Thalaivi is a 2021 Indian biographical drama film based on the life of Indian actress and politician J. Jayalalithaa. The film stars Kangana Ranaut as Jayalalithaa and Arvind Swami as M. G. Ramachandran. Filmed simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi, it is directed by A. L. Vijay and written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Madhan Karky, and Rajat Arora.
Thalaivii is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh of Vibri Motion Pictures and Karma Media And Entertainment respectively.
The film also features Nassar, Bhagyashree, Raj Arjun, Madhoo, Jisshu Sengupta, Thambi Ramaiah, Shamna Kasim, and Samuthirakani in supporting roles. The music, the background score and the soundtrack for the three languages is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar.
The film was officially released on the anniversary of Jayalalithaa’s birth on February 24, 2019. Initially, the film was titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi and Telugu, but the creators later planned to release it under the title Thalaivi in all three languages.
Main filming began on November 10, 2019 and ended in December 2020. The film’s premiere was postponed due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the closure in Maharashtra. It was later rescheduled to release on September 10, 2021, with the new title Thalaivii Download In Dual Audio.
Made on a budget of ₹ 100 crore rupees, the film earned ₹ 4.75 crore in its first week at the box office. The film received a mixed response at the premiere, with film critics calling the script undercooked and overly dramatic, while others praised the strong performances from Kangana and Swamy.