Actor Karthi confirmed on Monday that his upcoming period drama Ponniyin Selvan will be released in two parts. And the first part of the epic fantasy drama will hit theaters next year. “The golden age is coming to life! (sic),” he tweeted while sharing a poster of the film.
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. The film stars Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Lal, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Vikram Prabhu, Prabhu, Ashwin Kakumanu, Kishore and Aishwarya Lekshmi among others.
The golden age comes alive! #PonniyinSelvan #PS1 #ManiRatnam @MadrasTalkies_ @LycaProductions pic.twitter.com/9AQFrY40Cl
— Actor Karthi (@Karthi_Offl) July 19, 2021
The five-part novel, Ponniyin Selvan, tells the story of Arulmozhi Varman, who eventually became Raja Raja Chola I. The king built the beautiful Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, one of the largest temples in India. It is said that much of the film’s budget is used to recreate majestic temples built during the period as film shooting is not allowed in historically relevant temples in Tamil Nadu. And award-winning art designer Thota Tharani has risen to that challenge. Oscar winner AR Rahman provides the film score and Ravi Varman provides the camera.
After the production delay due to the second wave of coronavirus, Mani Ratnam resumed shooting the film in Puducherry a few days ago. If all goes according to plan, he is expected to complete production in August this year.