Actress Kangana Ranaut is reportedly getting a whopping amount of Rs 24 crore for playing celebrated politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram in her biopic. A daily reported that the makers of the film are assured that Kangana’s star power will create a pan-India appeal for the film and the actress deserves to be paid this much. This makes Kangana the highest paid Bollywood actress. In fact, she has also become the highest paid Hindi film actor in the South Indian film industry. The report also suggests that actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vidya Balan were also keen to play the titular role in the biopic, however, the makers finalised the deal with Kangana after being impressed with her knowledge about Jayalalithaa’s life story.

DNA quotes a source close to the development saying, “Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience.” The source adds, “Whenever Hindi artistes have done South movies, they have always shared screen space with a top star from the region. But the Manikarnika heroine will be leading from the front as the movie revolves around her character’s journey. The producers have already signed a contract with her.”

Taking Vidya and Aishwarya’s name, the source says, “Vidya Balan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also vying for the same project, but the producers felt Kangana would be a better bet. When she was approached, she immediately agreed to be a part of the biopic, since she has closely followed the life of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.”

Announced on Kangana’s 32nd birthday, the biopic has been titled as Jaya in Hindi and Thalaivi in Tamil. The film is directed by South director AL Vijay and written by Baahubali and Manikarnika writer KV Vijayendra Prasad. Kangana will begin shooting for the film after finishing work on Ashwini Iyer Tiwary’s Panga.