Chennai: Jayalalithaa, Amma to millions, passed away at Chennai's Apollo Hospital at 11.30 PM on Monday after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22.
The mortal remains of Amma have been kept at Chennai's Rajaji Hall for the public to pay their last respects.
Here are five things you may not know about 'Puratchi Thalaivi' (revolutionary leader) Jayalalithaa:-
1- Lowest salary as CM: She drew just Re 1/month
As a Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Amma only drew Re 1/month as salary.
Jayalalithaa had refused to accept her first salary cheque as Chief Minister.
On being told that she should receive a salary as public servant, she accepted a salary of Re 1.
2- She worked in Hindi film too
Jayalalithaa appeared in over 80 Tamil movies. However, she also did one Hindi movie, ‘Izzat’, opposite superstar Dharmendra.
3 - She took bath in public
Amma once attended the Mahamakam festival in Kumbakonam, the Kumbh Mela of South India.
Sections of the ghats where she was to have a ritual bath were cordoned off. Eventually there was stampede.
4- Featured in Guinness Book of World Records
Amma’s name featured in Guinness Book of World Records as in the year 1995, during her first term as CM, she organised a lavish wedding for her ‘foster son’ Sudhagaran.
According to Guinness record, over 1,50,000 guests were invited to the wedding at a 50-acre ground in Chennai.
5- Jayalalithaa's first movie was ‘adult only’
Jayaalithaa first movie - Vennira Aadai - in 1965 was released as 'for adults only’. It was a blockbuster in Tamil cinema.
As she was only 15, she herself couldn’t watch her first movie, according to a report in Financial Express.