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From Crush on Cricketer to Hindi Film Career: Unknown Facts About Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa spent most of her life in public glare, but the five-time Tamil Nadu CM was fiercely protective about her personal life. Here are six things you may not have known about the iconic leader who passed away on Monday.

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Updated:December 6, 2016, 1:41 PM IST
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From Crush on Cricketer to Hindi Film Career: Unknown Facts About Jayalalithaa
File photo for late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa spent most of her life in public glare, but the five-time Tamil Nadu CM was fiercely protective about her personal life.

Here are six things you may not have known about the iconic leader who passed away on Monday:

* Politics was not a natural choice for her. Growing up, she wanted to be a lawyer not a politician.

* She may have been a star in Tamil cinema but as a girl she had a crush on someone far removed from that world — former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

* She figures in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the “largest wedding banquet/reception”. During her first term as Chief Minister in 1995, she organised a massive and lavish wedding for her foster son Sudakaran. Over 1,50,000 guests were invited at a 50-acre ground in Chennai.

* Jayalalithaa was an avid reader. Despite her busy life, she kept up with reading and used to carry books whenever she travelled.

* Jayalalithaa had a brief career in Bollywood. After she became a star in the Tamil film industry, she also tried her luck in Bollywood and acted in a few Hindi films, including Izzat opposite Dharmendra.

* In 1997, Jayalalithaa took a pledge to not wear any jewellery. She stayed true to it for the next 14 years.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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