Thalaivi: Arvind Swami joins the cast of J Jayalalithaa’s biopic, to portray MGR in Kangana Ranaut starrer

Tamil actor Arvind Swami, who is known for his performances in Roja and Bombay, has been roped in to portray MGR in J Jayalalithaa’s biopic Thalaivi starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead.
Thalaivi: Arvind Swami joins the cast of J Jayalalithaa’s biopic, to portray MGR in Kangana Ranaut starrer
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Kangana Ranaut, who is all set to play former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in her biopic Thalaivi, is quite excited about the movie. In fact, the actress has begun her extensive preparations and was seen undergoing a prosthetic look test for the same lately. Besides, Kangana is also learning Bharatanatyam and Tamil language. According to media reports, the much-talked-about biopic is expected to hit the floors in the first week of November.

But before Thalaivi begins to roll, there has been a new addition to its cast. Renowned Tamil actor Arvind Swami has been roped in to essay the quintessential role of the late actor-politician MG Ramachandran (popularly called as MGR) in the movie. For the uninitiated, MGR and Jayalalithaa was a superhit on-screen pair who worked in 28 box office hits between 1965 and 1973. Besides, he also played a pivotal role in Jayalalithaa’s political journey.

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And while Jayalalithaa’s story would be incomplete without MGR’s mention the makers wanted a talented actor to step into his shoes. “The makers needed a worthy actor to do justice to his role, another criterion was that the artiste is fluent in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Arvind satisfied both criteria. The unit will kick off Thalaivi's shoot with Kangana from the first week of November in Mysore, and Arvind will join her on November 15,” a source stated.

Confirming the news, producer Vishnu Induri was all praises for Arvind and called him a ‘perfectionist’ who suited the role completely. “We wanted someone who has a pan-India appeal, and resembles MGR. Arvind and Kangana's on-screen pair will be fresh. He took a lot of time to sign on the dotted line because he wanted to be sure that he could devote enough time to prep for the role,” he added.

This will not be Arvind’s first Bollywood movie. He is known for his performance in Mani Ratnam’s Roja (1992) and Bombay (1995). Besides, he was also seen in 2016 release Dear Dad.

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