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Thalapathy Vijay and Mahesh Babu were the initial choices for Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan. On Throwback Thursday


Legendary director Mani Ratnam’s longtime dream was to direct Ponniyin Selvan, which is predicated on the Tamil literary novel of the identical identify, written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. Though he tried to adapt Ponniyin Selvan into a movie a number of instances, it didn’t materialise as a result of funds and casting points. More than a decade later, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1 is all set for a grand release on September 30.

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look at how Mani Ratnam managed to rope in Thalapathy Vijay and Mahesh Babu for Ponniyin Selvan. Well, nearly.


Ponniyin Selvan is an iconic novel that also has a particular place in everybody’s hearts. Naturally, the setting and the illustrious lifetime of Chola King Arulmozhi Varma AKA Rajaraja Cholan attracted Mani Ratnam’s consideration. According to Mai Ratnam’s assistant, Dhana, the director wanted to make Ponniyin Selvan in 2010.

In an interview with a Tamil journal, Dhana (director of Padai Veeran and Vaanam Kottatum) mentioned that Mani Ratnam and author Jeyamohan had began pre-production work for Ponniyin Selvan in 2010. During the discussions concerning the movie, Mani Ratnam and Jeyamohan took recommendations from his assistants as properly. He additionally revealed that Mani Ratnam had approached Mahesh Babu, Thalapathy Vijay and Karthi to play lead roles in Ponniyin Selvan.


Mani Ratnam’s spouse Suhasini revealed that Thalapathy Vijay and Mahesh Babu had signed on the dotted traces as properly. However, the Nayagan director determined to drop the mission even earlier than it may take off.

Suhasini defined that Mani Ratnam shelved the mission as he felt that the VFX and graphics weren’t as superior as they’re now. Hence, he determined to place the mission on the backburner for nearly a decade.

Talking to a number one Tamil journal, Mahesh Babu confirmed the identical and mentioned, “Before seven days of the principal shoot, there was a photo shoot session with Vijay in Chennai but unfortunately, the project got shelved. Even now, I share a close rapport with Vijay, he is a good friend.”

Cut to 2022, Mani Ratnam’s dream is all set to come back true. He roped in a star-studded cast for Ponniyin Selvan. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Trisha, Karthi and Jayam Ravi play lead roles, whereas Prakash Raj, Sarathkumar, Prabhu, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Jayaram and a number of others are a part of the supporting solid.

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