Jayalalithaa: A Film star who was seen as a sure-shot formula for success in the ’60s and ’70s, and a politician who is best described as the queen of Tamil politics, Entire nation is mourning the sad demise of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, popularly known as ‘Amma’, Jayalalithaa was destined to live her life in the public eye, enjoying the love and affection of lakhs of fans and supporters.Despite being in the limelight all these years, there are a few aspects of her life that are not so well known. Check out Unknown facts about Jayalalithaa below :
Here’s a look at the things you probably didn’t know Facts about Jayalalithaa The Queen of Tamil Nadu
1.Jayalalithaa Jayaram, fondly called Ammu at home, started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of three. She received training in Kathak, Mohiniattam and Manipuri dance as a child. She was also trained in classical music and western classical piano.
2. Jayalalithaa won the gold state award for securing the top position in class 10 in Tamil Nadu. She wanted to pursue law but was pushed into films by her mother who was a struggling actress. Jaya agreed to take up films after she became aware of her family’s financial troubles.
3. Jayalalithaa was forced to join the Tamil Film industry by her actress mother Sandhya (Real Name-Vedavathi) at the age of 15. She was still a student and a state level topper when she joined acting.
4.In one of her first movie appearances, she played the role of Lord Krishna in a three-minute dance sequence. It was a 1962 film called Man-Mauji, starring Kishore Kumar.
5.Jayalalithaa’s first Tamil film, Vennira Aadai, in 1965 made history even before its release by getting an “A” certificate as an adults-only film. Before this, a Tamil film had got an “A” certificate in 1951. Apparently, the film certification board was upset by a song sequence where Jayalalithaa was bathing and dancing under a waterfall wearing a saree with a sleeveless blouse.
6.Jayalalitha won seven Filmfare awards and six Tamil Nadu Cinema Fan awards for Best Actress.
7.She became the highest paid actress in the Tamil film industry in 1966 after 11 consecutive hits that year. She was also the highest paid Indian actress from 1964-1980.
8. Jayalalitha acted in over 125 movies and played double roles in eight of them. She holds the record for being the Tamil actress with the maximum number of silver jubilee hits.
9.Jayalalithaa claimed she was assaulted by DMK legislators inside the Legislative Assembly on 26 March 1989 while trying to raise an issue as Karunanidhi was presenting his Budget.
10.She became the first incumbent chief minister in India to be disqualified from holding office after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case on September 27, 2014. She was subsequently acquitted by the Karnataka High Court and resumed office as CM.