Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is all set to begin. The shooting will begin in September. Since Ponniyin Selvan is a huge epic it will be shot as two parts just like the Bahubali franchise. Mani Ratnam is in talks with Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Mohan Babu for the film. While Jayam Ravi has been approached for the role of Arul Mozhi Varman, Vikram has been asked to play the role of Aditya Karikalan. Now, the interesting aspect of the film’s cast is that former Miss World Aishwarya Rai is approached for the character Nandhini, who is considered to be deadliest character in the novel.
Aishwarya Rai made her debut in Maniratnam’s Iruvar. She was also part of Guru and Ravan. Nandhini is a venomous character, who is married forcefully to Periya Pazhuvetarayar. Mani Ratnam is planning to rope in Telugu actor Mohan Babu for the Pazhuvetarayar’s role. Mani Ratnam has approached Nayanthara for the character of Poonguzhali, wife of Madhurandhaka Uthama Chozha. Keerthy Suresh has been roped in to play Princess Kundavai in the film. Karthi plays Vandhiya Thevan
Lyca Productions, which funded Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s magnum opus 2.0, is producing the Tamil flick.Ponniyin Selvan, written by Kalki, is the story of Arulmozhivarman, who went on to become the Great King Raja Raja Chozhan. It is said that Kalki took nearly 3 years to complete the novel..