Today’s young audience would be seldom aware of Tamil Nadu re-elected Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa, who passed away on 5th December, 2016 in Chennai has filmy connections. Before joining politics and becoming the Amma, she would have all the 60’s and 70’s youth’s dream girl down south, as bowled them with her screen presence, dance moves & power packed acting skills. She has acted in over 140 films in south and also lent her voice as a female vocalist to 14 songs mostly featuring her.
She won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress consecutively from 1971 to 1975 for films Thanga Gopuram, Raman Thediya Seethai, Suryagandhi, Thirumangalyam and Pathu Madha Bandham.
She has won Filmfare Awards twice as best actress for her films Pattikada Pattanama (1972) and Suryakanthi(1973).
Lesser known other fact of our dear Amma is that she debuted in an English film named Epistle in 1961.
Like every actor wanting try their luck in Hindi films Amma’s Hindi film as child artist was Man Mauji (1962) and debuted in lead with the then Super star Dharmendra in Izzat (1968). Post joining politics in 1982, Amma continued to act, till she played herself, a politician in Neenga Nalla Irukkanum(1992).
Jayalalithaa in Neenga Nalla Irukkanum(1992) as herself, a Politian/ CM.
Amma has left a void in people’s lives in Tamil Nadu and also in Politics. Her co-stars lamenting about demise, Dharmendra went on national television saying he was deeply shocked. Watch here.
While Kamal Hassan’s tweet on demise of his 1977 Unnai Sutrum Ulagam & 1989 Indrudu Chandrudu co- star .
“I feel for the people those who are dependent on her. Deep condolences to those concerned,” written in Tamil created a lot of buzz on-line.
A great loss to Indian Politics and the South Indian Film Industry… Amma Tujhe Salaam!