Mumbai, Dec. 7 — Celebrities and actors sent out heartfelt messages, mourning the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Popularly known as Amma, Jayalalithaa started acting when she was just 16 and made her debut with a lead role in a Kannada film, Chinnada Gombe, in 1964.
Soon after, she was paired with Tamil cinema star MG Ramachandran (MGR), and later also worked in a Hindi film, Izzat (1968), opposite Dharmendra.
She went on to act in 130-odd movies. Her last Tamil film was Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal (1980), but her last stint as a lead actor was in the 1980 Telugu film, Nayakudu Vinayakudu.
It is a huge shock for me. We worked together in Izzat, in which she played a bubbly character, and shot for around two months. She was cordial, friendly and loved to read. Early in her political career, I would meet her when I visited Chennai, but later, we lost touch.
She ruled the cinema world, politics and was a topper from her schools days. We won’t see anyone like her again. She is the greatest leader that we had and we lost her too soon. She was a real fighter who fought throughout her life. May her soul rest in peace. She will forever be missed.
As I have worked in the Tamil film industry, she attended many of my films’ inaugurations. She came to my sister’s wedding as well. I have known her over the years and even visited her while she was in the hospital. She was a wonderful actor and made a place for herself.
Like all of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil people, I am very sad. She was a strong lady, but at the same time, was very warm and loving as well. I met her once and she was extremely nice to me. The film industry was always close to her heart. She has left a huge void.
She was the Iron Lady; she inspired me a lot. The way she handled her film and political career is par excellence. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to meet her, she shall always be missed for having such a strong influence on so many people.