The teaser of Mani Ratnam’s highly anticipated magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 was released on Friday. The teaser promises that the film has been mounted on a lavish scale and its visuals match standards set by SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali series. The teaser was leaked online nearly half hour before its official launch. Going by the clip that’s doing the rounds on social media, it was recorded at the event where the makers were testing the footage.
Ponniyin Selvan, based on the eponymous epic novel by Kalki, has been produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies. Lyca Productions will be releasing the film. The first part will be released in cinemas worldwide on September 30.
It is evident from the teaser that this could be undoubtedly most expensive film in Mani Ratnam’s career. All the lead characters are given equal importance in the teaser while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who just appears in two shots, appears to be playing dual roles.
Listen to Pooniyan Selvan Track Here:
1. Ponniyin Selvan: I Single Track
Singers: Ar Rahman
In the film, Aishwarya will be seen in the character of Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, and her mute mother, Queen Mandakini Devi.
On Friday, the makers unveiled the first look poster of Jayam Ravi’s character from the movie. He plays the character Ponniyin Selvan.
Tweet from Madras Talkies read: “Hail the Visionary Prince, the Architect of the Golden Era, the Great Raja Raja Chola…introducing Ponniyin Selvan! (sic).”
The film has music by AR Rahman while Ravi Varman handled cinematography. Sreekar Prasad took care of editing and Thota Tharani was roped in for production design and writer Jeyamohan for dialogues.
Sharing credits for the screenplay along with Mani Ratnam is actor Kumaravel.
The film’s title poster was unveiled in January 2020. Immediately, the film had gone on the floors in Thailand where a major portion of the first schedule was shot before it was suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The poster featured a sword with a golden hilt and it bears the emblem of the Chola kingdom along with the words ‘Beginning of the Golden Era’.