After Manikarnika, Kangana Ranaut to play J Jayalalithaa in biopic Thalaivi


Kangana Ranaut tasted success with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi as an actor and director. She also announced that she’d star in a biopic on her life, which is still in the works. Now, the actress has landed in an iconic role in director AL Vijay’s forthcoming film Thalaivi.

The latest reports suggest that Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has been roped in to reprise former CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi. This is indeed a massive opportunity for a Bollywood actress, who is not fluent in Tamil.

Since Thalaivi is being made in three languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi), Kangana Ranaut’s inclusion will ensure that the film gets a wider reach across the country.

Today, Kangana Ranaut turns 32 and the makers decided to announce the news. Composer GV Prakash, who will be scoring the tunes for Thalaivi, took to Twitter to reveal the big news.

His tweet read, “After #gangsofwasseypur this will be my venture back into Hindi .. #GV72 #KanganaRanaut will play the lead role in #Thalaivi, the #Jayalalithaabiopic produced by @vibri_media @vishinduri and directed by #Vijay #Vijayendraprasad #NiravShah @gvprakash #HBDKanganaRanaut (sic)”

Director Vijay, in a statement, said, “The stature of this tall leader and courage inspired me to say yes as soon as I was offered this opportunity. I feel very responsible and decided to work very hard and relentlessly to deliver an honest biopic. Nothing can be as perfect as this occasion to reveal the title Thalaivi, which I believe is the greatest celebration.”

The makers have also obtained a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Mr Deepak, the nephew of J Jayalalithaa. The research work has been on for the past 9 months and the film is expected to go on floors in the coming months.

Baahubali and Manikarnika writer Vijayendra Prasad (father of SS Rajamouli) will monitor the team. Nirav Shah and Madhan Karky have been signed on as the cinematographer and lyricist for the film.


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