ayasudha was born as Sujatha inÂ Madras,Â Tamil NaduÂ on 17 December 1958 . Her aunt is actress and directorÂ Vijaya Nirmala. Jayasudha made her film debut when she was twelve years old asÂ Jamuna's daughter in the Telugu filmÂ Pandanti KapuramÂ (1972). DirectorÂ K. BalachanderÂ gave her a small role in the Tamil filmÂ ArangetramÂ where she shared space withÂ Kamal Haasan.
She acted in a number of films in Tamil mostly under Balachander's directionâ€”Sollathaan NinaikkirenÂ (1973),Â Naan AvanillaiÂ (1974) andÂ Apoorva Raagangal. She also changed her name to Jayasudha, since there was already another actress named Sujatha. Her fame quickly spread, where Telugu film producers were offering her good film roles.
While her debut role as heroine in the Telugu filmÂ Lakshmana RekhaÂ (1975) got her attention, it was really the title role inÂ JyothiÂ (remake of the Hindi filmÂ MiliÂ starringÂ Jaya Bhaduri) that made her a big star in Telugu films. She was now called a successor to the great Telugu actressÂ SavitriÂ and performed many strong roles and showed excellent range.
Â She is given the title "Sahaja Nati" which means "natural/realistic actress."