‘Thalaivi’ is a biopic on the iconic political leader and actress J Jayalalitha. Her rise from being a glamour actress to the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu is an inspiring tale. ‘Thalaivi’, directed by Tamil filmmaker Vijay, has Kangana Ranaut essaying the role of Jayalalitha.
The trailer has showcased Jayalalitha’s journey from cinema to politics, from being a lover of MGR to becoming the Chief Minister. The story is penned by ‘Baahubali’ writer Vijeyendra Prasad.
In 1989 in the Tamilnadu assembly, some DMK MLAs pulled out loose end of Jayalalitha’s saree. She was also physically assaulted. The writers of ‘Thalaivi’ have compared this incident to Draupadi’s character in Mahabharat. Kangana utters, “Aa Mahabharataniki Inko Peru Undi. Jaya (The Mahabharat has another name: Jaya).”
Arvind Swamy played the role of MGR, Jayalalitha’s mentor.