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Kangana Ranaut slams lack of exhibitor support for Thalaivii’s theatrical release

With only days to go for the September 10 release of the film, the actor paid her respects at the memorials of J Jayalalithaa and MG Ramachandran in Chennai this morning.

Samayeshwari Vithaspa
Sep 04, 2021
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In less than a week, Thalaivii, Kangana Ranaut’s film on the life of the late Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will release in movie halls. In the run-up to the release, Kangana is in Chennai, where she paid her respects to the late Chief Ministers Dr. J. Jayalalitha and MG Ramachandran at their memorials in Marina Beach, Chennai. The actress posted about this on social media, looking stunning in a bright orange sari.

In a video post on Instagram, the actor spoke at length about why the makers of Thalaivii wanted to stick to a theatrical release plan. The film, she explained, is a female-centric project that has been made on a massive Rs 90-crore budget and the only sensible business mode would be a theatrical release, which would in turn also be a boost for the showbiz industry, which has been struggling since the pandemic. But this noble intention of the makers, who even declined proposals from OTT platforms, has not received support from various exhibitors, especially multiplexes. The actor claimed that exhibitors stated contracts with major production houses in not giving them the requisite screens and requested audiences to catch the film in single-screen halls and when it begins its OTT run.

Thalaivii is all set to come out on big screens on September 10. According to a News 18 report, the movie will be streaming simultaneously on Netflix and Amazon Prime one month after its theatrical run.

Thalaivii is based on the life of J Jayalalithaa and her rise to fame in the film industry and in politics. It also stars Arvind Swami who portrays the role of the late actor and chief minister, MG Ramachandran, who was a big part of the former’s life. The movie is helmed by AL Vijay with music composed by GV Prakash.

The rest of the cast of Thalaivii includes Nasser, Madhoo and Samuthirakani playing crucial roles in the movie.

The movie is a multilingual one, coming out in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. The Tamil version was recently cleared with a ‘U’ certificate. The biographical political drama is bankrolled by Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Shailesh R Singh and Brinda Prasad.

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