Soon after Tamil Nadu ex-Chief Minister J Jayalalitha passed away, a bunch of films on her life story have been announced. Jayalalitha’s niece J Deepa filed a petition in the Madras High Court after the announcements. As per the civil suit, filmmakers AL Vijay and Gautham Vasudev Menon have been served notices after Deepa clarified that they haven’t acquired the rights of Jayalalitha’s story. Deepa argued that these films will surely hamper the privacy of their family.
The Madras High Court served notices to AL Vijay, Gautham Menon asking them to respond before November 14th. Filmmaker Vishnu Induri announced the film ‘Thalaivi’ stating that he acquired the rights of Jayalalitha’s life story from their family members. AL Vijay is the director and Kangana Ranaut is the leading lady in Thalaivi. Gautam Menon announced a web series named Queen and Ramya Krishna is on board to reprise the role of Jayalalitha. One more biopic is announced with the name ‘The Iron Lady’ in which Nithya Menen is roped in to play Jayalalitha.
We have to wait to see how these filmmakers respond to the served notices.