Watch: Ponniyin Selvan’s teaser promises a rich historical spectacle

Set in the Chola period, “Ponniyin Selvan” – featuring a cast of top-class actors – brings author Kalki’s beloved book of the same title to life.

With the highly anticipated film Ponniyin Selvan hitting screens on September 30 this year, the teaser for Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus has finally dropped. The teaser promises high-action battle scenes, sea voyages, sieges, and political drama. Actors Vikram and Karthi, who play Aditya Karikalan and warrior prince Vallavaraiyan Vanthiyathevan respectively, can be seen in intense fight scenes in the teaser. Sprawling historical settings, intense horse chases, battalions of elephants and rich costumes suggest an interesting historical-fantasy film. Aishwarya Rai, who stars as Nandini and Trisha as Chola Princess Kundavai Pirattiyar, is also seen in the teaser.

Set in the Chola period, the film brings to life author Kalki’s beloved book of the same title. The story revolves around the early life of Prince Arulmozhi Varman, known as Raja Raja Cholan. Earlier this week, Lyca Productions, the banner that is funding the film starring Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, released Karthi’s first look. “The Prince without a kingdom, the spy, the handyman adventurer… meet Vanthiyathevan!” said the tweet. Vikram’s first look was also released this week.

The film, which Mani Ratnam says is his dream project, features a host of A-list stars including actors Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Jayaram, Parthiban, Lal, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prabhu and Prakash Raj. Jayam Ravi reportedly tried out for the role of Arulmozhi Varman or Ponniyin Selvan, later known as Raja Raja Chola, and Karthi would appear as Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan.

AR Rahman is composing the music for PS-1 and the cinematography is by Ravi Varman. National award-winning art director Thotta Tharani is in charge of production design while Mani Ratnam’s trusted editor Sreekar Prasad handles its editing. The project is said to be one of the costliest projects ever undertaken in the country.

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