Timeline of “Amma” On February 24, 1948, Jayalalithaa is born in Melukote, in the then Mysore State, presently in the state of Karnataka, to Jayaram and Vedavalli. In 1950, Jayalalitha’s father Jayaram dies and Vedavalli goes to live with her parents in Bangalore.
In 1952, Jayalalithaa and her brother remained with her aunt in Bangalore as her mother, Vedavalli, moves to Madras to find a job. Jayalalithaa goes to the elite Bishop Cottons Girls School. In 1958 Jayalalithaa moves to Madras to live with her mother, after her aunt gets married. debt-ridden family. She got enrolled in the elite Sacred Heart Presentation Convent, popularly known as Church Park, where she excels in academics. She got trained in Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam and Kathak. In 1964, She makes her film debut in a lead role in ‘Chinnada Gombe’ a Kannada film to support her WWW.WISHESH.COM | JANUARY 2017
In 1965, Jayalalithaa debuts in Tamil film in the landmark blockbuster hit, ‘Venniraadai’. Same year, she stars in a film, ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, with Tamil cinema’s biggest star MG Ramachandran (MGR). That was the beginning of what remains the most successful screen pairings
in Tamil cinema, as well as one of the most critical relationships in her life. The period 1965 - 1980 was the peak of Jayalalithaa’s film career. She was among the highest-paid actresses in the country at the time and endorsed top brands. She had acted in over 140 films, of which about 120 were blockbuster hits. During 1970, Jayalalithaa