Vidya Balan to play Subbulakshmi in Rajiv Menon Biopic

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Vidya Balan is apparently  set to play the Bharat Ratna awardee vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi in a biopic.

The Subbulakshmi saga, which spans 88 years, would be told by ad maker-cinematographer-filmmaker Rajiv Menon who has earlier directed Tamil feature films ‘Minsara Kanavu’ (‘Sapney’ in Hindi) with Kajol and Prabhudheva, and ‘Kandukondain Kandukondain’ with Tabu and Aishwarya Rai playing sisters.

Confirming the Subbulakshmi biopic for the first time, Menon, who is currently shooting an ad abroad, said: “I’ve narrated the script to Vidya, and she has liked it. We would now be taking the project to the next level next week after I return to India. At the moment, I am shooting with giraffes and lions in South Africa.”

Subbulakshmi would be one of the most ambitious biopics ever, to be made at an estimated cost of Rs.70 crore in three languages Hindi, Tamil and English.

Unlike Vidya’s ‘The Dirty Picture’, which was a very selective biopic taking the more sensational aspects of Silk Smitha’s life and career, Menon’s biopic would transverse Subbulakshmi’s entire life and career.

“Rajiv somewhere read that Vidya was a keen student of music and wanted to do a bio-pic on Lata Mangeshkar. It was then that Rajiv thought of Vidya to play Subbulakshmi. He wanted a South Indian actress who could carry off the age-span from 18 to 88. Vidya would have to work very hard on the body language and the vocal inflexions.”

The original songs by the doyen, who died in 2004, would be used. But new recordings of the Subbulakshmi songs would be done by a professional Carnatic singer.

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Vidya Balan to play Subbulakshmi in Rajiv Menon Biopic