(This story was first published on 24 February 2018. It has been reposted from The Quint’s archives to mark J Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary.)J Jayalalithaa was one of Tamil Nadu’s most charismatic leaders, something she probably inherited from MGR, her mentor. At least, that is what her party members would have you, and the rest of Tamil Nadu believe.Jayalalithaa’s successes as a student, and then as a movie star are phenomenal. As an actor, she was disinterested (as she herself confessed), and yet, a brilliant and prolific artiste. Her political strategy was flush with people-friendly schemes that were adopted by other states. However, her journey also saw big embarrassing scams and jail sentences.Overall, Jayalalithaa was phenomenal in her successes, failures, virtues and faults.Here’s a ballad set in a Tamil folk tune, on the woman whom Tamil Nadu calls Amma:Let me tell a story about the originalTamil Diva (Aha aha!)You may call her Ammu or Amma orJ Jayalalithaa (wah wah wah wah!)Like a golden star she shone in Kollywoodfor 23 years (Appa Pa!)And then she was Queen of Tamil Nadufor more than 14 years (Amma Amma!)In the spring of '48,in what was then Mysore StateKomalavalli was born with a silver spoonBut then the, the family fell into debtbefore fifty moonsKomalavalli became Jayalalithaat the age of oneAll through school up to her 10thin everything she was Number OneBut then...Jaya's mother Vedavalli asked hernot to act so sillyAnd forget studies and herdream of a familySo that they can, Pay offmounting debts and stopliving in penuryAnd so...Venniradai came out in thesummer of 65'Ammu's debut film got the massesto collectively sighAayirathil Oruvan bustedall blocks in the same yearWhere she acted besideRevolutionary Leader, MGR!For the next twenty yearsshe ruled the film industryAnd between MGR and her,there brewed real chemistryAnd soon...Ammu became Anni,and everything looked so sunnyAs she entered the political sceneAnd turned Karunanidhi into a memeShe handled propagandaas ADMK's memberAnd promptly began to stealolder party member's thunderShe also tried to marry analready married MGRAnd was slowly cut off fromthe Tamil superstarAyyayyo!!RIP MGR! So begins thenever ending warAmma becomes CM at just 41Against misogyny and menshe seemed to have wonBut then!Her disproportionate greed,she could not overcomeShe tried to shut down the presswho refused to be mumAhahaha!Four time CM da!Aiming for PM da!Done in by Sasikala...that’s what they say (hush hush!)In the end Jaya’s friendshipsreally didn’t payHer persona would makehistoric princesses paleHer life eventually turnedinto a cautionary taleShe lived alone and died alonenow her party's come undoneTN now calls for a leaderwhen in truth there is none!Thana thannaa naane naane thana thannaa naane naane..Thana thannaa naane naane thana thannaa naane naane.. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.