Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Ponniyin Selvan: Actress May Appear in a Double Role in Mani Ratnam’s Next Film
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may be playing a double role in Mani Ratnam’s cinematic adaptation of Tamil epic novel Ponniyin Selvan. Deets below
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is making a comeback in Kollywood with Mani Ratnam’s highly-anticipated film Ponniyin Selvan, based on the Tamil epic novel of the same name by author Kalki Krishnamoorthy. Ponniyin Selvan is based on the story of Arulmozhivarman, a king of the Chola Dynasty during the 10th and 11th centuries. In the film, Aishwarya will essay the role of Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar (portrayed by Telugu actor Mohan Babu), the chancellor and treasurer of the Chola Kingdom. As per the latest reports, the former beauty queen may also portray the role of Nandini’s mute mother Queen Mandakini Devi.
The mega-budget project is being produced by Lyca Productions, with grand sets being constructed currently. Filming is expected to commence from next year and official announcements of the remaining cast are yet to be made. However, as per reports, the film will also feature Amitabh Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Anushka Shetty, Keerthy Suresh, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Amala Paul. Meanwhile, Chiyaan Vikram has confirmed that he will be part of the movie.
Mani Ratnam has been talking about the film adaptation of Ponniyin Selvan since many years. Over a decade ago, the acclaimed filmmaker had even announced the project with Vijay, Vikram and Mahesh Babu, and afterwards with Karthi and Ram Charan. However, those projects did not materialise but the director is finally working on the magnum opus with the new cast and crew, and the film will be shot in multiple languages. Aishwarya, who has previously appeared in many South India movies, has revealed she is excited to be a part of the project. During an interview in September with the Film Companion, the actress spoke about working with Mani Ratnam, calling him her "guru." She said, “I'll always be more than thrilled, excited, overwhelmed, humbled, and just happy to work with my guru.”