Ponniyin Selvan: I, also known as PS-1, is a highly successful 2022 Indian Tamil-language epic historical action-adventure film. Directed by Mani Ratnam, who co-wrote the screenplay with Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan, the film was produced by Ratnam and Subaskaran Allirajah under the banners of Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The movie is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel, Ponniyin Selvan, and is the first of two cinematic parts.
Ponniyin Selvan Movie 2022 Cast, Story, Plot, & Release
The film proved to be a box office sensation, grossing more than ₹500 crores (US$63 million) and breaking records to become the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2022. Furthermore, it became the second-highest-grossing Tamil film of all time and the 15th-highest-grossing Indian film of all time. The movie was lauded by audiences and critics alike and was even nominated for six awards at the 16th Asian Film Awards, including Best Film.
During the 10th century, the Chola Dynasty was ruled by Emperor Sundara Chozhar, who reigned prosperously in South India. His two sons, Aditha Karikalan and Arulmozhi Varman, also known as Ponniyin Selvan, were leading the empire’s conquests at Kanchi and Lanka, respectively.
However, sensing that something was amiss with his courtiers, Aditha Karikalan sent his trusted associate, Prince Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan of the Vaanar clan, to investigate. Vallavaraiyan was to subsequently report his findings to the Emperor’s daughter, Princess Kundavai, and Emperor Sundara Chozhar.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Jayam Ravi||Arunmozhi Varman|
|R. Sarathkumar||Periya Pazhuvettarayar|
|Prakash Raj||Sundara Chozhar|
|Ashwin Kakumanu||Send an Amudhan|
|Kishore Kumar G.||Ravidasan|
|Aishwarya Rai Bachchan||Nandini|
|Vikram Prabhu||Parthibendran Pallavan|
Actor Trisha Krishnan will be seen playing the role of Princess Kundavai in Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 1.
Sarathkumar plays the role of Periya Pazhuvettarayar and his character ends up marrying a much younger Nandini.
Aishwarya Lekshmi portrayed the character of Poonguzhali in the acclaimed historical epic Ponniyin Selvan.
Prakash Raj plays Sundara Chozhar.
Jayachitra essays a character named Sembiyan Maadevi.
Ashwin plays Sendhan Amudhan, who helps Karthi’s Vanthiyathevan escape danger in many situations.
Kishore Kumar G.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays the dual roles of Nandini – the Queen of Pazhuvoor and Mandakini – the aunt of Poonguzhali.
Karthi plays a charismatic role as Vanthiyadevan in Mani Ratnam’s historical drama ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ which narrates the history of Cholas.
Sobhita will make her Tamil debut with this film. It is said that she will essay the role of a princess
Actor Vikram Prabhu who is playing a vital role in the movie has completed the dubbing for his parts.
Malayalam actor Jayaram will be playing the role of the clever court spy Alwarkkadiyan Nambi in Ponniyin Selvan 1.
The character of Madhuranthakan Chola, a Shaivite who plots to seize the Chola Empire’s throne, is portrayed by Rahman.
Actor Lal had been roped in to play an important role in Dhanush’s film Mari Selvaraj.
Ponniyin Selvan was originally planned as a single film with a budget of ₹500 crore (US$63 million). After principal photography commenced in December 2019, it was reported in January 2020 that the film would be split into two parts, which was confirmed by Mani Ratnam that April.
Mani Ratnam’s frequent collaborator A. R. Rahman composed the film score and soundtrack for the movie. Tips purchased the audio rights to the film. The soundtrack comprises six original songs, including “Ponni Nadhi,” “Chola Chola,” “Ratchasa Maamaney,” “Sol,” “Alaikadal,” and “Devaralan Aattam,” all of which were composed by A.R. Rahman.
Ponniyin Selvan: II was globally released on April 28, 2023, in theaters worldwide, including standard, IMAX, 4DX, and EPIQ formats. This movie is the first South Indian film to be released in the 4DX format.
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|Based on||Ponniyin Selvan
by Kalki Krishnamurthy
|Box office||est. ₹500 crore|
|Dialogues by||B. Jeyamohan|
|Directed by||Mani Ratnam|
|Distributed by||Red Giant Movies (Tamil Nadu)
Sri Venkateswara Creations (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana)
K Senthil (Karnataka)
Sree Gokulam Movies (Kerala)
Pen India Limited (North India)
Lyca Productions in association with Tentkotta (Overseas)
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Narrated by||Kamal Haasan|
|Produced by||Mani Ratnam
|Release date||30 September 2022|
|Running time||167 minutes|
|Screenplay by||Elango Kumaravel|
|Story by||Kalki Krishnamurthy
Red Giant Movies has acquired the distribution rights of the film in Tamil Nadu, while Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations has acquired the distribution rights for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Gokulam Gopalan’s Sree Gokulam Movies has acquired the distribution rights for Kerala, and Pen India Limited has acquired the distribution rights for North India.
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