In the ’60s and ’70s, her domination in the Tamil film industry was complete. Her pairing with matinee idol MG Ramachandran (MGR) was absolute. In her heydays, she was a legendary beauty. Her ‘affair’ with her favourite co-star MGR (they did a whopping 28 films together!) meant that she was always in circulation in the gossip circles. Though she never really made a shift to the Bombay film industry (she just did one Hindi film, Izzat, opposite Dharmendra), she was known all over India.
We are talking of Tamil film icon and three-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK supremo, J Jayalalitha.
At the end of her film career, she made an effortless entry into politics, thanks to her mentor MGR patronising her. Her political legacy apart, her claim to fame will always remain the days spent in the glare of the arclights.
As her life takes yet another dramatic turn, we look at some of the most memorable roles she essayed on the silver screen.Vennira Aadai (White Dress; 1965)