Kangana Ranaut requests the makers to title J Jayalalithaa biopic as ‘Thalaivi’ across all languages

Kangana Ranaut is all set to star in J Jayalalithaa biopic directed by AL Vijay. Earlier, the biopic was titled Jaya in Hindi and Thalaivi in Tamil & Telugu. Kangana requested the makers to change the title to Thalaivi across all languages. Read to know more.
Kangana Ranaut requests the makers to title J Jayalalithaa biopic as ‘Thalaivi’ across all languages
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Kangana Ranaut is all set to step into the shoes of the late actress turned political stalwart J Jayalalithaa in her biopic. The Manikarnika actress has been excited about this role and is prepping hard to ace her accent as well as her mannerisms. The film is being helmed by AL Vijay and was announced a while back. J Jayalalithaa biopic is being made in multiple languages including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. For the same, Kangana is preparing to ace the role of the dynamic woman on screen. 

The film was titled Jaya in Hindi with its Tamil and Telugu counterparts were being called Thalaivi. However, Kangana recently requested the makers of J Jayalalithaa biopic to make the change to the title of the film and keep it Thalaivi in all languages to respect the ancient language. The Manikarnika actress put forth a number of reasons and explained that even a film like Kai Po Che kept the title in Gujarati despite being in Hindi. The Queen actress did this to respect the native language. 

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A source close to the developments revealed, "Director AL Vijay and the team had refrained from using Thalaivi as the title since they felt that the word would alienate audience beyond the South belt. However, Kangana recently had a word with the makers and pointed out that Bollywood films have often had titles that may not be necessarily Hindi, but have stayed true to the film's milieu. An example being Kai Po Che (2013), that derived its title from the Gujarati phrase and went wonderfully with the story.”

The actress even suggested that the Hindi version can have a tagline like Jaya or Jayalalithaa to avoid any confusion. While the makers are considering the suggestion given by Kangana, the actress is busy learning Bharatanatyam for her retro song for the film in which there will be over 100 background dancers. J Jayalalitha biopic is slated to go on floors by the end of October. 

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