‘There may be nepotism in south but no bullying’: Thalaivi star Kangana Ranaut


On the eve of her thirty fourth birthday, actor Kangana Ranaut received her fourth National Award for her performances in movies Panga and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. And at this time, to make her birthday extra particular, the trailer of her upcoming multilingual movie Thalaivi was unveiled at a media occasion in Chennai.

Kangana has essayed the position of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who additionally made a dent in the historical past of Indian cinema earlier than she gravitated in the direction of electoral politics. The upcoming biopic movie will hint her humble beginnings and her rise as a strong regional satrap in Tamil Nadu politics.

“Thalaivi is the main focus of my life right now. This journey would not have started if Vijayendra Prasad sir had not recommended me for this role. That was a first as I usually get recommended to be thrown out of films,” mentioned Kangana whereas speaking in regards to the movie.

She additionally revealed that she thought that she was the flawed selection for the movie, when KV Vijayendra Prasad, who has written this movie, approached her. Her doubts had been attributable to her unfamiliarity with the politics and cinema of Tamil Nadu, she mentioned.

“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’?” she recalled.

Kangana famous that her co-stars and filmmakers made her really feel at residence whereas engaged on Thalaivi. “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,” she mentioned.

While thanking Arvind Swami, she appreciated him for doing this movie. “Not many big heroes are keen to work in women-centric films, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she mentioned, including “in future, I hope, many male superstars will support women-centric films even in Hindi films.”

Kangana heaped praises on her director AL Vijay. “I really fall short of words when I talk about him. The mere thought of him brings a smile to my face wherever I am. The first time when we met, we were doing a make-up test in California. And he was just surviving on water. Because he can’t eat even in places where there is a trace of cruelty. He got me intrigued as I thought he was a very strange person,” she recalled.

She turned very emotional whereas speaking about her expertise “But, when I got to know the real him, never in my life, I met a man, who did not make me feel apologetic about my talent. He is the one person who made me feel good about my talent. Especially the camaraderie they show with a male hero, they never show with an actress. But, as a director, I learned from him, how to treat actors and how to show creative partnership,” he mentioned.

The actor later tweeted, “I call myself Babbar Sherni cause I never cry I never give anyone the privilege of making me cry, don’t remember when I cried last but today I cried and cried and cried and it feels so good #ThalaiviTrailer.”

Vijay additionally had equally wonderful issues to say about his collaboration with Kangana. “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,” he mentioned.

Perhaps, to avoid any controversy throughout an election season in Tamil Nadu, Vijay clarified that he has not combined his politics with this movie. “We have made a film about a very big leader. We wanted to make a film that would simply justify her status as an icon. We didn’t see it as a political film. We just wanted to show a woman’s journey in this male-dominated world. It is just a story of a great woman leader,” he emphasised.

Besides Kangana and Arvind Swami, the movie additionally stars Prakash Raj, Samuthirakani, Thambi Ramaiah and others. Thalaivi is due in cinemas on April 23.


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