Filmmaker Mani Ratnam recently announced that he had plans to reshape Kalki Krishnamurthy’s fictional historical novel, Ponniyin Selvan into a film.
Due to several causes, the film had been on hold for years and finally, in last December it went on floors in Thailand. The Thailand schedule was wrapped up in January, while the rest of the movie will be shot on sets in the South as well as real locations across the country throughout the year. The cast includes Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Karthi, Trisha and Jayam Ravi and Sobhita Dhulipala.
Sobhita, a trained classical dancer, is playing the pivotal role of a princess, who is a master in Bharatanatyam and Kuchupudi. The cast had reportedly done many workshops, with Sobhita focusing on enhancing her classical dance techniques.
The film tells the story of Arulmozhivarman, one of the kings of the Chola dynasty during the 10th and 11th century. Like the Bahubali franchise, the movie is being made in two parts, with the first one slated to be released in January 2021.