Kangana Ranaut pays tribute to Jayalalithaa as 'Thalaivi' countdown begins: See pics!

Actress Kangana Ranaut has on Saturday unfolded a memorial outreach in Chennai as she has paid tribute to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and to the leaders who were laid to rest on the shores of Marina Beach. Ranaut's visit to the memorials has come a week ahead of the release of 'Thalaivi'. The movie will be released in the theatres on September 10 and the countdown has begun for the biopic of Jayalalithaa.

Thalaivi has become one of the first-in-line movies to hit the theatres post their resumption from the lockdown on August 23. In the movie, Kangana Ranaut is playing the role of Jayalalithaa and baked with the ensemble cast. As the movie is gearing up for the release, Ranaut has arrived in Chennai and on Saturday, she drove to the memorials of erstwhile state leaders. Ranaut was accompanied by 'Thalaivi' director AL Vijay as she paid floral tribute to Jayalalithaa. 

After paying respect to Jayalalithaa at her memorial, she also had paid tribute to MGR, Karunanidhi, and Anna at their respective memorials. Her visit has drawn quick attention across and beyond the borders and the pictures of her at the Jayalalithaa memorial have been going viral on social media. Our sources in the know have said that Kangana Ranaut has arrived in Chennai for the promotional work of the movie.

On August 23, when the theatres in Tamil Nadu had reopened, the movie team has officially announced that the movie will be released in the theatres on September 10. Making the announcement, Zee Studios took to Twitter and wrote, "With a personality queen size, Jayalalithaa's story has always belonged to the BIG SCREENS! Embark on her inspiring journey from being a cine star to becoming one of the most influential CMs IN THEATRES near you on 10th September. #ThalaiviiOnTheBigScreen #ThalaiviiInTheatres". 

The movie will be released in three languages Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi and it was earlier scheduled to release in the month of April. However, it was then deferred in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thalaivi is written by KV Vijendra Prasad, who wrote 'Baahubali'. While Kangana Ranaut plays the character of Jayalalithaa, Arvind Swami will be playing the role of late Chief Minister and ADMK's founder MG Ramachandran.

The movie is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Shailesh Singh, and Brinda Prasad and it also stars Prakash Raj, Nassar, Samuthirakani, Thambi Ramaiah, Poorna, Madhoo, Jisshu Sengupta, and Bhagyashree in the lead roles. GV Prakash Kumar has composed the music while cinematography and editing are done by Vishal Vittal and Anthony respectively. The movie's trailer was released on March 23 this year during Kangana Ranaut's 34th birthday and it also had fought a legal battle with Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa, who demanded to ban the movie. Initially, the movie was scheduled to get released in April this year, however, it was deferred owing to the pandemic.