Jayalalitha J

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Jayalalitha J
Jayalalitha J
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November 30, 1947
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In the 2000s, a person named Mr Vasudevan claimed that he was step brother of Jayalalitha and that their father Jayaram had married Jayamma and had two children - Vasudevan and Shailaja. Jayaram married for second time with Sandhya and had 2 more children - Jayakumar and Jayalalithaa.But Jayalalithaa refused to entertain them, despite knowing the struggles they were going through to earn their livelihoods. When they went public with their relationship, Ms Jayalalithaa filed a defamation case against them in a Madras sessions court. Ms Shailaja lived in Bengaluru and Vasudevan lived in a tiny village of Sri Rangarajapura, 40 km from T. Narasipur taluka of Mysore district.Vasudevan was a heart patient and had been living on a meager Rs 400 monthly pension given by the Karnataka government at the time of going public with his claim in 2000s.These claims were rubbished by Jayalalitha and she said her father had only one wife - Sandhaya, who was her mother.The court case was dismissed by the judge and judgment supported Jayalalitha.
Jayalalitha had 7 hits with Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Telugu - Manashulu Mamatalu (1965), Aastiparulu (1966), Brahmachari (1968), Aadarsa Kutumbam (1969), Adrushtavanthalu (1969), Bharya Biddalu (1971), Nayakudu Vinayakudu (1980).She also made guest appearance in Navarthi(1966), which again was a hit.
She was the highest paid actress from 1964-1980. She worked as aidmk worker under MGR from 1980-1987.
After leaving school she joined Stella Maris College, Chennai to study law but had to discontinue as her debut films in Telugu and Kannada in 1964 and her Tamil film debut in 1965 - each of them were very successful and offers started coming up for her as the lead female heroine.
Jayalalitha's mother's grandfather had bought the house at Door Number 104 in East Chittirai Street in Srirangam from a Divan and named it as Komala Vilas Veda Nilayam. Sandhya's grandfather was a practicing lawyer at Karur in th 1910-1930 period.
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[on her father and paternal grandparents]My father was gentleman of leisure. My paternal grandfather was the palace medical surgeon in court at Maharaja of Mysore. He had built up fortune but my father squandered away the family fortune.He died when I was only 2 years old and my mother was 20
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[When asked to compare male chauvinism she experienced in films and in politics] I think both are equally bad. But in films, a woman is an essential commodity. Whether you like it or not, you need the glamor that women can provide in films. You can't do without them. In politics, you can do without them. They try very hard to do without them. But where people like me are concerned, it's not so easy to just wish me away. Many people would love to.
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[on whether she missed having a complete family] Not at all. I value my freedom, my independence. And looking around me at so many failed marriages, looking at all the unhappiness that people have to endure in bad marriages, and in many families, I've seen the way children are so ungrateful to their parents. Nowadays, young people are so insensitive they just abandon their aged parents, throw them away into old people's homes, and when I see all this, I think it's a good thing I never got married, and I never had any children. From 1980 in public life, I have got immense satisfaction in working for the common man. The people of Tamil Nadu are my children and I have always shown them the right way in which they should lead their life.
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I can't say I like [acting], but it came naturally to me. I'm a natural actress. I never followed any method, and I never consciously tried to imitate anyone. I'm a spontaneous, natural actress.
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[Her reaction when her mother Sandhya died] I was lost. I was like a babe in the woods, blindfolded, because Mother was my whole world, and she never taught me anything practical. You see, she kept me so sheltered. Mother was only 47 when she died, so no one thought she would die so young. She probably thought she would be around a long time to take care of me and she probably thought that I was so overburdened with work that these other things could come later, but then the net result was I was left absolutely helpless when she died. I didn't know anything about running a house. I didn't know how to operate a bank account. I didn't know how to write a check. I didn't know the meaning of income tax. I didn't know how many servants we had. I didn't know what their salaries were. I didn't know what the producers were paying me in the films in which I was acting. So being an innocent babe lost in the woods, everyone could see that I was so naive, and vulnerable, and innocent. Everyone took advantage of me, so I had to learn everything the hard way.
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1966
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