‘Thalaivii’ has made J Jayalalithaa a topic of interest among political commentators. The Kangana Ranaut-starrer, which is directed by AL Vijay, has been accused of being simplistic in its retelling of Jaya’s life.
A columnist writing for Quint has quoted an excerpt from the book ‘The Lone Empress: A Portrait of Jayalalithaa’ to argue that the film misrepresents the equations that Jaya shared with her mentor, the legendary Tamil thespian MG Ramachandran. The book said that MGR controlled Jaya’s life in a massive way, something the film doesn’t show.
“He controlled her activities, including the clothes she wore. He had control over her finances and she had to depend on his good mood to get her money from him,” the article quotes the book as saying, adding that Jaya decided to end her ties with MGR because she couldn’t take the overbearing attitude.