Though two years have passed since the demise of former CM J Jayalalithaa, there are controversies that still surround her life. Despite efforts in the past to document her entire life history, important chapters of her life have still remained in the dark.
According to people who knew her well, the turning point in J Jayalalithaa’s life that left her a broken person was her conviction in the disproportionate assets case in September 2014, that saw her spend 21 days at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru before being granted conditional bail, reveals
Those who resided with her at Veda Nilayam remember that the former CM came back to Chennai ‘depressed’ and consequently underwent several changes mentally and physically.
“She was fully expecting to be exonerated. It came as a massive shock to her, but she made us promise that we wouldn’t press for her release on grounds of her health,” said her family physician, Dr Sivakumar.
Jayalalithaa refused to see a single person during that period; the only thing she asked for was a copy of C Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata, which she pored through during her incarceration.
After returning to Chennai, she used to talk about the conviction as a blemish in her career. “When she was acquitted in 2015, she wanted to quit politics for good, but it was only my aunt who persuaded her to continue,” says Sasikala’s niece Prabha, wife of Dr Sivakumar, who also stayed at Veda Nilayam.
The blood connection never dies
Ultimately, her untimely demise resulted in Amma never realising what she really craved for all her life – a sense of peace.
Episode 2: When Jaya wept at temple altar
The documentary delves into titbits from the life of Jayalalithaa: her first words after treatment at Apollo Hospitals, the moment she wept at the altar in the Ranganathan temple in Srirangam, her talent in mimicry where she jokingly imitated Kalaignar Karunanidhi, the happenings over a lunch she hosted for Prime Minister Modi, and her eating habits are discussed with interesting anecdotes in this episode.