The film titled ‘Thalaivi’ in Tamil and ‘Jaya’ in Hindi, will be directed by Vijay and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad.
According to a source close to the project, “Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience. The producers have already signed a contract with her.”
Kangana’s reported fee of Rs 24 crore surpasses that of Deepika Padukone too, which was touted to be the highest ever paid to an actress, as she took home Rs 13 crore for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor took home Rs 10 crore for the film.
Among others, Kareena Kapoor Khan is currently charging Rs 10 crore as her fees after the success of ‘Veere Di Wedding’.
Talking about the Jayalalithaa biopic, Kangana told media, “I always wanted to work in regional films because when we go to Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, we realise that people over there only watch films made by their local film industry. So there is a disconnect with that part of the country. I was waiting for a good opportunity to work over there and this film just came my way.
“I was working on my own biopic, but her (Jayalalithaa) story is very similar to my story. In fact, it is a bigger success story than mine. When I heard the narration of this film, I found many similarities between both the stories. So when I had the option to do a film based on her story or my story, I decided on the former.”
On whether she will learn Tamil for the film, she said: “Yes...Unless I fail miserably and they (the makers of the film) have to look for an option for my dubbing. But I will definitely learn the language.”
Kangana’s reported fee of Rs 24 crore surpasses that of Deepika Padukone, which was then touted to be the highest ever paid to an actress, as she took home Rs 13 crore for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’.