Veteran Tollywood Actresses who worked with Jayalalithaa in the 70s and 80s shared some of their experiences.
Sowkar Janaki: 'Jayalalithaa is just one year older than my elder daughter. They both studied at Church Park convent. Her Mother would drop her at my house daily and she used to go to school along with my daughters. She hosted lucy for veterans artistes during 100 Years of Indian Cinema in Chennai. That's a memorable experience. She took time to spend time with everyone'.
Vanisri: 'Jaya is an avid book reader, highly knowledgeable and intelligent. She would read a book in between the shots. When she wasn't reading, She used to remain silent instead of talking to anyone. We kept wondering how could someone sit silent for hours'.
'Jaya never threw starry tantrums and always maintained her dignity. She could speak seven languages fluently. In fact, She is the first actress to set up a beauty parlor at her residence. She used to treat her hair stylist, make-up man and rest of the personal staff with respect. She made them sit behind her instead of standing. There is no one like Jaya and will never be. She is always a strong woman and a queen'.
Jamuna: 'Jayalalithaa is reserved, strong, knowledgeable and intellectual. On the sets or off, She is always known as the one who is well-behaved'.
Sarada: 'There is no actress like Jayalalithaa. A great actor, dancer and a modern version of Jhansi Rani. She is devotional, a devotee of Lord Vishnu'.