Jayalalithaa left us all mourning and people couldn’t stop sharing their memories of her. We all know that Amma was forced into movies by her mother at the age of 16. As soon as her mother left the world she left her movie career.
Jayalalithaa was academically brilliant and her movie career wasn’t her choice. Bach in the 1980s when Jayalalithaa left the movies, a gossip column published a piece saying that she wants to make a comeback. After reading that piece, Amma wrote a letter to the journalist saying that she is not interested in movies. She also told of an incident when she said no to a role opposite Rajinikanth.
Brian Laul was the journalist who received this letter from Amma. Soon after Jayalalithaa’s death, Brian shared the letter in a Facebook post. Take a look at the letter here…
The letter read…
“With reference to a news item in Khaas Baat in “ SUNDAY “ dated 25th May 1980, while thanking you for the many compliments you have paid me, I feel constrained to point out that I am not , repeat, not “struggling to stage a come-back “. I am at a loss to understand how you gained this erroneous impression.
In fact, I have been turning down some excellent offers. Perhaps you don’t know that the heroine’s role in Balaji’s “Billa”, opposite Rajnikanth , was first offered to me. It was only offer, I refused to do the film that Balaji signed Sripriya for the role. Balaji himself has admitted this publicity. Everybody knows that Balaji is one of the foremost film producers in India today, and Rajnikanth is the Tamil screen’s superstar. 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 come-back?
In truth, There is no necessity for me to do so. I am really no longer interested in a film career. By God’s grace, I am Extremely well off financially, and I can continue to live like a queen for the rest. This is only to tell you that my interests lie in a different direction altogether and if I am not acting in films at present it is certainly not due to lack of good offers.”