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Rise of a star

Print edition : October 17, 2014

Jayalalithaa's political journey started in 1982, when M.G. Ramachandran inducted her into the AIADMK. Photo: Wide Angle Ravishankaran

October 29, 1961: Jayalalithaa (second from left) and her mother, Sandhya (third from left), an actor at Gokhala Hall, in George Town, Chennai, on the occasion of a Bharathanatyam recital that she gave. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A still from the 1965 "Aayirathil Oruvan", the first film starring Jayalalithaa and MGR.

With MGR's body at Rajaji Hall in Chennai on December 24, 1987. A defining image that virtually propelled her political rise. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Another defining moment as she is pushed down from the gun carriage at the start of the funeral procession,in full public view. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Being sworn in as the Leader of the AIADMK Legislature Party after the 1989 Assembly elections, in which her faction of the party emerged as a formidable presence and she became Leader of the Opposition. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

At a press conference at the party headquarters in Chennai in March 1989, the day after a ruling party MLA misbehaved with her at the Assembly. Two years later, she made good her promise to return to the Assembly as the Chief Minister. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Jaylalithaa and Saslkala. Photo: By Special Arrangement

O. Panneerselvam paying obeisance after being swon in Chief Minister in September 2001. He briefly held the post before she took back the mantle again. Photo: AP

Jayalalithaa has survived many setbacks, and her followers believe that she will overcome this one, too.
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