Jayaram Jayalalithaa was an Indian politician and film actress. She served six times as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 2016. She appeared in 140 films between 1961 and 1980, primarily in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. She died in December 2016 after a long battle with lung cancer.
About J. Jayalalithaa in brief
Jayaram Jayalalithaa was an Indian politician and film actress. She served six times as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 2016. She appeared in 140 films between 1961 and 1980, primarily in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. Her critics in the media and the opposition accused her of fostering a personality cult and of demanding absolute loyalty from AIADMK legislators and ministers, who often publicly prostrated themselves before her. She was the first Tamil Nadu chief minister since MGR in 1984 to be voted back into office following 75 days of hospitalisation. On 29 May 2016, she died due to cardiac arrest, and her legal heirs were declared as Deepak and Deepak J. Deepa. The family name will be changed to Iyengar in 2020, when the new name of the state will be announced. The new name will also be given to the new state of Kerala, which will be known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the future. The name of this new state is also likely to be changed from Jammu to Lakshadweep, which is the name of a former state of the same name, which was once known as Jhansi, which means ‘the land’ or ‘home’ in Tamil. The current state name is Vadakkal, after the place of birth of her great-great-grandfather, Jamsadweeth, who was born on 24 February 1948 in Meloteavapura taluk, Tamil Nadu.
She is survived by her three children, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She died on 5 December 2016, at the age of 69. She leaves behind a husband, a son, a daughter and a son-in-law. She also leaves behind two step-daughters and a step-grandchildren. She has a son and a daughter-son, both of whom are currently living in the UK. She had a son with actor-turned-politician M. G. Ramachandran. She died in December 2016 after a long battle with lung cancer. She will be remembered as the ‘Queen of Tamil Cinema’ and ‘The Queen of the Tamil Film Industry’ for her versatility as an actress and for her dancing skills, earning the sobriquet ‘‘Queen’ of Tamil cinema’. Her daughter, Deepak Deepak, is now a prominent philanthropist in the state. Her son, J.Deepak J Deepa, is also a well-known philanthropist. He is the son of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayaram. She left office in September 2016 after being acquitted in a disproportionate assets case, rendering her unable to hold office again. In the May 2015 assembly election, she became the first minister to be disqualified from office after being found guilty in the disproportionateassets case, but returned as chief minister in May 2016.