Jayalalithaa – Know her Better!

Jayalalithaa, often referred to as Amma by her party was a former actress and a politician and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She  served the post of Chief Minister prior in the 90s as well, specifically from 1991-1996, then from 2002-2006, followed by 2011-2014. Jayalalithaa was the first ever chief minister who was suspended from her duties of a chief minister following allegations regarding a disproportionate assets case. She again resumed office on June 23, 2015.

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Prior to her career in politics, Jayalalithaa was one of the most prolific and well-known actress of her times. She has acted in over 140 movies in different languages like Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. She is often referred to as the Uncrowned queen of Tamil cinema. Apart from that, her dancing skills were very widely appreciated as well.

Early life and education

Jayalalithaa was born on February 24, 1948 in Melukote in a Tamil Iyengar family. Her father was a lawyer who passed away when Jayalalithaa was only two years old. That was when her mother, Vedavalli moved back to her father’s home to raise Jayalalithaa. She attended Bishop Cotton’s Girls School at Bangalore. She later transferred schools when she again went to stay with her mother back in Chennai. Jayalalithaa completed her school education in Sacred Heart Matriculation School and then finished her graduation from Stella Maris College, Chennai.

Film Career

Jayalalithaa started her acting career as a child artist in the year 1961 in Sri Shaila Mahathme. She played a three-minute dancing sequence in the Hindi movie Manmauji. Jayalalithaa debuted in the Tamil film industry in 1964 with the film Undersecretary and by 1966 had done more than 11 hit movies.

Her Telegu movie career started with the movie Manushulu Mamathalu which starred Akkineni Nageshwara Rao. The only Hindi movie that Jayalalithaa has acted in the lead role was Izzat opposite Dharmendra.

She won a number of awards including the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best actress for Thanga Gopuram in the year 1971. She is the Jubilee Queen of the movies, with 80 out of 85 films and 28 out of all 28 Telugu films that she did, being silver jubilee hits.  She did one Bollywood movie called ‘Izzat’, which starred Dharmendra. She has also acted in an English film called ‘Epistle’ in 1961.

Jayalalitha – Bollywood movie



She acted in a Bollywood movie called ‘Izzat’ (1968) opposite Dharmendra.She played the character of ‘Jhumki’, a fiesty Adivasi girl who loves Dharmendra.  She was noted for her acting skill and dancing talents, in the film.


Political Career

In several reports, it has been mentioned how Jayalalithaa always claimed that it was Ramachandran who was the Chief Minister back in 1977 was the one who introduced to politics. She joined AIADMK in the year 1982. After the death of Ramachandran, the AIADMK party got split into two and Jayalalithaa contested the elections for the post of Chief Minister in 1988 which she subsequently won.

Except for the elections of 1996 and 2001, Jayalalithaa  won all the elections she has contested for the post of Chief Minister in Tamil Nadu.


Jayalalitha – Net Worth

Jayalalithaa’s assets including all her properties are estimated be sum up to Rs. 118 crores approximately. The denomination includes Rs 45.04 crore of movable assets and Rs 72.09 crore of immovable assets.

Jayalalitha- Young Pictures

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Death Reason

Jayalalitha died at 11.30 PM on December 5, 2016. She was admitted on September 22, 2016 at Apollo Hospital, following infection and dehydration.  She was diagnosed with septicaemia and severe pulmonary infection. Though her condition improved, she was readmitted on December 5, following cardiac arrest.  It was announced that she was on life support. Several news reports pronounced her death though Apollo Hospital maintained that she was alive.  Later, at night, there was a confirmation that the chief minister has passed away. O. Panneerselvam succeeds her as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

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