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Ponniyin Selvan: Mani Ratnam Explains Why He Chose Not To Turn It Into a Web Series: It Is Meant For The Big Screen

Mani Ratnam discusses how, at a very young age, he fell in love with Ponniyin Selvan.
by Fitha Fathima | September 22, 2022 12:44 IST
Ponniyin Selvan: Mani Ratnam Explains Why He Chose Not To Turn It Into a Web Series: It Is Meant For The Big Screen

Mani Ratnam is currently preoccupied with the promotion of Ponniyin Selvan, his long-awaited dream project. The film, which is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1954 historical fiction novel of the same name, is undoubtedly one of the most awaited upcoming blockbusters in Indian cinema. Even though the Ponniyin Selvan novel was initially published in five parts, director Mani Ratnam decided to only release his film version in two. Despite the enthusiasm of Tamil literature and film buffs for the movie, some viewers believe that Ponniyin Selvan should have been turned into a web series instead.

 
Mani Ratnam, the director of Ponniyin Selvan, finally disclosed why he decided to make a two-part film rather than a web series during a recent press conference held in Trivandrum. “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,” the seasoned director acknowledged.
 
“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.
 
Ponniyin Selvan's first part is set to be released on September 30 of this year. The sequel is scheduled to be released in theaters in the Summer 2023. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha Krishnan, and more A-list actors appear in the magnum opus. The soundtrack for the movie was written by AR Rahman, and it was produced by Lyca Productions and Mani Ratnam's in-house studio, Madras Talkies.


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