Director Mani Ratnam has been working since long back to turn the epic Tamil historical novel Ponniyin Selvan written by renowned philosopher and author Kalki Krishnamurthy in the year 1951 into a film. Auteur Mani Ratnam’s longtime dream has at last reached the final stage and is about to come true on 30th of September with the release of his much-anticipated epic historical drama Ponniyin Selvan. Well-known writer B. Jeyamohan has written the dialogues for the flick. The production unit is busy with their promotion activities. They have been dropping character introduction videos, the making and behind the scenes video to pique the interest of the audience. Now, setting up a grand audio launch function graced by many celebrities including superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan they have unveiled the trailer of the entertainer.
Actor Jayam Ravi has shared the trailer on social media which has clocked millions of views in a short span of time. Taking to his official twitter account, the actor shared the trailer of the flick with the caption, “Sheer brilliance! Here’s the much awaited Ponniyin Selvan.” Here is the trailer shared by the actor.
Ponniyin Selvan trailer opens with the voiceover of actor Kamal Hassan narrating the history of Cholas, “1000 years ago. Before the Chola dynasty reached its golden age. A passing star appeared in the sky. Astrologers predicted that the star would take a life from the royal family. Enmity surrounded the country, seas became aggressive, and guile entered the palace.” The trailer is well thought out and cut. The trailer covers almost all main characters in the play. The trailer looks promising despite some compromise in the VFX works.
Without doubt Ponniyin Selvan is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The Ponniyin Selvan franchise is set to hit the screens in two installments. While part one makes its way to the theaters on 30th September, the production house has planned to release the second part in the summer of next year. The entertainer is poised to release in five different languages. It is said that the project has been made with a whooping budget of 500 crores. Cinema pundits await to see whether Ponniyin Selvan upsets the record of Baahubali and RRR.
Ponniyin Selvan has an ensemble cast with actor Jayam Ravi as Arulmozhivarman aka Raja Raja Chola 1, actor Chiyaan Vikram in the role of Aditya Karikalan, actor Karthi as Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen as Nandini, actress Trisha Krishnan will be seen as Kundavai Pirattiyar, while actor R. Sarathkumar as Periya Pazhuvettarayar. Besides these actors, the casting of the drama also has Malayalam actor Jayaram Subramaniam, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Vikram Prabhu, Ashwin Kakumanu, R. Parthiban, Prabhu Ganesan, Prakash Raj, Rahman, Aswin Rao, Nizhalgal Ravi, Lal, Vidya Subramanian, Jayachitra, Nassar, Kishore, Riyaz Khan, Vinay Kumar, Mohan Raman, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, Master Raghavan, Makarand Deshpande, Balaji Sakthivel, Vijay Yesudas, Arjun Chidambaram, Babu Antony, and Amzath Khan playing various other supporting roles.
Music director A. R. Rahman has scored the music for the entertainer. Ace cinematographer Ravi Varman has cranked the camera for the project. Editor A. Sreekar Prasad has taken care of the film’s editing department. The venture is bankrolled by director Mani Ratnam himself under his banner house Madras Talkies along with Subaskaran Allirajah of Lyca Productions.