Jayalalithaa: From films to politics in pictures

J. Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night, served five terms as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 2016. She was a leading actress before entering politics and appeared in 140 films from 1961 to 1980 in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi film industries.
  • Jayalalithaa with Sivaji Ganesan in a movie Chitra Pournami produced in 1976. HT
  • Jayalalithaa, the newly elected Rajya Sabha Member, with the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Delhi on 21 April 1984. HT
  • Jayalalitha with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi on 6 April 1989. PTI
  • Jayalalithaa with the then Prime Minister P. Narsimha Rao on 16 July 1991. HT
  • Jayalalithaa greeted by followers on 28 July 1987. HT
  • Jayalalithaa with the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi on 27 March 1997. HT
  • Rajiv Gandhi with injured Jayalalithaa in a Chennai hospital on 25 February 1990. PTI
  • Jayalalithaa (centre) with West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu and Subramanian Swamy in New Delhi. HT
  • Jayalalithaa meets the then Union home minister L.K. Advani at North Block in the Capital on 8 October 1998. HT
  • Jayalalithaa with Samajwadi party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav at Yadav’s residence in New Delhi on 21 April 1999. PTI
  • Tamil Nadu’s chief minister Jayalalithaa with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on 5 June 2001. HT
  • Tamil Nadu chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa presents a shawl to the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi on 5 June 2001. HT
  • J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa congratulate then newly-elected vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat before the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 19 August 2002. HT
  • Jayalalithaa holds a sword at the AIADMK party office in Chennai on 12 March 2009. PTI
  • Jayalalithaa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 June 2014. PTI
She was popularly referred as ‘amma’ by her followers. In 2001, an additional letter ‘a’ was appended to the spelling of her name for reasons related to numerology