The first look of Kangana Ranaut’s film Thalaivi is out as J Jayalalithaa. The actor shared her first look from the film on her Instagram page, with the caption, “The legend we know, but the story that is yet to be told! Presenting #KanganaRanaut, in & as #Thalaivi. A film by #Vijay, arriving in cinemas on 26th June, 2020.”
The legend we know, but the story that is yet to be told!— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) November 23, 2019
Presenting #KanganaRanaut, in & as #Thalaivi. A film by #Vijay, arriving in cinemas on 26th June, 2020@KanganaTeam @vishinduri @ShaaileshRSingh @BrindaPrasad1 @KarmaMediaEnt @TSeries @vibri_media pic.twitter.com/lTLtcq0bsd
The VFX though used to show Kangana in the later stages of her life, does look a little off. The makers also released a teaser of the film.
Kangana is seen sporting the circular ‘bindi’ on her forehead just like actor and politician Jayalalithaa used to, and is seen wearing a green coloured cape. The makers also revealed that the film will hit theatres on 26 June, 2020.
Actor Arvind Swamy who we saw in Roja and Bombay will be playing former Chief Minister and late superstar MG Ramachandran in the biopic. The film will be releasing in Hindi and Tamil, with Kangana taking classes for Tamil. In addition to that, the actor has also mentioned that she has also enrolled for Bharatnatyam classes.
Hollywood expert Jason Collins, who has worked on Hollywood films like Captain Marvel, Blade Runner and more, has been working with Kangana to perfect her look as Jayalalithaa.
Recently, rumours about the biopic of Jayalalithaa were doing the rounds. According to reports, the film has been struggling to acquire sufficient funds before it goes on floors in November. However, the same was rubbished by Vishu, the producer of Thalaivi. Vishu spoke to Times of India and confirmed that the preparation for the filming of Thalaivi is going exactly as it should.
Vishu also told the media company that the filming of Thalaivi will begin after Diwali. Kangana will be seen in four different looks in the film. The biopic is an ambitious one in that it will be released in 3 languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. It will have a budget of Rs 55 crore.
The film is directed by Devi filmmaker AL Vijay. It is being written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali and Manikarnika. It is being produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh.
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