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According to numerous reports, the director seems to have assembled a stellar cast for this film. The list includes big names like- Vikram (as Adithya Karikala Chozhan), Jayam Ravi (as Rajka Raja), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (as Nandhini, the antagonist), Keerthy Suresh (as Kundhavai), Nayanthara (as Poonguzhali), Karthi (as Vanithiyathevan), proficient veterans Mohan Babu (as Periya Pazhuvettarayar), Amitabh Bachchan (as Sundara Chozhar) and several other brilliant actors.
The official announcement isn’t out yet, but word is that the pre-production has already begun.
Ponniyin Selvan is a historical novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, written in Tamil. In five volumes, or about 2400 pages, it tells the story of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the Chola king Rajaraja Chola I). The novel was published between 1951 and 1954, and even now has a separate fan base among different generations. The book depicts the story of the power struggle for the Chola throne. Fans can’t wait for it to come to the silver screens.
There have been several attempts to create film adaptations of Ponniyin Selvan, beginning with an attempt in 1958 by MG Ramachandran. He cast several of the roles such as Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan and Kundavai, but later dropped the project for unstated reasons. Similarly, Mani Ratnam had attempted to film a complete adaptation of the book for a 2012 release, but had to shelve the project due issues with the potential budget for the film and difficulty locating financiers to back the project.
Mani Ratnam’s last film – Chekka Chivantha Vaanam – released last year having a cast of various stars. The film was declared a hit, with several people enjoying this un-Mani Ratnam film.