Betrayed, Abused & Misunderstood: The Life Struggle Of Jayalalitha Is The Story Of Every Modern Woman
The nation is grieving the death of Amma, an iconic figure who made a place for herself in the patriarchal politics of India. However, the modern women of the country will relate to her the most. It is her struggle that is every woman’s story, and her rising an inspiration to all those living in utter despair.
Crushed on a Cricketer
Haven’t we all swooned over a cricketer(s) at least once in our lifetime? Young Jayalalitha too. She says in her autobiography, “I used to go for matches with binoculars just to look at Pataudi and Pataudi alone”.
Dreamt of Becoming Successful, But all in Vain
She dreamt of “becoming a millionaire and a lawyer”, but dropped studies at 16 to feed her family. She saw her ambitions diminishing as acting was her career now. Her mother’s choice it was.
Betrayal & Questions on Her Character
Jaya helped a friend connect with her lover and got caught. To her shock the friend backed out and targeted her character. A country which is so image conscious only towards women, being a woman falls on a downside. Probably, this was the time when the meaning of friendship changed for her forever.
Broken Promises and Shattered Love Life
She was in love with Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, her co-star and a politician. She was promised a bright future by this man, who mistrusted, misjudged, and monitored her every move. To his distaste, Amma was an independent woman “who acted on her own volition”. By this time, Jayalalitha was enlightened enough to understand that regardless of her attachment. She is an equal to MGR and on her own.
The realisation of Independence came with a number of bitter experiences. She was mismanaged, physically abused, mentally harassed, but did not succumb. She found her way to such a status that a state worships her and the whole country is crying. She had been a victim of patriarchy and treacherous human nature. She has been called detached, impulsive and many things. And we, as conscious modern women understand her and find her one of us.