Jayalalitha Jailing Sets Indian Filmworkers on Fast

Film workers in Tamilnadu state in southern India are fasting in support of the state’s top pol, Jayalalitha, a former actress, who has been jailed on corruption charges in neighboring Karnataka state.

Above- and below-the-line industryites participated in a daylong fast on Tuesday and theaters were closed in a show of support. No filming took place either in a state that houses the prolific Tamil film industry.

Jayalalitha, who rose to fame in the 1960s opposite M.G. Ramachandran, ascended to the chief minister post that he himself had held before his death in 1987.

A four-year corruption case found that Jayalalitha had wealth of $10 million that was unaccounted for. She has denied the charges, but was found guilty jailed in Bangalore, in neighboring Karnataka, where her influence is not as high. She is appealing the case. She was ordered to pay a fine and three aides were also imprisoned. The charges were brought by a rival politician on reports she amassed vast wealth.

Known as Amma (Mother) to her supporters, Jayalalitha starred in dozens of films with Ramachandran including “Aadmai penn,” “Anbe va” and “Mattukara velan.”

O. Paneerselvam was appointed sworn in as chief minister Monday.

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