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Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam reuniting after 35 years

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South Indian legends Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam are all set to reunite after a long gap of three and a half decades. The project will start rolling next year and an official announcement was made. The film is tentatively titled KH234 and the legends are collaborating again after cult classic Nayakan that released in 1987. The film will be jointly produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, Kamal Haasan’s Raajkamal Films International and Red Giant Movies. Legendary music composer AR Rahman will score the music and background score.

Both Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam are equally excited about the collaboration. This would be a next-level collaboration after Kamal Haasan is riding high with the super success of Vikram and Mani Ratnam is on cloud nine with the success of Ponniyin Selvan Part One. Tamil film industry and the audience are all excited and are waiting for this legendary combination.

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Ponniyin Selvan-1 (all versions) 2 weeks worldwide collections – Second highest grossing Tamil Film

Ponniyin Selvan – 1 has collected a gross of gross 430 cr Worldwide by the end of its second week. The film has now emerged as the second highest-grossing Kollywood film behind 2.0 (666 Cr) and ahead of Vikram (425 Cr). The film is now the all-time highest-grossing film in Tamil Nadu beating Vikram in a span of just 3 months. It has done excellent business in Karnataka & Kerala while it’s fair in North India. AP/TS has been below par with less than 10cr share while advance including P&P is at 12 Cr. After the opening weekend, the film didn’t do much in the Telugu States.

In Overseas the film has grossed 18.65 Million which is the biggest ever for a Tamil film if we exclude China’s gross of 2.0 which was a Flop in China.

Below is the area-wise Breakup:

Area2 weeks worldwide collectionsfirst weekend Worldwide Collections
Tamil Nadu182 Cr68 Cr
AP/TS22.30 Cr14 Cr
Karnataka25 Cr12.50 Cr
North India26.90 Cr11.70 Cr
Kerala22.20 Cr9.80 Cr
Overseas$18.65 Million ( 152.6 Cr)$12.1 Million (99 Cr)
Worldwide431 Cr215 Cr

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Buzz: Rajinikanth and Mani Ratnam to team up?

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Legendary director Mani Ratnam is back with a bang with Ponniyin Selvan and the film minted massive money across the circles of Tamil Nadu and the USA. The film ended up as a below-average grosser in Telugu states and North India. Mani Ratnam is done with the shoot of the second installment of Ponniyin Selvan and the film releases in summer 2023. As per the recent happenings, Mani Ratnam and Superstar Rajinikanth decided to collaborate again after years. Rajinikanth inked a two-film deal with Lyca Productions recently.

The production house also produced Ponniyin Selvan and Lyca is bringing back the combo of Rajinikanth and Mani Ratnam. The film starts rolling next year after Rajinikanth is done with his current projects. Mani Ratnam too will take his time and will work on the script. More details about the film will be announced officially by Lyca Productions soon.

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Nagarjuna on ‘PS-1’: Mani Ratnam has proven what a master craftsman he always was

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Telugu superstar Nagarjuna has congratulated director Mani Ratnam and his whole unit of ‘Ponniyin Selvan: 1’ saying that the ace director has proven with the historical fiction what a master craftsman he always was.

At a press conference in Chennai called by the unit of his upcoming film ‘The Ghost’, which in Tamil is titled ‘Ratchan – The Ghost’, Nagarjuna said: “Before I talk about my upcoming film, let me congratulate Mani Sir. ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ had always been his dream. He had always talked about it to me as well quite a few times.”

Stating that the ace director had proven what a mastercraftsman he always was, the actor said: “I have such fond memories of working with him in ‘Geethanjali’ in 1988. I have seen his journey of work and what he’s achieved.

“I would like to congratulate Vikram, my dear brother Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha and of course, A.R. Rahman. I would like to congratulate all of them for the wonderful piece of art they have given us,” he added.

Stating that he had been born and brought up in Chennai, before his dad took him to Hyderabad, the actor said that it feels like coming home every time he comes down to Chennai.

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Mani Ratnam’s ‘PS1’ unit releases sneak peek into film

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The unit of director Mani Ratnam’s upcoming magnum opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’, has now released a sneak peek in to the movie, much to the delight of fans who are waiting with bated breath for the film to release on September 30.

The one minute 32 second long video clip released by the unit shows the Pandyas swearing an oath to wipe out the royal lineage of the Cholas in the presence of Goddess Kotravai.

A dialogue that a character utters indicates that the Pandyas have been defeated in battle and have retreated to the jungles.

“The brave Pandyas will wash your feet with Chola blood. The Pandyan kingdom is where the Pandyan Emperor lives. This forest is Madurai to us,” he says and adds, “Behold Amarabujanga Pandyan, son of Veera Pandiyan. He graces the Pandyan throne.”

The warriors then pledge their lives to Goddess Kali and to the Pandya flag and its emperor.

“For killing our beloved king Veera Pandyan, we will sever the head of Chola prince Aditha Karikalan. Death to his brother Arunmozhi Varman. Death to the chola Emperor Sundara Chozhar. We’ll offer their blood to Kottravai,” they swear.

The film is based on the classic Tamil novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ by eminent writer Kalki.

The film, called by Mani Ratnam as his dream project, is among the most expensive projects ever undertaken in the country.

It has the best in business handling each of its departments. A R Rahman has scored the music for this epic historical and cinematography is by Ravi Varman. National Award winning art director Thotta Tharani was in charge of production design while Mani Ratnam’s trusted editor Sreekar Prasad has handled its editing.

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‘Ponniyin Selvan-1’ characters wear real gold jewellery, says Mani Ratnam

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The upcoming Mani Ratnam film ‘Ponniyin Selvan-1’ spells royalty as it uses actual gold jewellery for its characters and was designed keeping in mind the small details of the Chola period.

The film, based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel of the same name, tells the story of the early days of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I.

Talking about the jewellery design of the film, the director of the film, Mani Ratnam said in a conversation with IANS: “We gave special emphasis to the costume to make them believable and lend the period-specific authenticity and still evoke that sense of royalty. We were very lucky to have Kishandas (the jewellery designer) on board with us and we worked with actual gold jewellery.”

He added: “The artisans worked around the small details of the Chola period and made the ornaments specific to the characters.”

Gold, though, tends to behave differently on camera given its radiance. So was there a lot of back and forth on the design? The director revealed: “It was not very difficult once we figured out the texture. It was more about the design that we focussed on as to what will be right for a particular character.”

‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’, which features an ensemble star cast of Vikram, Karthi, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and R. Parthiban, is arriving in cinemas on September 30.

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PS-1 Movie Pre Release Event Set2

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Mani Ratnam lauds Chiranjeevi and SS Rajamouli

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Legendary director Mani Ratnam is all focused on Ponniyin Selvan and the first installment of the periodic epic is releasing in September. As a part of the promotions, the single number of Ponniyin Selvan is out. During his speech, Mani Ratnam heaped praises on top director SS Rajamouli. “Ponniyin Selvan is possible only because of SS Rajamouli, the man behind the country’s biggest epic Baahubali. The film is successful in both the parts and Baahubali is an inspiration for me” told Mani Ratnam.

He also lauded Megastar Chiranjeevi but he promised to disclose the reason at a later time. “I would specially thank Megastar Chiranjeevi but I will reveal the reason at a later date and not now” told Mani Ratnam. Ponniyin Selvan is produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions jointly. Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj and Rahman played the lead roles. Legendary music composer AR Rahman scored the music and background score.

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Makeup at 2:30 a.m. and first shot at 6: Mani Ratnam makes two-part epic in 120 days

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Tamil actor Karthi, who plays the pivotal character of Vanthiya Devan in Mani Ratnam’s much-awaited magnum opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, says that the ace director has completed shooting both parts of the film in a matter of just 120 days.

Speaking at the launch of the first single, ‘Ponni Nadhi’, from the film, Karthi said the song is about a river. “All civilisations have started in rivers. Then, it was Ponni. Now, it is Cauvery. Every river has its own characteristics. Rivers have inspired poets. They have been a motivating force for even common people like us.

“When lots of people were saying that we cannot make a film on the scale of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, we started. Then Covid struck. When we were perplexed, just like how a river knows to find its way to the sea, we knew Mani sir knew how to take this film to its logical end.

“We all went and stood with Mani sir and worked. In a matter of just 120 days, he completed both ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ and ‘Ponniyin Selvan 2’. It is not easy to make two films in 120 days.

“We would put our makeup at 2-2.30 a.m. There would be 30 people waiting ready to put makeup for us. Nobody would sleep. At 6.30 in the morning, we would take the first shot.

“Working on this film was like a dream. To make another film like this, a director would have to be born. Only Mani sir can do this.”

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Mani Ratnam’s mega movie PS-1 gets release date

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Bringing together a stellar cast of Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Jayaram, Prakashraj, R Parthiepan and Vikram Prabhu, ace director Mani Ratnam has been making PS-1 amid Covid hurdles.

In a major announcement, the team today formally announced that PS-1 will be released on September 30, 2022. Jointly produced by Madras Talkies (Mani’s own banner) in association with Lyca, PS-1 has musical score by Oscar-Grammy winner A R Rahman.

“The story is set in the 10th century during a tumultuous time in the Chola Empire when the power struggle between different branches of the ruling family caused violent rifts between the potential successors to the reigning emperor,” said a press release from PS-1 makers.

It added: “It is adventure story where brave soldiers, cunning spies and evil schemers all try to win the empire for themselves. A civil war becomes imminent until the scores can be settled.”

“PS-1 marks the beginning of the Golden Era,” concluded the statement. The second part is expected to be released sometime in 2023.

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Mani Ratnam and Shankar joining Hands

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There has been a huge demand for content and Indian films, web series are faring well across the international circles. Language is no more a barrier in this digital era and several top Tamil directors now joined hands for a joint venture and floated a production house ‘Rain on Films Pvt Ltd’. Top directors Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Gautham Menon, AR Murugadoss, Mysskin, Vasanthabalan and others floated the production house. Shankar and Mani Ratnam are the joint directors of Rain on Films Pvt Ltd.

They are in plans to produce quality content for theatres and digital platforms. Mani Ratnam’s recent offering Navarasa that is streaming on Netflix is a huge hit and Mani Ratnam initiated the plan and made several directors join the board. The first project will be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and it would be a feature film. The cast, crew members are yet to be announced for this film. Lokesh Kangaraj will commence the work for this film after he is done with Kamal Haasan’s Vikram.

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Tollywood actors in Mani Ratnam’s Navarasa?

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Veteran director Mani Ratnam is all set for digital debut with an innovative attempt named Navarasa. The web series will have nine episodes and each episode has its own genre. Nine actors will play the lead roles in Navarasa which will be directed by nine talented directors. Mani Ratnam is monitoring the script work and the shoot commences from August. Navarasa will be made in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. Suriya, Siddarth and Madhavan are the finalized actors from Tamil.

Mani Ratnam is also keen on roping in 3-4 Tollywood actors so that Navarasa gets the Telugu touch and the needed boost. Names like Nagarjuna, Nani, Naga Chaitanya and Karthikeya are considered. The casting process will start soon and Mani Ratnam will finalize the lead actors as per the availability of their dates. A couple of Telugu directors too will be a part of Navarasa as per the update. Mani Ratnam will make an official announcement about the directors and cast very soon.

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Suriya and Mani Ratnam to team up again

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Top actor Suriya and veteran director Mani Ratnam make a terrific combination. The duo worked in the past for Yuva. This time, the duo is all set to team up again for a web series and not for a movie. A web series with the name ‘Navarasa’ is getting ready. The web series will have nine episodes and will feature nine actors. Nine directors will direct the web series. Suriya has been picked up for one of the episodes of Navarasa.

R Madhavan, Vikram and Siddharth are finalized for some of the other episodes. Mani Ratnam will direct the episode that features Suriya. The concept sounds very interesting after which several top actors and directors decided to come on to the board. There are talks that several Telugu actors too will be seen in Navarasa. An official announcement about the list of actors and directors will be made soon.

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Vikram in Mani Ratnam’s ambitious, historical film?

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Mani Ratnam’s ambitious project Ponniyin Selvan is finally taking off. He is planning to adopt Ponniyin Selvan, a historical novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, written in Tamil. The novel is in five volumes, or about 2400 pages and it tells the story of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the Chola king Rajaraja Chola I.

There have been several attempts to create film adaptations of Ponniyin Selvan. In 1958, MGR announced the project and he even did casting for several of the roles but later dropped the project for unstated reasons. In 2012, Maniratnam attempted to film a complete adaptation of the novel, but had to shelve the project due to budget issues.

Now Maniratnam again started working on this project. It was earlier rumoured that Maniratnam planning to rope in Vijay, Simbu and Vikram for the period project. But latest reports suggest that Vikram has been finalised for the film. It is known news that Maniratnam has earlier worked with Vikram in Tamil and Hindi versions of Raavanan (Villain in Telugu).

The makers are yet to officially announce the project.

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NAWAB Trailer : A Mani Ratnam package

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Seasoned filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has been titled as Nawab in Telugu. The theatrical trailer of the film has been unveiled today by Akkineni Nagarjuna.

The three minute trailer is a package of drama, action episodes and emotions. It briefly introduces the bevy of characters in the film and hints that the story deals with the struggles and issues in a family. Prakash Raj is shown as a one-of-a-kind baron who has a large family. His elder son claims responsibility to look after the empire.

Aravindh Swamy is playing a serious role and Simbhu dons an urban look. Vijay Sethupathi is a subtle police officer who works with an aim. Going by the looks of the trailer, it seems Mani Ratnam has come up with a wholesome package involving his trademark emotions. The intense action episodes instantly catch the eye of the viewers.

The visuals in trailer make one believe that film is made on a heavy budget. Music score by AR Rahman is ok.

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Mani Ratnam’s next to roll from February

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Mani Ratnam’s next launch in January

After Mani Ratnam’s last film Cheliya sank without any trace, the veteran director has been working on an action thriller from the past few months. Though the film has been planned to be launched in December, it has been pushed further now. Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh are the lead actors in this untitled film which will be launched officially in January 2018. The regular shoot of the film will start from February next year.

The first schedule of the film will start in Chennai and the supporting cast, crew are being finalized currently. AR Rahman will compose the tunes and Santosh Sivan is the cinematographer. The film will be high on screenplay and will have parallel stories linked with each other. Prakash Raj and Jayasudha will be seen essaying other crucial roles in this untitled film which will bee bankrolled by Madras Talkies banner. The film will be shot in Telugu, Tamil and will hit the screens during Diwali 2018.

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Vijay Devarakonda And Mani Ratnam’s Project Shelved

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Vijay Devarakonda And Mani Ratnam’s Project Shelved

Without any mass masala and melodrama, the one person who can present the simple stories in a brilliant way is Mani Ratnam. Unlike others, the particular characters in his films evoke powerful emotions and stay forever in the hearts of the audience. But after Cheliyaa, none of his projects shooting hasn’t started and one among them is with Arjun Reddy fame Vijay Devarakonda.

Yes, the director has planned for another interesting film with Vijay and the actor gave a nod to it. But now, as per the latest reports, Vijay Devarakonda is out from this project and the director is busy in search of another young hero from Telugu and Tamil industries. After the humongous success of Arjun Reddy, the actor is getting huge offers and because of that, he failed to adjust dates for ace director Mani Ratnam. We have to wait and see, who is going to replace Vijay in this project.

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Mani Ratnam Heroine For Sudheer Babu

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Hero Sudheer Babu is slowly holding his foot strongly in Telugu film industry by different movies and audiences like his variety of unique subjects. There is a small compliment in all most all Sudheer Babu movies, it’s the heroine in his projects. If we observer none of the Sudheer Babu films featured a star heroine or established female lead and the reasons are the best know to the hero, his production team.

But things are going to change for his next movie in the direction of Indraganti Mohan Krishna. As per reliable sources beautiful and talented heroine, Aditi Rao Hydari is signed opposite Sudheer Babu. This yet to be titled movie is the official debut of Aditi Rao in Telugu and she is in fact from Hyderabad city but got success in Bollywood. Aditi made her first step down the south with Mani Ratnam’s movie and she spelled her magic all over. Keep watching the space for more details.

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Nani, Mani Ratnam and a Multi-starrer

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Natural Star Nani is one die-hard fan of veteran director Mani Ratnam and he revealed this during many instances. He got a chance to dub for the lead actor in OK Bangaram and the actor was excited. Though the duo planned of teaming up for a film it did not work out. The latest happenings say that Nani is soon teaming up with Mani Ratnam for a film and it is said to be a multi-starrer. Mani Ratnam wrapped up the script work recently and he is busy locking the lead actors.

Aravind Swamy and Jyothika have been roped in to play crucial roles in the movie. Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil and critically acclaimed Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi are holding talks to team up for the movie. Things will be finalized in a week informed a source from the movie unit after which an official announcement will be out. The movie is expected to roll from January next year and will be bankrolled by Madras Talkies.

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Jyothika signs Mani Ratnam’s Film

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Actress Jyothika made her comeback to Tamil cinema after years and she has been signing interesting films. After 36 Vayadhinile ended up impressive, her next outing Magalir Mattum is gearing up for release next week. The latest news we hear is that Jyothika has been signed in for a crucial role in Mani Ratnam’s next film which will start rolling during the end of this year. After the debacle of Cheliya, Mani Ratnam has not announced his next project.

Though there are talks that he would direct Ram Charan, sources revealed that the project is not happening any time soon. Mani Ratnam is said to have wrapped up the script work recently and he is busy finalizing the cast, crew. Jyothika earlier worked in Mani Ratnam’s production for the film Dumm Dumm Dumm. This is the first time Jyothika will be working with the legendary filmmaker. An official announcement about the complete cast, crew are expected to be out soon.

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