Former actor and TV personality Simi Garewal, while reviewing the movie ‘Thalaivii‘, revealed that former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa wanted Aishwarya Rai to play her role if a biopic is ever made on her.
Simi wrote on Twitter that while she does not support the ‘radical’ comments Kangana Ranaut makes, she does think that the actor has done a fine job in ‘Thalaivii’, which is a biopic on Jayalalithaa.
“Although I do not support Kangana Ranaut’s radical comments, I do support her acting talent. In Thalaivii she gives it her heart and soul!” she wrote.
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Simi added that the politician wanted actor Aishwarya Rai to play her but would have approved of Kangana’s portrayal of her.
“Jaya-ji wanted Aishwarya (Rai) to play her… my hunch is JJ wud have approved of Kangana’s portrayal,” Simi wrote in her tweet.
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The biopic, which hit the theatres on September 10, garnered positive responses from several critics, some of who called it the best performance of Kangana’s career. The movie also stars stars Arvind Swamy as actor-turned-politician MGR. Prakash Raj, Bhagyashree and Jisshu Sengupta also play other prominent roles in the film.
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Replying to a comment on her tweet, Simi praised Arvind for his performance and shared the one complaint she had with the movie.
“You forget he is Arvind Swamy! You believe he REALLY is MGR! But they left out JJ’s childhood..I wish they hadn’t. It would have had a stronger impact in the story of Jayalalithaa.. but that’s only my opinion,” she wrote.
In an interview just before the release of the movie, the actor said that she wants to believe that the politician chose her for this film.
“I do want to believe that Jaya amma has chosen me to play her role because somewhere she sees me as a strong woman,” she said in an interview with journalist Sreedhar Pillai.