As the nation mourns the loss of a great leader, we cannot help but look back at the illustrious life of Tamil Nadu’s iconic actress-turned politician, lovingly called Amma. Jayalalithaa was an iron-willed leader who worked hard for the betterment of the state of Tamil Nadu, winning against insurmountable obstacles. Here are 11 amazing facts you probably didn’t know about puratchi thalaivi Jayalalithaa, no.8 showed how strong she was!
1. Trained Classical Dancer & Musician
Jayalalithaa was professionaly trained in different classical dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Kathak. She had also been trained in classical music and piano.
2. Starred in Hindi Movie Izzat
Did you know that Jayalalithaa had starred in one Hindi movie paired opposite Dharmendra in 1968?
3. Highest Paid Actress at one time
Between 1965 and 1980 she was one of the highest paid actresses in the industry. She has acted in over 140 movies, many of them super hits at the box office.
4. First Woman appointed as Leader of Opposition
When Jayalalithaa was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989, she became the first woman to be appointed Leader of the Opposition.
5. Salary of Re.1
According to reports, Jayalalithaa only drew a salary of Re.1 for her post as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.