The latest buzz is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has joined the sets of Ponniyin Selvan, director Mani Ratnam’s upcoming magnum opus. Production on the fantasy drama set last week began after the Tamil Nadu government eased lockdown restrictions and paved the way for the resumption of film shooting.
Ponniyin Selvan’s shooting continues at a rapid pace on a set in Pondicherry. Before the second wave of the coronavirus interrupted production, the filmmakers had shot about 75 percent of the film. The rest of the shoot will be completed in about 50 days. It is said that Mani Ratnam plans to complete the shoot by the end of August.
Ponniyin Selvan marks Aishwarya’s fourth collaboration with Mani Ratnam. The actor-director duo worked in Iruvar, Guru and Raavanan in the past. All of their previous films were milestones in cinema history.
Aishwarya had previously shared a new title poster of Ponniyin Selvan. “The Golden Era comes to Life Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan PS1 (sic),” she wrote on her Instagram page, revealing that the costume drama will be released in two parts.
The first film in the series will hit theaters next year.
Ponniyin Selvan is director Mani Ratnam’s most ambitious film to date. The film is based on the historical novel of the same name by the iconic writer Kalki Krishnamurthy. Set against the backdrop of the Chola dynasty, the epic novel has been adapted for the big screen by Ratnam along with writer B. Jeyamohan, who has written dialogues for the film.
Ratnam has put together an all-star cast to match the size, scale, and scope the novel represents. In addition to Aishwarya Rai, the film also features Vikram, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Lal, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Vikram Prabhu, Prabhu, Ashwin Kakumanu, Kishore and Aishwarya Lekshmi.