HC seeks explanation from Vijay, Gautham Menon on Jaya bio-pic

The Madras High Court on Tuesday while hearing a case filed by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa, has called for responses to be filed by the respondents – directors AL Vijay and Gautham Vasudev Menon.

Vijay is planning a movie titled Thalaivi starring Kangana Ranaut as Jayalalithaa. Gautham Vasudev Menon has made a web series on the former CM starring Ramya Krishnan in the titular role.

Deepa Jayakumar, niece of Jayalalithaa filed a plea last week that the directors should get the consent of the family as the film also has portrayed the private life of Jayalalithaa.

On hearing the plea, Madras High Court (MHC) has sent notice to director Gautham Vasudev Menon who is directing a web series titled Queen on the politician’s life starring Ramya Krishnan. A notice has also been sent to director AL Vijay who is directing a film titled Thalaivi (starring Kangana Ranaut) in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Both Thalaivi and Queen’are based on the life of Jayalalitha and J Deepa had claimed that the directors were making these movies and series without seeking approval and that they might project Jayalalitha in a faulty way in their projects.

Justice Kalyanasundaram, who heard the case, ordered for notices to be sent to AL Vijay and Gautham Vasudev Menon and the two are expected to send their responses by the next hearing that has been scheduled on November 14.

Earlier, J Deepak, Deepa’s brother had reacted to Gautham Menon’s announcement, adding that the filmmaker will have to receive permission from him and his sister before making a film on his aunt’s personal life.

Submitting that she was a legal heir of the late AIADMK chief, Deepa in a civil suit claimed that Vijay, producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Gautham did not have any legal right to produce the movie on the life and times of Jayalalithaa.

Contending that the filmmakers might portray the life of her aunt and that of her as well in their own version, Deepa said it might affect her privacy and that of her family.