Ponniyin Selvan: All You Need to Know about the Mani Ratnam Film


Ponniyin Selvan, the upcoming historical fiction directed by Mani Ratnam, who co-produced it with Allirajah Subaskaran, will release in India on September 30, 2022, in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

The film has suffered several delays due to the covid-19 pandemic. The teaser trailer for the film was released on July 20, 2022, in five different languages. It will be the first film in the Ponniyin Selvan franchise as there is confirmed to be a sequel to the movie in the near future.

The South Indian movie has an ensemble cast which includes Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Shobita Dhulipala and more. Ponniyin Selvan: I is expected to shatter many box office records.

Here’s everything you should know about Ponniyin Selvan

Ponniyin Selvan will release on 30th September 2022

Ponniyin Selvan is directed by the veteran filmmaker Mani Ratman. The screenplay for the movie is also written by Mani Ratnam in combination with Elango Kumaravel. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Kalki Krishnamurthy.

The legendary singer and composer AR Rahman provides the music in the film, while the cinematography is handled by Ravi Varman. It is produced under the banner of Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The film is expected to be made on a budget of about Rs 500 Crore.

Cast and Characters:

Ponniyin Selvan Cast

Chiyaan Vikram is portraying the role of the eldest son of Sundara Chola. He will be seen handling the responsibilities of the commander of Northern troops in Sundara Chola’s reign. Vikram is the film’s leading actor.

The leading lady of the film is played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She essays the role of Nandini, wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. However, that’s not it. Aishwarya is, in fact playing dual roles in the film. She will also be seen portraying the character of Mandakini Devi, the deaf and mute mother of Nandini.

The famous South Indian actress Trisha will play Ilaiya Piratti, the Chola princess and sister of Chiyaan Vikram’s character and Vallavaraiyan’s Love interest.

Actor Karthi is playing a brave and sarcastic warrior prince of the Vaanar Clan. Jayam Ravi is playing the titular role in the film. His character will come to be known as the great king Rajaraja Cholan. He is the youngest son of Sundara Cholan in the movie.

Shobita Dhulipala will be seen as Vaanathi, a shy princess who is the love interest of Arulmozhi. Aishwarya Lekshmi will essay the character of Poonguzhali, a boat woman also known as the princess of the ocean.

Meanwhile, Prakash Raj will play the important character of Sundara Chola, the emperor of the Chola empire. He has been given the title of Sundara due to his beauty.

Other prominent cast members include- Prabhu as Periya Vellar, R Sarathkumar as Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, Vikram Prabhu as Parthibendra Pallavan, Jayaram as Azhwarkadiyan Nambi, Rahman as Madurantaka Uttama Chola, R Prathiban as Chinna Pazhuvettaraiyar.


Ponniyin Selvan, based on the historical novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, will tell the story of Chola empire in the Southern part of India. The film will adapt the five volumes of the stories put together by Kalki Krishnamurthy in 1955.

Mani Ratnam has stated that it was his dream project to adapt the novel into a film. Earlier, the movie was meant to be a standalone film, but the grandeur of the story has made the director adapt the tale in two parts. Ponniyin Selvan: I is the first part, while the second part is expected to drop in either late 2023 or early 2024.

Here is the trailer of Ponniyin Selvan: I


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