Kangana Ranaut is gearing up for one of the most challenging projects of her career: Thalaivi, a biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa. Directed by AL Vijay, the biopic will release in three languages - Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.
Reportedly, Kangana’s Thalaivi has run into trouble as J Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa, has been granted permission to file a civil suit against the makers of the film. The grant comes after she moved the Madras High Court earlier this month, seeking a stay on two projects on Jayalalithaa’s personal and political journey- Thalaivi as well as a web-series directed by Gautham Menon.
Deepa can now sue Thalaivi director AL Vijay and states that neither Vijay nor Menon took her consent and that they do not have any legal right to depict the life of Jayalalithaa on celluloid. She added that she wants the makers to seek her permission and submit the entire script to her, reports Hindustan Times.
The first look of Thalaivi dropped last week and had become a meme material as netizens trolled the makers for the heavy prosthetics used for Kangana in the first poster.
However, Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel defended the actress and put up a tweet in her support stating, “Anyone who has got eyes can see the brilliance of prosthetic work baki samosa gang is there jo din ko raat aur raat ko din kehte hain, they are inconsequential.”
While Kangana opted for heavy prosthetics to achieve the desired look for the biopic, she failed to gain weight for this role. Recently, the actress revealed taking hormone pills to gain weight on her thighs and around her belly.
The trilingual biographical film, Thalaivi, is slated to release on 20 February 2020.