It is the season of biopics, especially one that sees a lot of directors choosing to make a film on the late former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa. While nearly five biopics have been announced already, director Gautham Menon too, is said to be planning a TV series based on Jayalalithaa’s political journey.
According to reports, it is said that the director will focus on the political and personal life of the former AIADMK chief. It is also said that the series would feature Ramya Krishnan in the role of Jayalalithaa. Popular Malayalam actor Indrajith will be seen in the role of MGR, say reports. The series will be a 30-hour long one and the makers will be paying approximately Rs 1.25 crore to the director for each episode. The makers are also planning to rope in Ranjith and Vinith for pivotal roles.
A report in Filmi Beat said that the shoot of the series is currently progressing at AVM Studios and at present, sequences involving the popular interview between Simi Garewal and J Jayalalithaa are being shot. However, there is no official confirmation from the makers.
Meanwhile, the biopic helmed by director Priyadharshini titled The Iron Lady, starring Nithya Menen in the titular role, is all set to go on floors on February 24, 2019, the birthday of the politician. It is also said that talks are on for casting Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the role of VK Sasikala.
Directors AL Vijay, Bharathiraja and Lingusamy had earlier announced biopics on the late Chief Minister, but there has been no update on their progress.
Gautham Menon is also gearing up for the release of his much delayed Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta starring Dhanush, Megha Akash, Sasikumar and others. The film was initially scheduled for a Deepavali release, but was later postponed due to financial reasons. Earlier this month, the makers sent the film to the Censor board.