appy birthday Kangana Ranaut: Actor announces next project ‘Thalaivi’ – a Jayalalithaa biopic – Kangana Ranaut, who recently stepped into the shoes of a director with Manikarnika, and is already ready to present two movies – Mental Hai Kya and Panga has now been signed for Jayalalithaa biopic. The announcement comes on her birthday today.
Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film is a bilingual and will be directed by Vijay, one of the leading filmmakers from South who has made landmark films like Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal. Speaking on a biopic on Jayalalithaa and having Kangana onboard, director 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’m proud and happy with our association with one of India’s biggest star and the very talented Kangana Ranaut ji to portray the dynamic role of our very dynamic leader.”
The film will be written by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali and Manikarnika, and will be produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri & Shaailesh R Singh under the banners of Vibri & Karma Media and Entertainment. “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.
When asked about the film, Kangana Ranaut said, “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 mainstream film. I am honoured to be a part of this mega project.”
Jayalalithaa was a legendary actress turned politician, who is fondly referred to as ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’, which means ‘revolutionary leader’. Interestingly Vidya Balan‘s name was also linked to the project. Apart from that, Nithya Menon has already played The Iron Lady in another biopic on Jayalalithaa.