Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who was last seen in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, made huge headlines on her birthday yesterday when it was announced that she would play former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a biopic titled Thalaiv. Now, fresh reports have it that the Queen actress will be paid a whopping Rs 24 crore for the film. If the reports are true, then Kangana Ranaut will be the highest paid Bollywood actor for any South venture.
"Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience. The producers have already signed a contract with her", a source was quoted as saying to PinkVilla.
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Sharing her feelings of being a part of Jayalalithaa Biopic, Kangana Ranaut recently said: "I always wanted to work in regional films because when we go to Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, we realise that people over there only watch films made by their local film industry. So there is a disconnect with that part of the country. I was waiting for a good opportunity to work over there and this film just came my way.
On whether she will learn Tamil for the film, she said: “Yes...Unless I fail miserably and they (the makers of the film) have to look for an option for my dubbing. But I will definitely learn the language.”
Reportedly, Vidya Balan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also considered for the role but the makers confirmed that the part will be played by Kangana. Even the actress is quite familiar with the life journey of Jayalalithaa and instantly agreed to be a part of the biopic. Directed by A. L. Vijay, the biopic is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad.
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut will be seen next in Mental Hai Kya opposite Rajkummar Rao as well as in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga.
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