With an ‘item number' in the Dileep starrer, Meesa Madhavan, this beautiful girl from Kochi found her way into the hearts of Malayalee viewers. But the Special Jury Mention at the 50th National Awards proved that Jyothirmayi is an intelligent actress too. She is on cloud nine as her portrayal of a college lecturer in Satish Menon's debut film, Bhavam, has won her special Jury Mention at the 50th National Awards.
From ramp shows, compering and bagging the 2001 State TV award for the best actress to getting national recognition, Jyothirmayi has come a long way. The actress who is busy wrapping up her work in Pattalam, directed by Lal Jose, sees the national honour as "the highest recognition for a beginner" like her.
Jyothirmayi says that Bhavam has been a learning experience. "I'm lucky to have worked with senior artists such as Mita Vashisht, Siddique and Murali Menon in the film."
Jyothirmayi started off by anchoring Pepsi Top 10, Your Choice and Vaalkannadi, on Asianet, and Kalaalayavarnangal, on the Kairali channel. Her performance in Jude Attipetty's serial, Avasthaantharangal, made people sit up and take notice; it also won her an award. In the serial, she played a Brahmin girl who falls in love with a Christian boy and marries him.
If Bhavam was the first film in which she played the heroine, Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan gave her a break. The Chingamasam Vannuchernal… number in the film gave her instant fame. Jyothirmayi had also donned supporting roles in films like Ishtam, Kalyanaraman and the recent Apoonte Veedu Enteyum. She is also a painter trained under noted sculptor M.R.D. Dathan.
She is the heroine of the Mohanlal-starrer, Hariharanpilla Happiyanu. In Anyar, directed by Lenin Rajendran, she is paired with Biju Menon. In Pattalam she plays the role of Bhama, a very smart and aggressive girl.