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WEARING MANY HATS Janaki Sabesh
WEARING MANY HATS Janaki Sabesh

As she manages work and family effortlessly, there's never a dull moment in Janaki Sabesh's life

Janaki Sabesh's father was against her modelling or working in movies, and told her she could do it only after her marriage. But, he also gave her an advice — to never miss an opportunity in life, and be committed. And, she followed it.

She graduated in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and did her masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. During her college days, she had a wide range of opportunities, met all kinds of people, and learned how to manage them effectively. And, when she was asked to assist Simi Garewal on her series on Rajiv Gandhi, she was more than willing. Married then, and living in Mumbai, she travelled alone at odd hours and that boosted her confidence.

Janaki has worked in many television commercials, she hosts shows, gives motivational lectures, does pre-recording for the messages on phone for banks and commercial institutions, lends her voice for cartoons, and acts in a few films a year (which she treats as a holiday!). There is no dull moment in the life of Janaki, a a business manager for Real Image Media Technologies.

She has worked in 25 films so far, and it all started with “Minsara Kanavu”, in which she played a nun. “I would take my three-year-old daughter, and colour pencils would keep her engaged while I put on the make-up.” She has played mother to a lot of actors, including Ajit, Vijay, Aishwarya Rai, Madhavan, Pavan Kalyan, Sada, and Jyothika.

Support system

Constantly travelling, she gives all the credit to her mother-in-law, who is in her 80s and manages home. Janaki says there is nothing like seeing the children bond with the grandparents, after coming home from work. She says: “There are problems in every family, but I make sure that neither of them suffers — home and career. My ego is on an all-time high when my colleagues enquire where I have been when I'm absent for three days. I have fantastic people at work too, and bonding with people is not difficult for me.”

Born in Bangalore, bred in Calcutta, lived in Mumbai, and finally a career in Chennai, Janaki has seen the world from different perspectives. After all, as she puts it: “Life's such a beautiful accident.”

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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