Ponniyin Selvan I, which has been much awaited, is an outstanding film directed by Mani Ratnam and should not be missed. The Chola period is introduced with hypnotising background music composed by A. R. Rahman.
When we go back in time about a thousand years, the Chola Kingdom is in the midst of a period of rapid expansion and is on the verge of reaching the height of its grandeur.
As was to be feared, it is under attack—this time from both within and without. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Nandini, a beautiful young queen who, along with other defeated royals and monarchs, is looking forward to the fall of the kingdom.
It is stated that when Kalki Krishnamurthy penned “Ponniyin Selvan” in the year 1950, he always anticipated that it would one day be adapted into a film. Both the famed Tamil actor MGR in 1958 and Kamal Haasan in the 1980s attempted to adapt the narrative for the big screen, but their efforts were unsuccessful for a number of different reasons. MGR was the first actor to try adapting the story in 1958. However, after waiting for decades, the great director Mani Ratnam has finally made his idea a reality, and the end result is something that, in this day and age of “super-sized blockbusters,” stands out as something truly unique.
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: Ravi Varman
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Ponniyin Selvan: I Star Cast
Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Shobita Dulipala, Aiswarya Lekshmi, Prabhu, Jayaram, Vikram Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj,
As a result of the monarch of the Chola dynasty’s failing health, the task of ruling the kingdom has been given to the king’s brother, Sundara Choludu (Prakash Raj). After some time has passed, Sundara Choludu hands it down to his son, Aditya Karikaaludu (Vikram). This choice causes Madhuranthakudu, also known as Rehman, who is the legitimate successor to the Chola dynasty and the son of the deceased king, to feel disheartened. He asks another king, Pallavaraaya (Sarathkumar), for help, and the two of them come up with a plan to hold a meeting at Kadambur behind closed doors to talk about what to do next.
On the other hand, Aditya Karikaaludu begins to suspect that there is a plot afoot within the kingdom, so he gives his army commander, Vallavarayan Vanthiyadevudu (Karthi), the mission of uncovering the truth. Did Vallavarayan fulfil his job? What role does Nandhini, played by Aishwarya Rai, have in the overall narrative of this piece? How did Ponniyin Selvan Arunmozhi, brother of Aditya and the next ruler of the Chola dynasty, put a halt to this plot? Jayam Ravi Watch the movie to find out the answers to all of your questions.
With a running time of 167 minutes, the movie takes its time to introduce all of the characters and to explain what drives them in a way that piques the audience’s interest in seeing the next instalment. The ornate sets and gorgeous locales serve as the ideal background for the battle of the kings, but in the end, it is human emotions that are exposed to the audience through the medium of film. Even though “Ponniyin Selvan II” isn’t coming out until 2023, it’s safe to say that Mani Ratnam’s most recent movie does justice to Kalki Krishnamurthy’s epic, even though the job is only half done right now.
Aspects of the technology:
It is believed that PS-1 is created on a massive scale, and the production values are exceptional. The production design done by Thota Tharrani gives this larger-than-life epic an added layer of depth and significance. The creators went with settings that were more grounded in realism, and they worked to ensure that the frames were detailed. In addition to that, they are pleasing to the eye.
The costumes that Eka Lakhani designed are enchanting, and the two leading ladies, Aishwarya Rai and Trisha, have a look that is both jaw-droppingly beautiful and intensely alluring. The music composed by AR Rahman, winner of an Academy Award, is enjoyable, and in a few situations, he contributed some extremely high-quality background soundtracks to boost the proceedings. Ravi Varman has done an excellent job behind the camera, and the Chola era comes across quite grandly in the images that he has captured. As was mentioned previously, the editing of the movie is subpar, which makes watching the movie quite taxing.
Mani Ratnam is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished filmmakers to come out of India. His films are frequently described as being majestic. His average narration, on the other hand, brings down the otherwise outstanding technological accomplishments of PS-1. It is clear that he had the aim and the dream of bringing this wonderful narrative to life, but he should have been more careful with the way he told the story. The screenplay was written by Mani Ratnam and Elango Kumaravel, but despite their combined efforts, they were unable to produce a movie that was interesting and kept the audience’s attention.