Yesteryear’s Queen of Tamil Cinema goes to eternal sleep

Her smile so beautiful
Her eyes so sparkling
Her walk so elegant
Her tone so sweet…

Yesteryear’s actress Jayalalithaa was an embodiment of Beauty.

She had an unbeatable way of manifesting expressions on screen with her eyes. Bringing the nine rasas or emotions to life while acting was made possible by her.

It’s been a day that she left us and the entire film fraternity, family and fans can feel her absence. As a tribute to this great woman, this is our attempt to bring to light some important happenings of her life.

Jayalalithaa was born on February 24th 1948 in a Tamil brahmin family. Her father Jayaram was a lawyer who passed away when Jayalalitha was 2 years old. Her mother Vedavalli eventually took up acting under screen name Sandhya. In a conversation with Simi Garewal, Jayalalitha spoke of how much she would miss her mother during her childhood. She won Gold State Award for coming first in 10th standard in not just her school but also in Tamil Nadu. She was fluent in several languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English.

She was lovingly called as Ammu by her co-stars and now called as Amma by the masses.

Something that would intrigue a lot of you out there is the fact that Jayalalithaa performed as a child artist in English, Hindi and Kannada films. While Chinnada Gombe is her first film in Kannada as a lead actress, Vennira Aadai is her first film in Tamil as a lead actress.

She won the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for Chandhrodhayam. Yaar Nee? was the first movie where she played a dual role and received huge applause.
Adimai Penn, Ragasiya Police 115, Pattikada Pattanama, Naan, Muthu Chippi, Kannan En Kadhalan, Engirundho Vandhaal are her notable films in Tamil.

Her roles in mythological movies like Kandan Karunai, Aadhi Parashakti, Shri Krishna Leelai, Shakti Leelai, Ganga Gowri, Annai Velankanni, Jesus, Shri Krishna Vijayam, Sri Krishna Satya will make you go OH MY GOD…

She received immense praise for her film Surya Gandhi because it broke a lot of stereotypes around women. Manashulu Mamathalu marks the beginning of her career in Telugu film industry and since then there was no looking back for her. She went on to act in Aasthiparulu, Aame Evaru? Navaratri, Gudachari 116, Brahmachari, Chikkadu Dorakadu, Tikka Shankararaiah, Sukha Dukhalu, Gandikota Rahasyam, Adarsha Kutumbam, Ali Baba 40 Dongalu, Devudu Chesina Manushulu and more.

Thirumangalyam is her 100th film and Unnai Suttrum Ulagam, that followed much later got her Tamil Nadu Cinema Fan Award for Best Actress. She has done only one Hindi film as a protagonist and worked for 140 films throughout her career. The Hindi film was a 1968 Bollywood film called Izzat which featured Dharmendra in a double role. Jayalalithaa did playback singing for more than 15 films becoming a favorite of music lovers too.

On being asked about marriage, Jayalalithaa had this to say, “It just never happened. I did like the idea of marriage as any young girl would. But life taught me that such things don’t happen to everyone and it’s unrealistic to expect happiness in life. I was the most in demand heroine from 1965-1977 and then started working for public in different ways from 1980. Do you think I would have ever achieved super stardom or would have become an actress if I had got married? No. I would have not got opportunity to serve public had I got married “.

She featured in 28 films with Tamil superstar MGR who later launched the AIADMK. Her work as a leader and philanthropist needs no introduction. Jayalalithaa was lion-hearted, for she was absolutely fearless. Unlike most politicians who make false promises, Jayalalithaa stood by her words even after elections. Read about Jayalalithaa’s welfare schemes here:

There were lakhs of people to bid her good bye. Jayalalithaa will be alive in our hearts for her contributions to Indian cinema as well as Indian politics.

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