Actor Arvind Swamy, best remembered for his roles in Mani Ratnam’s Roja and Bombay, is all set to play the late Tamil superstar and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran in the biopic Thalaivi, which casts Kangana Ranaut in the central role of the late J. Jayalalithaa.
“MGR and Jayalalithaa starred in 28 box-office hits between 1965 and 1973. While the makers needed a worthy actor to do justice to his role, another criterion was the artiste had to be fluent in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu,” a trade source privy to developments revealed.
“Arvind satisfied both criteria. The unit will kick off the shoot for Thalaivi with Kangana from the first week of November in Mysore, and Arvind will join her on November 15,” the source added.
Thalaivi is a multilingual film scheduled to go on floors after Diwali and an early schedule of shoot are slated to happen near Mysore in Karnataka. Kangana has been immersed in the preparations for her role as former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Recently, photographs doing the rounds of social media showed how the actress was meticulously undergoing prosthetic preparation to resemble the late Jayalalithaa.
Also, Kangana Ranaut has been attending Bharatnatyam classes regularly. It has now been revealed that Kangana will shoot a grand song for the film with over 100 background dancers.
Kangana Ranaut papped outside her Bharatnatyam classes
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The film is being directed by AL Vijay and is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R. It is scheduled to release next year.