Filmmaker AL Vijay has been directing a biopic on the life of actor-politician J Jayalalithaa titled Thalaivi starring Kangana Ranaut in the titular role. On Sunday, the actor took to her social media handle sharing an exciting update about the film.
Kangana Ranaut’s team who manages her Twitter account shared recent photos of the star as Jayalalithaa and wrote, "With the blessings of Jaya Ma we completed one more schedule of Thalaivi- the revolutionary leader. After corona, many things are different but between action and before cut nothing changes. Thank you team @vishinduri @ShaaileshRSingh #ALVijay"
With the blessings of Jaya Ma we completed one more schedule of Thalaivi- the revolutionary leader. After corona many things are different but between action and before cut nothing changes. Thank you team @vishinduri @ShaaileshRSingh #ALVijay pic.twitter.com/CghmfK0JQf— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) October 11, 2020
The photographs show the actor playing a young Jayalalithaa, during the initial stages of her political career. The black and white photographs show a young Jayalalithaa with a big bindi on her forehead, wearing a floral saree. Kangana's look from the sets is modeled to closely match with this one.
Earlier on Monday, the makers resumed shooting for the film which was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. The actor had announced earlier that she has resumed shooting for the film after a gap of seven months.
In the film, Kangana will be seen sporting two different looks. For the older version of Jayalalithaa, the actor will reportedly have to gain weight and will also make use of prosthetic makeup to look her part.
The biopic also stars Poorna aka Shamna Kasim and veteran actor Madhoo. While Poorna will play the controversial role of Sasikala in the film, Madhoo will be essaying Janaki Ramachandran’s role. It may be noted that initially there were reports that Priyamani might be playing the role of Sasikala.
Arvind Swami has been roped in to play the role of former Tamil Nadu CM and legendary star MGR. There are already reports doing the rounds that actors such as Jagapathi Babu, Jayasudha and Sathyaraj will be playing crucial roles, while the makers are yet to announce the rest of the cast and crew. To be shot and released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, the biopic is being bankrolled by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh under the banners of Vibri and Karma Media and Entertainment.
Hollywood makeup artist Jason Collins who has worked in Captain Marvel, Hunger Games and Blade Runner is in charge of the prosthetic makeup. GV Prakash has been roped in to compose music and Nirav Shah will crank the camera. The film is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali series and Manikarnika.
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