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Ponniyin Selvan: Babu Antony joins Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus

Babu Antony is the fifth Malayalam actor to be part of the movie, which is currently being shot in Pondicherry

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Jul 21, 2021
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Babu Antony

The cast of Mani Ratnam magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan keeps growing by the day. The latest actor to join the film, which is based on Kalki’s eponymous novel, is Malayalam actor Babu Antony. 

The actor let the news out through his social media page today. “I am glad to let you all know that I shall be joining the cast of Mani Ratnam sir’s dream project Ponniyin Selvan,” shared the veteran Malayalam actor, adding that he will playing a key role in the movie. 

Babu Antony is fourth Malayalam actor to join the cast after Aishwarya Lekshmi, Jayaram, Lal and Rahman. In an earlier interview with OTTplay, Aishwarya told us about how she landed the role in the epic fantasy drama. 

“I was shooting for Brothers Day when I got a call from Madras Talkies for a meeting. I was confused about it when I went and met sir. But I knew what he was working on and so I ordered the book and began reading it before the meeting,” she said. “I had a slight hint about the character that I was called for. He had actually called me for that role and he wanted me to do a look test. After the audition, he told me about the role, but somehow in my head I knew it wasn’t the character that I would be playing. So, when my manager called to tell me that the character has been changed, I actually told him the reason. In my mind, I always felt I suited that character better and that thought manifested itself.”

The team is currently shooting in Pondicherry and will reportedly move to Hyderabad in two weeks. Portions of the film were also shot in Thailand before the pandemic. Ponniyin Selvan also has Vikram, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi and Prabhu in leading roles. The first instalment of the two-part film is expected to hit theatres in 2022. 

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