Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has been roped in to play Tamil powerhouse in politics Jayalalitha in A.L Vijay's film 'Thalaivi'. While expressed that she will do justice to the role as a three-time national award-winning actress, others expressed their disapproval.
"Why not choose a South Indian actress?" a Twitter user asked.
South Indian actress Sri Reddy wrote on Facebook that a South Indian actress should play the 'Iron lady'.
Another wrote that she was chosen because of her skin colour, highlighting Tamil industry disregarding dark skinned actresses.
Kangana is great actress...but some times her moovie fails for other reasons.— Rao (@madavrao) April 1, 2019
Dear Kangana ...don't do Jayalalitha.
1. Subject may not evoke pan india attention.
2. Authenticity for role needs southern diction and knowledge of Tamil. North Indians born in TN don't hv this!!
The industry have a long history of choosing fair skinned actresses for major roles. Aishwarya Rai was chosen to play the role inspired by Jayalalithain 'Iruvar'.
Sri Reddy is one of the South Indian celebrities who are outspoken on issues like sexual harassment at the workplace. She conducted a nude protest and was banned by Movie Artistes Association (MAA ).After protests and indulge, MAA agreed to set up a Committee Against Sexual Harassment, and also revoked the ban on her.
Sri Reddy also highlighted issues like actresses not having great shelf life when compared to actors.
Kangana herself spoke about issues like nepotism and harassment in Bollywood. Her film 'Manikarnika' became a massive success at the box office. She is also one of the paid actresses in Bollywood.