Kangana Ranaut is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with and an actress of high calibre. But it is just her bad luck that her films almost always land in controversy for something or the other. Her last project to have raised eyebrows was the Rajkummar Rao-starrer Judgementall Hai Kya. Now, Kangana’s upcoming film Thalaivi – the biopic of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa – which sees her essaying the lead role, has come under fire. According to multiple news outlets, the Madras High Court granted the late leader’s niece Deepa permission to file a civil suit against film’s cast and crew.
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Deepa has been allowed to sue director Al Vijay of Thalaivi as well as the makers of other projects on Jayalalithaa’s life. This comes after she moved the Madras High Court earlier this month, seeking a stay order on two projects in the making on Jayalalithaa’s personal and political journey. These include Thalaivi as well as a web series directed by Gautham Menon.
Deepa said in her affidavit that neither Vijay nor Menon took her consent, and that they do not have any legal right to depict the life of Jayalalithaa on screen. She added that she wants Kangana and her Thalaivi team to seek her permission and submit the entire script to her.
The first look posters and teaser of Thalaivi were released last week. The video began with Kangana recreating Jayalalithaa’s iconic song from the 1965 Tamil blockbuster Vennira Aadai and cut to a shot of her at a political rally. The biopic will trace her journey from films to politics. While Kangana was slammed for undergoing prosthetics for the film, her sister and manager Rangoli Chandel came out in her support. “Anyone who has got eyes can see the brilliance of prosthetic work baki samosa gang is there jo din ko raat aur raat ko din kehte hain, they are inconsequential,” she said. “So much positive feedback is amazing yes there will always be jealous haters but love is so much more than the hate.”