Mumbai:  After receiving much acclaim for portraying the role of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi in the recent Manikarnika, Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut is all set for another great role.

Ranaut will be portraying the former Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, in a biopic. The actor-turned-politician, who passed away on December 5, 2016, due to cardiac arrest, is fondly referred to as 'Puratchi Thalaivi', which means 'revolutionary leader'. The movie will join the list of upcoming biopics such as PM Narendra ModiChhapaak about acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal and more.

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Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the biographical drama will be directed by Vijay, one of the top filmmakers from South who has helmed movies like Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal. "Jayalalithaa ji is one of the biggest female success stories of this century. She was a superstar and went on to become an iconic politician, it's a great concept for the mainstream film. I am honoured to be a part of this mega project," Kangana said in a statement.

Vijay said he is aware of the responsibility of making this film and the team will deal it with utmost care and honesty. "Jayalalithaa madam was one of the most prominent leaders of our country. Making a film on her life is a big responsibility and we are going to do it with utmost care and honesty. I am proud and happy with our association with Kangana Ranaut ji to portray the dynamic role of our very dynamic leader," he said.

The film will be written by K V Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali and Manikarnika, and will be produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh under the banners of Vibri & Karma Media and Entertainment.