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Talented actress Kangana Ranaut, who was last seen playing the role of Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi in the film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, will be portraying the role of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa in the late CM’s biopic. The film titled Thalaivi will be directed by AL Vijay.
Confirming that Kangana will be playing Jayalalithaa in the biopic, AL Vijay said, “Jayalalithaa is a national leader and we all felt that a talented actor like Kangana Ranaut, who is renowned nationally, would be the right fit for the role.”
Speaking to the media on her birthday (March 23), Kangana said, “I always wanted to work in regional films because when we go to Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, we realise that people over there only watch films made by their local film industry. So, there is a certain disconnect with that part of the country. I was waiting for a good opportunity to work over there and this film just came my way.”
Speaking about playing late J Jayalalithaa, Kangana added, “I was working on my own biopic, but her story is very similar to my story. In fact, it is a bigger success story than mine. When I heard the narration of this film, I found many similarities between both the stories. So when I had the option to do a film based on her story or my story, I decided on the former.”
There are also reports doing the rounds that Kangana will be paid a whooping 24 crore for the film. If this is true, Kangana will undoubtedly become the highest paid actress in the country.
Kangana Ranaut, who made her debut with the movie Gangster in 2006, has won two national awards for her performances in 2009 film Fashion and 2015 film Queen.