One of the most anticipated biopics of this year is Vijay’s Thalaivi, which has Kangna Ranaut playing actress and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa. Ever since the project was announced, it had generated a lot of interest among audiences. The film, produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri & Shaailesh R Singh, is being made in Tamil and Hindi (as Jaya).
Vijay, who’s worked on the story along with KV Vijayendra Prasad, says, “I think a leader of Jayalalithaa’s stature cannot be limited to one region. She is a national leader, and commands huge respect.”
Ask him if he thinks Kangna is the right choice to play the role, and he says, “This is a pan India film, and Kangna is apt for the role. She is one of the biggest stars in India today and I think it is right that a top star plays the role of an important politician. This way, the story will also reach audiences across India. We consider this a pan-Indian film, not a regional one. There was a lot of discussion before the decision was made to cast Kangna; we met several people as well. She is extremely excited about the project and wants to portray her with utmost honesty. She is learning Tamil for the film and will also be part of a one-month workshop to get into the character.”