Before Ponniyin Selvan, birthday boy Mani Ratnam to direct the sequel of THIS cult blockbuster?

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.

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#HappyBirthdayKarthi: Rakul Preet, Rana Daggubati and other celebs wish the Kaithi star

The handsome hunk of Tamil industry, Karthi has turned 43 today. Known for his performances in films like Madras, Oopiri, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, Kadaikutty Singam and last year’s blockbuster Kaithi, the actor enjoys a huge fanbase among Kollywood fans. On his special day, we saw stars like Rana Daggubati, Rakul Preet, Thaman S and others sharing beautiful wishes for Karthi on their social media accounts. Also Read – Is Mohanlal and Trisha starrer RAM shelved? Director Jeethu Joseph clarifies

Happpy bdayyyy @Karthi_Offl ? always be the happy person that you are. May you have a year as lovely as you are ! Stay blessed and keep killing it ?? pic.twitter.com/e61bJh9u8Q

— Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) May 25, 2020

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Wishing my dear brother ⁦@Karthi_Offl⁩ a very happy birthday ? god bless U brother ♥️?
Have a great successful musical year ahead ?
Many many more happy returns #KarthiBirthdayCDP #HBDKarthi pic.twitter.com/iivUIqOvPi

— thaman S (@MusicThaman) May 24, 2020

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Many more happy returns @Karthi_Offl sir! Your dedication and hardwork has always been an inspiration and I deem myself lucky for having worked with you on Kaithi. I wish you nothing but success and good health! Happy birthday sir??? pic.twitter.com/Z5a6lgfhdG

Lokesh Kanagaraj (@Dir_Lokesh) May 24, 2020

Wishing my dearest brother @Karthi_Offl a very happy bday.??
#HBDKarthi

— Sibi Sathyaraj (@Sibi_Sathyaraj) May 25, 2020

#HBDKarthi Happy Birthday @Karthi_Offl sir … wishing you a fantastic year ahead ??? pic.twitter.com/MDpPKP8zlI

— Dr. Dhananjayan BOFTA (@Dhananjayang) May 25, 2020

Happy birthday bro!! Have the best one yet ?????? @Karthi_Offl

Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) May 25, 2020

On the work front, Karthi will resume the shoot of Ponniyin Selvan post the lockdown gets over. The film also stars Chiyaan Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in pivotal roles. 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. Interestingly, Mani has worked with Vikram, Karthi and Aishwarya in films like Raavan, Guru and Kaatru Veliyidai.

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