WATCH VIDEO: What is the Secret behind the Rift Between Jayalalitha and MGR!
December 6, 2016
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, fondly called Ammu at home, started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of three. She received training in Kathak, Mohiniattam and Manipuri dance as a child. She was also trained in classical music and western classical piano.
Jayalalithaa’s first Tamil film, Vennira Aadai, in 1965 made history even before its release by getting an “A” certificate as an adults-only film. Before this, a Tamil film had got an “A” certificate in 1951. Apparently the film certification board was upset by a song sequence where Jayalalithaa was bathing and dancing under a waterfall wearing a saree with a sleeveless blouse.
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She became the highest paid actress in the Tamil film industry in 1966 after 11 consecutive hits that year. She was also the highest paid Indian actress from 1964-1980.
Jayalaitha was the first heroine to appear in skirts, knee-length dresses, sleeveless suits and gowns in Tamil films in the mid-’60s.
84 of her 89 Tamil films were smash hits and all 28 of her Telugu films were a runaway success. She also gave five hits in Kannada and starred in one English and one Hindi film. Her role opposite Dharmendra in the 1968 film, Izzat, was appreciated by many.
When Jayalalitha was first cast opposite MGR, he was 48 years old and she was just 17. Despite the huge age difference, the pair became a superhit. They acted in 28 films together, out of which 24 were box office bonanzas.
What people don’t know is that it was MGR’s wife, Janki, who insisted on him casting Jaya in his first technicolour production.
She bought her bungalow Veda Nilayam in Poes Gardens, Chennai for Rs 1.32 crore in 1967. It’s currently valued at Rs 43.96 crore.
Jayalalithaa was assaulted at MGR’s funeral, as she stood by his body at Rajaji Hall. She was reportedly hit on the forehead by MGR’s wife’s nephew, Deepan, when she tried to get on to the gun carriage bearing MGR’s body at the start of the funeral procession. Sources say MGR’s wife wasn’t comfortable with her presence.