When most of the exit polls had written off J. Jayalalithaa she defied all the odds to become Chief Minister for the sixth time and for the second time in succession, a record by which she emulated her mentor and founder of the party MG Ramachandran after 32 years. The cycle of life came full circle for AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa from Ammu, the shy teenaged actress earning her chops with political mentor MGR in the 1990s to Amma, a larger-than life mother figure for millions in Tamil Nadu. She had a humble beginning in State politics. From Ammu, MGR’s name for meaning a girl in Malayalam, to Amma her tale is riveting. She was a popular film star in Indian cinema before her entry into politics, having appeared as the lead heroine in over 140 films which includes films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and worked in one Hindi film. She fought back and became Chief of a Dravidian party with strong anti-Brahmin ideologies. After being pushed out of the gun carriage carrying her mentor MGR’s soul by her detractors, she never looked back and this is one more comeback for her chequered career spanning over four decades. Now, she is a force to reckon with in the National politics from here on.
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