The makers of Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut-led Thalaivi had recently announced they have deferred the release of the film due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
The multilingual biographical film about the life of former Tamil Nadu chief minister late Jayalalithaa was scheduled to release theatrically on April 23.
Now, amid rumours that the movie may be released on one of the OTT platforms, Kangana Ranaut has come out to clarify such reports as “fake propaganda.”
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In a caustic Instagram story, the actor clarified that the digital rights of the movie are with Amazon (Tamil) and Netflix (Hindi), and none of them can stream the movie individually before theatres release and added that “ all the fake propaganda movie mafia doing please ignore.”
“Thalaivi deserves a theatrical release and makers are determined, strict action will be taken against any bikau media spreading fake propaganda, bikau media write about 'the film' whose trailer was hugely criticised and mocked for bad acting and wrong casting of chota bachcha as gangster and is now being dumped on digital platform. Write about 'the film' which is being dumped n digital platform as they have the reality check that the film is a mistake," she wrote in the story.
Directed by Vijay and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, Thalaivi also stars Arvind Swami, Madhoo, Prakash Raj, Jisshu Sengupta, Bhagyashree, and Poorna.
—With PTI inputs