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Selvi J Jayalalithaa

Selvi J Jayalalithaa


An actress-turned-politician and a six-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu (TN), Jayalalithaa started her film-career as a child artist in 1961 for the Kannada film 'Sri Shaila Mahathme'. Her Tamil debut was C.V. Sridhar's 'Vennira Aadai' in 1965. Later, starring with M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) in 28 movies and with Sivaji Ganesan in 17 films, she won many awards for acting. Jayalalithaa started her political career by joining All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) founded by MGR. She was serving as a Rajya Sabha member between 1984 and 1989. After MGR’s death in 1987, she became the supremo of AIADMK in 1989, captured the power in Tamil Nadu in 1991, became the first female chief minister to serve a full term in TN. In between her tenure as chief minister for six times, Jayalalithaa was convicted and jailed in a disproportionate-assets case. She died on 5th December 2016 after being hospitalized for more than 75 days, and her death was shrouded in controversy.

Personal Life

Full Name Selvi J Jayalalithaa
Date of Birth 24 Feb 1948
Date of Death 05 Dec 2016 (Age 68)
Place of Birth Melukote, Mandya District, Mysore, Karnataka
Party name All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Education 10th Pass
Profession Film Actress, Politician, Writer, Dancer
Father's Name Jayaram
Mother's Name Vedvalli


Permanent address Veda Nilayam, 81 Poes Garden, Chennai - 600086
Present address Veda Nilayam, 81 Poes Garden, Chennai - 600086
Contact number 044-24992121
Email jayalalithaa1948@gmail.com

Interesting Facts

Jayalalithaa chose film as a career after completing her matriculation from Church Park Convent in Chennai, though she won a scholarship for higher studies in 1964. She has acted in more than 140 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, and English. Jayalalithaa's mother was also a film actress, and her screen-name was Sandhya. The then prime minister Indira Gandhi lauded Jayalalithaa on the latter's speeches on various issues in Rajya Sabha. The wedding of her foster son Sudhakaran, h

Political Timeline

  • 2015
    Jayalalithaa became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time. She introduced several schemes, like Amma Master Health checkup plan, Amma Arogya plan, Free bus ride scheme for senior citizens, etc. She initiated Global Investors Summit in 2015.
  • 2011
    AIADMK swept the 2011 assembly election and Jayalalithaa again became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time.
  • 2011
    In December 2011, Amma expelled her long-time close aide Sasikala Natarajan along with 13 others from the AIADMK.
  • 2003
    In March 2003, Jayalalithaa again became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time. Whole world appreciated her administrative abilities when tsunami hit Tamil Nadu in December 2004.
  • 2001
    Jayalalithaa became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the second time. Later in September 2001, she was disqualified from holding office. She gave her chair to loyalist politician O. Panneerselvam.
  • 1996
    Jayalalitha was arrested and was sent to 30-day judicial custody in connection with the Colour TV scam. She was acquitted in the case on 30 May 2000.
  • 1991
    Jayalalithaa became chief minister of Tamil Nadu after a victory of AIADMK-Congress alliance.
  • 1989
    Jayalalitha won elections and entered Tamilnadu Assembly from Bodinayakkanur Assembly Constituency. Later other part of AIADMK joined back Jayalalita's wing and unanimously elected her as their leader.
  • 1987
    After the demise of MG Ramachandran AIADMK split into two factions. One AIADMK(JA) supported his widow, Janaki Ramachandran another AIADMK(J) supported Jayalalithaa. Janaki became chief minister and Jayalalitha continued with the party and started preparation for next Assembly Elections.
  • 2016
    Jayalalithaa became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the sixth time. She also created history to take oath as chief minister for a second consecutive term.
  • 1998
    AIADMK became a part of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government. But a year later she withdrew her support and that lead to General Elections.
  • 1984
    Jayalalithaa was elected as a Rajya Sabha member. She retained the position till 1989. She headed the campaign in the 1984 general elections, in which the ADMK allied with the Congress.
  • 1983
    Jayalalithaa became the Propaganda Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
  • 1982
    Jayalalithaa entered politics by joining AIADMK as a member. She made her first public speech on 'Pennin Perumai'.

Early Life

  • 1965
    She made her debut in Tamil movies as leading role in movie Vennira Aadai.
  • 1964
    She made her debut in Kannada movies as leading role in movie Chinnada Gombe.
  • 1962
    She played the role of 'Krishna' in Hindi movie Manmauji. That was her three minute appearance.
  • 1961
    Jaya acted as a child artist in Kannada-movie Sri Shaila Mahathme.
  • 1960
    She acted in plays named 'Tea House of the August Moon' in 1960 and 'Undersecretary' in 1964. Later she acted in plays- Malathi, The Whole Truth, and Kaveri Thanda Kalaiselvi.
Net Worth111.69 CRORE
Liabilities2.04 CRORE

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.


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