After Raavan and Guru, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is collaborating again with the maverick filmmaker Mani Ratnam for the upcoming mega-budget period drama Ponniyin Selvan. While we can't wait for this film to go on floors, the latest buzz suggests that the gorgeous lady will play double role. Reportedly, she will portray Nandini—wife of Chola Kingdom's Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar and Nandini's mother—Mandakini Devi's part, who was a mute queen. Though the primary focus will be on Nandini's life. The cast includes Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Atharvaa Murali, Nasser, Sathyaraj, R. Parthiban, Sarathkumar, Nayanthara, Anushka Shetty, Keerthy Suresh, Amala Paul and Raashi Khanna. Now isn't this the biggest casting coup?
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Earlier a source close to the film told India Today, “Karthi, Vikram and Jayam Ravi have been finalised to play the leads. Karthi and Jayam Ravi will start shooting for their portions from the first week of December while Vikram will complete a couple of films before joining the sets of Ponniyin Selvan. The other cast and crew will be finalised in coming months and an official announcement will be made.”
The film is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's historical novel and will narrate the story of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the great Raja Raja Chola I. While looking at the star cast and the plot, we can't hide our excitement for it and we are all ears for an official announcement. Interestingly, Mani has worked with Vikram and Karthi in films like Raavan, and Kaatru Veliyidai. Mani Ratnam has delivered the multi-starrer blockbuster Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which was released in 2018. The film featured Arvind Swami, Prakash Raj, Jyothika, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Aditi Rao Hydari and Aishwarya Rajesh in lead roles. Anyway, are you excited for Ponniyn Selvan? Tweet to us @bollywood_life.
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