Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa in her biopic

That Kangana Ranaut is a hard worker, is a no brainer, and that a talented hard worker. The actress is currently gearing up for her next two releases, Panga and Mental Hai Kya. And while she celebrates her birthday today, news has come in that Ranaut will be playing Jayalalithaa in the former Chief Minister’s biopic, titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi. Directed by southern maestro, Vijay, 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.

Speaking to a leading daily, 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.”

When Ranaut was approached to comment on the same, she 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.”

Earlier, Vidya Balan’s name was attached to the film, and Nithya Menon also plays Jayalalithaa in another biopic of the politician, titled, The Iron Lady. 

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