Actors Shamna Kasim, aka Poorna, and Madhoo have joined the cast of Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi. Directed by AL Vijay, the film stars Kangana Ranaut in the titular role. Poorna will play the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s aide and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AAMK) leader Sasikala. According to reports, Priyamani was considered for the role but declined due to a clash in dates. Madhoo has been signed on to play VN Janaki, the wife of former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) founder MG Ramachandran.
Delighted to announce that I am now officially part of Thalaivi Movie, directed by @DirectorALVijay Sir. It's truly a wonderful opportunity to be associated with the biopic of the Iron Lady J Jayalalitha ma'am and to work alongside #KanganaRenaut, @thearvindswami, @prakashraaj pic.twitter.com/pRtvk3k8ga— Poorna (@shamna_kasim) February 22, 2020
Arvind Swami will play MG Ramachandran in the film. The Roja actor earlier shared photos recreating two of MGR’s iconic stances, and many fans observed that the resemblance is spot on.
On 24 February, Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary, Rangoli Chandel shared a new look of Kangana as the AIDMK leader in her younger days. She is dressed in a plain white sari with a red bindi in the photo.
Transformation without prosthetics or any effects pic.twitter.com/g3RHBiosiz— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) February 24, 2020
Thalaivi releases on 26 June.
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