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Ponniyin Selvan: Mani Ratnam Reveals His First Choice For Nandhini’s Role! Find Out Who!

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Talk about the Cholas has been running wild as the movie Ponniyin Selvan is all set to release on September 30th. The movie revolves around the Chola empire and mostly about Ponniyin Selvan, also known as Raja Raja Chozhan or Arunmozhi Varman. Ponniyin Selvan is originally a Tamil novel based on the life of Raja Raja Chola, written by Kalki. While there have been several attempts in the past to make it a film, Mani Ratnam has now started this project, which will be released in two parts. Starring Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Aishwarya Rai, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Sarathkumar in lead roles, this is considered to be Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus. Jayam Ravi is said to play Arun Mozhi Varman, while Trisha is said to play his sister Kundavai. Karthi will be seen as Vanthiya Thevan, while Aishwarya Rai will be Nandini. Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Lal and Kishore will be playing prominent roles.

In a recent press meeting, Mani Ratnam was quoted as revealing that the second part of the film is all set to release precisely 9 months after the first part’s release. As the first part is all set to release on September 30, the second part will most likely be somewhere around June end or July beginning next year. Ponniyin Selvan is to be released in 2 parts, and the first part is releasing on September 30th. The final work of the film is currently going on, and the director has reportedly made a final copy of the film. The runtime of the film is apparently 2 hours and 50 minutes or 170 minutes, which is less than several large-scale movies. Probably, Mani Ratnam went for a short and sweet first half, in order to hook the audience with a longer and more detailed second part. The budget of the film is said to be a whopping Rs 500 crore. The audience is eagerly waiting for the film and now we hear that ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ digital rights have been sold for a whopping price. Reports suggest that both the parts of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ have been sold on a whole to a popular OTT platform for an amount of Rs 125 crores. The OTT platform is none other than Amazon Prime Video. So those of you who don’t want to witness the grandeur in the theatre, can relax and watch the film on your home screen.

For the unversed, Mani Ratnam attempted to make Ponniyin Selvan back in 1990 itself. Back then he wanted to do the film along with Kamal Haasan as the lead. He also wanted to cast veteran actress Rekha for the role of Nandhini as well as the role of Mandakini Devi. But the film didn’t take off, and it took two decades for the director to redecide on the film in 2011. That role is now being performed by Aishwarya Rai. Mahesh Babu, Vijay, Suriya, Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan, Amala Paul, Keerthy Suresh, Arya, and Anushka Shetty are the stars who missed being part of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ due to various reasons.

The team announced that Ponniyin Selvan will be the first Tamil movie to be released in the IMAX format. This will ensure that the audience will have the larger-than-life experience of watching the film, just like the movie itself. While Ravi Varman is handling the camera for the film, Sreekhar Prasad is handling the edit and Thotta Tharani is designated for the Production Design of the film. The film is bankrolled by Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies. The music director for the movie is AR Rahman. PS-1 is slated for a worldwide release on September 30, 2022, in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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