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Ram Gopal Varma to make film on Jayalalithaa-Sasikala relationship, calls it Shashikala

RGV has made several movies -- two-part gangster movie Rakta Charitra, Not a Love Story, Killing Veerappan, The Attacks of 26/11 to a name a few -- which were inspired by real life characters and incidents.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: December 16, 2016 4:20:39 pm
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On the day it became official that Sasikala will become the General Secretary of the AIADMK and assume the powers and duties of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, director Ram Gopal Varma wasted no time in registering the title for his new film, Shashikala.

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In a series of tweets, he gave a glimpse of the plot of his just announced movie and explained the reasons behind choosing Shashikala as the title for his film on Jayalalithaa. “Just registered my new film title ‘Shashikala’ it’s the story of a very dearest closest friend of a politician and completely fictional,” he wrote on his Twitter page. “‘Shashikala’ is going to be a very very sincere from the heart Tamilan love story and absolutely nothing to with fictional non politics.”

He also said that he respects Sasikala bit more than Jayalalithaa. “Fictional non politics of Shashikala have a fundamental contradiction with highly truthful but assumed non truths of Jayalalitha. I immensely respect Jayalalitha but I honestly respect Shasikalaji a little bit much much much more,” he said.

“Jayalalitha ji respected Shasikala ji much more than she respected anybody else proves why I should call my film ‘Shasikala’,” he added.

The controversial director has made several movies — two-part gangster movie Rakta Charitra, Not a Love Story, Killing Veerappan, The Attacks of 26/11 to a name a few — which were inspired by real life characters and incidents.

The story between Jayalalithaa and Sasikala, indeed, makes for an engaging potboiler, especially the rise of a housewife, Sasikala, who became the power that guided the Amma of Tamil Nadu, is very intriguing.

It is said that Sasikala had raised a strong wall around Jayalalithaa separating her from the rest of the world. So much so that even powerful leaders who wanted to meet Jayalalithaa had to have the approval of Sasikala.

In the final years of Jayalalithaa, however, her relationship with Sasikala soured and she expelled her most trusted lieutenant and soul sister from her party. She cut all ties with her family members too, who had been living with Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence for several years.

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Shashikala, meanwhile, will be a take on Jayalalithaa but from the perspective of her close friend and soul sister, Sasikala. “Jayalalitha seen through the eyes of Shashikala is much more poetic and honest thought than seeing Jayalalitha only through Jayalalitha,” the filmmaker added.

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