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Arvind Swami roped in to play MGR in Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi


Instagram: Arvind Swami, Team Kangana Ranaut
Instagram: Arvind Swami, Team Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut will be portraying the role of Jayalalithaa in the biopic of the late actress-turned-politician. The biopic has been titled as Thalaivi and Kangana is leaving no stone unturned to be perfect in the role. Well, apart from the Kangana, the makers have roped in Arvind Swami to play a pivotal role in the movie.

The Roja actor will be seen portraying the character of MG Ramachandran (MGR) who also started his career as an actor and then later entered into politics. A source said, “MGR and Jayalalithaa starred in 28 box-office hits between 1965 and 1973. While the makers needed a worthy actor to do justice to his role, another criterion was that the artiste be fluent in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Arvind satisfied both criteria. The unit will kick off Thalaivi’s shoot with Kangana from the first week of November in Mysore, and Arvind will join her on November 15.”

In the movie, we will get to see how MGR became Jayalalithaa’s mentor when she forayed into politics through his party, AIADMK. Well, we simply can’t wait to watch Kangana and Arvind on the big screen together as both of them great performers. Swami’s last Bollywood film was 2016 release Dear Dad.

A couple of weeks ago, Kangana had visited Los Angeles for the measurements of the prosthetics that would require for the film. The actress’ team had posted the pictures of the same on Instagram.


Thalaivi will be directed by AL Vijay and produced by Shailesh R Singh. The makers have not yet officially announced the release date of the film, but it will be hitting the screens in 2020. Apart from Thalaivi, Kangana will be seen on the big screen next year in Panga and Dhaakad. While the former releases during Republic Day weekend next year, the latter is slated to release on Diwali 2020.