In politics, the combination of beauty and intelligence is very rare but Jayalalithaa is a perfect combination of the two. She is beautiful as well as knowledgeable.
Jayalalithaa, was born in a Brahmin family on 24 February 1948 in Mandya district of the then Mysore State (now Karnataka).
Jayalalitha lost her father when she was just 2 years old. Her mother, who was devastated by her husband’s death, moved over to Bangalore, where her parents lived, along with Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa’s mother joined Tamil film industry and started working with a new screen name ‘Sandhya’.
Jayalalithaa studied at Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Bangalore and Sacred Heart Matriculation School, Chennai. Since Jayalalithaa was very good in studies, she was offered government scholarship for further studies but it seems she declined the offer as the financial position was her family was getting worse from bad and she decided to join films.
Here are some interesting facts about the life of Former CM of Tamil Nadu Jaylalitha
1. Forced to join Acting Carrer
Jayalalithaa was forced to join the Tamil Film industry by her actress mother Sandhya (Real Name-Vedavathi) at the age of 15. She was still a student and a state level topper when she joined acting.
2. Lowest Salary as CM in Indian History
As a Chief Minister, she only drew Re 1 as salary. Jaya refused to accept her first salary cheque as Chief Minister by saying that she had “abundant source of income and she does not need a salary”. On being told that she should receive a salary as public servant, she accepted a salary of Rs.1/-. For the first time in the Indian history of politics it happened which made her even more popular among the masses of Tamil Nadu.
3. Name in the Guinness Book of World Records
Well, despite thousands of good deeds, Amma’s name was one got registered with in Guinness Book of World Records, for some wrong reasons. Amma, in the year 1995, during her first term as Chief Minister, organised a lavish wedding for her ‘foster son’ Sudhagaran. As per Guinness record, over 1,50,000 guests were invited to the wedding at a 50-acre ground in Chennai.
It was reported that the reception featured “a cardboard and papier-mache ‘fort’ that covered an area as big as several football fields. For miles between Jayalalithaa’s official residence and the wedding site, streets were decorated with Grecian statues and gilded lions.
4. As Chief Minister, she once took a ‘snana’ in public
The popular Tamil Nadu CM once attended the Mahamakam festival in Kumbakonam, the Kumbh Mela of South India. A huge crowd, trying to catch a glimpse of Amma, gathered at the site, resulting in a stampede, causing 50 deaths.
5. Single handedly managed the party
After MGR’s death, she single-handedly managed the party. Later on, she won 27 seats in the state polls in 1989. She became the first woman leader of opposition in the legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu.
6. She Couldn’t Watch Her Own Debut Film
Jaya’s first movie was released as an ‘adult only’, but irony of the Jaylalitha’s fortune was that she was only 15, and under aged, so she herself couldn’t watch her first movie.