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Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin bowled over by Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan

The off-spinner says that Mani Ratnam has made the film adaptation, a compelling watch

Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin bowled over by Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan
Ravichandran Ashwin; (right) A still from Ponniyin Selvan
  • P Sangeetha, Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 12.55 PM, Oct 02, 2022


It looks like Mani Ratnam's latest magnum opus has impressed people from across the quarters. The latest to praise the film adaptation is cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, who stated that he fell in love with the novel all over again after watching the film. He added that Mani Ratnam's magnum opus made for a compelling watch and stated that the stellar star cast brought to life many amazing characters from the novel. 

He wrote on his social media handle, "I don’t know how many more times I will fall in love with this epic story. #ponniyinselvan Movies can’t replace a good novel, however the legend #maniratnam has made #ps1 a compelling watch. There are plenty of stars who have acted in this movie and added depth to some amazing characters that lived in my head who were brought to life by @Karthi_Offl (vandiyathevan), @trishtrashers (kundavai), Aishwarya Rai(Nandini) and @actor_jayamravi (arunmozhi) with grace and elan (sic)."

Ponniyin Selvan, the screen adaptation of Kalki's epic novel hit screens on September 30 and has received a lot of love and adulation from fans of the novel. The novel revolves around the early days of Arulmozhi Varman (Ponniyin Selvan) and delves into the Chola history. The film boasts an ensemble cast which includes Vikram, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prakash Raj, Sarathkumar, Parthiban, Jayaram, Shobita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Lal, Rahman, Prabhu and Vikram Prabhu to name a few. 

Cricketer Abhinav Mukund, too, was all praise for the novel. "Just walked out of #PonniyinSelvan1. Absolutely loved it. Cant wait for part 2. It is a magnum opus made beautifully with an excellent background score. Karthi was superb but all actors were cast really well (sic)."

Music for the film is by AR Rahman, cinematography by Ravi Varman, editing by Sreekar Prasad and art direction by Thota Tharrani. The film hit screens worldwide in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Ponniyin Selvan is jointly bankrolled by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The film has received one of the biggest openings in Tamil cinema with the opening day collecting a whopping Rs 80 crore.