Arvind Swamy is MGR in Vijay-Kangana’s Jayalalithaa biopic

The latest hot buzz in the media is that Arvind Swamy has been approached to play Tamil cinema’s veteran Superstar and late Chief Minister MGR a bio-pic on late CM J Jayalalithaa. Titled Thalaivi, Kangana Ranaut plays Jayalalithaa in the film directed by Vijay.

“MGR and Jayalalithaa starred in 28 box-office hits between 1965 and 1973. While the makers needed a worthy actor to do justice to his role, another criterion was the artiste had to be fluent in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu,” a trade source privy to developments revealed, according to “Bollywood Hungama”.

“Arvind satisfied both criteria. The unit will kick off the shoot for ‘Thalaivi’ with Kangana from the first week of November in Mysore, and Arvind will join her on November 15,” the source added.

Jayalalithaa’s first film with MGR was BR Panthalu’s Aayirathil Oruvan in 1965 and their last film together was Pattikaattu Ponnaiya in 1973. In between, they also co-starred in movies such as Adimai Penn (1969), Rahasya Police 115 (1968), Chandrodhayam (1966), Oli Vilakku (1968), Kadhal Vaganam (1968) and Kudiyiruntha Koyil (1968) to name a few.

MGR is considered an icon in Tamil Nadu. He was a superstar actor, director and politician. He served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 to 1987. He was also fondly known as Makkal Thilagam, which translates to ‘People’s King’.

Written by Vijayendra Prasad, the biopic will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. Vishnu Induri and Shailesh Singh are producing the Jayalalithaa biopic. Arvind Swamy got familiar with Telugu audience in 1990s with hits like Roja and Mumbai and was appreciated for his good looks and subtle performances.

While the makers needed a worthy actor to do justice to his role, another criterion was that the artiste be fluent in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Arvind Swamy satisfied both criteria.