Jayalalithaa of AIADMK, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu

 Ironies in Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's Life

Inia Pandian

TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2001 (ID.2001-06-02)

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AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

MLA - Member of Legislative Assembly

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram was disbarred from contesting the May 2001 State Legislative Assembly election because of her conviction in a corruption case arising from the days of her previous tenure as chief minister between 1991 to 1996 (the case is under appeal). However when her party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), won the election she was sworn in as the Chief Minister, subject to her becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) within 6 months. Is it not an irony of contradictions that she was allowed to become the Chief Minister (and thus in essence the leader of her party's MLAs) but not allowed to contest to become an MLA?

Looking back into the Chief Minister's life, she was a popular movie star in the 1960s and 1970s. Her first Tamil movie was Vennira Adai ("White Dress") released in 1966 This movie was not only her first Tamil movie, that would launch her to stardom, but was also the first "adults only movie" in Tamil because of a seductive dance by the heroine played by Jayalalitha. Though she was the star of the movie, she would not be able to go and watch the movie at a movie theater. Why? She was a minor at that time! Although it was legal for her to perform the dance in the movie that would earn an "adults only rating" for the movie, it was illegal for her to watch the movie because it would corrupt her young mind! Is it not an irony? Now, almost 35 years later, we see a similar irony in her political life. She could not become an MLA because she is a "convicted criminal" (the case is under appeal) but it is alright for her to head her party's MLAs and rule the state as Chief Minister!

AUTHOR's NOTE: This writer watched the movie Vennira Adai a few years ago. Jayalalitha's dance that earned the movie an "adults only rating" is not pornographic, not even indecent. Some believe that producers of the movie sought such a rating from the Indian Censor Board to attract moviegoers. As the first "adults only movie" in Tamil, people, in fact, flocked to see the movie and it was a moderate box office hit.


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