Who Can Play Amma Jayalalithaa's Role Best?

  • 28 Mar 2019

Since the demise of former CM of Tamil Nadu, Amma Jayalalithaa, many directors have been contemplating making a biopic about her. 

Actresses Nayanthara, Vidya Balan, Nithya Menen, and many others were considered for her role. In the end, Nithya Menen was chosen by director Priyadarshini for the movie titled, 'The Iron Lady' while Ramya Krishnan was roped in for a 30-episode series by stylish director Gautham Menon. 

Now, reports are out that director AL Vijay has also joined the 'Amma-biopic-making-club' with Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut cast as Amma Jayalalithaa. Titled 'Thalaivi', the movie will be mainly shot in Tamil, but also released in Hindi as 'Jaya'. The script will be penned by KV Vijayendra Prasad, of Bahubali fame.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, actress Kangana has revealed that Amma's story is much similar to her own.

“I see parallels with my own journey in hers, but her success story is much bigger than mine. In the first narration itself, I could see myself doing the part because it came naturally to me. I could have gone ahead with my own biopic, but this was much more enticing," she said.

Well, Amma Jayalalithaa's story has not only enticed this Bollywood actress. Back in 2016, when Ramya Krishnan was asked her opinion on playing Amma, she said she was thrilled. This was her response:

 “On earlier occasions, many journalists have asked me about my dream role — I didn’t have an answer then. But now I can say that I want to portray Jayalalithaa madam and that is the dream role I would want to have in my career. Though it is a highly challenging feat, I will not hesitate to sign on the dotted line, provided a good filmmaker with a lot of sensibility and a well-made script approaches me. I am not in for those who just want to create noise. After all, Jaya madam is one of the most admired and revered ladies of our times. Amma was a bold and highly intelligent lady who was an inspiration to millions of women including me. And if I get an opportunity to reprise her, it is a very big honour for  me!”

Her dream came true after all.

Playing Amma Jayalalithaa is not going to be easy for any actress. Her transition from a South Indian actress famously paired with 'Makkal Thilagam' MGR to a revered political leader in Tamil Nadu is a story so grand that it requires a certain depth and calibre to play the role. 

It's undeniable that the Neelambari/Sivagami of Kollywood and 'Queen' Kangana are great actresses and will try their best to do justice to the role. ​However, we still think actress Nithya Menen is better suited as Amma, mainly because of the age factor and the resemblance. Nithya Menen has also captivated the audience at many instances with her natural and effortless acting. 

Well, only time will tell. Can't wait to watch the movie and series! 

Source: The Hans India, Hindustan TimesDeccan Chronicle
Photo Credit: Indiaglitz, Bollywood Jhakkas, Hindustan Times, Quora

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