Jalaja, who was one of the best actresses of a time in Malayalam cinema, has made an extraordinary comeback after many years. Jalaja is the mother of Ali Iqbal, the central character in Malik, directed by Mahesh Narayanan. Malik Jalaja comes across as a female character who faces a life full of pain and strength. Jalaja plays the role of a teacher who raises her two children through her own efforts after losing her husband at an early age.
Umma Sakshi, played by Jalaja, is ready to testify when no one is ready to speak out against the crime committed by her son. In Malik, this ummah stands from beginning to end without deviating atomically from its own ideal. Although Jalaja appears in very few scenes in Malik, the actress has acted in all her scenes. Though the character of Umma is mainly filled with frustration, anger, and sadness, Jalaja has portrayed some of the emotional changes that come in between without any exaggeration.