The Company that kept Her
MG Ramachandran (MGR) was a modern-day Karna. They say the fire in his hearth was never allowed to die out; some people would be. Her manager contacted MGR, who arrived promptly and arranged for her to not trust her own family members was a psychological blow, MGR's tender The relationship between Jayalalithaa and Sasikala has not only been a had been dramatically arrested by the Karunanidhi government and sent to. Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (17 January – 24 December ), popularly known M.G.R's first marriage was to Chitarikulam Bargavi, also known as Understanding the tactics played by Karunanidhi to corner him, MGR started to claim .. MGR Memorial Charitable Trust · MGR monthly magazine+ News portal.
M. G. Ramachandran
MGR took the keys away from them - and handed them to a groggy Jayalalithaa when she recovered consciousness in the nursing home. While the incident which revealed that she could not trust her own family members was a psychological blow, MGR's tender concern for her well-being touched her deeply, all the more so because her mother had died, leaving her feeling alone and orphaned at the age of twenty-one. When she had to travel by road at night MGR would arrange for an escort vehicle.
After a stonethrowing incident at Jayalalithaa's house, he is said to have ordered a special contingent of security personnel to be posted at her house. The tumultuous ups and downs in her relationship with MGR started in the early s when MGR increasingly began to act with younger heroines like Latha and Manjula, thanks to the dogged perseverance of RMV.
Then serious differences arose between him and Karunanidhi, but according to RMV even this was because of Jayalalithaa's influence. MGR and Karunanidhi had once been close. Annadurai died Nedunjezhian, the senior-most, was expected to succeed him. But MGR strongly recommended Karunanidhi's name and through his influence over party workers got him elected to the post.
Karunanidhi, however, threatened by MGR's popularity, cleverly excluded him when he formed the cabinet and made him the treasurer of the DMK party. She would go for an hour and come back. When it was complete, the entire film industry turned up for the house-warming function except for MGR. Everyone was surprised at his absence because rumours about their liaison abounded. Anandan said, 'Next morning she had to go to Kashmir for shooting. She boards the plane and finds MGR in the next seat! The two locations were 40 miles apart.
Jayalalithaa, who had distanced herself from her only brother, her relatives and friends, now declared that Sasikala was her udanpiravaa sagothari, a sister "though not born from the same womb".
Party workers believed that Sasikala and her entourage at Poes Garden had erected an iron curtain that kept them away from their "thalaivi ".
They felt their requests for appointments and their personal letters no longer reached her. She had stopped coming to the party office, and stopped meeting the district secretaries who would inform her of ground realities. What was it about Sasikala that made the aloof and reserved Jayalalithaa trust her so completely? Jayalalithaa had longed for a normal life of marriage and children, which she was not destined to have.
Now at least there was a friend who heard her woes with sympathy. Who did not question her actions. Who did not argue with her. Who had taken on the responsibility of running her house and who did not advise her on matters of state. It was annoying, therefore, when people said that Sasikala was behind her many political decisions. It was not only an insult to her as the chief minister but also utter rubbish.
In a lengthy interview to The Hindu, after her humiliating defeat, and after Sasikala had been dramatically arrested by the Karunanidhi government and sent to jail for violations of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act FERAJayalalithaa categorically denied the allegations and staunchly defended her friend.
People must understand that a politician also needs someone to look after his or her home. A male politician has a wife at home and a woman politician has a husband or brother to take care of her personal matters. I have no one. It is only because Sasikala stepped in to take care of my household that I was able to devote my full attention to politics.
So at that time Sasikala and Natarajan offered to help.
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So I accepted their help in good faith. They both came to live here. They also brought in the Grey Cats security personnel for her personal safety.
Natarajan was given charge of handling her finances. In Jayalalithaa's own words, "But very soon Natarajan overstepped his limits and I did not like his high-handed ways and interference.
So I asked him to leave my house. But Sasikala opted to stay with me.
This was one full year before I became the chief minister. Natarajan has not stepped into this house again.
Jayalalithaa Biography: MGR Swept Her Up In His Arms
Sasikala has sacrificed her whole life in order to be with me and give me moral support and take care of me. In fact, there was an occasion when she saved my life. It is because of her that I am alive and was able to lead the party to a tremendous victory in A letter supposedly written by Jayalalithaa to her personal physician about it was leaked to the press. The doctor and Jayalalithaa both denied that there was any such letter. However, from that point on, there would be a sense of unease.
Game of chess They were no more the humble year-old script writer who had discovered his hero in MGR, the handsome year-old, or the struggling actor who had found his muse in Karunanidhi after 11 years of an uneventful film career.
They were now the two major political forces in a party, the DMK, that was too small to accommodate both. The inevitable had to happen sooner or later. Karunanidhi wanted to emerge out of the shadow of not only Anna but also MGR.
The massive mandate in the general election set Karunanidhi free. Or so he thought. Each slight would make the other wary. So in Octoberthey ended their year-old relationship. A game of political chess had begun. Real life began to imitate screen life as MGR painted Karunanidhi the villain. Inthe roles reversed.