Even as the State of Tamil Nadu gears up for the grand celebration of the centenary year of Bharat Ratna MG Ramachandran, the announcement on his biopic has enthralled his fans.
Balakrishnan, who had earlier directed Kamaraj , a biopic on the political leader, has made the announcement that he is all set to helm the biopic. “A great film personality and a respected politician, MGR was a hero to the downtrodden and his impact on the minds of the people of Tamil Nadu has been immense. He continues to live in the memory of the people,” says Balakrishnan.
Chembur Jayaraj has written the script, which covers the important events in MGR’s life as a film star and a politician. The biopic will trace his life and how the Dravidian movement made use of his charisma to promote their ideology. The famous shooting incident involving MR Radha and its impact on the 1967 elections, the floating of his own party and various other incidents have been covered. “I have portrayed Jayalalithaa only as his co-star, that too in a small portion, because she gained prominence only after he passed away,” says Balakrishnan.
So, who will play the role of MGR? “Talks are on to cast Sathyaraj in that role. He, being an ardent fan of MGR, is sure to agree. The only problem will be his height, which we intend to set right using technology,” says Balakrishnan. “We are yet to finalise the artistes who will be playing the role of Kalaignar, Janaki, and Jayalalithaa.”
The film is being produced by Ramana Communications.