After releasing Thalaivii in the theatres earlier this month, starring Kangana Ranaut is not started streaming on Netflix. It is basically a biopic of J Jayalalithaa. The film is directed and written by KV Vijeyandra Prasad. The film also stars Arvind Swami.
In her Instagram stories, previously Kangana has taken and stated that till now it was one of the best films of her career.
The films have received warm and positive reviews from film critics. It had also suffered losses as the theatres remains close in Mumbai and Kerela. So, the footfall f the moviegoers is still low in other parts of the country. Multiplex chains PVR Cinemas and INOX Leisure Ltd have refused to screen the Hindi version of the film saying that the window to its Netflix premiere was too narrow.
The film was initially scheduled to be released in April but due to the second wave of Covid-19 hit in India, it has got postponed. But now the film is streaming on Netflix and for that many will be able to watch the Thalaivii for the very first time.
The film critic named Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express has written in her reviews that, “Kangana inhabits this very complex character like skin in Thalaivii, right from the time Jaya is a budding actress, coat-trailing the mighty MGR (Arvind Swamy), to her meteoric rise in the film industry, and her transition, reluctant at first, and then getting steadier and surer, into an ambitious, give-no-quarters politician.”
She further added, “Without getting into whether the events as shown in the film were faithful to the happenings in real life, the film manages to give us a snapshot view of the Tamil Nadu politics of the era (MGR was chief minister from 1977-87; his mad popularity as a movie idol buoying his ascent in politics, a very Tamil-and-Telugu phenomenon). MGR never hid the fact that Jayalalitha was his protege, and their closeness was always a sore point amongst his partymen: in the film, it is epitomized by MGR loyalist RMV (Raj Arjun) who becomes almost comically one-note in the way he keeps glaring at the woman who takes away his beloved leader’s attention from where it needs to be”.