The film was slated for a June 2020 theatrical release but shooting came to a halt as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Ranaut, who has appeared in critically acclaimed films like Tanu Weds Manu, Queen and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, took to social media on Thursday to announce that she was heading to “southern India” from Manali for the shoot.
“Dear friends today is a very special day, resuming work after 7 months, travelling to southern India for my most ambitious bilingual project THALAIVI, need your blessings in these testing times of a pandemic. P.S just clicked these morning selfies hope you all like them,” she wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
A few days ago, Prashanna Babu, who is working as an assistant choreographer for the film posted a few pictures on social media from dance rehearsals with Ranaut and hinted that shooting for a song will begin very soon.
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Finally back to work ! Started with #dancerehearsal for the upcoming #legendary film #thalaivi ✨#jayalalitha Mam biopic . Having a Awesome rehearsal time and practicing with the #boldandthebeautiful the most humble person and #inspiring star actress #kanganaranaut mam @kanganaranaut mam ♥️ Cant wait for the #songshoot mam and it’s going to be choreographed by my master the evergreen #brindamaster @brinda_gopal 🙏 . Firstly, it was so great and unforgettable experience working with you in #manikarnika film and now feeling happy that IAM going work with you again now in THALAIVI movie.You have been always a big inspiration mam! Stay strong❤️and keep inspiring mam! . . . . #instapic #picoftheday #lovemyjob #assistantchoreographer #prashannababu @prashannababu89 . #backtowork #shooting #kangana mam #jayalalithabiopic #kollywood & #bollywood @team.kanganaranaut @kangana_ranautdaily
The film is being directed by AL Vijay and bankrolled under the Vibri Media and Karma Media and Entertainment banners headed by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh respectively. The film is expected to release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The film also stars Arvind Swami as veteran actor and former Tamil Nadu chief minister MGR.
The first look and the teaser, which released in November 2019, features a huge cut-out of Ranaut as the former chief minister.