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Nithya Menen as Jayalalithaa and Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar as Sasikala in ‘The Iron Lady’

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Nithya Menen as Jayalalithaa and Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar as Sasikala in ‘The Iron Lady’

Ever since the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, there have been several reports about plans to make a biopic on her illustrious life. Already 3 filmmakers – AL Vijay, Bharathiraja and Priyadarshini have announced their projects. All three of them are currently in the pre-production phase.

Priyadarshini, a former associate of Mysskin, is making her directorial debut with this movie titled ‘The Iron Lady’. Nithya Menen will be playing Jayalalithaa’s part while Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar has been approached in to essay Sasikala’s role. The movie comes with the tagline ‘A story of revolutionary leader’. The makers have also quoted Hillary Clinton’s comment on Jayalalithaa in the poster, which reads, “She is an incomparable and strong determined leader, and she has been an embodiment of women empowerment.”

While Nithya Menen has already signed for her part, Varalaxmi is yet to give the nod as she is currently in Amsterdam. She is expected to sign the dotted lines once she returns back. The makers are also in talks with some other top actors and leading technicians. Since Jayalalithaa is a hugely popular figure in the Indian political arena, the movie requires extensive research works. The team is planning to go on floors on Jayalalithaa’s birthday, February 24, 2019.

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