On Jayalalithaa’s 72nd birth anniversary, the makers of Thalaivi released Kangana Ranaut’s new look for the upcoming film. In it, Kangana can be seen as young “Jaya Amma” wearing a white saree and a red bindi. Ranaut will play the former Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalithaa in the biopic Thalaivi, which is set to release in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on June 26.

Some takeaways:

  • AL Vijay will direct the upcoming film Thalaivi which will showcase Jayalalithaa’s journey from being an actor to a powerful politician.
  • Kangana Ranaut surprised her fans with the new look. 
  • Kangana told in an interview, she took hormone pills to prepare for the role. She also gained weight for the role of Jayalalithaa.
  • The film will see Arvind Swami as actor-politician MGR and Priyamani as Sasikala.

Kangana’s team shared the look on Instagram and wrote, “The film is based on the story of the life of J Jayalalithaa and touts to shed light on the lesser-known aspects of her life.” AL Vijay will direct the upcoming film which will trace Jayalalithaa’s journey from being a popular actor to a powerful politician.

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“Remembering the super-lady J Jayalalithaa on her 72nd birth anniversary. Her life’s story speaks volumes about the stout-heartedness and the leadership qualities she possessed. Kangana and everyone who loves her and follows her teachings denote her as Jaya Amma.”

The makers also posted a throwback picture of Jayalalithaa. They wrote, “Remembering the super-lady J Jayalalithaa on her 72nd birth anniversary. Her life’s story speaks volumes about the stout-heartedness and the leadership qualities she possessed. Kangana and everyone who loves her and follows her teachings denote her as Jaya Amma.”

Kangana told Mid-day “Since I am tall and skinny, and my face is angular, not round, I had to take mild doses of hormone pills to look different.” She also said, “Of course, I also started eating foods that promote weight gain.”

About J Jayalalithaa

J Jayalalithaa was a popular actress who forayed into politics. She became the youngest chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991 and served six times as the chief minister of the state. During her time as the minister, she announced a cradle baby scheme. The scheme enabled mothers to anonymously offer their newborns for adoption.  In 1989, she was the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Between 1961 and 1980, She acted in 140 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. The government of Tamil Nadu awarded the Kalaimamani award to Jayalalithaa. In 2019, the award was renamed as Jayalalithaa Award. In 2019, the government of Tamil Nadu also renamed Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University as Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Music and Fine Arts University. Jayalalithaa passed away on 5 December 2016 due to a cardiac arrest.

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Mansi is an Intern at SheThePeople.TV

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