Kamal Haasan And Rajinikanth Congratulate Ratnam For The Film Adaptation Of “Ponniyin Selvan”

Who would succeed in adapting the sprawling 1955 Tamil novel “Ponniyin Selvan” for the screen? It was a competition and Mani Ratnam won, says veteran star Kamal Haasan. Ahead of the much-discussed film’s release later this month, Rajinikanth also praised the acclaimed director who he described as a perfectionist. ”I thought a film like ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ would be made by me or by him. There was a competition between us to make this movie,” Haasan said.

Haasan said he “tried” to make the film, but Ratnam’s determination paid off.

”He tried continuously and won. In the list of his blockbuster films, it will be a very significant film,” he added.

The two stars were speaking at the lavish trailer and audio launch of ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’, the first part of the period epic action movie, on Tuesday night. Among those present were composer AR Rahman and the cast, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Vikram and Karthi. According to Rajinikanth, the upcoming historical drama has three heroes – novel writer Kalki Krishnamurthy, director Ratnam and producer A Subaskaran.

”Ponniyin Selvan – 1” chronicles the early life story of Arulmozhivarman, a powerful southern king who became the great Chola Emperor Rajaraja Chola I.

Considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written in Tamil literature, many stalwarts had planned to adapt the five-volume ”Ponniyin Selvan” for the screen. These included the late iconic actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MG Ramachandran, but things never materialized. So far. Ratnam, who described the film as his passion project, is credited as co-writer on the screenplay along with Elango Kumaravel, while B Jeyamohan penned the dialogue.

Rajinikanth said he found it difficult to work with the filmmaker on the 1991 Tamil film ‘Thalapathi’.

“I used to have common expressions for emotions like surprise, suspicion and so on. But he won’t be satisfied with that. There were 10 to 12 takes in one shot. He used to demand ‘feel’ and ‘more feel’. I used to wonder what that “feeling” was. ”I spoke to Kamal Haasan about the challenges of working with Mani Ratnam and he gave me an idea. He advised me to ask Mani Ratnam to give a model performance. Haasan told me to imitate Mani Ratnam during filming. I did,” he added.

Rajinikanth said he started reading the novel when the late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said he would be the right choice to play Vanthiyathevan, a key character in ”Ponniyin Selvan”. Actor Karthi plays Vanthiyathevan in ”Ponniyin Selvan – 1”.

When Ratnam announced the film in 2019, Rajinikanth said he asked her to let him make a special appearance as Periya Pazhavettayar. R Sarathkumar finally tried out the character who is portrayed as the Chancellor and Treasurer of the Chola Kingdom. “Mani Ratnam asked me, ‘Do you want me to pull reviews from your fans? I don’t want to use you in this role,” Rajinikanth said. According to Rahman, who has frequently collaborated with Ratnam, the film represents “our tradition and our culture”.

Rai Bachchan, who collaborated with Ratnam for the fourth time with ”Ponniyin Selvan – 1”, described the film as a project close to his heart and said, ”It is an absolute honor and privilege to me to work with Mani Ratnam once again.” Karthi said that the characters portrayed in the film are a mixture of reality and fiction. All of these roles are difficult and they have been intertwined wonderfully, he added.

Produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, ”Ponniyin Selvan – 1” is set to hit screens on September 30 in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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