During the 1960’s and the 1970’s, J. Jayalalithaa was a very famous actress and had a glorious run as a cinema personality before turning into a politician. She ruled the hearts of many in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa acted in 140 films across six languages Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada. Here is the report on a film which resembles the life of Jayalalithaa.
In 1997, Mani Ratnam made a film titled “Iruvar” which was dubbed into Telugu as “Iddaru.” It is closely based on the famous rivalry between two friends turned political rivals, M.G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played a role which was based on the late Tamil Nadu Cheif Minister Jayalalithaa. She portrayed the character of Mohanlal’s wife while Mohanlal played the character of M.G.R., and Prakash Raj was seen as Karunanidhi.
Aishwarya Rai played a double role in “Iddaru” which was her debut movie. Her first character departure in a freak accident. Later, she appears again in the character of an actress who joins Mohanlal’s political campaign and then they get into a relationship, while he is still married to another woman. This second role was apparently derived from the real life of Jayalalithaa, portraying a liaison between her and M.G.R.
There were some similarities between the second character of Aishwarya in the film with that of Jayalalithaa’s life. The makers denied the direct link but the audience found the similarities with the real life personalities and reel life personalities. Both the characters do not have a happy ending. Due to some controversies, it could not be a commercial success but it was touted to be one of the best films by Mani Ratnam.