Having roped in all the young turks of south cinema, the director now wants to make a quaint addition to the cast
Wounded after the box office debacle of Raavanan, Mani Ratnam is planning to wreak vengeance on his detractors with the mother of all multi-starrers: Ponniyin Selvan. Having roped in all the young turks of south cinema, the director now wants to make a quaint addition to the cast: Sathyaraj.
The ace director, who has completed the paperwork of Ponniyin Selvan, is now deciding who will play whom, with regards to the lesser characters of the screenplay. He hopes to make the film one of the grandest ever productions of Indian cinema. And he tends to spend more time on the casting exercise than on writing the screenplay, as no doubt you saw in Iruvar, Ayutha Ezhuthu and Raavanan.
While Vijay, Arya and Mahesh Babu will play the main three characters of Ponniyin Selvan, an important role is being kept aside for veteran actor Sathyaraj. Sources close to the director say Mani is convinced that only Sathyaraj can do justice to the character of a Buddha bhikku from Sri Lanka. The character, say Mani’s friends, is of great prominence in the story, which forms the base of the film.
Will Sathyaraj bite the bait? The grapevine insists that he is still considering the offer and it all depends on how he feels about playing a non-leading part in a star-studded movie.