Hyderabad based production house Vibri Media announced on August 15 that a biopic on the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa would soon be produced by them. They also announced that the film would be released to coincide with Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary, February 24, next year.
#BreakingNews: Vibri Media - producer of #83TheFilm and #NTRBiopic - to produce #JayalalithaBiopic in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu... The producers plan to launch the movie on Jayalalitha’s birth anniversary: 24 Feb 2019... First look will also be released on the same day... contd. pic.twitter.com/RB1fta8dXG— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 15, 2018
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.
Tamil filmmaker Vijay [of #Madrasapattinam] will direct #JayalalithaBiopic... He is overseeing the pre-production work of the film, based on the vision shared by producers Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Brinda Prasad... Film will star prominent names from Bollywood and South. pic.twitter.com/VQnN7sK6UL— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 15, 2018
On Thursday came another announcement from Chennai-based Papertale Pictures that a biopic would be made on the late leader, directed by A Priyadhaarshini, associate to director Mysskin.
In a press statement that has been released a day after Vibri’s announcement, the director has said that the official announcement regarding the cast and crew will be revealed on September 20, 2018.
The team, however, will commence on the making of the film on February 24, 2019 the release stated.
The press release further adds, “For the last four months we were discussing and working on the making of visual history of the iron lady who is still alive in the hearts of millions of Tamil. […] This film has been planned to reach people in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi languages.”
With the announcement of Jayalalithaa’s biopic, several Twitter users have been guessing who could play the movie star and state leader Jayalalithaa, with many favouring Vidya Baalan, Trisha and Nayanthara.
Earlier, in an interview with News 18, Trisha had said that she would love to be a part of Jayalalithaa’s biopic. “I think she is all woman power and that's the biopic I would like to do. She has got a very interesting career graph as well a very intriguing political graph,” the actor was quoted as saying.
Who do you think is the ideal choice to do the bio-pic on Jayalalithaa ?— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) August 15, 2018
Two actresses need to play #Jayalalithaa in her #BIOPIC . One for her younger days and another one for tumultuous political career. Her life journey too complicated & throny to portray onscreen. #Jayalalithaabiopic #Amma #Nayanthara #Trisha #NTRBiopic— JM.. (@angelicaa_d) August 16, 2018
“I don’t know if it would be right if I do it, but every actress would wish to play a particular role, and for me, it is Jayalalithaa amma."#Nayanthara wants to play on-screen #Jayalalithaa, is Vijay listening?https://t.co/NgRzIekLnM— Sidhu (@sidhuwrites) August 16, 2018
@trishtrashers or @KeerthyOfficial— Anu Trish (@anu_trish) August 16, 2018
Should only do #JayalalithaBiopic for sure.
They are only eligible to do such holy roles.
No other actress should step into the shoes of JJ amma@BrindaPrasad1 #Trisha #KeerthySuresh #trishakrishnan #Jayalalitha #Jayalalithaa pic.twitter.com/WOKp24LGFw
It is interesting to note that Vibri Media has two other biopics in the making - the Ranveer Singh starrer Kapil Dev biopic titled 83 and NTR biopic starring his son Balakrishna who will be playing his father.