Will Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan be the expensive film ever made?
Filmmaker Mani Ratnam has been toying around the idea of turning the famous Ponniyin Selvan novel into a full-fledged movie. It was his longtime dream and in the past, he couldn’t mount the project due to budget issues.
Now, it looks like Mani Ratnam’s dream will soon turn into reality. Recently, Lyca Productions backed out of the project. But, Mani Ratnam has approached Jio Studios for the same. It is said that he has planned to release the film in two parts.
The cumulative budget of Ponniyin Selvan would be around Rs 800 to Rs 1000 crore. Sources reveal that this project will have a huge star cast and will go on the floors in the coming months.
Actress Anushka Shetty has been roped in to play Rani Poonguzhali, one of the best characters in the Ponniyin Selvan universe. Mohan Babu, Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Simbu, Keerthy Suresh, Jayam Ravi, and Amitabh Bachchan have been roped in to be part of the movie as well.