Ponniyin Selvan is without a doubt one of the most anticipated Tollywood movies of 2020. Directed and written by Mani Ratnam and produced by Lyca Production and Madras Talkies, the film features Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, and Trisha in lead roles.
Ponniyin Selva is an adaption of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical period based fictional novel of the same name.
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Only a few people know that prior to Vikram, Mani Ratnam had roped in Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu and Kollywood actor Thalapathy Vijay for Ponniyin Selva around four year ago. Mahesh Babu termed his collaboration with Mani Ratnam his dream come true.
Besides Mahesh, Vijay was also roped in to play the leading role of Arulmozhi Varman, who later becomes the Chola emperor Rajaraja I. After signing the film, Vijay described it a “privilege” and a “dream come true” to be working with Mani Ratnam for the first time.
However, their dream of being starred in Mani Ratnam’s film shattered when the director shelved the film for unknown reasons.
In a recent interview, Mani Ratnam’s wife, Suhasini has broken her silence and revealed why her husband shelved Ponniyin Selvan with Mahesh Babu.
Sushani revealed that her husband had to shelve Ponniyin Selvan with Mahesh Babu and Vijay because he could not get he right VFX team which could perfect execute his vision on the silver screen.
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