Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa in biopic ‘Thalaivi’


Kangana Ranaut, who turned a year older today has something special to share with her fans on her special day. Kangana will play the strong lady and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the upcoming multilingual biopic titled, ‘Thalaivi’ to be produced by Vishnu Induri.

According to a report in The Hindu, "Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film will be bilingual and directed by Vijay, one of South’s leading filmmakers, who has made movies like Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal. Talking about the biopic, Vijay said: Jayalalithaa madam was one of the most prominent leaders of our country. Making a film on her life is a big responsibility and we are going to do it with utmost care and honesty. I am proud and happy that a talented actress like Kangana Ranautji will portray the dynamic role of this dynamic leader."

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, #BigNews: Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa... Biopic will be made in two languages. Titled #Thalaivi in Tamil and #Jaya in Hindi... Directed by AL Vijay... Written by KV Vijayendra Prasad [#Baahubali and #Manikarnika]... Produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh.

"When producer Vishnu Induri approached me with an offer to direct this biopic, I felt a sense of responsibility more than excitement. This was a story of an achiever; a story of one woman who fought for her place in a male-dominated world. It was meant to be told with honesty. The stature of this tall leader and her courage inspired me to say yes as soon as I was offered this opportunity," Vijay told IANS.

KV Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote Baahubali and Manikarnika, has been roped in to write the screenplay.

"It took us around nine months of research and over 20 drafts to finally lock the script. We are delighted to have Vijayendra Prasad sir helping us through the process of writing. His contribution will be of great value. This will be a very honest biopic of our beloved leader," he said.

GV Prakash Kumar will compose the music of the biopic while Nirav Shah will be in charge of the camerawork. 

Vijay said ‘Thalaivi’ will be the official biopic on the life of Jayalalithaa and he already seek permission from the former Chief Minister's nephew Deepak.

"I thank Deepak sir for granting us the official status. We are in the process of finalising the rest of cast and crew. We start shooting from April," he added.

On the other hand,  Kangana has said, “Jayalalithaaji is one of the biggest female success stories of this century. She was a superstar and went on to become an iconic politician, it’s a great concept for a mainstream film. I am honoured to be a part of this mega project.”


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