Kangana Ranaut and Thalaivii poster (Source: Instagram | angkanganaranaut)
Actress and producer Kangana Ranaut he has surpassed his craft on screen time and time again. And I have to say that Kangana knows how to win hearts through her movies. His latest appearance on the big screen is with Thalaivii and the actress is ready to blow your mind once again. The biographical film of Jayalalithaa, directed by AL Vijay, written by Rajat Arora, and jointly produced by Vibri Motion Pictures and Karma Media and Entertainment is scheduled to release this Friday (September 10).
And with this movie, Kangana will surprise you again. Thalaivii narrates the life of the deceased J. Jayalalithaa was an actress turned politician who served as Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu six times. With such an interesting life turned into a story, the movie is truly a pleasure to watch. And before I tell you my thoughts on the movie, check out the trailer here:
This is what I like about the movie:
1. Kangana Ranaut as Thalaivii
Kangana has done a fabulous job playing the role of the late Jayalalithaa. The actress has perfected every nuance, expression and body language of the political actor. From start to finish, not for a moment will you feel like you are watching Kangana on celluloid. With brilliant dialogue delivery throughout the scenes, Kangana has literally gotten under the character’s skin. In fact, there are times in the movie when you want to get up from your seat and whistle. That’s the kind of spark it produces on the screen. She will completely move you with the difficulties of her character. This is one of Kangana’s best performances and he has done her justice in every possible way.
2. Arvind Swami as MG Ramachandran
So much has been made of Jayalalithaa and MGR’s relationship that it was essential that the creators treat it sensibly, considering they were making a biopic. And the director has done just that. What was the cherry on the cake, was it Arvind swamiPerformance as MGR. You can totally feel the vibes of MGR stardom when Arvind appears on the screen. Arvind Swami has reflected the various dilemmas of the MGR character quite effectively. The chemistry between Jayalalithaa and MGR makes you understand why they said what they said, that’s the kind of finesse that Arvind brings to the character.
3. A brilliant story
For someone who has always been curious to know about the late Jayalalithaa, this is one of the best biographies out there and it gives you a perfect insight into her life. She captures every element of her life appropriately, from the actress, a rising leader to becoming the CM, the character transition goes smoothly and with the director, credit goes to Kangana too. Every aspect has been captured very well. The dialogue in the film is shocking, some scenes are brilliantly done, so much so that you will connect with them as an audience. MGR’s funeral scene is so well shot, that you can feel all the feelings in it and you feel for the central character.
I would like to give a special mention to the actor. Raj arjun who has played RM Veerappan in the movie. He’s done a fantastic job rehearsing his part, in fact his character’s graphic is so good that it adds to the narrative and moves the story forward. He will make you hate him, but his severity is what stands out, making him an integral part of the story.
Things that could have been better:
1. The length of the movie.
Thalaivii it’s a very long movie. Of course, being a biopic, with several aspects to take advantage of when considering personality, it would have been challenging in terms of the length of the story. But if it could have been handled in some way, the sharper version could have been even better.
Editing is a bit unsatisfactory, especially in the first half. While there is a build-up, but by the time you sink your teeth into the scene, it’s over. Especially when you have such brilliant performances and shocking scenes, a little more attention to this aspect could have improved the viewing experience.
3. The trailer gives more than expected
Many good parts of the movie have already been distributed in the trailer. As an audience, seeing a shocking trailer like this made me expect even more dhamaaka in the movie. While he checks most of the boxes, the climax is what leaves me wanting more. One reason is that the climax is such a shocking scene, that the creators could have saved it for the movie, rather than using it in the trailer.
However, the movie is a must see! Like I said before, it is one of the best biopics ever made and Kangana has done a fabulous job. She deserves all the accolades that come her way after this one. You must surely watch this incredible life story unfold.
My Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Co-writer: Nawaz Kochra