J Jayalalitha 
J Jayalalitha 
Tamil Nadu

HC refuses to stay release of Jaya biopics


The Madras High Court on Thursday refused to grant stay a web series and a biopic on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.

Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy dismissed a civil suit filed by Jayalalitha’s niece J Deepa seeking to restrain film director Gowtham Vasudeva Menon from releasing his web series 'Queen', based on her aunt’s life, and director A L Vijay from releasing a biopic 'Thalaivi', without her consent.

Deepa filed a civil suit after producers A L Vijay and Vishnu Vardhan Induri announced their plan to produce a biopic titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi while director Gautham Vasudev Menon said he had produced a web series titled 'Queen'.

Deepa contended that the filmmakers did not have any legal right to produce the movie on the life and times of Jayalalitha. She pleaded that a retired high court judge be appointed to see the film and the web series and decide on her objections.

Induri contended that the film was based on a book and Deepa nowhere figured in it. Deepa had no access to Jayalalitha during her life and came into prominence only after her death, he contended.

He further said his film was based on a book written by Aryan Bala alias B Balaji. Deepa never objected to several books written about Jayalalitha. She was now making an issue of it only to gain publicity. He also said he had paid Rs 20 lakh to the publisher.

Gautham Menon also said his web series was based on a book of fiction in English titled Queen and it was inspired by the life of J Jayalalitha. He said he had already spent Rs 25 crore on the web series.

After hearing both sides, the judge dismissed Deepa’s suit.