The latest in line to join the long list of biopics that are to be made on AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa is director/producer Kethireddy Jagadishwara Reddy, President of Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvashakthi. Titled SasiLalitha - The Storm, the film will be produced under his own banner Jayam Movies.
Kethireddy Jagadishwara Reddy had previously directed Laxmi's Veeragrandham, a biopic on NTR, that is yet to release. The director has now announced that shooting for SasiLalitha - The Storm will begin in May and will be wrapped up by July this year.
The film’s first look poster shows morphed profiles of Jayalaithaa and Sasikala, her close aide, with Saiskala looking sinister in it. More details on the film’s cast and crew are yet to be announced. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
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Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been the top choice for directors planning on directing a biopic. Currently, there are two different projects being made on her - director A Priyadarshini’s The Iron Lady and director AL Vijay’s Thalaivi.
A Priyadarshini, who had previously worked as an associate to director Mysskin, will be making her directorial debut with this biopic.
It has been announced that popular actor Nithya Menen will be playing Jayalalithaa in Priyadarshini’s version and Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut has been roped in for AL Vijay’s project. Vijayendra Prasad, writer of Baahubali and Bajrangi Baijaan will supervise AL Vijay’s script of the film that will be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
In December 2017, Adithya Bharadwaj, producer of Y-star Cine and Television Private Ltd, had announced that a biopic on the late chief minister would be directed by veteran director Barathiraja. The film’s title was revealed as Thaai: Puratchi Thalaivi. No other updates have been made on this project.