Long before she became a revolutionary political leader (Puratchi Thalaivi), there was Jayalalithaa the actress, singer and dancer. She was a rare combination of beauty and intelligence. She was knowledgeable as well as beautiful in her own way. A trend-setter of her time, being good at arts was just one part of her persona. Jayalalithaa was a brilliant student too; as she was deeply interested in studies. She also had a third persona to her, as she was an avid lover of cricket. Here Jayalalithaa’s definition of cricket was different. She was enchanted by two charming and good-looking cricketers back then — MAK Pataudi and Nari Contractor.
Carrying binoculars to the stadiums and watching cricket matches just to catch a glimpse of these men was how she got attracted to this game. “I used to go for matches with binoculars just to look at Pataudi and Pataudi alone,” as mentioned on Outlookindia.com. In an exclusive interview with Simi Garewal in 1999, she mentioned how she used to go for cricket matches just to watch Contractor. It does not end there. Jayalalithaa also collected photos of Rock Hudson and loved Shammi Kapoor with Jungli being her most loved movie.
Born on February 28, 1948, she was named Komalavalli at birth. Losing her father at very young age, movies happened to Jayalalithaa at the age of 15. Working for over 140 movies that included Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and English, Jayalalithaa was gradually called ‘Amma’ by her followers as soon as she entered politics. Ruling Tamil Nadu for six terms, Jayalalithaa breathed her last on Monday after a sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
From fan-girl moment for cricketers to Hindi film career to politics, Jayalalithaa had seen it all.
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