HYDERABAD: A pall of gloom surrounded the Telugu film industry over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. From veteran actors like Krishna, Mohan Babu and Jamuna to contemporaries like NTR Jr and Mahesh Babu -- Tollywood came together to express their grief.
Jamuna, who had acted with Jayalalithaa in ‘Sri Krishna Vijayam’ (1969), said she was blessed to get an opportunity to work with her. “She proved worthy of the name ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’, which means symbol of courage,” said an emotional Jamuna.
Veteran actor Krishna, who acted with Jayalalitha in Goodachari 116 (1967) said the overwhelming outpour of emotions after her demise is testament to her virtue as a leader.
“After Rajiv Gandhi, if there is a politician who has won over the affection of the masses, it is Jayalalithaa. As a woman, she battled all odds to govern Tamil Nadu,” Krishna said.
Another actor Mohan Babu, expressing profound grief over her demise. “And the curtains come down on the journey of one of the most charismatic and humble human being Jayalalithaa Garu. Symbol of woman power.
Had the honour of meeting her first when I was starting my career & many times after that. No words can express this loss. May her soul Rest In Peace,” he tweeted. “Rip my dearest super woman Jayalalithaa Garu. You’ll always be with us through your inspiration (sic), “ tweeted Jayasudha, another veteran actress.