With a huge cast of the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala and Prakash Raj, the historical drama Ponniyin Selvan: I or Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 is one of the highly anticipated films in Indian cinema this year .
Karthik Sivakumar aka Karthi, Suriya’s younger brother plays the character of Vanthiyathevan, the warrior prince who later becomes the commander of the Chola army, in the Tamil film. In a recent promotional event, the Kaithi actor shared how Mani Ratnam’s directing differs from other historical dramas.
According to a report in News18, the actor said the Roja director didn’t just rely on VFX and shot the film in historical and live locations to make it more realistic, unlike other campaigners of the period who rely heavily on VFX because of its great visual effects . Karthi even added that Ponniyin Selvan’s story has also been given a lot of emphasis.
Based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan, the upcoming period drama is a fictional film that takes its inspiration from real historical events and characters from the Chola Empire. Several attempts have been made in Tamil cinema to adapt the novel to the big screen.
Mani Ratnam has finally managed to bring this huge project to a successful conclusion and has made the film in two parts, the first of which will hit theaters this Friday. Karthi said in his interview with Film Companion South that the film is a dream come true for Tamil cinema as he said: “This film has been a dream come true for Tamil cinema for the past 60-70 years. our generation, but also for our collective Tamil society.”
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Ponniyin Selvan: I is scheduled to hit theaters on September 30 in five languages namely Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. It will clash with Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan with Vikram Vedha, an official Hindi remake of the Tamil film of the same name.