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Movie Review: Ponniyin Selvan Part 1

The title of the film ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ means the son of Ponni (Kaveri). The film is based on the story of the early days of the majestic Chola king Arulmorivarman, who ruled the Chola kingdom under the name of Rajendra I. It is the most expensive film of Indian cinema, made in a budget of around Rs 500 crore. Ponniyin Selvan Part-1 is based on the 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy with the same name. In the fifties, MG Ramachandran (MGR) tried to make a film on it, but did not succeed. After that Mani Ratnam himself twice tried to convert this epic saga into a film, but his efforts did not pay off. Finally in 2019, Mani Ratnam started work on his dream project.

Story of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’
At the center of the story of the film ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is the prediction of the pundits’ misfortune caused by a comet seen in the sky of the Chola Empire about 1000 years ago. Chola emperor Sundar Chola (Prakash Raj) is unwell. His elder son Aditya Karikalan (Chiyan Vikram) is competing with the Rashtrakutas. While the younger son Arulmorivarman (Jayam Ravi) is fighting a war on Sinhala Island (Sri Lanka). Aditya’s old girlfriend Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is now engaged in shaking the roots of the empire by becoming the wife of Chola commander Parvateshwar. At the same time, the king’s daughter Princess Kundhavai (Trisha Krishnan) is engaged in dealing with the intrigues of the state along with her father. While Aditya’s friend Vandhyavan (Karthi) is also engaged in saving the Chola Empire. Who will be successful in all this? You have to go to the cinema to know this.

‘Ponniyan Selvan’ trailer

Review of ‘Ponniyan Selvan’
When Mani Ratnam made the film ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, it was considered as Tamil cinema’s answer to the Telugu superhit film ‘Bahubali’. However, it would not be right to compete with ‘Bahubali’ because it is based on a true incident, whereas Bahubali was a fiction. In the Hindi version, the film begins with a powerful voice of Ajay Devgan in the background, who introduces you to the story of the film. After that the film progresses at a slow pace. The film is still unable to get out of the intrigues of the palace and there is an interval. After the interval, the grand view of the huge navy of the Chola Empire on the Sinhala Islands raises hopes of something vigorous, but even that battle was nothing special. Although the war sequence shot in the sea in the climax of the film definitely entices the audience.

Director Mani Ratnam has shot this epic saga in a very grand manner, but due to the slow pace of the film, it does not keep the enthusiasm in you. In films made on such a large scale, the audience comes to the cinema expecting something bang, but in that case ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ disappoints. It is expected that Mani Ratnam will fill the gap in the second part of the film.

Talking about the acting of the actors, Karti has done a great job in the film. He is seen in full color from beginning to end. At the same time, Jayam Ravi’s entry takes place in the second half. He has done excellent acting. Chiyan Vikram did not get much chance in the first part of the film. Despite this, he looks strong on screen. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is as charming as ever. At the same time, Trisha Krishnan also suits the role of a clever princess.

The beautiful music of the film is given by AR Rahman. While Ravivarman’s cinematography is amazing. The dialogues in Hindi have been written by well-known Hindi writer Divya Prakash Dubey. He has been completely successful in bringing this Tamil epic saga to the Hindi audience through simple dialogues.

Why watch- If you want to see the grand form of the epic saga of the Chola Empire, then you can go to the theaters this weekend.

why not watch- If you are going to the cinema expecting to see something super bang, then this movie might disappoint you.



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