Kangana opens up about her decision for signing Jayalalitha biopic

The film; titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, was announced on Kangana’s birthday and has got many people excited to watch the brilliant actress essay the role of the tall standing politician also often fondly called Iron Lady.

Kangana opens up about her decision for signing Jayalalitha biopic Kangana opens up about her decision for signing Jayalalitha biopic Source : press

Kangana Ranaut; who is currently high on the success of her latest biopic Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, had announced that she would be working on a biopic of her own. However; she recently announced that she has signed a biopic of former south actress and veteran politician, late J Jayalalitha.


The film; titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, was announced on Kangana's birthday and has got many people excited to watch the brilliant actress essay the role of the tall standing politician also often fondly called Iron Lady.


And now; in a recent interview to Mumbai Mirror, the actress has opened up about her reasons for coming onboard the film and putting her own biopic on hold. The Queen actress reveals that though she knew Jayalaitha as a politician she has never watched her films. Ranaut also said that when she read the story she was blown away because the image that the story portrayed was quite contrary to the image that the actress had of Jayalalitha in her mind.


Ranaut said," It presented an image of her that was contrary to the one I had in my mind, so I asked for some time to think over the film during which I read up some more on her and was blown away by what I learnt. It's a story that needs to be told and I am happy to be telling it even though she was the absolute opposite of me."


When she was asked to elaborate her definition of opposite; Kangana said," She was far more docile and refined in her demeanour, more sophisticated in her choice of words and always ladylike no matter what she was going through. But if you tried to run her down, she would always bounce back. She's risen over every controversy and adversity and I could identify with that spirit though our styles of expression were very different."


Ranaut also said that her biopic will have to wait as she will completely focus on the political supremo's biopic for the moment. "That'll (her biopic) have to wait for now as the focus is on this film. It's the same writer and in many ways, our stories, our struggles, are so alike. We both came from humble backgrounds into a male-dominated world, fought the odds to make a place for ourselves. It's the success story of a survivor with a lot of drama that'll make for exciting cinema."


Ranaut concluded saying," Then, because it's a biopic of a familiar public figure, I have to adopt her mannerisms to make the performance convincing. I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing a woman who was at once soft and strong. It'll be a refreshing change to play someone so restrained. There's also the high of working in a South film. Our three top grossers are Baahubali, Baahubali 2 and Robot, their film industries are bigger than ours, which is why when the offer came along, I thought, ‘Why not?'."


Jaya/Thalaivi will be produced by Shaailesh R Singh and Vishnu Vardhan Induri and is being directed by AL Vijay. Apart from this film; Kangana has in her kitty Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's Panga and Prakash Kovelamudi's, Mental Hai Kya opposite Rajkummar Rao.