When asked about the film, Kangana said,
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut will be soon seen essaying the role of the legendary Tamil actor turned politician J Jayalalithaa. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film will be directed by AL Vijay, one of the leading filmmakers from the South.
“Jayalalithaa ji 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.”
The official statement came on the occasion of Kangana’s birthday on Saturday. The film was announced on the occasion of the 71st birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa earlier in February this year.
Speaking about Jayalalithaa’s biopic and how they roped in Kangana, Director Vijay explained, “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. Am proud and happy with our association with one of India’s biggest stars and the very talented Kangana Ranaut ji to portray the dynamic role of our very dynamic leader,” News18 reported.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh also took to Twitter confirming the news:
#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.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 23, 2019
“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.
K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali and Manikarnika, will be writing the film with Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh will be producing the project under the banner of Vibri & Karma Media and Entertainment. “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,” Vijay said.
“This is my fifth collaboration with Kangana. Working with her is always an enriching experience and I’m glad that this film is based on an eminent personality,” said Shaailesh.
Film critic Jalapathy Gudelli tweeted:
— Jalapathy Gudelli (@JalapathyG) March 22, 2019
Meanwhile, another Jayalalithaa biopic titled The Iron Lady, where Nithya Menen plays the main role, is currently gearing up for a 2020 release.
Kangana was last seen in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, a biopic of Rani Laxmibai.
The film industry has many women-centric films in the store in the coming days, but followers are eagerly waiting for this one.
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