Upcoming political biopics: PM Narendra Modi, Lakshmi’s NTR and Thalaivi

PM Narendra Modi, Lakshmi’s NTR and many other political biopics are making their way to the screens in 2019. The web space also has a few biopics based on the lives of political leaders.
2019 has already seen films like The Accidental Prime Minister, Thackeray, NTR, Yatra but looks like the season of political biopics has not ended yet. With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, this is being seen as the year of films with strong political inclinations, which includes biopics as well.

While some have finished their films at breakneck speed, others are making their films to present another point of view. Not just films, a couple of web series based on the lives of political figures are also in the making.

Lakshmi’s NTR

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, Lakshmi’s NTR is the story of politician NT Rama Rao but told through the eyes of his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi. P Vijay Kumar plays the lead role and Yagna Shetty plays the role of Lakshmi Parvathi in the film. Lakshmi’s NTR releases on March 29.Earlier this year, N.T.R: Kathanayakudu and N.T.R: Mahanayakudu, two films based on NT Rama Rao’s life were released that starred Nandamuri Balakrishna in the lead role. Directed by Krish, these films were panned by audience and critics alike.

PM Narendra Modi

This biopic on the life of PM Narendra Modi was announced just a few months ago and is all set to release on April 5. Starring Vivek Oberoi in the titular role, the film is directed by Omung Kumar of Sarbjit and Mary Kom fame. Apart from Oberoi, the film also stars Boman Irani, Zarina Wahab and Manoj Joshi among others.From the trailer, it looks like the makers have dug out unheard stories from the PM’s life but it remains to be seen if the film can hold its own, minus the agenda.


Kangana Ranaut recently announced that she will be playing the role of Jayalalithaa in the upcoming Tamil and Hindi bilingual, Thalaivi. The film will be directed by Vijay.Talking about the biopic, Kangana said, “I was planning to make my own biopic. The work was going on but Jayalalithaa’s story is very similar and a far bigger success story than mine. When I heard the narration, I found it so similar (to her own biopic). We will be doing the film mainly in Tamil. It will be released in Hindi as well. I will learn Tamil.”

The Iron Lady

Based on the life of Jayalalithaa, this biopic stars Nithya Menen in the lead role. The first look of the film was released on Jayalalithaa’s second death anniversary.

Titled The Iron Lady, the film’s poster calls Jayalalithaa India’s Margret Thatcher. The film will be helmed by A Priyadhaarshini.My Name is RaGa

It is difficult to ascertain what the makers of this film are actually trying to accomplish here. If their motive was to mock Rahul Gandhi, then they have surely succeeded because it is difficult to make sense of this motion picture otherwise. The teaser of My Name is RaGa was released almost two months ago but the makers are yet to declare a release date.