When Jayalalithaa bared her teeth: A scribe recalls Amma's response to his column about her 'comeback'

FP Staff

Dec 06, 2016 11:48:43 IST

Jayalalitha finds her admirers across all quarters and all countries, including an Australia-based journalist who wrote a column on the deceased female actor in a weekly column back in 1980.

When Jayalalithaa bared her teeth: A scribe recalls Ammas response to his column about her comeback

Jayalalithaa. AFP

Brian Laul posted on Facebook an account of his interaction with 'Amma' along with pictures of the letter she wrote to him in response to his column that argued that Jayalalithaa was at that time, "struggling to stage a comeback." The actor refuted the claim by quoting an instance of a huge film that she had backed out of, out of choice.

"Perhaps you don't know that the heroine's role in Balaji's Billa, opposite Rajinikanth, was first offered to me. It was only after I refused to do the film that Balaji signed Sripriya for the role...If I am capable of turning down such a dazzling offer, does that not prove conclusively that I am not in the least 'struggling to stage a comeback'?," said Jayalalithaa in the letter to Laul.

Laul terms her as "a fiery, artistic 32-year-old with an enormous personality and the will to succeed at whatever she set her heart on." Snapshots of the handwritten letter also announce how Jayalalithaa was no longer interested in a film career and had earned enough money to "live like a queen for the rest of her life."

Updated Date: Dec 06, 2016 12:07:20 IST

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