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Picture of parents of Mohan Raja, Jayam Ravi next to sons’ film posters go viral

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A picture tweeted by director Mohan Raja in which his parents are seen standing next to the posters of director Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and his film, ‘Godfather’, is winning hearts on the Internet.

The ace director tweeted the picture of his parents at the cinemas and wrote: “Proud parents!!! #PS1 #Godfather.”

While Mohan Raja has directed the Telugu hit film, ‘Godfather’, featuring Chiranjeevi in the lead, his younger brother Jayam Ravi plays the titular role of Arun Mozhi Varman in director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’.

Mohan Raja also retweeted an industry tracker’s tweet that read: “Brothers are ruling USA Box Office. Younger brother actor Jayam Ravi’s ‘PS1’ and elder brother director Jayam Mohan Raja’s ‘GodFather’ are the top two Indian movies at the USA Box Office at present.

Several people have liked the picture including actress Genelia, who wrote: “How cute! Congratulations Jayam Mohan Raja! Congratulations Jayam Ravi! So proud of you guys.”

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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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Ponniyin Selvan is a huge profitable project for Mani Ratnam

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Legendary director Mani Ratnam worked on the script of Ponniyin Selvan for years and the film was made in two parts. One wondered how Mani Ratnam could convince so many actors for the film. The biggest surprise is that this periodic drama was shot in 140 days. The shoot of both the installments of Ponniyin Selvan is wrapped up in 140 days. The non-theatrical rights of the first installment alone were sold for Rs 120 crores. The first part is a huge hit in Tamil Nadu and the makers would pocket big with the film. In other territories, the film may recover the investments.

Ponniyin Selvan: Part 2 will release in summer 2023 and the makers are yet to close the non-theatrical and theatrical deals. Mani Ratnam will wrap up the post-production work of Ponniyin Selvan: Part 2 and will close the business deals. Lyca Productions and Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies will make huge profits through Ponniyin Selvan. The first installment itself left them in huge profits and the second part is a bonus. All the actors including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi and Vikram are paid quite less when compared to the paycheque they are offered. Mani Ratnam convinced them and they signed the project for a less pay cheque respecting the legendary director.

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Ponniyin Selvan-1 (all versions) first weekend Worldwide Collections

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Ponniyin Selvan-1 has a sensational opening weekend as the film has collected gross of 215 Cr approx. This is the second biggest opening weekend for a Kollywood film (all versions) behind 2.0 (250 Cr) and biggest ever for Tamil Version. Overseas weekend gross of the film is biggest ever for a Tamil Film. The film is on rampage mode in TN and Overseas while it’s doing well in Karnataka & Kerala. It had fair collections in North India and Decent in AP/TS though they was a bit drop on Sunday in AP/TS which is an indicator of wom.

In Overseas the film has collected over 4.1 Million in North India markets alone. It collected over 2.35 Million in Gulf (including Saudi) & 2 Million in UK/Europe. Malaysia , Singapore & Srilanka has contributed about 2.65 Million.

If all goes well the film can touch 200 Cr mark in Tamil Nadu & 450 Cr Worldwide in its full run.

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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Ponniyin Selvan to face the heat of Telugu Films

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Ponniyin Selvan happens to be the dream project of legendary director Mani Ratnam and the film released on Friday. The response is quite positive in Tamil Nadu and the numbers are ok across the Telugu states. Dil Raju and his set of distributors released Ponniyin Selvan in Telugu states and they got a good set of screens. Three Telugu films God Father, The Ghost and Swathi Muthyam are releasing on Wednesday on the occasion of Dasara. With three Telugu films releasing, it would be quite tough to screen Ponniyin Selvan in a decent number of screens.

Also, the new Telugu releases will impact the theatrical run of Ponniyin Selvan in AP and Telangana. The exhibitors are interested to screen Telugu films rather than a Tamil dubbed film. Ponniyin Selvan also is lengthy, boring and filled with Tamil flavour feels the Tollywood audience. Ponniyin Selvan will face the heat across the Telugu states because of the bunch of releases. God Father and The Ghost will get a massive release across the Telugu states as they will have stars like Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna. The distributors are finding it tough to accommodate the screens for Ponniyin Selvan during the Dasara season.

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Ponniyin Selvan-1 holds good on the second day – 2 days AP/TS Collections

Ponniyin Selvan-1 is doing decent to good business in the Telugu States as the film has collected a Net of 3.5 Cr on the second day. Two days Net of the film stands at 8.20 Cr. Gross is about 9.85 Cr. The drop is around 25 percent which is good though Nizam has the best hold with just 10 percent drop. Distributor share of the film is estimated to be around 4.90 Cr for 2 days. It is released on recoverable advance basis of 10 Cr with an additional 2Cr P&P. The film should show the same amount of collections today as well though the main hold needs to be come on tomorrow.

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Ponniyin Selvan takes a decent opening in the Telugu States – Day1 Collections

Tamil film Ponniyin Selvan has taken a decent opening in the Telugu States with a gross of around 5.60 Cr. Almost 50 percent of this has come from Nizam itself which collected a gross of 2.70 Cr. After a good start in the noon shows the film has sustained well in A centres though the remaining have been very ordinary. Distributor share of the film is estimated to be around 2.80 Cr. This is the second highest opening for a Kollywood fill behind Beast.

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Massive USA Premiers Today

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Massive USA  Premiers Today: Ponniyin Selvan Pre-sales Hit One Million Already!

Ponniyin Selvan 1 is the new outing from South Indian cinema in the pan-India scale. The film is set for worldwide theatrical release on 30th of September and USA premieres Begins in few hours.

The Legendary Mani Ratnam directorial has nearly clocked an impressive Pre Sales of $1 million from the USA premieres for cumulative Telugu and Tamil versions.

Sarigama Cinemas who are associated with recent blockbusters RRR and KGF 2 are distributing Ponniyin Selvan 1 in USA and they are giving the widest possible release. It is being released in around 500 theatres, covering each and every location.

The bookings trend for the Telugu version are also super positive. The advance sales for the Telugu version have touched $150K already. The Telugu version is also being given a wide release. The top distribution house seems confident about adding another box office blockbuster to their tally with Ponniyin Selvan.

Ponniyin Selvan is expected to make in upwards of $1.2 – $1.3 million from the premieres. This will place the film on the list of the biggest openers from South cinema in the USA.

The Mani Ratnam directorial has Vikram, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Rai, Jayam Ravi, and others in the lead roles. It is one of the most anticipated Tamil films in recent times and is expected to open big in the domestic and also overseas market.

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Rajini, Kamal say they’re eagerly awaiting ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ release

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With just a couple of days left for director Mani Ratnam’s eagerly awaited magnum opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ to hit the screens, the makers of the film have now released a video clip that shows the two biggest icons of Indian cinema – Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan – explaining that they are as eager as everybody else to watch the epic film.

The video clip begins with classical scenes from two landmark blockbuster films — ‘Nayagan’, which had Kamal Haasan playing the lead, and ‘Thalapathy’, which had Rajinikanth playing the lead — being showcased in no particular order.

Interestingly, both these blockbusters were directed by Mani Ratnam and had gone on to emerge as cult classics in Tamil cinema.

Towards the end, visuals of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan participating in the audio launch event of ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’, which happened at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai over 20 days ago, have been reproduced.

Rajinikanth says, “Ponniyin Selvan has marvellous characterisations. It has heroism, beauty, fear, disgust, laughter.”

Kamal, for his part, says, “This is an important film in Mani Ratnam’s successful career.

Rajini is then seen saying, “‘How would Mani have made this film? We are eagerly waiting to watch it!”

The movie is slated for a worldwide release on September 30.

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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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Fantastic advances for Ponniyin Selvan : I in Tamil Nadu

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Maniratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan : I is having fantastic advances in Tamil Nadu as the number has already crossed 10.50 Cr. This is the third highest advance at this point of time for this year behind Beast & Valimai. It has surpassed Vikram which had 7 Cr gross at this point of time. The film is maintaining an average occupancy of 60 percent in the advances itself which is excellent.

Circuit wise breakdown

AreaOpening Bookings
Chennai & Chengalpet 5 Cr
Coimbatore Circuit1.70 Cr
Madurai Circuit1.10 Cr
North Arcot - South Arcot Circuit's 1 Cr
Trichy Circuit 0.85 Cr
Tirunelveli Circuit 0.55 Cr
Salem 0.4 Cr
Total 10.60 Cr (60% occupancy)

At 360 we are expecting atleast 20 Cr opening day which can go up to 25 Cr depending on the word of mouth.

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Vikram in awe of his co-star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Chiyaan Vikram, who was in the national capital to promote his film ‘Ponniyan Selvan I’, talked about sharing screen space with Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan again after ‘Raavanan’ and said that the actress is picture perfect.

Vikram said: “There have been many beauty queens but I must say Aish has something that has stolen everyone’s heart. She is picture perfect and I have seen her films, so it is not just about beauty but everything. She is always under a microscope and constantly being watched. So, she needs to be perfect all the time and I have seen how she does it in her own style.”

He also said that he is often told by fans about how they both look fantastic on screen.

“All our fans keep saying you both look so nice together but the thing is I don’t get her in movies so easily.”

Vikram also praised her dancing skills and added: “She dances so beautifully that during a shot, I just forgot myself and was lost watching her dance moves. It is music in motion. She is just perfect.”

Vikram, who is popular for his role in Tamil cinema and also did a few Malayalam and Telugu films, has been part of movies such as ‘Sethu’, ‘Samurai’, ‘Raavanan’, ‘Pithamagan’ and many more.

He called his role of Aditha Karikalan (Chola emperor in 10th century) in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyan Selvan I’ a ‘dream role’ as he always wanted to play a prince or a character of a warrior on-screen.

He said: “We all are playing very interesting characters in this film and I must say I am playing my dream role as I always wanted to play a character which is regal and beautiful. Every movie Mani Ratnam sir has done is so enthralling and very different and I am glad to be part of his film. You know we call him Steven Spielberg of India.”

Mani Ratnam’s directorial ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’, starring Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and R. Parthiban, is all set to release on September 30.

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Telugu Financials of Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1

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Veteran director Mani Ratnam’s dream project Ponniyin Selvan is made in two installments and the first one is releasing this Friday. Mani Ratnam has been working on this project and it took four decades to materialize and complete the shoot. Popular producer Dil Raju bagged the Telugu theatrical rights of Ponniyin Selvan. He bought the rights for Rs 10 crores and is releasing through his distributors on an advance basis. The entire amount would be refundable if the film fails to live up to the expectations. The makers also allocated Rs 2 crores as the promotional budget for the Telugu version.

A grand pre-release event took place recently in Hyderabad and the other amount would be spent for the tv and media promotions. For the first time, Mani Ratnam is promoting the film aggressively. Ponniyin Selvan features Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and R. Parthiban. Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies bankrolled this big-budget periodic drama jointly.

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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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Rahman, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram fly cattle class for ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ promos

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Ditching the comfort of business class in an airplane, Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman along with stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram and Trisha were seen flying on a budgeted flight as they travelled for the promotions of their upcoming film ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’.

Rahman shared the picture on Instagram. He took selfies, which also features Vikram, Trisha and Aishwarya sitting. The four were travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai. Fans poured in their love.

He captioned the image: “Guess who’s travelling with me Enroute to #mumbai from #Hyderabad PS 1 promotions !”

The film, whose first part is scheduled to open on September 30, is a story that revolves around the early life of prince Arulmozhi Varman, who later on went on to be known as the great Raja Chozhan.

Described by Mani Ratnam as his dream project, the film features a galaxy of top stars including actors Vikram, Aishwarya, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Jayaram, Parthiban, Lal, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prabhu and Prakash Raj.

In the movie, Aishwarya will be seen in a double role. She will be seen playing the role of queen Nandini and Mandakini Devi.

The film will be among the most expensive projects ever undertaken in the country.

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Tollywood should learn from the team of Ponniyin Selvan

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The Telugu pre-release event of the first installment of Ponniyin Selvan, the dream project of legendary director Mani Ratnam took place last night in Hyderabad’s JRC Convention Centre. Tollywood producer Dil Raju is releasing the Telugu version of Ponniyin Selvan and his team made grand arrangements for the event. The entire team of Ponniyin Selvan reached the event at 7 PM and the event got concluded at 9 PM. Not a single bouncer was spotted around the team. This never happened in any of the recent Tollywood events. The guests and the audience are surprised with the time sense and dedication of Ponniyin Selvan.

The entire cast including Sarathkumar, Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Vikram Prabhu and others were present for the event. Mani Ratnam missed the event as he is busy with the final copy of Ponniyin Selvan. Suhasini and AR Rahman are the special attractions of the evening.

When it comes for the Telugu events, the guests and the audience are kept in waiting mode for hours. The lead actor walks in to the auditorium at 9 PM when the event was scheduled to take place at 7 PM. Too many bouncers and a mad rush spoil the atmosphere. Special AVs will be screened and the anchor posts multiple updates about the arrival of stars. They also need caravans placed near the auditorium. These are not found during the event of Ponniyin Selvan. This event should be a lesson for Tollywood stars.

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Karthi responds about PS1 compared to Baahubali

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Baahubali will stand as a benchmark film in the history of Indian cinema. The film erased the barriers and performed well in each and every Indian language. The film opened doors and paved the path for big-budget films. Mani Ratnam’s dream project Ponniyin Selvan is releasing this month and the promotions are happening at a fast pace. The film is set in 9th century and will narrate the story of the Chola Kings. The Telugu pre-release event of Ponniyin Selvan took place in Hyderabad last night. The film was compared to Baahubali by the Tamil and the Telugu audience after the trailer was out.

Responding about the comparison, actor Karthi said “I have seen many people comparing the film with Baaubali. We already have one Baahubali and there are number of stories to be told for the audience. There are many heroes in the Indian soil. Ponniyin Selvan is a film that will impress everyone. Ponniyin Selvan is Mani Ratnam sir’s 40-year dream. Ponniyin Selvan is a best-selling novel for the past 70 years. It is a great opportunity to work with several stars. Ponniyin Selvan has adventure, romance and action” told Karthi.

Ponniyin Selvan is directed by Mani Ratnam and the film has Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj in the lead roles. Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions are the producers. The film releases on September 30th in all the Indian languages.

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‘Ponniyin Selvan’ BTS video highlights grand scale of ‘Chola Chola’ track

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The unit of Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ released a behind-the-scenes video of the second single ‘Chola Chola’, which celebrates the glory of the Chola empire.

The BTS shows Vikram, who plays Adithya Karikalan, the elder brother of Rajaraja Chola I, in the film, dancing to the number. It also shows the scale of the song, and gives an idea of the large number of dancers who are a part of it.

The BTS video also shows dance master Brindha explaining a dancing sequence to Vikram even as director Mani Ratnam looks on.

The inspiring, foot-tapping number has been rendered by Sathya Prakash, VM Mahalingam and Nakul Abhyankar and has lyrics by Ilango Krishnan.

The behind-the-scenes video, directed by Sruti Harihara Subramanian, was shot by cinematographer Anandan.

Called by Mani Ratnam as his dream project, the film, the first part of which is scheduled to hit screens on September 30, features a host of top stars, including Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Jayaram, Parthiban, Lal, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prabhu and Prakash Raj. It will be among the most expensive projects ever undertaken in the country.

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

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