Some Lesser Known Facts About Jayalalithaa
- Does Jayalalithaa smoke?: No
- Does Jayalalithaa drink alcohol?: No
- Jayalalithaa’s original name was “Komalavalli”, which was later changed to “Jayalaithaa.”
- Her father died when she was just 2 years old, and her brother died in the 90s.
- She learned Bharatnatyam at the age of 3.
- She was a bright student and even joined Stella Maris College in Chennai to study law but her mother wanted her to join the film industry, so she did so.
- Her 1st film was released as an ‘adult only’. Because at that time she was only 15, she wasn’t able to watch her first movie in the theatre.
- Before politics, she was a popular South Indian film actress and did a total of 140 films in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages.
- She did her film Epistle (English) at the age of 13.
- She was a trained dancer in different forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Mohiniyattam and Manipuri.
- In 1973, she won 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for films like Pattikada Pattanama, ‘Suryakanthi and Sri Krishna Satya.
- She became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a record 6 times in between 1991 to 2016.
- She is the 2nd women Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, after V. N. Janaki.
- She loves reading and has a huge collection of books.
- She takes 1 Rupee (INR) salary as a Chief Minister.
- Her name is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the biggest wedding reception. In 1995, she spent around 3 crore (INR) in her foster son Sudhagaran’ wedding, which was attended by more than 150000 guests in a 50-acre area Chennai.
- In her younger days, she was a huge fan of Indian cricketers like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Nari Contractor.
- Her grandfather was a doctor in the Mysore Kingdom.
- After a struggle of 74 days with infection and acute dehydration, Jayalalithaa died on 5 December 2016 at 11:30 PM in Apollo Hospitals, Greame’s Road, Chennai, due to a heart attack.
- On 20 December 2017, a video of hospitalized Jayalalithaa was surfaced in the media. Former MLA P. Vetrivel, a supporter of V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dhinakaran, released to the media a video clipping showing former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a hospital bed.
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