Jayalalithaa… You can love her or you can hate her, but you cannot ignore her. I saw someone earlier call her a Female dictator and find that obnoxiously funny and I asked them if she was as dictatorial as Indira Gandhi who drove the nation into the dark ages of emergency?
If I remember correct Jayalalithaa has not used her power to take away the freedom of expression from the citizens. There has been corruption, and yes in big magnitudes but dictatorship is an extremely wrong and ill-informed word to use.
Many people I see also have an issue with the blind following she has but you cannot blame her for it… that is how people are… they blindly follow… the question you should ask is, does the person look back at those blindly following them 🙂 well you figure out.
I would say that every tear being shed at her funeral is a sincere one.. may be from a blind eye, but a sincere one. There are many more people in the queue to be demonized before you reach Jayalalithaa. My personal opinion.
I remember an old Haiku that I wrote
Dead leaves around
the fallen tree
paying final respects
There are many in Tamil Nadu who feel they have lost their mother and that feeling should be acknowledged even if not appreciated.
A few wiki info that would be interesting to read for those who would just be interested in Bashing her. Give her the due for rising up to power and being there in power in a patriarchal society.
She excelled at school and was offered a government scholarship to pursue further education. She won Gold State Award for coming first in 10th standard in not just her school but also in Tamil Nadu
The heroes of her films never objected to the title of the film being conferred on the female lead played by Jayalalitha. Adimai Penn, Kanni Thaai, and Kannan En Kadhalan had Ramachandran as the lead male hero but the story and the title was built around the character played by Jayalalithaa.
She did many female-centric films where the story revolved on her character, such as Vennira Adai, Yaar Nee?, Kumari Penn, Nee, Gowri Kalyanam, Magaraasi, Muthu Chippi, Thanga Gopuram, Avalukku Ayiram Kangal, Annamitta Kai, Vandhaale Magaraasi, Suryagandhi, Thirumangalyam, Yarukkum Vetkam Illai, and Kanavan Manaivi.
She was the highest paid Indian actress from 1965–1980. She made guest appearances in 9 films and 6 of her films were dubbed into Hindi. She had 119 box office hits between 1961 and 1980, of the total 125 films she did as the main female lead