The makers of Thalaivi, the upcoming biopic on the life and journey of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, have unveiled the first look poster and teaser of the film. The film stars Kangana Ranaut, who looks unrecognizable as the political leader.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the poster and teaser on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “First look poster… Kangana Ranaut in #Jayalalitha biopic… Titled #Thalaivi… Directed by Vijay… Produced by Vishnu Induri and Shailesh R Singh… 26 June 2020 release,” he wrote in his tweet.
The poster shows Kangana with thick prosthetic makeup on her face, perfecting Jayalalithaa’s ‘victory sign’ and soft smile, She is seen in a green saree with a green jacket on top. A smaller, inset picture shows Kangana as a younger Jayalalithaa when she used to be a film actor.
The teaser begins with a scene from a film’s sets when she would be a ‘superstar heroine’. It transforms into a scene from the political rally with multiple people cheering for her in the crowd.
Producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri, who is also producing 83, says, “I am excited to show this story of an actor turn politician, which is based on one of India’s most loved and followed public figures. Thalaivi is a very dear project to all of us as it is a story that needs to be told. And the way, Kangana has slipped into the character, is simply amazing. Can’t wait to present this film to the audience.”
Kangana recently admitted that she finds it difficult to learn the Tamil language. She added that she is learning the language as per the demand of the film’s script. “I am finding it difficult to learn Tamil. This film will be released in Hindi and Tamil, so we will do something about it. Obviously, I have to mug up those dialogues because Tamil is not an easy language. Earlier, I was trying to learn the complete Tamil language because I have learned English as well, but now I am learning Tamil as per the demand of film’s script,” said Kangana, while interacting with the media at an event.
Kangana started shooting for Thalaivi on November 10. Apart from learning Tamil, Kangana enrolled herself in Bharatnatyam classes for her role. She was also reported to have spent hours on prosthetic makeup sessions.
Thalaivi is being directed by A L Vijay. Apart from Kangana, only Arvind Swami’s name has been confirmed in the cast. The film is scheduled to release in 2020 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.