Thalaivi Star Cast, Release Date, Budget, Controversy & Box Office Report

Kangana Ranaut starring Thalivi is a biopic of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J.Jayalalithaa. The movie was released on September 10. Jayalalithaa was an actress turned politician and was very successful in both fields especially in a male-dominant world.

Thalaivii movie is directed by A.L.Vijay. It was officially launched on Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary in 2019. The film is produced by Shailesh R Singh, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, and  Brinda Prasad under the banner of Zee Studios, Gothic Entertainment, Sprint Films, Vibri Motion Pictures.

Thalaivii was released in three languages Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi theatrically but failed at Box Office amid COVID-19 fear, Kangana’s performance impressed the critics and audiences as well.

Thalaivi Star Cast

Initially in Hindi and Telugu, the film name was Jaya but, later the makers of the film changed its name to Thalaivi in all Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil languages.

  • Kangana Ranaut is playing the main role in the film of J.Jayalalithaa
  • Arvind Swami as M.G Ramachandran ( founder of AIADMK Party, and the mentor of Jayalalithaa)
  • Nassar as M. Karunanidhi (former C.M of Tamil Nadu)
  • Bhagyashree is playing the role of Sandhya
  • Raj Arjuni as R.M. Veerappan ( Movie producer and screenwriter in Tamil cinema)
  • Madhu Bala as V.N. Janaki Ramchandran (Activist)
  • Jisshu Sengupta as Sobhan Babu (Tamil cinema actor)
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The film also features Thambi Ramaiah, Poorna, Flora Jacob, Bharath Reddy, Vidya Pratap, Shanmugarajan.

Watch Thalaivi Official Trailer

The official trailer received an amazing response from the fans and critics, everyone calling it theaters audiences film but delayed due to 2nd wave of Corona and faced the issue, as audiences were not preferring the cinema due to critical time.

Theatrical and OTT Release Date

Initially, the film was to release on 26 June 2020 but due to the covid-19 pandemic release date was rescheduled many times, and finally, the makers of the film officially declared the release date ’10 September 2021′.

The film was released on the OTT platforms Netflix and Amazon Prime after a month or 4 weeks of the theatrical release. This was the first film in India that went to release on two OTT platforms with a few weeks.  The digital rights sold in Rs 55 Cr.

Thalaivi Review

Famous movie critics and film analysts called it one of the most powerful biopics on the Hindi screen, IMDb rating is 6.1/10.


Budget & Screen Count

As per the sources, the budget of the film is expected to be around 50 cr. but Kangana told in a video published on her Instagram that the budget of the film is 90 cr. and request people to go to the cinema to watch her movie.

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Check the Video on Instagram-

The film was released in approx. 1700 screens worldwide, 1500 screens in India, and 200 screens overseas. Though the makers of the movie didn’t disclose anything so far.


Although, the makers of the film had already taken permission from Jayalalitha’s nephew. The Madras High Court gave approval to the former C.M’s niece to take legal action against the film producer and director.

In a plea filed by Jayalalitha’s niece on releasing the movie without her consent. As she claimed that she is the legal heir of Jayalalithaa, the makers of the film should have sought her consent before making the film.

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Kangana has worked so hard to fit in the former C.M’s role as she has to sport four looks. She gained 20 kilos of weight for the film. She also learned Bharatnatyam from the dancer Gayathri Raghuram.

Thalaivi Music

G.V Prakash Kumar has given the music for the film. The songs are “Chali Chali”, “Teri Ankhon Me”, “Nain Bandhe Naino Se” all three songs are penned by Irshad Kamil. Cinematography is done by Vishal Vittal and the writer of the Hindi version of the film is Rajat Arora.

Watch Thalaivi Hindi Song  Chali Chali

Watch Nain Badahe Naino Se

Watch Teri Aankhon Mein Video

Thalaivi is Kangana Ranaut’s big project, she gained and lost weight for this biographical drama, perfection is looking in every scene of a teaser, trailer, and song, let’s how film works.

Thalaivi Box Office Collection

Thalaivi toom an opening with the 1.20 crore mark because only 40% of the market opening. If there will be the rule of 50% occupancy it may be less as we predict, like night shows not being allowed in some states in India like Maharashtra. Thalaivii struggled at Box Office, lifetime collection is just Rs 10-12 Cr.

Rs. 70-90 Cr. Budget this political biographical drama is totally a commercial cinema film, unfortunately, COVID-19 period ruins this, the film needed 100 Crore lifetime Box Office collection to be called a hit film but it’s a Box Office disaster.

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