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Jyothi Lakshmi impressed Malayalis with her grace and beauty

It may not be among the most-popular Malayalam film songs of all time, but there is an undeniable charm about Kadavathu thoniyadukkumbol… The song from Murappennu, about a woman teasing another about her lover, was rendered expressively by S. Janaki and Shantha P. Nair. Those expressions were matched by two women on screen, Sharada and Jyothi Lakshmi.

Jyothi Lakshmi, who died in Chennai at the age of 67 on Tuesday, played a big part in making it such a pleasure to watch. Dressed in a set mundu, she looked gorgeous as a Malayali village beauty. That was in sharp contrast to her image in Telugu and Tamil as a titillating dancer with a sculpted body.

Murappennu was her first Malayalam film. “She was recommended by MGR, no less,” recalls P. David, who was the still photographer of Murappennu. “Director A. Vincent was looking for a girl to play Kochammini. I worked with her in three more Malayalam films, including Nagarame Nandi and Kunjali Marakkar.”

In Kunjali Marakkar too, you could see her incredible grace in a song sequence, Attuvanji kadavil

Veteran comedienne Sreelatha was one of those were bowled over by Jyothi Lakshmi’s beauty and grace. “I was a big fan of hers; she was tall, had a great body and was a stunner,” she says.

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