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Hits all the way

After three hits in a row, Jyothika moves off the beaten path with `June. R'


It is one of those rare roles that an actor gets to portray



ANOTHER WIN? Jyothika

True to her name, Jyothika's presence has lit up the silver screen and left moviegoers dazzled.

Unlike her sister Nagma, Jyothika had concentrated only on Tamil films. But with winning performances in Chandramukhi, Tagore and Mass, Telugu filmdom has finally registered a blip on her radar. Incidentally, the three consecutive hits have each crossed a 100 days at the box office.

Now, the talented actress is all set to win over audiences as well as critics in her latest venture, June. R.

Going by the choice of her roles, Jyothika seems to be doing a balancing act between crass commercial films and offbeat cinema.

In an industry that desperately woos successful stars, she must be flooded with offers

Besides June. R, however, the choosy actress has only signed Ram Gopal Varma's Shock opposite Raviteja. The film will be directed by Harish.

"A couple of other projects from top Telugu banners are also on the discussion table," she reveals. Right now, the doe-eyed actress' focus seems to be on June. R, which is Revathy S. Varma's debut directorial venture. The film apparently has a bold theme revolving around women's emancipation.

Based on real-life incidents, according to the director, the film revolves around three women — Saritha, Jyothika (who play mother and daughter) and Kushboo.

"It is one of those rare roles that an actor gets to portray," says Jyothika. "This may well turn out to be a milestone in her acting career," chips in Revathy, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from JNU. Revathy and her production house, Ideaworld Celluloid, have ventured into feature film production after creating over 350 ad films for popular brands. Revathy is a prolific writer too and has written about 60 novels and many short stories in Hindi. Incidentally, her husband, Subhash hails from Andhra Pradesh.

He has made a couple of films in Malayalam and one of his works has even won a National Award.

Talking of her pet project, Revathy states, "Jyothika is a natural performer. We have completed 70 per cent of the shooting and looking at the rushes I can say with confidence this is an award-worthy performance. Saritha adds to the strength of the script through a sensitive role. It will be a grand comeback for her not only in Tamil films but I hope in Telugu films too as we are planning to simultaneously release the Telugu version."

As for Jyothika, she prefers to reveal more about the film only after the release. And why not? This is one actress who believes in letting her work speak for itself.

M. L. NARASIMHAM

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