Ponniyin Selvan, a Tamil historical drama film directed by Mani Ratnam, will release its second installment on April 28. The first installment was released less than a year ago. One of the biggest hits of the year, the movie almost reached 100 crores in its first weekend of release.
Ponniyin Selvan, which features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Chiyaan Vikram, Kartik, Trisha, and others, The first of two films based on the 1955 book Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy is titled I. Ponniyin Selvan, regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written in Tamil literature, was published in five volumes and encompassed approximately 2,210 pages. It tells the tale of Arulmozhivarman’s early life before he became the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I. In order to learn more about Sri Lanka, the author travelled there three times.
Nandini (Aishwarya Rai)
The biggest weapon Nandini has, in the eyes of the men who fall for her, is her beauty. They fail to recognise the more lethal weapon she is steadily honing—her mind—for which they ultimately bear the cost. Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, the chancellor of the Chola Empire, is married to Nandini. She was an orphan, and his family did not want her to rule the Chola realm as its queen. Nandini marries Pazhuvettaraiyar, a man who is much older than she is, after her previous relationship with Aditya ended in failure.
Although Kalki compares her beauty to flowers, stars, and other celestial beings, you’ll find yourself admiring Kalki more for her intelligence and generosity than her beauty. Of the three, Kundavai Devi is Sundara Chola’s second daughter. While the two brothers are engaged in wars for the realm, she assumes the role of the nation’s protector. She has a better understanding of politics than either of her brothers. She is also crafty and sly, but these qualities are driven by her love for her family. In a wonderful sequence, she interrupts the secret meeting of the local chieftains who are planning to overthrow Sundara Chola.
Poonguzhali aka Samudrakumari (Aishwarya Lekshmi)
Her preferred form of boating is rowing her boat by herself through tidal swells to Sri Lanka and back. Poonguzhali does and says what she wants and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Vandiyathevan is guided to Lanka by Poonguzhali, the boatwoman. She is not only the lone woman in a male-dominated field, but Vandiyathevan the warrior stays in the boat out of fear because his horoscope predicted he would drown.
Vaanathi (Sobhita Dhulipala)
When she notices that there are other women—commoners—battling for the prince’s attention, she doesn’t put them down; instead, she puts herself above them. She wouldn’t be deterred from proving her love even if she had to give up the crown. The princess of Kodumbalur is named Vaanathi.