Mani Ratnam is currently engaged with the marketing of Ponniyin Selvan, his long-awaited dream project. Unquestionably, one of the most eagerly awaited future films in Indian cinema is the film, which is based on the historical fiction novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy that was published in 1954. Despite the fact that the Ponniyin Selvan novel was initially published in five parts, director Mani Ratnam decided to only release his film version in two. Although many moviegoers and fans of Tamil literature are extremely enthusiastic about the movie, some viewers believe that Ponniyin Selvan should have been turned into a web series instead.
In a recently held promotional press meet in Kerala, director Mani Ratnam revealed why he chose to make Ponniyin Selvan a two-part film, instead of web series. “The first time I read Ponniyin Selvan, I must’ve just finished school. And when I read it, I looked at it as a big screen thing. Everything looked big to me - the adventure, the horses, the war, the women, the men – everything appealed to you as something which is so graphic, so big. It has always been a film for me. I never looked at the option of it being a web series". Mani Ratnam said.
“I’m sure that it can be done and I’m sure that somebody will do it at some point. Maybe you’ll do it. But to me, it was meant for theatres, meant for cinema. It has everything that we celebrate in cinema,” he added.
The first part of Ponniyin Selvan will be released on September 30. The cast including Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha Krishnan, and many others.