A biopic on the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been a topic of contention ever since her demise in 2016. On Thursday, Chennai-based production house, Papertale Pictures, released the title poster of their project based on the life of the leader. Titled The Iron Lady, the film’s poster was unveiled on Thursday, by director AR Murugadoss. He tweeted it from his official Twitter handle.
Further details on the project is currently awaited. The Iron Lady, story of a revolutionary leader, will be directed by A Priyadarshini, who had previously worked as an associate to director Mysskin. This will be her directorial debut.
The poster further states that a ‘grand inauguration ceremony’ would be organised soon. The director, however, in an interview with The Hindu had shared that actor Nithya Menon would don the role of Jayalalithaa in the film and that the film would officially go on floors on February 24, 2019, coinciding with Jayalalithaa’s birthday.
On August 15, a day before Papertale Pictures made their announcement about the biopic, Hyderabad-based production house Vibri Media announced they would soon produce a biopic on the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
They had announced that the film would be released to coincide with Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary, February 24, next year. Vibri Media further said that director AL Vijay of Madrasapattinam fame would helm the project and that it will star lead actors from Bollywood and the south.
In December 2017, Adithya Bharadwaj, producer of Y-star Cine and Television Private Ltd, had announced that a biopic on the late Chief Minister would be directed by veteran director Barathiraja. The film’s title was revealed as Thaai: Puratchi Thalaivi. Since then, rumours of the cast that included names like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Shetty and Mohanlal have been doing the rounds.
Official confirmation from the makers on the casting is yet to be made. Fans, however, can expect three different biopics on their late Chief Minister in the near future.