The true story of “Thalaivii”, the cast of the movie and all about the new version of Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut’s highly anticipated biopic, Thalaïvie, on the life of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, is now streaming on Netflix. Mark your calendars for the weekend to watch the controversial Queen of Bollywood bring the Queen of Tamil Cinema to life.
The three-minute and twenty-two-second trailer of Thalaïvie make one thing clear. That Kangana Ranaut doesn’t need Twitter to make noise for the sake of her career. The actress faced a permanent Twitter ban earlier this year for controversial tweets, and now she’s back on the big screen to portray someone who walked through the doors of Filmfare and Rajya Sabha with equal aplomb. While the dedication and biopic stance reminds us of Vidya Balan as Smitha silk in the 2011 film, Dirty image, Ranaut’s transformation from actor to politician is the real selling point.
The late J Jayalalithaa was the only politician to win a Filmfare award for his acting. Her beauty and acting skills in more than 140 films since the 60s have won her cult, but that did not justify an easy entry into the world of politics. Nonetheless, she took the opportunity to be heard and made sure that her melodic voice turned into stimulating speeches over a period of time. What he did. She served for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016 as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The rise and fall of the late actor-turned-politician is what AL Vijay’s Thalaïvie promises to deliver.
While Kangana Ranaut’s makeup artist may have done a fantastic job of drawing attention to the actor, we really can’t ignore the portrayal of the actor, filmmaker and former Chief Minister of Tamil. Nadu Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran by Arvind Swami. MG Ramachandran played a central role in the life of J Jayalalithaa, leading her to become one of the best actors in South Indian cinema and later a politician. Thus, Swami’s default performance becomes one to praise, alongside that of Ranaut.
Thalaïvie is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, Madhan Karky (Tamil) and Rajat Arora (Hindi). And it’s produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh of Vibri Motion Pictures and Karma Media And Entertainment, respectively.
An ode to beloved Amma, we can’t wait to see if the film is more about the former actor turned politician or just the actor who brings it to life.
All images: Courtesy of Zee Studios