There has been quite a frenzy amongst filmmakers over who first gets to make the biopic on the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Dr J Jayalalitha. Reports from various sections of the media suggest that different top directors are throwing their hats into the ring for helming such a project. Debutant A Priyadhaarshini (director Mysskin's former assistant), director Vijay, veteran Bharathiraja and Gautham Vasudev Menon have emerged as the forerunners to make this biopic. However, unlike the former three, GVM has been looking to make this biopic as a web series.
We have news from an inside source that Gautham Menon has made actual progress on his web series version of Jayalalitha's biopic. Our source states, "Gautham sir has already completed shooting for 2 episodes of the series and the team is working hard to get the project to stream online soon." The one and only Ramya Krishnan will be essaying Jayalalitha's role in this biopic and there are rumours that Viji Chandrasekar might be playing Sasikala's role in this project. Stay tuned for further updates.
Meanwhile, recent reports suggest that director Priyadhaarshini, under the backing of Papertale Pictures, has completed the pre-production work for their project and that it would begin rolling from February 24, Jayalalitha's birth anniversary. This project has been titled The Iron Lady and has Nithya Menen playing the titular role. Another section of the media reports that director Vijay is also nearing the completion of pre-production for his version of Jayalalitha's biopic and that this venture is to be backed by Vibri Media, who co-produced NTR's biopic. Also, there haven't been many updates on Bharathiraja's venture too.