When it comes to love and adulation for persons of prominent, whether of politics or of films, people of Tamil Nadu are a cut way above the rest. They harly accord the title ‘Thalaivi’ (leader) to anyone so easily. None could ever imagine that the Tamil people would address anyone else by that moniker other than late chief minister Jayalalithaa.
But when superstar Nayathara reached a theater in Chennai to promote her latest release Aramm, her loyal fans could not contain their excitement and received her with loud cheers and chanted ‘engal thalaivi Nayanthara’ (our beloved leader Natyanthara).
The south Indian actress is choosy about her roles these days; and she is rarely seen in her glamorous avatar on screen these days. Her new movie Aramm deals with the contemporary socio-political issues of Tamil Nadu; and is receiving rave reviews.
It is not very easy to carry a movie solely on the shoulders of a heroine in Tamil Nadu where hero worship is at its pinnacle. But Nayanthara has already proved that she can do even that with movies like Maya. That is the reason why Tamil audience call her the ‘lady superstar of Tamil cinema’.
Even as mega stars like Rajnikant and Vijay are fondly called ‘Thalaiva’ or ‘Thalapathy’, the title of ‘Thalaivi’ has so far been eluding leading ladies in Tamil except Jayalalithaa. But Nayanthara’s fans say that, when she entered the theater complex wearing a simple royal blue sari in voil fabric and a half sleeved blouse sans any make up or jewelry except a wrist watch, they couldn’t find a better word to greet her other than ‘Thalaivi.'
Meanwhile, the super star greeted her fans back with folded hands and acknoledge their admiration. The Tamil people still mourn the loss of Jayalalithaa, who enthralled the audience with her onscreen performances and then went on to become one of the most powerful leaders of the Southern state.