In a recent interview with a leading media house, director Vijay publicized that Kangana Ranaut has gained nearly 10 kilograms to play Jayalalithaa, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in Thalaivi.
Director Vijay, who has directed Deiva Thirumagal, Madrasapattinam, and the Devi franchise, said in a statement, “Kangana ma’am is an honest actor and an inspiring personality. I am amazed by her dedication. It’s rare to find a top Bollywood star like her gaining 10 kilos for a role. On the sets, she shows the utmost involvement in everything she does. For example, we got her trained in classical dance for the film. She has aced those portions.”
Vijay also adds stating Kangana Ranaut is a marvelous actor. “She doesn’t go to the caravan at all. Since Kangana ma’am is a director herself, she asks relevant questions and comes up with suggestions,” said Vijay.
Kangana had enrolled herself in Bharatnatyam classes as part of her prep for her role. She was also reported to have spent hours on prosthetic make-up sessions and also learnt some Tamil. Apart from Kangana, the film also stars Arvind Swami as MGR. It is scheduled to release in 2020.