The shooting for the first installment of the Tamil historical drama film Ponniyin Selvan was wrapped on Saturday. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the movie will release in the summer of 2022. The film’s producers Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies took to their social media to make the announcement.
— Lyca Productions (@LycaProductions) September 18, 2021
Ponniyin Selvan is based on author Kalki Krishnamurthy’s novel of the same name. It follows the early days of Arulmozhivarman, who went on to become the Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I.
Dubbed as a magnum opus, the film boasts of an ensemble cast from multiple film industries. It stars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Prakash Raj, and Trisha in the lead. Other cast members include Jayaram, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Lal, Sarath Kumar, Rahman, and Ashwin Kakamanu.
Jayam Ravi plays the role of Arulmozhivarman and Karthi and Trisha play Vandhiyathevan and princess Kundavai respectively. It has also been speculated that Aishwarya Rai will portray the character Nandhini in the upcoming film.
While Vikram, who is essaying the role of Adithya Karikalan, wrapped up his part two weeks ago, actors Karthi and Aishwarya Rai took to social media recently to announce that they have also finished filming.
இளவரசி @trishtrashers, நீங்கள் இட்ட ஆணை நிறைவேற்றப்பட்டது.
— Actor Karthi (@Karthi_Offl) September 16, 2021
Ponniyin Selvan, which has been touted as Mani Ratnam’s dream venture, finally took off in 2019. The film’s cinematographer is Ravi Varman and the music has been composed by AR Rahman.
The screenplay is been jointly penned by Ratnam and Elango Kumaravel, while the editing has been handled by Sreekar Prasad. Jeyamohan was in charge of writing the film’s dialogues and Thota Tharani handled the production design.
Earlier in August, Ponniyin Selvan was caught in a controversy after a complaint was filed against Madras Talkies by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the death of a horse on the film’s set.