Director Ravirathnam has announced that he would be making a biopic on the life and times of former Tamil Nadu chief-minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away mysteriously (in fact, she was declared ‘dead’ by Apollo Hospitals) on the night of 05th December, 2016 after spending more than 70 days at the hospital under the care of her former aide Sasikala who is cooling her heels in a Bangalore prison.
Ravirathnam, who once claimed that the script of superstar Rajinikanth’s K.S. Ravikuimar-directed Lingaa was his, has said that he had also finalized the actress to play Jayalalithaa on-screen. “I will reveal the film’s title and the actress only during the muhurat of the film to be held in May this year,” he told newsmen.
Jayalalithaa, nick-named by her followers and supporters as ‘Puratchithalaivi’ and who was often fondly referred to as ‘Amma’, led a life full of mystery, deceit and betrayal which came to light only after her demise. Prior to taking up active politics in early eighties, she was a successful heroine and had starred in the maximum number of films opposite her mentor and the late and legendary MGR.
“The film would be shot in almost all the 234 Assembly constituencies in the State,” Ravirathnam said, adding mischievously that movie-goers would have to wait for at least a couple of months to get to know the actress who would play Jayalalithaa.