Published: 05th December 2017
Remembering Amma: Five awesome Jaya films that every millennial MUST WATCH
Go online, find a pirate site or go scround around in old DVD rental places till you've got a copy of these movies and then binge watch
Everyone is talking about Amma the politician on her first death anniversary. Truth is, millennials, 80's kids and anyone born after will have only seen the Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu as a politician who ruled a state with an almost unanimous hold over it's functioning. But why then does everybody's Dad or Uncle talk about her like she was the women of their dreams? Because she was.
To prove this, we've put together a list of 5 Jayalalithaa movies that you MUST watch to understand how awesome a starlet she was in her heyday. Check it out!
Five AMAZING films of Jayalalithaa that millennials MUST WATCH:
Aayirathil Oruvan (1965)
Remember the song Atho Antha Alaigal Pola...? It was in this film. A rare Tamil language film in the action-adventure genre, this flick had Jayalalithaa and MGR in the lead roles. Directed by B R Panthulu, it was a commercial hit which ran for more than 100 days in theatres in 1965 and was re-released in 2014, and that was screened for more than 190 days. Jayalalithaa played Poongodi, princess of Kanni Theevu. Poongodi falls in love with seafarer Manimaran (MGR) at first sight, after some playful banter. Jayalalithaa asks MGR for help when the island gets attacked by villains, and the rest, is history on the seven seas.
#Movie: Aayirathil Oruvan
Though it was a remake of Hindi movie Dushman, it was one of the more important movies in her career. The movie was directed by C V Rajendran. The story revolves around a village where Jayalalitha is a happy-go-lucky girl who owns a bio-scope machine and screens movies for kids Sivaji Ganesan plays a truck driver who is 'sentenced' to living with and working for the family of a farmer whom he knocked down while driving his lorry at breakneck speed. Well ahead of its time, the film fetched Jaya several awards.
Pattikaada Pattanama (1972)
This is one movie which gets a lot of airplay on TV even today. Starring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa in lead roles, the movie was directed by P Madhavan. This was one of the box office hits of the year and was screened for more than 189 days in theatres. The film deals with a modern woman who gets married to a villager — the movie focuses on the differences in opinions and worldview between them.
#Movie: Pattikaada Pattanama
One of those movies that were digitised and re-released recently. Suryagandhi showcases the life of an ordinary, middle-class woman who finds a job to raise the economic standard of her family. Directed by Muktha Srinivasan, the movie featured an ensemble cast of actors which include her Jaya's confidante and advisor, Cho Ramaswamy.
This was one of the remarkable hits in her career, directed by Sankar K. The film broke all kinds of records in Tamil cinema industry, and ran for about 400 shows in 4 theatres in Chennai. Jayalalithaa plays dual roles in this movie — as a peasant and a queen. Adimaippenn's record was later broken by the movie Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.