Mani Ratnam directorial, Ponniyin Selvan 2 release today
DT (Beats)- Mani Ratnam directorial, Ponniyin Selvan 1 turned out to be a disruptor at the box office, however, the original Tamil version emerged as the highest Tamil earner of 2022. Part one collected more than ₹500 crore at the box office globally. Now, all eyes are on Ponniyin Selvan 2 (PS2) which will be released today, Friday.
“In Tamil Nadu, Ponniyin Selvan is all-time number one. Many fans are waiting to watch its sequel. It will do well as schools and colleges have their summer vacation in May. Fans are expecting to see how the film concludes the story. It will have a steady run at the box office (Tamil Nadu),” Trade analyst Ramesh Bala told Indian Express.
Ponniyin Selvan second part begins precisely where the first part ended.
“This is a film Mani sir has been wanting to make for a while now, and he took it as a huge responsibility to tell actors like me and Ravi how to portray these characters well on-screen. I was in awe of his eye for detail, and he enjoyed so many aspects of making the film.” Stating how happy he was to be a part of the film, Mr. Karthi also said something that brought the whole team immense joy was seeing how people turned up with their parents and grandparents to watch the first part.
“I’m overwhelmed and filled with gratitude,” said Ms. Trisha, who plays Kundavai in the film. Speaking about her co-stars and how much she loved working with them, the actor also said working on a Mani Ratnam film was something that every actor dreamt of. “I am lucky to have worked in Aayutha Ezhuthu at the start of my career and Ponniyin Selvan now, nearly twenty years later,” she said.
Also starring Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Shobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prakash Raj, “Ponniyin Selvan II” will be released worldwide on Friday in Tamil along with the dubbed versions in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.
Filmmaker Mani Ratnam on Tuesday said the objective with historical films should be to stay honest to the events and yet make the story contemporary for the audience.
“Whatever film you make, you try to make it as well as you can. But when it is a period drama and when it is historical, you try to go as close as you cannot fantasise it and add elements which are not real. (You) try to bring it as close to reality as possible.
“This film (is) treated in that fashion and the objective while making (it) was simple, it should look like it is happening now or it should look like we are there next to the characters. So, it was shot, it was put together and performed casually and not like a historical drama so everything added to that,” the director told reporters here at the press conference.
Ratnam’s two-part “Ponniyin Selvan” is an adaptation of author Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 Tamil novel of the same name. It chronicles the story of the early days of Arulmozhivarman (Jayam Ravi), one of the most powerful kings in the south, who went on to become the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I.
The Tamil language epic marks Ratnam’s fourth collaboration with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after “Iruvar”, “Raavanan”, and “Guru”.
About the Star cast
Starring: Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prabhu, Jayaram, Vikram Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, Rahman & others
Director: Mani Ratnam
Producers: Mani Ratnam and Subaskaran
Music Director: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Ravi Varman
Editor: Sreekar Prasad