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Film Review: Thalaivii functions best as an entertainer

Film Review: Thalaivii functions best as an entertainer
Kanagana Ranaut starrer film on Jayalalitha is too reverential to qualify as a bonafide biopic

Vijayendra Prasad, covers about half-a-century in Jaya’s life, starting from her time as a young, headstrong heroine who captures the attention and affection of her married hero MGR (Arvind Swami, playing a character named MJR here) to the time she takes over as Tamil Nadu’s youngest-ever chief minister.Despite that unflattering wig, Arvind Swami perfectly captures the mood of the era, seamlessly transitioning from screen god to political heavyweight, with the film’s other powerful act coming in from Raj Arjun who plays MJR’s confidante Veerappan.But those hoping to relive some ’90s Roja nostalgia seeing Madhoo and Arvind Swami sharing screen space, will be disappointed by her limited screen time.More about the film Thalaivii (U) Director: Vijay Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami, Nassar, Raj Arjun, Bhagyashree, Madhoo Running time: 153 minutes

So what happens when one sets out to tell the life story of a highly successful cine star, acting in more than 140 films, who went on to become a six-time chief minister, wielding absolute power not only over frenzied film fans but also members of her political party, many of whom publicly prostrated before her?Thalaivii’s runtime of 153 minutes may be a justified deterrent in these times of 30-second Instagram Reels, but that’s redeemed by some strong performances.

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