Jyothika made her debut in 1998, with Priyadarshan's 'Doli Sajake Rakhna'. 'Vaali' was her first film in Tamil. Her claim to fame, initially, was that she was "Nagma's sister". If Nagma had scorched the screen with her glam shows, the rather chubby Jyothika wasn't expected to be the next hot sensation.