Jayasudha was born as Sujatha on 17 December 1958 in Tamil Nadu. At the age of 12, she made her film debut in the Telugu film Pandanti Kapuram (1972). She debuted as a heroine in the Telugu film Lakshmana Rekha (1975).
Jayasudha became a star overnight with the film Jyothi, remake of the Hindi film Mili, starring Jaya Bhaduri. She has acted in 325 films and became an established heroine, who had 25 releases in one year. She attained fame as a versatile lead actress in super hit films like Nomu (1974), Idi Katha Kaadu (1979), Money (1993), Adavi Ramudu (1977), Idekkadi Nyayam (1977), Sivaranjani (1978), Doctor Cine-actor , Yugandhar (1979), Illalu (1981) and Meghasandesam (1983). Besides Telugu films, she expanded her horizons in Tamil films like, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren (1973), Naan Avanillai (1974) and Apoorva Raagangal. She has been the recipient of seven state Nandi Awards of Andra Pradesh, and seven Filmfare Awards South. She is titled as “Sahaja Nati” which signifies natural/realistic actress.
Some of her notable films include:
- Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi
- Aame Katha
- Adavi Ramudu
Jayasudha initially married popular film producer Vadde Ramesh’s brother-in-law, Rajendra Prasad. However, the marriage didn’t last. She later married Bollywood actor Jeetendra’s cousin producer Nitin Kapoor in 1985. They have two sons Nihar and Shreayan. In 2001, she converted to Christianity and was elected as MLA representing Congress party from the Secunderabad constituency in 2009. On March 14, 2017, her husband Nitin Kapoor committed suicide 3 days before his marriage anniversary by jumping from the top of a building. It was reported that he was suffering from depression since many years; however, the true reason for his suicide is unidentified. On Jayasudha’s marriage anniversary, she released a statement, “My beloved husband, confidante, and companion, Nitin Kapoor, is with the angels now and is finally at peace – peace that he was trying to find for a long time.”