Mumbai3 hours agoAuthor: Manisha Bhalla
- It will be a big challenge to make Thalaivi his place in the crowd of many films.
Corona has caused a lot of damage to the film industry. Multiplexes and single screens have been closed since 1 year. It is still not decided when they will be able to open with 100% capacity. Due to this, many films were released directly on OTT but there are some big films, which are ready to wait for the opening of theaters for a year. The first report in the series of special reports by Bhaskar on similar films is on Kangana Ranaut’s film Thalaivi. Thalaivi, the biopic of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has been waiting for a year to release. Kangana Ranaut is playing the role of Jayalalithaa in it. Thalaivi means female leader. It is just a coincidence that Kangana herself has a dream of joining politics from cinema. In this film, he is also getting a chance to become CM from a cine star.
Kangana is looking for a big hit film for the last 5 years. Film makers are hopeful that due to Jayalalithaa’s name in South India and Kangana’s acting in North India, the film will go well. The film is made at a cost of 65 crores. Earlier the planning was that if this film is released before the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, then it will become a hit in the political environment. Perhaps Jayalalithaa’s party AIADMK will also benefit from the film. The film was to be released on 23 March before the Tamil Nadu elections, the trailer and songs were also released, but due to Corona, the film was postponed.
We need cinema watchers, not voters
The producer of the film Vishnuvardhan Induri clearly told Dainik Bhaskar that the film has nothing to do with Tamil Nadu politics. We have made a film not for the voters of any party but for the cine lovers from all over India.
Film Producer Vishnuvardhan Induri
movie till he becomes chief minister
Induri said that after buying the rights of Thalaivi book, research went on for two years. It was difficult to tell the full story of Jayalalithaa in three hours, so when she became the Chief Minister in 1991, she decided to make the film here.
What about the controversies related to Jayalalithaa?
The biggest problem in a biopic made in India as compared to abroad is that only the hero and heroine are glorified in it. Jayalalithaa got a lot of respect in Tamil Nadu, but people of other states know her only by things like income tax raids, her collection of sarees and shoes.
On this question, producer Induri only told that how a woman comes into politics, makes her place, there is a whole film on this. We believe that people from all over India will come to the theater to see the dramatic aspects of Jayalalithaa’s life with Kangana’s strong acting.
Jayalalithaa’s struggle is the most important thing
The Hindi story of the film has been written by Rajat Arora, the scriptwriter of films like Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, The Dirty Picture, Gabbar Is Back. Rajat told Dainik Bhaskar that the most important aspect in Jayalalithaa’s story is her struggle, which is quite an incercise.
After talking to people close to Jayalalithaa and researching the newspapers, we felt that this film should be made as the story of a woman making her mark after a struggle.
Modi-Thackeray biopic didn’t work
Jayalalithaa was very popular in the South, but the popularity of the leader does not guarantee the success of the film. The biopics of Narendra Modi and Balasaheb Thackeray, which had come before this, did not even work, while the popularity of both the leaders has been very high.
How Kangana became Jayalalithaa
There are many best female actresses in Tamil cinema. Still why choose Kangana? Tamil film trade analyst N. Ramesh Bala says that it is a commercial film. There was a need for such a national face to be recognized in the whole country and also to have good acting. That’s why Kangana got a chance.
In Thalaivi, actress Bhagyashree is playing the role of Jayalalithaa’s mother and Arvind Swami is playing the role of MG Ramachandran.
Arvind and Bhagyashree on the big screen after years
After years of ‘Roja’ and ‘Bombay’, the audience of Hindi films, Arvind Swamy got M.G. Ramachandran in the role. Similarly, in Maine Pyar Kiya, Salman’s heroine Bhagyashree will return to the big screen as Jayalalithaa’s mother.
Web series Queen has been made on Jayalalithaa
The 2019 Tamil web series Queen was released, but Jayalalithaa’s character has been named as Shakti Seshadri. Ramya Krishnan, better known as Bahubali’s Sivagami, was in the lead role.
Tamil biopic made but not released
Another Tamil biopic on Jayalalithaa, The Iron Lady, has been made but not released. a. Jayalalithaa’s role is played by actress Nitya Menon in this film directed by Priyadarshini. Hindi audiences have seen Nitya Menon in Mission Mangal opposite Akshay Kumar and in the web series Breathe: Into the Shadows opposite Abhishek Bachchan.
Kangana gets awards, the film is not a hit
Kangana gets Critical Appreciation, National Awards too but her films don’t do well at the box office. The same thing happened with his last five films. Manikarnika’s earnings were average. Everything else was a flop.
Delay in release will increase competition
Producer Induri told that this film will not come on OTT. The film will be released in theaters simultaneously in all three languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Analyst Ramesh Bala told that stars like Tamil film Vijay Sethupathi (Master Film fame), Dhanush or Ajith Kumar are considered to be the guarantee of a film’s success. In such a situation, it is difficult to say the future of this film.
Whenever theaters open in the rest of India in the coming days, there will be a line-up of films like Sooryavanshi, 83, Chehre, Bellbottom, Bunty and Babli 2. It may prove difficult for Thalaivi to garner an audience among them.