Ponniyin Selvan-1:  Mani Ratnam’s Game Of Cholas

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‘Ponniyin Selvan’ made history as the first Tamil film ever with a day one box office of Rs 80 crore and a two-day total of Rs 150 crore.

About Ponniyin Selvan

The Mani Ratnam-directed Tamil historical epic play “Ponniyin Selvan-1,” starring Kalki, was launched in theatres on September 30 after years of planning and daydreaming. The lengthy, five-volume novel is divided into two sections. In the movie version of the book, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan all had major roles.

Both moviegoers and critics have been giving the film high marks and favorable reviews. The Indian-produced movie was made available outside in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Naturally, Ratnam, his cast, and crew must meet extremely challenging technical and creative demands for the story. With strong visual effects, Ratnam directed the film in a way that inspired recent Indian blockbusters like Baahubali, RRR, and KGF.

Ponniyin Selvan-1
Ponniyin Selvan [ PS-1]

How to fit a 2,000-page epic novel into a 2.5-hour movie is the most challenging part of turning Ponniyin Selvan into a movie. What to keep and what to throw away is a difficult decision. Here, Mani Ratnam dominates. He skims the lengthy material and only keeps the scenes that further move the plot. Ponniyin Selvan 1 presents the multi-locational plot that spans around two and a half of the five novels in the series.

Arunmozhi Varman, King of the Chola Dynasty, and how he came to be known as Raja Raja Chozhan are the main topics of the movie’s plot.

To stop prince Aditha Karikalan (Vikram) from becoming the future king, a coup is attempted due to Sundara Cholan’s (Prakash Raj) deteriorating health. The young prince, who is not in the city, sends Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan (Karthi), a Kanchi-based courier and spy, to track down the traitor.

This is only a small portion of the show, which also has plotlines involving Kundavai (Trisha) in Pazhayarai and Arulmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi) in Sri Lanka. Even though the 5-part book is difficult to summarize quickly, Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan manages to fit in the best parts of the original and two thrilling war sequences.

Ponniyin Selvan-1 trailer

However, PS 1 is Mani Ratnam’s most commercially successful film so far owing to the battle scenes. The two sequences’ evident goal is to satisfy fans’ growing desire for epic war scenes in cinema following Baahubali. Instead of being limited to serving as the heroes’ introductory scenes, the battle scenes appear genuine.

The narrative is more fascinating than the clashing swords thanks to Mani Ratnam. In addition to Aditha Karikalan’s monologue about Nandini being memorable and Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan’s futile pick-up lines being more entertaining than sinking ships and burning forts, the meeting between Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) and Kundhavai (Trisha) is a dazzling moment in the film. The two have been loyal allies to the country, and the king is aware that they are scheming against him. How would you convey this suffering without speaking? The monarch is speaking to the traitors while receiving treatments, and the physicians are puncturing his “back” with needles.

The film’s strong performances are another factor that works in the movie’s favor greatly. Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan effortlessly steals the show, just like in the book. Karthi exceeds all expectations; he is easily appealing as a smarmy flirt while also coming across as a valiant fighter.

Ponniyin Selvan Songs And Movie parts

The music for the movie was composed by famous singer AR Rahman. The movie will be released in two parts, the second of which will be available nine months from now, according to director Mani Ratnam. It’s interesting to note that the movie’s first-day worldwide box office revenue is also more than that of Brahmastra Part One – Shiva. On Day 1, the movie directed by Ayan Mukerji achieved a worldwide gross of Rs 75 crore while Ponniyin Selvan-1 recorded 80 cr.

The movie earned Rs 70 crore at the box office on the second day of release. On October 1, the creators officially announced that the movie’s opening weekend box office receipts were Rs 80. According to reports, the movie made Rs 150 crore in just two days.

The film is expected to perform very well in theatres because of the overall positive response from the audience. One of the Tamil movies with a huge opening this year was “Ponniyin Selvan.” I feel compelled to state that the movie, with its great star cast, beautiful music, and eye-popping cinematography, is a milestone for the business.


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