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Hopefully, Hindi and non-Tamil audiences which were patronising gangster films from the South will give this fabulous trying historic an opportunity, says Deepa Gahlot.

After Raavan, no Mani Ratnam movie has made a splash outdoors the southern states.

However film lovers have recollections of a few of his movies (Nayakan, Dalapathi, Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, Yuva, Guru) that travelled into the Hindi belt (although not all succeeded), a lot earlier than the grand productions from the South began giving Hindi cinema, or quite the smug Bollywood institution, a scare.

His newest movie, an impressively-mounted historic Ponniyin Selvan Half 1 — abbreviated to PS-1 maybe for the non-Tamil audiences — is a Hindi-dubbed magnum opus in regards to the Chola dynasty that we could have examine in historical past textbooks however not with sufficient depth.


For Tamilians, the story additionally has a previous. Legendary novelist Kalki Krishnamurthy wrote the historic epic, and M G Ramachandran got down to make the movie however ill-health stalled the undertaking.

It will be an formidable undertaking for any film-maker to take up and Ratnam who had initiated (with Kamal Haasan) and shelved the movie, now has the assets and star energy to make the movie as a result of a historic like that is both made on a large scale or by no means.

After interval extravaganzas like Baahubali and RRR, the Tamil and Telugu industries have already proved that they’ve the imaginative and prescient and technical experience to supply larger-than-life cinema.

Mani Ratnam has written the script with Elango Kumarvel and B Jayamohan, and will get collectively a high notch technical workforce — Cinematographer Ravi Varman, Composer A R Rahman, Artwork Director Thotta Tharani and Editor A Sreekar Prasad — to make this movie. If the three-minute trailer is any indication, they’ve performed their finest.

The story is about energy struggles in the course of the Chola rule.

There are the inevitable battle scenes, shot splendidly, the magnificent palaces, beautiful costumes (by Eka Lakhani) and tune sequences are all par for the course for big-budget historic.

The visuals look spectacular, and it’s as much as the celebrities to hold the burden of the movie that has been dubbed into a number of languages and must dazzle audiences outdoors the southern states too, who could also be unfamiliar with the intricacies of the plot.

The movie had many solid and crew adjustments, and after numerous manufacturing difficulties, has lastly made it to the display screen.

Vikram performs Aditya Karikalan, one of many sons of Chola ruler Sundara (Prakash Raj), the opposite being Arulmozhivarman, performed by Jayam Ravi.

The primary a part of the story centres round Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevam (performed by Karthi), a warrior-messenger who performs a major half within the palace intrigues.

The necessary feminine components are performed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Nandini, a woman-scorned conspirator towards the Cholas, and Trisha as Princess Kundavai Piratti, who needs peace within the area.

There’s a big solid of well-known actors, and clearly numerous VFX inputs that no formidable movie can do with out nowadays.


Judging by the promo, the look of the movie is fabulous, however that would have been anticipated from Mani Ratnam.

Hopefully, Hindi and non-Tamil audiences which were patronising gangster films from the South will give a historic an opportunity.

They’ve seen sufficient Mughal and Rajput tales on display screen and a good quantity of Raj-era tales.

If nothing else, they are going to study one thing in regards to the historical past of their nation from the South that has largely been ignored by Bollywood cinema.

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