One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. She suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital. The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She had been receiving treatment for months.
Here is a random collection of twenty rare, vintage photos from her past which capture some of those momentous moments.
Jayalalitha lived a dramatic life, both on screen and off.
Spanning three decades, Jayalalithaa has seen many highs and lows in her colourful and illustrious political career.
Jayalalithaa’s acting career started off with an English play “Epistle” in 1961.
Jayalalithaa was known to be a shy studious girl, but at the same time, she was a competent communicator.
A fluent speaker of Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, Jayalalitha was a bright student.
She appeared in more than 140 films before turning her hand to politics in the early 1980s.
She was persuaded by her mother Sandhya to take up acting at a young age of 15.
Jayalalithaa’s debuted in Tamil film industry with Vennira Aadai in 1965.
The irony was Jayalalithaa could not watch her film being an underage.
Jayalalitha’s mentor M. G. Ramachandran or simply MGR was her inspiration.