One of the maverick filmmakers of the country, Mani Ratnam is celebrating his 64th birthday today. Known for making memorable films like Bombay, Guru, Yuva and others, the director delivered a hit in 2018 with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. A while back Mani Ratnam started the shooting of his ambitious project, Ponniyin Selvan but due to the global crisis of coronavirus, the film was bought to a halt. Now, the latest reports suggest that before resuming the production of Ponniyin Selvan, the filmmaker will direct the sequel to his 1992 blockbuster Roja, which featured Arvind Swami, Pankaj Kapur and Madhoo in key roles. While Arvind will reprise his role, Dulquer has been approached to play a pivotal character. Well, if this news turns out to be, it will indeed be a treat for all the movie buffs. Also Read – Happy birthday, Mani Ratnam! R Madhavan’s Alaipayuthe, Kamal Haasan’s Nayagan: 11 films of the maverick you can’t miss
Talking about Ponniyin Selvan, the mega-budget film stars Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi and others in key roles. The reports also suggest that Karthi plays Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan and Ravi portrays the character of Arulmozhi Varman in this venture. Speaking about the film, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan earlier told us, “I’ve just read the very detailed script and I’m curious too because when you read it, it’s a movie in your head. Now, I want to discover what’s the movie in his head. At this point, we are discussing it. My joining the team will be in the end of December or January. So, I’m looking forward to it.” Also Read – Tuesday Trivia: Did you know Prabhudheva’s brother had featured in a hit Indi-pop track of the 90s?
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Reportedly, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 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 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. The film is bankrolled by Lyca Productions. So, are you excited for this venture? Tweet to us @bollywood_life.