Attired in a green saree, and lathered with make up, Kangana is hardly recognizable in her avatar as Jayalalithaa.

Film star to CM First look of Jaya biopic Thalaivi starring Kangana out
Flix Biopic Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 16:51

From a young cinema heroine to a daunting political force in Tamil Nadu, the first look of Director AL Vijay's biopic of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, promises to deliver a thorough picture of the late leader's tumultuous journey. Posted by the protagonist Kangana Ranaut herself, the pictures and a teaser come in the midst of an ongoing legal battle the director is facing in the Madras High Court. This after Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa opposed its making citing privacy concerns.

In the first look poster of Thalaivi, Kangana is hardly recognizable in her avatar as Jayalalithaa. She is seen in green attire, characteristic of the former AIADMK chief, with her hand held high to depict the party's two leaf symbol.

Along with the poster a short teaser of a scene depicting her acting in the movie Vennira Aadai shot in 1964. This 1965 release was inspired by the English film David and Lisa which released in 1962. Jayalalithaa played the role of Shobha opposite actor Sreekanth, who eventually came to be known by his stage name 'Vennira Aadai Sreekanth' following the success of the movie.

In the teaser, Kangana can be seen comprising the role of Jayalalithaa from her years as a film actor, wearing a beige blouse and red pants, with her hair in two ponytails. The style is reminiscent of the 60s and shows the actor grooving to a song before ito cuts into a political rally, where she is looked upon by thousands of followers.

Thalaivi is one of two film that are slated to be released on the former Chief Minister, with Nithya Menen starring as Jayalalithaa in the other movie.

The niece of former Chief Minister has however approached the Madras High Court seeking to restrain the release of two biopics on her aunt's life. The films she has named include Thalaivi and a web series directed by Gautham Menon, titled Queen and starring Ramya Krishnan.

The feature film in the works is directed by AL Vijay. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film will have Bollywood actor Kangna Ranaut in the lead. The web series, on the other hand, directed by Gautham Menon, is titled Queen and stars Ramya Krishnan. Deepa wanted the entire script to be submitted to her and that her explicit permission be required to make the both film and series. She quoted privacy as a concern in court.

Thalaivi will be Kangana’s second tamil film following the 2008 Jayam Ravi film Dhaam Dhoom which was directed by Jeeva.

A L Vijay is the director of this film which is being made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The film is slated to be released on June 26, 2020. K V Vijayendra Prasad who wrote Baahubali and Manikarnika earlier, is the writer of this film as well. Actor Arvind Swamy will be seen in the role of former Chief Minister and Kollywood star M G Ramachandran in this film.

The film is bankrolled by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh under the banners of Vibri & Karma Media and Entertainment. GV Prakash will be composing the music and Nirav Shah will crank the camera.

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