Days after the release of Kangana Ranaut’s awaited magnum opus 'Thalaivii', the film’s co-writer, Rajat Arora has hinted at a possible sequel.
Touted as one of the biggest Bollywood releases amid an ongoing pandemic, Kangana's 'Thalaivii' is based on the life journey of the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa.
In an interview with Bollywood Life, Rajat revealed that the biopic was originally aimed at only showcasing Jayalalithaa’s journey from "Cinema to CM".
He said, "Politics is another chapter of her life over 20-30 years and cramming it within 15 minutes wouldn’t have done it justice. There was always the intention that if we want to show her (Jayalaithaa’s) journey ahead, then we’ll show it in part 2."
Rajat's comment comes after several film critics pointed out that the film did not show Jayalalithaa’s life after she became a CM.
Earlier, AIADMK leader and former minister D. Jayakumar said that 'Thalaivii' has some "factual errors".
Talking to media persons after watching the movie, directed by A. L. Vijay and having Arvind Swami and Nasser in prominent roles, at a Chennai theatre, Jayakumar said that the movie is a well-crafted one, except for a few scenes on former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder-leader, late M.G. Ramachandran, fondly known as MGR, as also on Jayalalithaa.
Citing a scene wherein MGR wanted to become a minister in the first DMK government led by C.N. Annadurai and that it was later Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi who blocked him, Jayakumar said that MGR had never sought positions.
He said that Annadurai wanted MGR to be made a minister but he he himself refused and was subsequently made deputy Chief of the Small Savings Department, which was a new post. Jayakumar said that after the passing away of Annadurai in 1969, it was MGR who suggested the name of Karunanidhi for the Chief Minister's post.
MGR and Karunanidhi subsequently parted ways in 1972 with the former announcing the formation of the AIADMK.
Jayakumar also said that there were scenes showing Jayalalithaa developing contacts with both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi without MGR's knowledge, and said that this was untrue and that she never went against her leader.
He said that there were also scenes where MGR was seen belittling Jaya, which was also not true.
The senior AIADMK leader said that if these scenes are removed from the movie, it would turn out into a super success, adding that he turned nostalgic on watching the movie.