Jayalalithaa Birth Anniversary 2024: From silver screen to political stage, tracing the politician's journey

11 February,2024 03:48 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Ahead of Jayalalithaa`s birth anniversary in 2024, let`s look at her journey from silverscreen to the arena of politics.

J Jayalalithaa/ File Photo

J Jayalalithaa, an iconic personality in Indian politics, made a spectacular transition from the silver screen to the political arena, leaving an everlasting impression on Tamil Nadu's sociopolitical environment. Born on February 24, 1948, in Mysore (now Karnataka), she began her career as a Tamil film actor before becoming a well-known political activist.

Ahead of Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary in 2024, let's look at her journey from silverscreen to the arena of politics.

Jayalalithaa, affectionately known as "Amma" or "Mother" by her supporters, enthralled viewers with her acting abilities in over 140 films, winning great praise and love. Her charisma and film presence endeared her to millions in South India, cementing her place as one of the leading actresses of her period.

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However, Jayalalithaa's entry into politics was a watershed moment in her distinguished career. In 1982, she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a Tamil Nadu regional party founded by M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), a well-known actor-turned-politician. With MGR's supervision and backing, Jayalalithaa quickly rose through the party ranks, emerging as a renowned leader.

Following MGR's death in 1987, Jayalalithaa faced various problems inside the AIADMK, but she displayed her astute leadership abilities and political savvy. In 1991, she became the first female Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a watershed moment in Indian politics. Her stint as Chief Minister resulted in substantial progress in a variety of areas, including healthcare, education, and women's empowerment, winning her great recognition and appreciation.

Despite numerous court challenges and controversies during her political career, Jayalalithaa's unwavering resolve and resilience reinforced her reputation as a tough leader. She led the AIADMK to victory in multiple state elections, cementing her reputation as a visionary stateswoman.

Jayalalithaa's lasting impact on Tamil Nadu's sociopolitical fabric goes beyond her stint as Chief Minister. Even after her death, millions of people continue to benefit from her populist initiatives, such as Amma canteens and Amma pharmacies, which provide affordable food and basic healthcare to the needy.

Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016, creating a legacy that would continue to inspire future generations. Her rise from acclaimed performer to revered politician demonstrates the transforming power of tenacity, resilience, and steadfast dedication to public service.

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