Ponniyin Selvan, the upcoming Mani Ratnam directorial is one of the most-awaited upcoming projects of the Tamil film industry. The historical drama has been making headlines from the past few days due to the speculations regarding the budget cut. It was reported that Lyca Productions, the banner which co-produces Ponniyin Selvan has asked Mani Ratnam to cut down the budget.
However, the recent report published by popular daily India Today suggests that the multi-starrer is not getting a budget cut, and the speculations are totally baseless. ‘Ponniyin Selvan is produced on a first-copy basis by Mani Ratnam. Hence, the news about the budget cut is completely false‘, said a source close to the magnum opus in a recent interview given to India Today.
The reports have come out as a great relief for the cine-goers, who have been highly anxious about the future of Ponniyin Selvan. The historical drama, which is the dream project of Mani Ratnam, was announced multiple times with different star casts. The project finally materialised and started rolling in 2019, after a long delay.
The multi-starrer is based on the renowned Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan, penned by Kalki Krishnamurthy. The story revolves around the central character Arulmozhi Varman who later emerged as the Raja Raja Chola I, the emperor of the Chola dynasty. As per the latest reports, National award-winning actor Vikram is appearing in the role of Arulmozhi Varman in the movie.
Ponniyin Selvan features an extensive star cast including Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha Krishnan, Vikram Prabhu, Shobita Dhulipala, Jayaram, Prabhu Ganesan, Lal, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Rahman, Ashwin Kakumanu, and so on in the other pivotal roles.
The movie is scripted by director Mani Ratnam himself, along with Siva Anand and Kumaravel. AR Rahman composes the songs and background score for the movie. Ravi Varman is the director of photography. Sreekar Prasad handles the editing. Ponniyin Selvan is jointly produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions.