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From saree torn to accident: 10 incidents from Jayalalithaa’s life in ‘Thalaivi’ trailer

From saree torn to accident: 10 incidents from Jayalalithaa’s life in ‘Thalaivi’ trailer

While these incidents are well-known to the people of Tamil Nadu, it may be news for those outside the state.

The trailer of AL Vijay’s Thalaivi, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was launched recently. Starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead, the trailer features well-known episodes from the actor-politician’s life and offers no surprises to people from Tamil Nadu.

However, those outside the state, who are not very familiar with Jayalalithaa’s rise in cinema and politics, have taken new interest in the late politician’s story after the trailer was launched in multiple languages.

Here are the real life episodes from Jayalalithaa’s life that have made it to the trailer:

1. Jayalalithaa as an Egyptian princess: Yes, that shot of Kangana and Arvind Swami (who plays MGR in Thalaivi) is from an actual film. The song ‘Ninaithen Vandhai’ had Jayalalithaa and MGR dressed in Egyptian costumes. The song is from Kaavalkaaran, an important film in MGR’s career. It was the first film that was released after he was shot by fellow actor MR Radha, and his film career was considered to be over. This was in 1967 and the shooting resulted in not only MGR losing his hearing in his left ear but also significantly changing his voice. However, MGR insisted on dubbing for Kaavalkaaran himself. Despite his difficulties in pronunciation, the film became a blockbuster and his subsequent films too were major hits. The DMK, to which MGR belonged at the time, widely publicised photographs of MGR under treatment and the incident is said to have worked in the party’s favour politically. Jayalalithaa was just 19 in this film while MGR was 50.

2. Jayalalithaa as MGR’s political heir: The trailer shows MGR inducting Jayalalithaa into politics, asking her to join public life. The two superstars were in a well-known romantic relationship though MGR was married to Janaki (played by Madhoo in Thalaivi). In 1972, MGR was ousted from the DMK and he floated his own party, the ADMK (which became the AIADMK). Jayalalithaa joined the party officially in 1982 when MGR was the Chief Minister.

3. Jayalalithaa’s foes within the party: The trailer also shows RM Veerappan (Samuthirakani) looking unhappy with Jayalalithaa’s rise in the party. The two of them jostled for power in real life, and Kalimuthu, Veerappan’s close associate, made several statements questioning MGR over the perceived favouritism shown to Jayalalithaa.

4. Jayalalithaa’s rapport with Indira Gandhi: In 1985, Jayalalithaa was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. The move came from MGR who wanted someone in Delhi who could communicate well and mediate between him and the Union government. Jayalalithaa’s seat number at the Rajya Sabha was 185 and her first speech is said to have impressed everyone, including Indira Gandhi. Later too, Indira Gandhi was appreciative of Jayalalithaa’s fiery speeches delivered in impeccable English.

5. Jayalalithaa’s prowess in English: A dialogue from the trailer has a politician remarking, “I didn’t know south Indians can speak such good English”, and to this, Jayalalithaa retorts, “I also didn’t know north Indians can understand such good English.” Although Jayalalithaa was not a graduate, her love for books is well-known. Jayalalithaa studied at the Bishop Cotton Girls’ School in Bengaluru and later at Sacred Heart Matriculation School in Chennai. She won a gold medal for topping the 10th standard examination in the state and was even offered a government scholarship to continue her studies. While she enrolled at Stella Maris College, Chennai, she had to discontinue her education and take up acting due to financial pressures.

News Source: The News Minute

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