Jairam Jayalalitha, the formidable chief minister of Tamil Nadu and the leader of AIADMK, carved a special niche for herself in the hearts of her people. The passion she inspired in her supporters is unparalleled. She was the epitome of political success which saw her ascend the seat of the chief minister for six times. Prior to her entering politics, Jayalalitha was a famous actress and her partnership with the legendary MGR is still remembered for providing one hit movie after the other. Jayalalitha entered the film industry at the tender age of 16 and became a superstar before she became “Amma” for many.
These are the listed below top ten movies of Jayalalitha.
10. Aayirathil Oruvan
This was Jayalalitha’s first movie with MGR. This movie was released in the year 1965 and was very well received by the audience. The chemistry that developed between MGR and Jayalalitha in this film went on to make them a hit pair in the industry for all the rest 21 films that they shot together.
Jayalalitha acted in this film alongside MGR. She was widely praised for essaying the role of both the peasant and a queen with perfection. The movie received a good audience response and the dialogue delivery by the lead actors was also impressive. B. Saroja Devi was the initial choice for the role that was eventually played by Jayalalitha.
Jayalalitha also tried her hand in English movies by making her debut with Epistle in the year 1961. The film was produced by Shankar Giri, the son of former president VV Giri. She acted in this film early in her career without much experience but she fared well and became famous.
7. Raman Thediya Seetha
This movie was released in the year 1972 and starred Jayalalitha with MGR. The movie was directed by Pa Neelakandhan and became an instant superhit at the box office. The movie received much acclaim from the critics and the audience. This movie was very much important from Jayalalitha’s point of view because she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for this movie. This was her yet another successful movie alongside MGR.
6. Manushulu Mamathalu
Jayalalitha made her debut in the Telugu film industry with this movie. Jayalalitha played the lead role in this film. It is said that the producer and director of this movie approached Jayalalitha to offer her the lead character in this film. Her mother encouraged Jayalalitha to accept the offer since they were under some financial debts at that point of time. This film proved to be the trigger that prompted her to start acting in more films and eventually launched her acting career. This movie was released in the year 1965.
5. Engal Thangam
This film was directed by the team of Krishnan and Panju. This movie was a thriller and featured Jayalalitha along with MG Ramachandran and MN Nambiyar in the main roles. The movie turned out to be a superhit which was predictable with both Jayalalitha and MGR in the lead role. The popularity of the movie can be gauged from the fact that it ran for more than 100 days in the theatres in Chennai, Trichy and Madurai.
4. Ragasiya Police 115
This movie was a spy thriller featuring Jayalalitha and MG Ramachandran. The movie was released in the year 1968. The emotional scenes played by Jayalalitha with MGR were received very well by the audience. Overall her acting was very much appreciated and her pairing with MGR again proved to be an instant hit. The movie witnessed a grand opening from the very first day and ran for 100 days in many theatres. Such was the tremendous success of the film.
The Hindi film industry also called Bollywood always holds a fascination for many actors. Jayalalitha also appeared in a Hindi film named Izzat in the year 1968. This was her debut in Bollywood alongside the famous actor Dharmendra. She essays the role of an Adivasi in love with Dharmendra in this movie. She was very much appreciated by the audience for her formidable acting skills and dancing talent which she displayed to perfection for the audience.
2. Nayakudu Vinayakudu
This is a Telugu comedy movie which was released in the year 1980. Jayalalitha starred in this movie alongside Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The main point about this blockbuster movie is the fact that it was the last film in which Jayalalitha played the lead role. She quit acting after this movie and never again appeared for a shoot. This film was produced by A.V.Subba Rao and was the last directorial venture of K. Pratyagatma at the ripe age of 60.
1. Pattikaattu Ponnaiya
This movie assumes significance because it was the last time the hit pair of MGR and Jayalalitha was seen on the silver screen. This movie was the 28th and the last movie in which the duo acted together. The film was released in the year 1973. It was a Tamil drama film which was directed by B.S. Ranga. The film ran in the theatres for 70 days. This film signaled the end of the successful run of MGR and Jayalalitha.
Jayalalitha passed away on 5th December 2016 at the age of 68. Her stellar achievements in the film industry were replicated in the political arena where she came to be counted among one of the most powerful women politicians of India.