The biopic of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, with actress Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, has run into trouble with Madras High Court granting the late leader’s niece Deepa permission to file a civil suit against the makers of the film, reports Hindustan Times.
Deepa can now sue director AL Vijay of Thalaivi as well as the makers of other projects on Jayalalithaa’s life. Earlier this month as well she moved Madras High Court seeking a stay on two projects in the making on Jayalalithaa’s personal and political journey – Thalaivi as well as a web-series directed by Gautham Menon.
Reportedly, Deepa said in her affidavit that neither Vijay nor Menon took her consent, and that they do not have any legal right to depict the life of Jayalalithaa on celluloid.
Earlier, Kangana Ranaut’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel had come down heavily on netizens who have trolled the Bollywood actress's look as late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in the latter's upcoming biopic, "Thalaivi".
"Anyone who has got eyes can see the brilliance of prosthetic work baki samosa gang is there jo din ko raat aur raat ko din kehte hain, they are inconsequential," claimed Rangoli on Twitter, in response to the countless memes and negative jibes that have come Kangana's way, ever since the first look poster was released online on Saturday, along with a teaser of the film, reports Hindustan Times.
While substantial hype had been created over Kangana's prosthetic preparation for the role in the US, once the first look was revealed, many on social media were far from impressed. Rather than Jayalalithaa, the look was compared by netizens, in turns, to Anil Kapoor's obese avatar in "Badhai Ho Badhai", and ever Smriti Irani.
"Thalaivi" also features Arvind Swami, and the film directed by Vijay is slated to open on 26 June next year.
(With Inputs from IANS)
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