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Jayalalithaa biopic: Producer says Vidya Balan was never approached, Kangana was the first choice

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It was in March this year when Kangana Ranaut had announced that she will be starring in the former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s biopic ‘Thalaivi’. Interestingly in one of her recent interviews, Vidya Balan revealed that she was offered Jayalalithaa biopic. However, Balan chose to do Indira Gandhi biopic instead.

Interestingly the producer of ‘Thalaivi’ has an altogether different story to tell. Producer Shaailesh R. Singh putting all the rumours of Kangana replacing Vidya in Jayalalithaa biopic has issued a statement.

Clarifying that Kangana was always their first choice, Singh told IANS,  “As a producer, I never approached her (Vidya Balan) and I can say this on the record. I know the news emerged that she was doing the film, but when our writer KV Vijayendra Prasad narrated the story to me, I felt Kangana was the right casting for the role. So as producer and Vijayendra as a writer did not approach anyone else. If anyone else before us had approached any other actress, I am not aware of that.”

He further added, “With the new team of producer, director and writer, it has been mutually decided that Kangana will play Jayalalithaa.” Helmed by AL Vijay, ‘Thalaivi’ will be a multi-lingual project.

Meanwhile, Vidya had said that she is happy about Kangana doing Jayalalithaa biopic. However, if the producer is saying that he never approached Balan and then which Jayalalithaa biopic she was referring to?

Interestingly, Vidya and Kangana have always openly expressed their mutual admiration for each other.

Also Read: Kangana Ranaut spills the beans on the upcoming Jayalalithaa biopic ‘Thalaivi’

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