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28 Aug

PS-1 A Magnum Opus like never before

The premiere of Mani Ratnam's magnum opus has occurred. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, and Vikram Prabhu are among the actors that appear in the movie.



Ponniyin Selvan 1, Mani Ratnam's crowning achievement, has opened in theatres. In a recent interview, Jayam Ravi said that both parts of the movie, PS 1, which has been in production since 2019, were shot in 150 days and starred Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, and R Sarathkumar.

The novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, which was initially released in 1955, served as the inspiration for Ponniyin Selvan. Mani Ratnam stated to Film Companion, when discussing turning the book into a movie, "I think when you transformed it (the novel) into a script, you have to follow some spine and continue with it. According to my writer, the finest line I had heard before the movie. "Read the book once, toss it away, and then write," he said.

In a recent interview with PTI, Vikram, who portrays Aditha Karikalan, the crown prince and leader of the Northern forces under Sundara Chola's rule, said of the ensemble cast, "It's a very unusual thing to feel comfortable and not feel intimidated by your co-actors. He praised Karthi and Jayam Ravi, saying, "Karthi carries the whole film on his shoulder. Unusually, you want them to flourish in what they're doing and want to keep up with it. His character is the focal point of the whole narrative, anything from linear and filled with ups and downs. For him, it's a bizarre journey. A bizarre character. And Ravi's persona is once again something else—very different—where he is so collected and serene while having many conflicting thoughts running through his brain. He also has to have a regal demeanour. Therefore, actors truly hope to land these kinds of roles.


There is a lot of curiosity among moviegoers in Ponniyin Selvan 1. I know a 75-year-old man who last saw a movie in a theatre was Baahubali 2, and now he wants to go to theatres to see this movie. Rakesh Gowthaman, who oversees Chennai's well-known twin-screen Vettri Theatres, said to "People who have read the book, who have not gone to a theatre in a long time, would want to watch this film on the big screen.

The Hindi-language film Vikram Vedha, which has Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in the key roles, will be PS 1's main rival. According to reports, the film's opening weekend box office haul in the north Indian circuit might reach Rs 2 crore. It's still a strong beginning for an original Tamil movie, even under such a scenario. The film could do better if it spreads positive word of mouth.