Usually director vijay considers thalaivi, the oPfficial biopic on former chief minister of tamilnadu, jayalalithaa, as the most important film in his career. “It is not pressurising, but I consider this as a huge responsibility,” vijay smiles, quickly adding, “What we attempt, that too, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. thalaivi, which will be released in hindi, tamil and telugu, traces the life of madam jayalalithaa, between 1965 and 1991. We are striving to make our film as authentic as possible.”
Our biopic intends to celebrate madam Jayalalithaa. At the same time, we aim to give a good cinematic experience to the audience. She was a warrior woman, and her story deserves to be told. The film is written by KV vijayendra prasad sir, who penned Baahubali and Manikarnika: The queen of Jhansi. As a team, we are aware that screen adaptations of the lives of the famous tread a fine line what and what not to show. I am eternally grateful to J Deepak, nephew of madam jayalalithaa, who has given us the ‘green signal’.
thalaivi provides insights into madam Jayalalithaa’s eventful life both as an actor and a politician. Of course, not everything can be shown in two-and-a-half hours. We have captured the significant ones. For example, in 1980, when mgr became the chief minister of tamilnadu, there was a huge meeting on Mount Road, and one lakh people had gathered for the same. We have recreated this in thalaivi, besides two MGR-Jayalalithaa songs. From Arignar Anna, Kalaignar karunanidhi to Sobhan Babu, our biopic has it all.