Review of the film Ponniyin Selvan: Kalki Krishnamurthy’s five-volume Ponniyin Selvan, widely regarded as the best work in Tamil literature, has been adapted into a feature film. Maniratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan was a film that drew inspiration from a literary work and featured numerous famous Kollywood actors. The film was a huge hit in Tamil, but the Telugu producers did nothing to promote it.
The movie is already out, so let’s find out if it’s worth watching despite it may have generated some buzz for the participation of well-known stars.
In the first chapter of Ponniyin Selvan, set a thousand years ago, Vandiyathevan (Karthi) carries a message from Crown Prince Aditha Karikalan through the country of Chola (Vikram). When vassals and lesser leaders plot a civil war, Kundavai (Trisha) steps in to restore political balance in the kingdom. How can Arunmozhi Varma, played by Jayam Ravi, protect the Chola dynasty and ensure the survival of the Chola kingdom? Watch the film if you want to know more about Nandini (Aishwarya Rai).
Cast and crew
Movie stars include Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and Radhakrishnan Parthiban. The film was shot by Ravi Varman, while the soundtrack was composed by AR. Rehman, under the direction of Maniratnam.
|Ponniyin Selvan part 1
|Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies
|Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and Radhakrishnan Parthiban
Verdict of the film
There is no denying that Bahubali has inspired a wave of films with equally broad ideas. Maniratnam, the master storyteller, first conceived a historical drama and played many prominent actors in this film, which has captured the interest of many viewers despite the fact that most of these films are failing at the box office. But I consider it authentic Tamil cinema because, in addition to being populated by Tamils, it was also created by Tamils.
Following the introduction of the film’s main characters, there is a noticeable lack of interest in gripping drama. After the introduction of Vandiyathevan (Karthi), however, the interest and curiosity of the audience are maintained until the intermission, and the second half of the film is driven by strong emotions that keep the audience engaged. On the other hand, Ponniyin Selvan seems to have it all, but we feel that he is missing something. This, I realized, is the absence of context from the past.
Undoubtedly, the film is a visual treat to watch on screens, but non-Tamils may have trouble following the story due to the nativity and non-synchronic dubbing. If you know anything about Chola’s kingdom, though, you might enjoy the movie.
This is a really significant issue.In a film like this, where the actor or actress is expected to portray a historical figure while also providing the face and physical presence of the character, casting is very important. Plus, Trisha as Kundavi, Aishwarya as Nandhini and all the characters did a great job, and Karhi as Vandiyathevan is great because the character’s comic body language is similar to Yuganiki Okkadu’s. Jayam Ravi as Arunmozhi Varma has limited screen presence, but his character is so well written. Equally noteworthy is Vikram’s performance as Aditha Karikalan.
There is a lot of tension in Ponniyiin Selavan, but director Mani Ratnam, who is a master at pulling dramatic performances from his actors, is unable to turn it into an emotionally engaging film. You can rule out the possibility that Mani Ratnam was involved in the making of this film.
With the exception of a few shots with visual effects, AR is Ponniyin Selvan’s main technical talent. The film is bolstered by contributions from the rest of the technical staff, including Rehman’s music and score, Ravi Varman’s excellent photography, and the rest of the cast and crew.
Ponniyin Selavn is a lot of fun to watch on TV if you know anything about the Chola kingdom.