Born on February 24, 1948, at Melkote in Mandya district to an Iyengar couple, lawyer Jayaraman and Vedavalli who worked in a commercial firm under the screen name Sandhya, Jayaram Jayalalithaa was one of the most popular chief ministers of Tamil Nadu.
There is no doubt in the fact that Jayalalithaa was a lauded politician. Her enormous fan following in the southern region has been witnessed on many occasions. But what most people don't know about her is that before becoming a politician, she was a beautiful and inspiring film actor.
So, have a look at these unseen pictures from Jayalalithaa's acting days:
She was named after her grandmother's name but was later renamed Jayalalithaa when she turned 1.
Her father passed away in 1950. After his death, her mother moved to Bengaluru because of which Jayalalithaa had to shuffle between her grandparents' house in Mysuru and her aunt's house in Bengaluru.
After some years, she moved to Chennai with her mother where she took lessons in Carnatic music. Her 'arangetram' (debut on-stage) in Mylapore was presided over by actor Sivaji Ganesan. The chief guest at the event suggested her to join the film industry.
Jayalalithaa knew various languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English.
One day when Jayalalithaa was in the studio with her mother, who was shooting, director Aroor Pattabhi asked her mother if she could act in one scene. This was the first time, Jayalalithaa acted in a film.
In 1965, she made her Telugu debut with the movie Manushulu Mamathalu, in which she starred opposite Akkineni Nageswara Rao. In the same year, she acted in her first Tamil film, Vennira Aadai, in a lead role. The film was directed by CV Sridhar.
According to India Today, the director then decided to cast Jayalalithaa in a Kannada movie Chinnada Gombe with a promise that he will finish the shooting within two months so that her education doesn't get affected. And he kept his promise.
But the success of her films made her change her mind.
Jayalalithaa holds the record for being the only Tamil actress with the most silver jubilee hits in her career, i.e., 85 hits of 92 Tamil films, that too as a lead.
If we talk about the era of 1965-1980, Jayalalithaa was the highest paid actress of that time.
According to the sources, Jayalalithaa acted in 125 films between 1961 to 1985 as the main female lead. Out of these, 119 were box office hits.
In 1995, Jayalalithaa's foster son Sudhakaran got married, which is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for two reasons. One is for inviting most guests at the wedding and the other is for being the most massive wedding banquet.
Among her most successful Kannada films, Badukuva Daari, Mavana Magalu, Nanna Kartavya, and Chinnada Gombe are the most watched.
Jayalalithaa also acted in a Hindi film called Izzat, with Dharmendra as her male co-star in 1968.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, in Chennai. She was and will undoubtedly be one of the most influential political figures in the history of India.
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