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Top Lesser Known Facts of Jayalalithaa

By - December 06, 2016 - 02:44 PM IST

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>> She is a trained dancer in many classical forms including including Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri and Kathak. She was just 3yrs when she started learning Bharatanatyam. Seeing her dance performance, legendary Tamil star Shivaji Ganesan predicted that she will be a film star one day.

>> In Sri Shaila Mahathme Kannada movie she made her first debut as a child artist at the age of 13.

>> Epistle (1961) is touted to be her Debut movie in English.

>> Jayalalitha ranked state first in her 10th standard exams in Tamil nadu and was awarded the prestigious Gold State Award.

>> Her first and last films acted in Telugu were Silver Jubilee Hits and the lead actor was Akkineni Nageswara Rao both were under Prasad Art Productions.

>> She acted as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the film Neenga Nalla Irukanum (brief appearance).

>> She had a fan-girl crush on yesteryear Indian cricketer Nari Contractor & actor Shammi Kapoor.

>> She holds a Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the “largest wedding banquet/reception" for her ‘foster son’ Sudhagaran’s wedding. The wedding allegedly costed Rs100 million.

>> She fluently speaks 6 languages Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, English, Malayalam and Hindi.

>> She apparently drew a salary of just Re 1 as a Chief minister. She said she had “abundant sources of income and did not need the salary” and hence took only 1 Rupee as salary.

>> An extra ‘a’ was added to her name making it ‘Jayalalithaa’ for numerological reasons.

>>It is widely believed that Manashulu Mamathalu (1965) is her debut Telugu movie but Jayalalithaa featured in the song “Mallepoola Chendulanti Chinnadana…”  (Amara Silpi Jakkanna movie starring ANR and B. Saroja in the lead).

>>She is a well known playback singer having sung over 15 songs in Tamil films (few private songs too). Not just Tamil but she even crooned for the song “Challa Challani Vennelaaye…” in the movie Alibaba 40 Dongalu (1970).

>>Jayalalithaa is well read and interestingly, she has the biggest personal library in Chennai.