She then went on to become one of the most successful actresses ever in South Indian Cinema with hits in Telugu and Tamil. She acted with ANR, NTR, MGR and Shivaji Ganeshan along with Sobhan Babu, Krishna, Krishnam Raju and several others.
She and MGR were regarded as a Hit Pair and they acted in more than 28 films together. This made her - his confidant, disciple and according to some - love interest.
She joined politics on the insistence of MGR and she became number 2 in the Party AIADMK after him and later took the reins of the party, after his death. She died as Incumbent Chief Minister, which only MGR could achieve fighting elections with DMK before his death.
So, she got the titles of Iron Lady, Strong Woman and AMMA in her journey as leader of AIADMK. As biopics on her life are in demand, Balakrishna is being considered for acting as NTR on screen as he invited her for his political campaign which propelled her interest to join politics.
In Thalaivi, a biopic on Jayalalitha starring Kangana Ranaut in titular character and directed by AL Vijay, producer Vishnu Induri wants to take Balakrishna as NTR, it seems.
Balakrishna researched on his father's life for several years and established his own production house to produce the film without any compromise in production values and any change in facts, that he wanted people to know from his father's life.
He released NTR biopic in two parts - Kadhanayakudu and Mahanayakudu. Both of them lost record amounts of money as they ended up being disasters. They are bigger disasters than Adhinayakudu, Parama Veera Chakra, Devudu, Pavitra Prema, Okka Magadu, Allari Pidugu, Palnati Brahmanaidu in his career.
Now, will he accept Vishnu Induri's wish and don the character of his father again? It is a million dollar. He might be highly interested but audiences have rejected him in that avatar. Let's wait and see.