The acquittal of Jayalalithaa, who was at the helm during 1991-96, 2001-2006 and May 2011-September 2014, in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by the Karnataka High Court on May 11 had set the ball rolling for her return to the seat of power at Fort St.George.

Jayalalithaa return to office now comes less than a fortnight after she was acquitted in the disproportionate assets case.

From a 'hesitant' teen starlet who made her cinema debut in CV Sridhar-directed 'Vennira Aadai,' in 1956, Jayalalithaa rose in ranks as a popular heroine, pairing opposite among others, then matinee idol MG Ramachandran (MGR).

Having done nearly 30 films together, their on screen bonding stretched to politics also, with Jayalalithaa becoming the former Chief Minister's protege after he founded AIADMK.

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