'Jayalalithaa wasn't like me, she was glamorous like Aishwarya Rai'

'Jayalalithaa wasn't like me, she was glamorous like Aishwarya Rai'

The versatile, outspoken and talented actress Kangana Ranaut, who is fully occupied with her next long-awaited flick Thalaivi spoke about her role and the homework she had to do for the film. The actress will be seen essaying the role of actor-turned-politician J Jayalalithaa in the biopic and Kangana said that she did a lot of research to portray Jayalalithaa's role.

"Jayalalithaa was definitely not like me. She was a more glamorous star. Somebody like Aishwarya Rai in Bollywood. It was a very big challenge to fit into those shoes because I'm not known as a glamorous star," Kangana said. But, she also stressed on a few points that are common between her and Jayalalitha. "She was a very reluctant actor. It is the same with me. I never wanted to be an actor, and that is why we became very unusual actors."

Also, she compared how both of them chose an alternative profession apart from films, in spite of being established actors. "I think she always felt that she was worth much more than just being a glam doll and hence, became a politician. Even I became a filmmaker because I felt that being an actress was not my borderline. So, I think there are parallels."

Kangana also highlighted the point of how Jayalalitha longed for a family, and for a child. "There was a time in my life also when I longed for a family. Some of the married people took advantage of that. There are scenes in Thalaivi with an actor who is married, and who promises marriage and then goes back on his word." These words surely reminds us of Kangana's ugly brawl with one of the Bollywood's superstars.

Directed by AL Vijay, Thalaivi has been written by Baahubali and Manikarnika writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and The Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai writer Rajat Arora. This much-anticipated biopic will hit theatres on June 26, 2020.