayam for using expletive words in the movie. The third film after her wedding, Naachiyaar saw a different side of Jyothika. It was an unusual role by Jyothika. Hitherto she was seen as an adorable lover girl or a caring mom. Her fearless act in the movie won her applause. Being a Bala film, there was a different Jyothika to be seen in it. She played ACP Naachiyaar, a woman police officer known for her violent interrogations enquire about the rape of a minor girl. Her body language and dialogue delivery belonged to a different league. The ferocious act of the actress won her name and fame. Though Naachiyaar did manage an average run, it was Jyothika who was the scene-stealer. Her transformation on screen was fantastic. She indeed set the ball rolling for writers coming up with action stories for heroines with a jaw-dropping show in Naachiyaar.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam 

After the fearsome role in Naachiyaar, came Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam a couple of months later. A multi-starrer, it helped Jyothika realized her long-cherished dream – to be part of a Mani Ratnam film. And she played a typical housewife who cares for her family, husband and children. She is so forgiving that after she finds out illegal affair of her husband, she pleads with him to leave it. Her role as Chitra, a daughter-in-law in a big family and married to the elder son provided plenty to offer on plate emotionally. Known for expressing herself too much on screen, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam saw her give a measured performance. She was there playing the character in a subtle manner. Though a multi-starer, still Jyothika left a mark for herself amidst big names on screen in CCV.

Kaatrin Mozhi

The jewel in her crown this year was Kaatrin Mozhi, a remake of Hindi hit Tumhari Sulu. Though there were comparisons to her and Vidya Balan when the trailer got released, Jyothika pulled it off in style delivering a performance that was certainly unique to her. Her character carried the aspirations of thousands of middle-class woman, their hopes and despair. Jyothika delivered it close to reality. And Radha Mohan, the director who made Mozhi with her that belonged to a different league, Kaatrin Mozhi was a movie that ended up as one of the best in her career. She no doubt gave her best as girl-next-door Viji in the film. Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan, a homemaker she has lots of dreams and it changes every day as is the norm for everyone. And when she decides to become a Radio Jockey comes a lot of troubles. Her natural and spontaneous performance was the hallmark of the movie.

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