Kangana Ranaut is all set to play the role of a legendary Tamil politician Jayalalithaa. The same was announced by the actress on the occasion of her 32nd birthday. In an official statement, Ranaut stated that she has begun prepping for her role and that she will learn Tamil in order to understand the character better after she is done with her work commitments related to 'Panga' and 'Mental Hai Kya'.
This will also be the first time where a film from the South, will see a Bollywood actor take the lead. After the success of 'Manikarnika', the actress revealed that she will be starting work on her biopic, but later reports suggested that the Jayalalithaa biopic was offered to her and she thought that was too good an opportunity to let go off.
Meanwhile, the movie will be titled as 'Thalaivi' and will be directed by 'Devi' filmmaker AL Vijay. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala too confirmed on his Twitter handle and shared the poster of the film. He wrote: "#KanganaRanaut will play the lead role as Former CM #Jayalalithaa in her biopic #Thalaivi. @gvprakash Music. DOP #NiravShah. #DirectorVijay to direct and to be produced by @vishinduri for @vibri_media" [sic]
Jayalalithaa was one of India's most powerful politicians and government official who served as the leader of the All India Dravidian Progressive Federation (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam; AIADMK), in Tamil Nadu state. She was also a successful actress and featured in some 130 films between 1964 and 1980. Jayalalitha Jayaram commonly referred to "Amma" served three terms (1991–96, 2002–06, and 2011–14) as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She passed away on December 5, 2016 due to cardiac arrest.
On the work front, Kangana was last seen in 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' as warrior queen Rani Lakshmi Bai. The actor will next be seen in ‘Mental Hai Kya’, which also stars Rajkummar Rao.
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