Thalaivi: Director AL Vijay opens up about casting Arvind Swami as MGR

Director AL Vijay has been working on Thalaivi, a biopic on late CM of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, for nearly two years now. The film is being made on a grand scale with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut essaying the titular role of J Jayalalithaa.

On the birth anniversary (January 17) legendary actor-politician MGR aka MG Ramachandran, the makers of Thalaivi released photos and teaser featuring Arvind Swami. The teaser blew everyone’s mind as Arvind Swami looked perfect as MGR and emulated his body language with much ease.

In a statement, director AL Vijay shared about his experience in working in Thalaivi and Arvind Swami’s contribution to his character. Speaking about Arvind Swami, he said, “In particular, after Kangana Ranaut was brought onboard for the character of honourable former Late CM Jayalalitha, we had to consider several artists for the role of honourable MGR. Finally, we felt Arvind Swami would befittingly look perfect. In simple words, we are now completely drenched in extreme astonishment to find him give immense life to the legendary character. Apart from our inputs, he spent sumptuous time and energy in getting to know more deeply about the legend’s life. Of course, MGR is still the most loved leader of zillions or else how would he become the only actor to be the recipient of Bharat Ratna Award.

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