Chennai: Veteran actress Jayanthi (76) passed away due to age-related ailments. Jayanthi had acted in more than 500 films in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. The Kannada film industry had long back honoured the actress with the title Abhinaya Sharadhe.
In Tamil, Jayanthi had acted alongside MG Ramchandran in Padagotti and also paired opposite Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Muthyraman and Jai Shankar in many films.
Veteran director K Balachander had signed Jayanthi for several blockbuster classics including Bama Vijayam, Ethir Neechal, Punnagai, and Velli Vizha.
As a character artiste she had acted in Tamil films like Sengottai, Manidhan etc.