Despite not being a South Indian actress, grateful people accepted me as J Jayalalithaa: Kangana Ranuat on Thalaivi


The trailer of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming J Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi was launched in Mumbai with much pomp and fervor. The trailer has already created quite a buzz online and people are raving about the actress’ performance as Jayalalithaa. During the trailer launch event, Kangana expressed her gratitude towards the people of Tamil Nadu as well as the makers for giving her the opportunity to play the late CM’s character.

She spoke about the Thalaivi biopic and what it means to her at the event and said, “This film is very important. I get a lot of strong characters but deep down I know that I have borrowed their lives, their achievements. Jayalalithaa has gone through this entire journey, this is her life, and I will always be indebted to her. People almost consider her God in Tamil Nadu, and even though I don't belong from there, people have accepted me wholeheartedly. I had thought people would criticise me, especially from the south, as we always point fingers at how actors from the region are not signed for these specific roles. During Manikarnika, people felt a Marathi should have played the part. I thank everyone for such a great response.”

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Thalaivi also stars Arvind Swami as MG Ramachandran, Prakash Raj as M Karunanidhi, Jisshu Sengupta as Sobhan Babu and Bhagyashree as Jayalalithaa’s mother Sandhya. Poorna and Madhoo play pivotal roles in the film.

The multi-lingual film is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh and co-produced by Hitesh Thakkar and Thirumal Reddy. It is directed by AL Vijay and penned by celebrated writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and will release in theatres on April 23, 2021 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

(Transcribed By: Vandana Srivastawa)