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Thalaivi (2021)

Biography | Drama 
Rayting:   6.1/10 27K votes
Country: India
Language: Tamil | Telugu
Release date: September 10, 2021

A biopic on the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

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maanikroda 2 October 2021

Smt. J. Jayaylaitha popularly know as AMMA will be so proud of everyone who made this film possible.

Shardhanjali first of all.

Second, why this movie got low rating just 6/10, isn't just a about Kangana Ranuat's haters but Amma haters also.

I wrote in the beginning that she was honoured with AMMA title. Amma is widely know in North India as Mother or Ma or Muma. She was that. She had a grip that was unending.

Till now I think something related to my work life, whenever I'm in a dilemma, I do remember her.

Coming back to this movie which apparently number 1 in Netflix is in itself vouch that people do appreciate AMMA and the character of Kangana Ranuat.

Coming to the movie, I didn't think for just a fraction that the one performing the role was Ms. Ranuat. She did perform the role as AMMA. I was really in sync with her acting and her putting weight was the highlight for me. MGR, Karunanidhi and Ganesan did good job.

If you check my history, I normally don't give any movie 10 ratings but this film is something different.

rahul000994 29 September 2021

An iconic figure in Indian politics, Jayalalithaa's political journey is known to most. Director Vijay attempts to unravel her icy cold persona and look at her as a woman passionately driven by love. Make no mistake, a woman's fight for self respect and battle against patriarchy are integral to the story. However, what lies at the heart of the tale is her unconditional love for MGR, despite the societal contempt of her. She faced the wrath of his loyal followers, who deemed their extra marital relationship as illicit and a disgrace to his noble reputation. As days turned into decades, they became each other's strength and weakness. Bound by the heart, the purity of their love stayed intact even as murky politics, power struggle and people got hellbent on parting the two. The scenes where they indulge in phone conversations without uttering a single word but letting their silence do the talking are heartbreaking. The film essentially works for its poignant love story.

Perceived as the 'other woman' in MGR's life, who got things easy for being his blue eyed girl, Jaya had everything but respect at the beginning of her political career. Despite being cornered and humiliated time and again, she marches on with her head held high. Her relentless fight to earn her place in the society forms the crux of the film.

Kangana in the titular role channels her inner rebel and unflinching self assurance to make a point - she plays second fiddle to no one. A classic case of her screen character imitating her real life in a way. She renders a powerful portrayal of a lovelorn woman who keeps rising like a phoenix from the ashes. She elevates the formulaic script with quiet determination and powerful presence, cleverly not mimicking Jaya but getting the tone and nuances of her character right. As a woman scorned by people for loving fearlessly and feeling deeply, Kangana is outstanding.

The actress finds a perfect companion in Arvind Swami as MGR, her mentor, the wind beneath her wings. He brings in a certain calm to the storm that engulfs Jaya. Swami is impeccable in his mannerisms and body language. There couldn't have been a better actor to play the Tamil screen icon and people's leader.

Dialogues are painstakingly written and hit the right note. "Mahabharat ka dusra naam jaya hai" sums up Jaya's life perfectly. In a scene where Jaya tells her ailing mother that people only remember you when they need you, her mother righty argues, "Bina Matlab ke log bhagwaan ko bhi yaad nahi karte." When Jaya is told that everyone reveres MGR and that she is no different, she says, "Krishna ko sab pasand karte the, phir bhi Radha ki sab mein ginti nahi hoti." Neeta Lulla's costumes are detailed and effective. From conical bras of the 60s and 70s to the winged eye makeup, bouffant and vintage props, the recreation of a bygone era is decent if not specific.

Thailaivii pays a resounding ode to Jaya-MGR's poignant love story, a relationship without labels. The political aspect feels talky, half baked and one-sided. What eventually stays with you is the story of a woman who defied the odds and wrote her own destiny.

sunildaswaney-63642 9 October 2021

This is an excellent movie with matching direction,editing and acting by Kangana. The makers should definitely make a 2nd part as this story can definitely move forward as there is lots more to tell.

dhavalpithwa 9 October 2021

Great Movie!

Kangna Ranaut Nailed It Outstanding performance

Great Story Good Star cast ...Direction Was Perfect.....

MandalBros-5 9 October 2021

Thalaivii began with the strongest dialogue of the trailer. The rest of the film continued on the same form, it didn't become slow for one bit. The movie was full of brilliant moments and the performances enhanced this moments even more. The background music shined in every moment.

Both the lead specially Kangana amazed us again with her strong portrayal of Jayalalithaa. She was perfect for this role. I think Kangana will win her 5th National Award with this in the next year. In the supporting cast I loved Raj Arjun. Dialogues were another strongest point of this film. Finally, the movie is very strong, emotional & also inspirational.

Available on Netflix (Hindi).

© MandalBros.

sriramthestranger 12 September 2021

The fictional biopic goes on the theme of 'women empowerment' and has delivered it quite convincingly. The casting is too good and everyone has given their best performance. The interactions between J and Samuthrakani take the scenes to next level. Dialogues from Karky esp. For Karuna's character is just brilliant. Good entertaining film adaptation!!

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