Mumbai: Bollywood actress Sridevi pays tribute to late Jayalalithaa through a tweet: “The most articulate dignified,cultured & caring lady, lucky to have worked with her. I Along with millions of our people will miss her.”
Actress Sridevi, who tweeted an old film still of herself with Jayalalithaa, a former actress, two days after her death. Jayalalithaa, fondly addressed as ‘Amma’ by her followers, died in a Chennai hospital on December 5 after a prolonged illness. She was 68. Much before she became a politician, led the AIADMK and eventually became chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa starred in over 140 films.
She was a leading actress of her time and worked with many top heroes of the South Indian film industry. Sridevi, who began her career in South films before moving to Bollywood, appeared with Jayalalithaa in a single film. She posted a recollection of her co-star with the film still.
The film was 1971’s Tamil devotional Aathi Parashakti, in which Jayalalithaa played the lead role of Goddess Sakthi, opposite Gemini Ganesan as Lord Shiva. Sridevi, then a child artiste, appeared as Lord Murugan. Now 53, Sridevi recalled Jayalalithaa as “articulate, dignified, cultured and caring.”
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth – Sridevi’s co-star of several films and whose movie Billa was reportedly rejected by Jayalalithaa – also tweeted after the politician’s death. He wrote: “Not just Tamil Nadu but India has lost a brave daughter. I pray to God to rest her soul in peace.”
Other tributes pured in from Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini (whose husband Dharmendra co-starred with Jayalalithaa in her only Hindi film, 1968’s Izzat) and Rishi Kapoor.
J Jayalalithaa’s cinematic work includes films like Vennira Aadai, Aayirathil Oruvan, Gudachari 116, Deiva Magan, Adimaippenn, Ali Baba 40 Dongalu and Bharya Biddalu.