Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swamy, Nassar, Bhagyashree, Samuthrakani, Madhu Bala
Direction: AL Vijay
Cinematography: Vishal Vittal
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Editor: Anthony, Ballu Saluja
Biopic on Jayalalithaa, the actress turned politician who served five terms as the Chief Minister for the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The story starts when Jayalalithaa was just getting her start in the entertainment industry. To Jayalalithaa’s chagrin, her mother (Bhagyashree) is unwavering in her desire for her to pursue an acting career. In no time, she’ll be starring alongside Tamil matinee idol MJR in a film (Arvind Swamy, formerly known as MGR).
Despite his marriage to Janaki Ramachandran, MGR maintains a close relationship with Jayalalithaa. He ends up being a mentor and a lover to her in the end. When MJR decides to run for office, he is forced to end their relationship.
Many years later, he runs into her again and asks her to join him in politics. She accepts. It doesn’t take long for this woman, who has a keen mind and impressive leadership skills, to rise to the top in the face of enormous challenges. Upon her election, she has a profound effect on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
MLAs from the ruling party turn on Jayalalitha (Kangana Ranaut) after MJR’s death, displaying their sexism in the state capitol’s assembly hall. She promises in the Assembly Hall that she will only return if she is first elected Chief Minister. In the final moments of the film, CM is given the name of her new surname.
Despite her physical differences from the real-life queen, Kangana Ranaut conveys conviction as Jayalalithaa with her performance in ‘Jai Ho’. She is as believable as possible in the first half of the movie, but she also makes mistakes. Kangana Ranaut does a fantastic job as Jayalalithaa, and she’s a joy to watch throughout the film as we learn more about her life and character. The film’s portrayal of MGR by Aravind Swamy is riveting in every way. Aravind Swamy earns an A-plus if graded on a curve. This is one of his best recent performances. On the other hand, Samuthirakani exhibits exceptional intelligence for a human being his age. The fact that Nasser is Karunanidhi is not a problem at all. Madhoo does a fantastic job with her portrayal of Janaki Ramachandran. Madhoo is an outstanding performer.
To be successful, period pieces like this one must have impeccable cinematography, music, and artwork. The film’s cinematographer, Vishal Vittal, does an amazing job. Set design by Ramakrishna and Monika was superb. Collectively, they accomplished the feat of transporting the audience back in time. Sadly, this album’s songwriting and production both fall far short of the mark. The dialogue has been written in a unique way.
We’ve all heard a story, but we’ve never heard the life story. Seeing these words in the trailer for “Thalaivi,” the biopic of J Jayalalitha, the former actress turned politician, who plays herself in the film, was exciting to me. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, who served six terms in office, was a formidable figure. Her previous name was Puruchi Thalaivi (Revolutionary Leader). Her tumultuous political career is well-known. On the other hand, the movie simply reiterates what the public already knows about her political career. “Thalaivi” is a mashup of two different films. For the first half of the movie, she’s a filmmaker.
Viewers will be engrossed in a storey if they can follow the cinematic journey. A few chuckles are heard during the scenes involving Jayalalithaa and MGR. Furthermore, it demonstrates her devotion to him. There’s always drama when Jayalalitha and MGR’s trusted advisor go at it. A MGR assistant will even set fire to the film reels if an actress gets too close to him during a scene. Jayalalithaa is the target of his antics again and again. Fortunately, she’s able to stay out of harm’s way thanks to her deft strategy. There have been many turns in the Jayalalitha-MGR romance. However, there is a serious flaw in this portrayal of the situation.
We know nothing new about her life storey by the end of the movie. When it was all said and done, she was a national symbol in Tamil Nadu’s struggle against the patriarchal political system. Thalaivi depicts a few incidents from her life, but it doesn’t reveal much about who she is as a person over the long term. Only a small part of her life is depicted in the film. Only a sliver of her life has been depicted in the film (positive aspect).
An inside look at the superstar heroine’s relationship with MGR is provided in “Thalaivi,” which tells the storey of their courtship and eventual marriage. “Thalaivi” is a half-baked biopic with a few moving scenes, a few tedious sequences, and a slew of convenient shots.