J. Jayalalithaa was one of the most celebrated and influential personalities of Chennai. The actress turned politician who then went on to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Popularly known as Amma, the Chief Minister of the state was celebrated by lots of people in Tamil Nadu.
Since her demise on 5th December 2016, there has been lots of speculation about her biopic. Numerous rumors are also circulating the web about the most suitable actress to play her role on screen.
In a candid interview with Simi Garewal in 1999, Jayalalithaa had told the host, “I think Aishwarya Rai would be suitable to play me in my younger days. But to play me as I am now or I am likely to be in the future, I think it will be less difficult.” In the same interview, Amma also said that Aishwarya Rai was the most beautiful woman after Elizabeth Taylor. The interview of J. Jayalalithaa with Simi Garewal has surfaced online and has been trending ever since.
Coincidently, Aishwarya’s Character in Mani Ratnam Iruvar was loosely based on Jayalalithaa. Iruvar was a 1997 Tamil political drama film directed by ace director Mani Ratnam. The movie is loosely based on the relationship between the politics and cinema in Tamil Nadu.
The interview of J. Jayalalithaa with Simi Garewal was one of the most popular and talked about the interview on the TV show. The actress turned politician discussed her personal and professional life. One can also see the fun side of Amma in the same interview.
Only time will tell that who will play J. Jayalalithaa’s role on the big screen if her biopic happens. Till then we can wait and watch.
J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu died in the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on 5th December 2016 at the age of 68.
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