In a year when we had pan-Indian blockbusters from South India like RRRKGF-2 and Vikramone more competitor is approaching. Ponniyin Selvan 1based on one of the most beloved Tamil stories of the same name, it is scheduled for a theatrical release on September 30th. Directed by director Mani Ratnam, the film has been a labor of love, and stars, among others, Vikram, Karthi, Trisha, Jayaram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi and Sobhita Dhulipala.
Many big names in the Tamil film industry, from MGR to Kamal Haasan, wanted to bring Ponniyin Selvan to celluloid. But all these efforts did not bear fruit for several reasons. Ultimately, it is Mani Ratnam’s determination and steadfastness that is bringing out the novel by writer Kalki, which was first serialized in the magazine’s issues. Kalki from October 29, 1950 to May 16, 1954, for the movie screen.
Inevitably, for a novel that has captured the imagination of Tamils in countless ways, the anticipation for the film is huge and daunting. Everyone has an idea and imagination of the characters. But Mani Ratnam is unfazed by all that, and is already on record confidently stating that this will be “his brazen view and perspective” on the novel.
Ponniyin Selvan: What’s the verdict on the trailer?
As it happens, the film’s first audio single, adjusted by maestro AR Rahman, and the short teaser for the film brought no positive reports.
But the trailer for the film, which was released yesterday at a brilliant event attended by superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, has already wowed fans. As befits a historic one, it is imposing and grandiose. Understandably, there is also the comparison with that of Rajamouli bahubaliwhich was also a larger-than-life period film.
Mani Ratnam’s film may not match the extravaganza of the two-part Telugu hit, Ponniyin Selvan, which is also in two parts (Mani apparently filmed both), is no less impressive and imposing. The two-part franchise was shot on a budget of Rs 500 crore. The scenes, passing through the trailer, carry all the grandeur and splendor, and the actors also play the part. Some complaints about his pronunciation and diction are there, but they can be put aside. In general, Ponniyin Selvan‘s trailer makes one also look forward to the movie with hope. Mani’s efforts shine through in the trailer.
Meanwhile, the remaining songs from the film were also released yesterday. The songs Ponni Nadhi and Chola Chola had been released before. Four more songs, set for Rahman, were released yesterday, that is, Alaikadal, Devaralan Attam, Sol, and Ratchasa Maamane. can you hear them here (opens in new tab).