Acclaimed director Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is all set to resume shooting for the magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ as soon as the lockdown for shooting is lifted. Over the last few days, reports are that veteran actor Nizhalgal Ravi is also part of the film and he will be playing the role of Chinna Pazhuvettarayar. Now, the latest is that, director Balaji Sakthivel, who has acted in Vetrimaaran’s ‘Asuran’ and Mani Ratnam’s production ‘Vaanam Kottatum’ is playing an important role in the film.
Interestingly, the buzz is that Balaji Sakthivel will playing the role of Periya Pazhuvettarayar, which was earlier touted to be played by veteran actor Prabhu. Earlier reports was that actor Prabhu and Sarathkumar are touted to play Periya Pazhuvettarayar and Chinna Pazhuvettarayar respectively, but now looks like Balaji Sakthivel and Nizhalgal Ravi has replacing the actor, or both Prabhu and Sarathkumar might be playing different roles in the film.
According to the story, the character of Nandini, played by Aishwarya Rai, will be the wife of the Peria Pazhuvetriyar. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in a double role – playing both Nandini – the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, and the role of Queen Mandakini Devi. So is Aishwarya Rai paired with Balaji Sakthivel in the film?
The team is planning to resume shooting in October, and Ponniyin Selvan team has reportedly locked locations in Madhya Pradesh for the shooting. The film has a huge star cast which includes Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Rai, Aishwarya Lakshmi, Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Nizhalgal Ravi among others.