Actress Kangana Ranaut will play former the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the upcoming multilingual biopic Thalaivi. its makers have announced.
AL Vijay will direct the movie. It was announced on the occasion of 71st birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa in February. The film be produced by Vishnu Induri,
On the occasion of Kangana’s birthday on Saturday, it was announced through an official statement that she has been roped in to play Jayalalithaa.
The film will go on floors from April.
Titled as Jaya, the biopic will be made in Hindi as well.
“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.
GV Prakash Kumar will be the music composer while Nirav Shah will deal with the camerawork. KV Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote Baahubali and Manikarnika, has been brought on board to supervise the writing process.
“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.
Interestingly, another Jayalalithaa biopic titled The Iron Lady is currently in the offing. This project is gearing up for a 2020 release.
Nithya Menen plays Jayalalithaa in “The Iron Lady”, being directed by A Priyadarshini. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Vijay said Thalaivi will be the official biopic on the life of Jayalalithaa. He revealed that they have also taken 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 finalizing the rest of cast and crew. We start shooting from April,” he added.