When Padayappa was released, it was speculated that Ramya Krishnan's character could've been designed based on J Jayalalitha's alleged tiff with Rajinikanth. But did you know that the former CM of Tamil Nadu almost shared screen space with the Superstar?
According to an interesting piece of information revealed by R Thyagarajan, the director of Rajinikanth's 1982 film Ranga, Jayalalitha was finalized to play Rajinikanth's on-screen sister.
After the yesteryear actress had liked her character, she had expressed her desire to work in the movie and everything including her costumes had been arranged.
Just two days before the shoot could commence, in came a call from then Chief Minister, MG Ramachandran(MGR), who suggested Jayalalitha not to take part in the film, according to the director.
"I have decided to bring Ammu(Jayalalitha) into politics and hence do not cast her in this film. I've spoken to KR Vijaya and she has accepted to replace Jayalalitha in the film", Thyagarajan said recollecting MGR's conversation.
Later, the crew had no problems in roping in KR Vijaya as she was asked to take part in the film by one of Tamil Nadu's most influential personalities at that time.
As they say, what went on to happen post that incident is history and till today we haven't had the opportunity to see Rajinikanth and Jayalalitha together on-screen which is unlikely to happen in the future as well.
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Check out some of the famous movies of M.G.R and Jayalalitha in the slides below:
Directed by B. R. Panthulu, Aayirathil Oruvan was considered as a swashbuckling action-adventure at that time. Forty-nine years after the original theatrical release, the film was digitally enhanced for a planned re-release in January 2014.
Loosely based on A. J. Cronin's novel, 'Beyond This Place', En Annan was directed by P. Neelakantan in the year 1970.
Ragasiya Police 115
Working as a secret agent for Research and Analysis Wing(RAW), M.G.R's stellar performance was exhibited in the movie. It was directed by B. R. Panthulu in the year 1968.
Raman Thediya Seethai
This movie too was directed by P. Neelakantan in the year 1972. The music theme of the song "Nalladu Kanne... " was inspired by that of 'Strangers in the Night'.
It is a 1969 sword-and-sandal film directed by K. Shankar. The movie was honoured with The Best Tamil Movie Award by Tamil Nadu Government.
Yet again helmed by P. Neelakantan, Kaavalkaaran was released in the year 1967. It ran over 100 days at the box office and was once again honoured by the State Government with The Best movie Award.
Directed by K Shankar in the year 1968, Kudiyirundha Koyil was the adaption of the 1962 Hindi film China Town. It was the first Tamil film to feature a Bangra dance sequence in the song "Aadaludan Padalai...", which became an instant hit among audiences.
Directed by P. Neelakantan in the year 1970, Mattukkara Velan went on to become one of the massive hits of the year. All the songs were favourited by fans and music lovers.
Oli Vilakku came in the year 1968 and was directed by Chanakya. Being M.G.R's 100th movie, It was a remake of Hindi film Phool Aur Pathar.
Annamitta Kai was M.G. Ramachandran's last black and white movie. Directed by M. Krishnan Nair, the movie originally started filming in 1966 but couldn't continue due to MGR's shooting incident. The rest of the movie was shot in 1972. Because the initial scenes were in black & white, producers continued the rest in black & white even though they had the option of making it a colour film.