Not born into a prominent political family, Jayalalitha lost her father when she was 2 years old. Her rise to take centerstage in male dominated politics of Tamil Nadu remains an inspiring story.
Faced with ruthless questioning on BBC Program Hardtalk, in this interview Jayalalitha give journalist Karan Thapar a taste of his own medicine.
Her untimely death leaves behind a political void in Tamil Nadu that would be hard to fill.
You can watch the full interview below: