Chennai: On February 24, 1948, a baby girl, one of the most powerful women in India, was born as a skilled politician, a great actress and an unknown figure. This girl was ‘Jayalalitha Jayaram Iyer’ who later became the inspiration of millions. Born into a Brahmin family in the Mysore state, Jayalalithaa was 2 when her father passed away and she moved with her mother to her maternal grandfather’s home in Bangalore.
Her mother started working in films called ‘Sandhya’ to run her family and persuaded Jayalalithaa to work in films during school and Bharatanatyam studies. Jayalalithaa became the leading actress of Kannada films at the age of 15. She then ventured into Tamil films, and became the first actress to play a role in skirt-wearing films.
After doing around 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English, Jayalalithaa was born again as ‘Amma’ when she joined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (Anna DMK), MG Ramachandran. He started his political life but after the death of Ramachandran, Anna DMK split into two factions. The leader of one faction was MGR’s widow Janaki Ramachandran and the other was Jayalalithaa. In 1991, he fought the Congress and formed the government and became the youngest Chief Minister. In politics, she had a tough fight with DMK leader Karunanidhi, but still, Jayalalithaa became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu 3 times due to her personality and remained unmarried throughout her life and worked for the people there. On 5 December 2016, this influential woman died of a heart attack, but she is still immortal in terms of her actions and thoughts.