Star actor Vijay’s highly anticipated upcoming film Thalapathy 68, directed by Venkat Prabhu, features an ensemble cast of acclaimed veterans. But who plays the pivotal lead actress role paired beside Ilayathalapathy Vijay himself? Model-turned-actress Meenakshi Chaudhary marks her second Tamil venture through this big-banner opportunity after impressing in debut Kolai earlier this year. Let’s get to know this rising starlet better.
Decoding Meenakshi Chaudhary’s Profile
Hailing originally from Chandigarh, the 25-year-old Meenakshi Chaudhary boasts an intriguing body of work spanning beauty pageants and varied acting cameos already despite the nascent stage in her cinema career.
➕ Trained dental surgeon who simultaneously honed classical dance skills
➕ Won multiple beauty queen titles, including Miss Grand India 2018
After participating in these pageants over recent years, Chaudhary focused on acting – first playing small roles in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil movies successively.
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Big Break in Kolai Impressing Critics
Chaudhary’sTamil cinema launch Kolai alongside Vijay Antony garnered wide acclaim for his mature portrayal as an investigative journalist tracking an assassin.
She stood out even amongst ensemble veterans with a striking screen presence balancing traditional allure and a modern attitude. Top reviewers applauded subtler shades in harrowing sequences that demanded affected emotional range.
“Beyond just decorative value, Meenakshi revealed acting chops conveying trauma of witnessing violence with empathy,” wrote critic Baradwaj Rangan.
This initial success predicted brighter prospects awaiting in Kollywood.
➕ Director Venkat Prabhu approached her after Kolai performance
➕ Chaudhary accepted Thalapathy 68 without hesitation
How Collaboration with Vijay Transpired?
Reports indicate Venkat Prabhu initiated discussions with Chaudhary for his high-profile next Thalapathy 68 produced by AGS Entertainment.
Impressed observing her nuanced acting skills in Kolai, he felt Chaudhary fit the requirements suiting Vijay’s famously versatile calibre. As he reveals:
“I wanted a refreshingly real actress exuding spunk opposite Vijay in this fantasy time loop script. Meenakshi felt a seamless fit.”
For her part, the young starlet remains thrilled and grateful getting such huge break beside an iconic name like Vijay so early in Tamil cinema tenure.
What to Expect from Thalapathy 68?
Billed as an action comedy thriller laced with romance, the movie reportedly deploys a sci-fi-infused time loop premise through lead protagonist Vijay’s attempts to escape.
With decorated names like composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, editor Venkat Raajen and National Award-winning DoP Nirav Shah handling technical departments, Thalapathy 68 provides Vijay fans a banner Pongal 2024 treat. And Meenakshi Chaudhary prepares to make her own special mark in it!