She was dignified, graceful, quiet: Dharmendra remembers co-star Jayalalithaa


Dharmendra is the only Hindi actor with whom the departed soul and the late CM of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa fondly called Amma co-starred. Dharmendra and Jayalalithaa acted in Jaya’s only Hindi film, ‘Izzat’ and when she left for the heavenly abode, Dharmendra walked down the memory lane and remembered her as dignified, graceful and quiet actress.

The actor was shocked to learn about Jaya’s demise. “I am deeply shocked. She was my co-star. We worked together in Izzat in 1968,” the 81-year-old Dharmendra told TV9 AMARATHI channel, adding, “At that time, we stayed for nearly one-and-a-half months in Kulu-Manali (Himachal Pradesh) for the shooting. She was there with her mother who prepared food for us.”

Dharmendra said that everytime he visited Chennai, he talked to Jaya over phone but had not met her for years. “When I learnt she was very ill, I fervently prayed for her recovery,” he said.

Dharmendra, who is the only Bollywood actor to have got an opportunity to work with Jayalalithaa tagged her as graceful and dignified.

“She was very quiet, very graceful and only focused on her work. She didn’t speak much on the sets. And we all respected her privacy. In the film, she played a chirpy, bubbly character similar to what Hema played in Sholay many years later. But in person, she was quite the opposite. Very dignified, graceful and quiet,” Dharmendra was quoted in an interview with Quint.

‘Izzat’, directed by T Prakash Rao has Dharmendra  playing dual role. Tanuja and Jayalalithaa were the two leading ladies. While Tanuja played a sorrowful woman, Jayalalithaa played the role of a lively tribal woman.