Mumbai , Maharashtra , India
Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding. Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering Hindi films. She started acting in the late 1960s, She was honored with Padma Shri award by Government of India.
Thiruchirapalli , Tamil Nadu , India
"Vietnam Veedu" Sundaram was a popular Tamil scriptwriter and director. He has written scripts for nearly all the actors and wrote for 8 films starring Sivaji Ganesan after 1970. His directorial ventures Gauravam, Gnana Paravai, Vijaya, Devi Sri Kumariamman and Payanam are considered cult classics. He was the writer for Tamil classics like Vietnam Veedu, Gnana Oli, Satyam, Grihapravesam, Justice Gopinath Annan Oru Koyil starring Sivaji Ganesan, Naan Yen Pirandhen, Naalai Namadhe starring M. G. Ramachandran.
Mylapore , Tamil Nadu , India
Cho Ramaswamy is a comedian, editor, playwright and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. His full name is Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy. His famous Tamil magazine is Thuglak. He is a witty figure in the Tamil Nadu and Indian politics. He was nominated to Rajya Sabha by K. R. Narayanan, the President of India at that time. President nominates 12 M.P.s who excel in the fields of art, social service or literature and he was one of them. He served as the member of the Rajya Sabha from November 1999 to November 2005. Cho Ramaswamy was born on 5th October 1934 in Chennai. His father is R. Srinivasa Iyer and his mother is Rajammal. He broke away from G. K. Moopanar and joined M. Karunanidhi in the year 1996, but this relationship did not last long. The main reason for this is due to the release of ransom to sandalwood smuggler Veerappan to free Kannada actor Rajkumar. He is also a consumer activist helping the consumers to get their rights. He started the magazine Thuglak in the year 1970. This is a political weekly magazine. He conveys his message to people through political satire. His drama was staged more than 1000 times in which he brought out the hypocrisy and duplicity of politicians. He also criticized the emergency decree of Indira Gandhi and the attitude of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh towards Pakistan. He played main role in bringing together Tamil Maanila Congress and DMK in 1996 election. In 2011 election he supported AIADMK.
Chennai , Tamil Nadu , India
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, an Indian actress-turned-politician, was a six-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She was also the General Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party. She was sworn-in as the chief minister for a record sixth term on 23 May 2016. Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 at the age of 68 years after suffering from a major cardiac arrest. She held the distinction for being the second female Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Her followers fondly refer to her as "Amma", meaning mother, and "Puratchi Thalaivi", meaning revolutionary leader. Jayalalithaa, as she was commonly referred to, was a famous South Indian film star before she joined politics. She had appeared as a lead actress in various films in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages. She was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1984 and served in this post till 1989. Tamil Nadu. She also shares the record of holding the chief ministerial position five times with DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Jayalalithaa was born in Mysore (now in the state of Karnataka) at a place called Melukote on 24 February 1948. She hailed from a Tamil Iyengar family. Her father Jayaram, a lawyer by profession, passed away when she was just two years old. Consequently, Jayalalitha and her brother Jayakumar had to shift to Bangalore along with their mother.Her mother, Vedavathi, started working in Tamil cinema with the screen name of Sandhya. â€˜Jayaâ€™, meaning 'victorious', is a prefix used in the names of Jayalalitha, her brother Jayakumar and many other members of their family. J. Jayalalithaaâ€™s government in Tamil Nadu had launched Amma Unavagam (Motherâ€™s canteen) with much fanfare in 2013. Meant to provide wholesome food at heavily subsidized rates, the canteens which are run by the government but staffed by women from self-help groups have been a runaway success.