Thalaivi: Arvind Swamy looks strikingly similar to MGR!
Director AL Vijay is currently biopic on the biopic of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The film titled as ‘Thalaivi’ has Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is playing the lead. The makers had earlier released a first look and teaser which were subjected to severe trolls for the shoddy makeup. Kangana’s face did not have any resemblance to the late leader and the awfully done makeup and bad prosthetics did not help either.
The makers of ‘Thalaivi’ seem to have learnt a lesson as they have got Arvind Swamy to play the role of MGR, the legendary actor-turned-politician. A couple of his photos from the sets have been released and Swamy bears a striking resemblance to MGR. Add to that, the veteran’s solid acting skills, the character seems to be in safe hands.
Kangana and Arvind Swamy will be sharing screen space for the first time. It must be noted that MGR and Jayalalithaa were very close to each other right from their acting days. They had starred in 28 hit films between 1965 and 1973. Moreover, it was MGR who introduced Jayalalithaa to the world of politics.
‘Thalaivi’ is being made in Tamil as well as Hindi. It is scripted jointly by ‘Baahubali’ writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and Rajat Arora. The story, which spans several decades, will shed light on how MGR became Jayalalithaa’s mentor as she forayed into the world of politics through his party. The film has Vishal Vittal cranking the camera and music composed by GV Prakash.
Vishnu Induri and Shaailesh R Singh are jointly producing the film. It is scheduled to hit screens worldwide on June 26, 2020.