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Vidya Balan to play famed Carnatic singer in new biopic

National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan has been lined up to play the role of acclaimed Carnatic vocalist M S Subbulakshmi in a new film about the singer.

The ambitious, £8 million biopic will be directed by Rajiv Menon whose previous credits include Tamil features such as 'Minsara Kanayuand' and 'Kandukondain Kandukondain'.

Subbulakshmi - who passed away in 2004 aged 88 - was the first musician to be awarded the 'Bharat Ratna', India's highest civilian honour and first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award, widely considered the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Having begun singing at the tender age of 13, Subbulakshmi went on to become the finest exponent of classical and semi-classical Carnatic songs.

Confirming the Subbulakshmi biopic for the first time, Menon, told IANS: “I’ve narrated the script to Vidya, and she has liked it. We would now be taking the project to the next level.”

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