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Thalaivi trailer release launch updates: ‘Kangana’s fifth National Award is on its way,’ says director

Thalaivi trailer release live updates: The video is being launched on Kangana Ranaut's 34th birthday. Thalaivi traces the journey of legendary actor-politician J Jayalalithaa from films to politics.

Written by Arushi Jain , Sampada Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | New Delhi |
Updated: March 23, 2021 9:45:03 pm
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The J Jayalalithaa’s biopic, titled Thalaivi, will hit the theaters on April 23. Before the film’s release, the makers are all set to release its trailer today, on the occasion of its lead actor Kangana Ranaut’s 34th birthday. Thalaivi trailer comes a day after Kangana won the National Film Award for her performance in Manikarnika and Panga. This is her fourth National Award.

Announcing the trailer release date on social media, Kangana, who essays the titular role in the movie, wrote on Twitter, “One day to go for the trailer launch of #Thalaivi Gaining 20 kgs and losing it all back within a span of few months wasn’t the only challenge that I faced while filming this Epic Biopic, wait is getting over just in few hours Jaya will be your forever.”

Thalaivi traces the journey of legendary actor-politician Jayalalithaa from films to politics. Also starring Arvind Swami as MG Ramachandran, Prakash Raj as M Karunanidhi, Jisshu Sengupta as Sobhan Babu and Bhagyashree as Jayalalithaa’s mother Sandhya, the multi-lingual film is produced by Vishnu Vardhan and Shailesh R Singh. It is directed by AL Vijay and penned by celebrated writer KV Vijayendra Prasad. Poorna and Madhoo play pivotal roles in the film.

Kangana gained 20kgs to get into the skin of actor-turned-politician Jayalalithaa. For the actor, the film is her ‘most ambitious project’. Earlier, she mentioned how she did every possible thing to execute the character of Jayalalitha to perfection. Taking to Twitter, Kangana wrote, “I played the first superhuman girl on Indian screen, thanks to my body, a rare combination of dainty yet strong looking. In my 30s, I had to gain 20 kgs for Thalaivi and do Bharatanatyam, it left my back severely damaged but no bigger gratification than to play a role to perfection.”

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Follow latest updates about Thalaivi trailer launch

21:45 (IST)23 Mar 2021
‘I am told that I want to become a politician, it’s not like that’

"For me, the world of politics is quite unknown. If today, I talk about the country, nationalism, farmers or laws which directly affect me, I’m told that I want to become a politician, it’s not like that. I react to everything as a citizen. I’ve no connection with politics, at all," shared Kangana Ranaut at the trailer launch.

21:17 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Kangana on releasing Thalaivi during the pandemic

Kangana spoke about releasing the film during the pandemic and said, "Audiences are ready. Maybe the films that are coming aren't performing to their full potential but it's not that they are underperforming. They are definitely making a good impact. We have to collectively fight it, the vaccine is also here and we still have four weeks. We are very hopeful that it will improve and we will have 100 percent occupancy in theatres. Maybe in a few areas, we don't have that but we are prepared for it."

21:09 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'I thank everyone for such a great response'

"This film is very important. I get a lot of strong characters but deep down I know that I have borrowed their lives, their achievements. Jayalalithaa has gone through this entire journey, this is her life, and I will always be indebted to her. People almost consider her God in Tamil Nadu, and even though I don't belong from there, people have accepted me wholeheartedly. I had thought people would criticise me, especially from the south, as we always point fingers at how actors from the region are not signed for these specific roles. During Manikarnika, people felt a Marathi should have played the part. I thank everyone for such a great response," said the Thalaivi actor.

21:07 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'It's so surprising that I actually started to look exactly like Jaya Maa,' says Kangana

"I never thought there are similarities between us. When I met Vijay sir we felt (me and Jayalalithaa) are poles apart. My frame work is skinny, I have angular jawline and cheekbones. We went to America and did a lot of tests and Vijay sir wasn't impressed with any of the (look) tests. At the time, I was researching her and watching her films. So, for the young age, I started gaining weight as she was curvaceous and beautiful. You won't believe it's so surprising that I actually started to look exactly like Jaya Maa. It was another strange thing that I experienced. It was either her blessing or a desire that this film should get made. I was just a medium," shared Kangana at the launch.

20:59 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'My interactions are real,' says Kangana

Kangana Ranaut shared at the launch, "I personally feel that a lot of things that I do and say are for light-hearted interactions, but people are so serious in life that don't get it. Many times I criticise people and talk about what has pained me, but I am also very comfortable about meeting them after that because my interactions are real, many people cannot do that."

20:53 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'I thought Kangana would be perfect for the role'

Thalaivi writer Vijendra Prasad said at the trailer launch, "Usually, the writer is asked to not say anything about the movie, so I will not tell you what is in the movie, I'll tell you what is not in the movie. When I was writing the story, I thought Kangana would be perfect for the role, however approaching her was a task, but since she had some trust on me as I also wrote Manikarnika, she told me that she doesn't know anything about Thailaivi, so I told her just be Thailaivi, don't act. And she is perfect, she is such a blessed performer, thanks for giving your best to the film."

20:45 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Kangana Ranaut's fifth National Award is on its way'

"All the comments we are getting suggest that Kangana Ranaut's fifth National Award is on its way. She is the pride of Indian cinema, and I feel blessed to witness her brilliant performance," said director AL Vijay.

20:40 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Kangana is better than the best in Thalaivi'

"Thalaivi is a very emotional movie for us. We have experienced Jayalalitha Amma's life, and hence we wanted to get a Tamil/Telugu director for this film, and he has really brought the best out of Kangana, she is the best, but she is better than the best in Thalaivi," shared Brinda Prasad at the trailer launch in Mumbai.

20:15 (IST)23 Mar 2021
When Kangana had to put on 20 kgs for Thalaivi

Kangana had earlier shared on social media, "I played the first superhuman girl on Indian screen, thanks to my body, a rare combination of dainty yet strong looking. In my 30s, I had to gain 20 kgs for Thalaivi and do Bharatanatyam, it left my back severely damaged but no bigger gratification than to play a role to perfection."

19:42 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Bhagyashree on Kangana's performance in Thalaivi

"It was a pleasure watching your portrayal of #Jayalalithaa ....you did complete justice with your effort. #Thalaivi," shared Bhagyashree on Twitter as she praised Kangana's performance.

19:19 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Kangana Ranaut on director AL Vijay

Kangana wrote a note for director AL Vijay where she mentioned, "Through so many ups and downs, I never saw a hint of anger, insecurity or despair in you. Spoke to people who know you for decades and when they speak about you their eyes light up. You are not a human, you are a devta. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and know that I miss you."

18:59 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Watch Thalaivi trailer here

18:20 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Kangana on her experience in the south film industry

"In the south Indian film industry, I have noticed that there might be nepotism. But, there is no group-ism or gang-ism. There is no subjecting outsiders to bullying. They are very inclusive of people who come from outside. With the kind of love and encouragement I have experienced here, I don’t want to leave. I am here now. I hope to do many more films here," Kangana said at the trailer launch.

17:37 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Not many big heroes are keen to work in women-centric films'

Kangana spoke about working with Arvind Swami at the trailer launch and said, "Not many big heroes are keen to work in women-centric films, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In future, I hope, many male superstars will support women-centric films even in Hindi films."

17:17 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Madhur Bhandarkar on Thalaivi trailer

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote on Twitter, "Wow wow just brilliant fantastic #ThalaiviTrailer Goosebumps throughout. Best wishes to the entire team. So looking forward to see."

16:56 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Kangana has given everything for this film'

"I think I can call her a legend. She has already seen everything. I really feel blessed to have worked with her, honestly. Her knowledge of understanding of cinema and understanding of screenplay is phenomenal. She knew what was the next scene or emotion better than I did. She was very thorough with the entire script. She gained weight, she lost weight. I think she has given everything for this film," said director AL Vijay about Kangana Ranaut.

16:35 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Never fail to impress with your choice of films'

Mrunal Thakur shared on Twitter, "Never fail to impress with your choice of films! Congratulations @KanganaTeam for an epic trailer! Wishing you luck, can still feel the goosebumps!" To this, Kangana replied, "Thakur saab .... thanks."

16:16 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Aditi Raval on Thalaivi trailer

"woah .. Fab trailer #Thalaivi 👏🏼👏🏼  @KanganaTeam this looks super promising and looking forward to it @rajatsaroraa- fan of your writing skills ✍️ 👌🏼 looks like  #KanganaRanaut will surely get one more #NationalAward for this," content creator Aditi Rawal shared on Twitter. 

15:55 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'I felt I was not good for the role'

At the trailer launch of Thalaivi, Kangana Ranaut revealed that she thought that she was the wrong choice for the film, when KV Vijayendra Prasad, who has written this film, approached her. She said, “So I asked Vijayendra Prasad sir, why do you think I will be good in that role? And it gets tricky for me to say no to him. I felt I was not good for that role and I should not do it. And I told him, it will be a big disaster. If the casting is wrong, the film will go only downhill after that. But, the way he was confident about me, gave me a lot of strength. And I said to myself, ‘why not, let’s try it’?” 

15:38 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Kangana Ranaut's new look from Tejas unveiled

While fans showered praise on Thalaivi's trailer, the makers of her upcoming film Tejas revealed new stills from the movie on her birthday. The actor plays an air force officer in the film.

Also read | Tejas: Kangana Ranaut’s new look as air force officer lands on her birthday

In an interview, Thalaivi director AL Vijay had opened up about his approach towards the Kangana Ranaut-starrer. He said, “Our biopic intends to celebrate madam Jayalalithaa. At the same time, we aim to give a good cinematic experience to the audience. She was a warrior woman, and her story deserves to be told. The film is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad sir, who penned Baahubali and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. As a team, we are aware that screen adaptations of the lives of the famous tread a fine line—what and what not to show. I am eternally grateful to J Deepak, nephew of madam Jayalalithaa, who has given us the ‘green signal’.”

Thalaivi was granted the status of an official biopic, and the makers received a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the late Chief Minister’s nephew Deepak Jayakumar.

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