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Aishwarya Lekshmi: It was a privilege to play Mani Ratnam's Poonguzhali in Ponniyin Selvan 2

The actress opens up about her co-stars in the film which is releasing tomorrow 

Aishwarya Lekshmi: It was a privilege to play Mani Ratnam's Poonguzhali in Ponniyin Selvan 2

Aishwarya Lekshmi

Last Updated: 05.30 PM, Apr 27, 2023


Leaving an impact in a film that stars several veteran actors and legendary performers isn't an easy task. However, Aishwarya Lekshmi managed to carve a niche in the Ponniyin Selvan franchise, thanks to the way in which she pulled off the popular character Poonguzhali.

The character of a bold and tender lady who first witnesses Pandyas entering to Lanka to assassinate Arunmozhi Varman was safe in the hands of the actress who has been part of only a handful of projects in Tamil before. As the second part of the franchise is hitting the screens in a few hours, she believes it was a one-of-its-kind opportunity.


"I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to play such a magnificent character," she begins, adding, "However, after actively participating in the movie's promotional tours in recent times, I realized those moments with my co-stars were the amusing part."

She thanks all of them and says that it was indeed a privilege and blessing to become Mani Ratnam's Poonguzhali. All praise for Jayam Ravi's kind gesture, Aishwarya says, "He makes you comfortable. He has this talent of approaching difficult things in an easy way." 

Aishwarya clicks a selfie with her co-stars
Aishwarya clicks a selfie with her co-stars

Going gaga over Vikram's graceful presence on-screen and off-screen, she says, "During promotions, it is difficult to stand near him as he hogs the limelight with his impeccable fashion sense. I would wonder how all an actor could experiment with looks to make fans elated." 

According to her, she and Sobhita travel in the same boat as the two haven't done many Tamil films before signing Ponniyin Selvan franchise. "She is an incredible actor. I would tell her that she should be part of international projects." Aishwarya is all smiles while talking about Trisha. "She is beautiful inside out. I would love to obtain beauty tips from her," she says.

Heaping praise on Karthi, she says that she has always been in awe of the actor's multi-talented persona. "The manner in which he acts, the way he speaks on stage and the effort he puts in everything, I'm amazed with his knowledge on cinema. That doesn't come as a surprise actually as he was an assistant to Mani sir," adding, "Acting along with so many people who you enjoyed watching on screen was fabulous experience."

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