Chennai, September 29 - Filmmaker Mani Ratnam returns to the direction after 4 years with the magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan
. The first part of this epic period action film is scheduled to release on September 30 in multiple languages, and needless to say, there is a huge curiosity among the audience to witness the cinematic adaptation of Kalki Krishnamurthy's legendary 1955 novel of the same name.
"Ponniyin Selvan - Part 1" is one of the biggest films ever from Tamil cinema, in terms of budget and scale. Produced by Madras Talkies, and Lyca Productions, the film has reportedly been made on a budget of approx. 500 crores for both parts (the second part will release after 6-9 months of PS1).
The advance booking of the movie has been excellent so far with over 12 crores for all languages, including approx. 10.50 crores in Tamil alone. Among the recent Tamil films, the advance sales are currently the 4th highest after "Beast", "Valimai", and "Vikram", but is expected to finish above "Vikram" by the time the first show begins.
"PS-1" is looking to take one of the biggest openings ever in Tamil Nadu. Going by the advance booking trend, it is expected to start over 25 crores in the home state but the number could reach 30 crores if the talks are positive which is very much expected. At the all-India level, the minimum opening of 40 crores gross is something the makers will be hoping for.
Tamil movies have always performed strongly in the international markets, especially in the countries like Singapore, UAE, and USA. "PS-1" is already heading towards the second biggest premiere for a Tamil movie in the USA. The advance booking for the premieres is nearly $1 million and it could finish at around $1.3 million. Comparing it with the recent top Tamil movies, "PS1" is likely to score approx. 20-25 crores overseas on an opening day.
The film stars an ensemble cast of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman, and R. Parthiban. The music is composed by A. R. Rahman, with cinematography handled by Ravi Varman, editing done by A. Sreekar Prasad, and production design by Thota Tharani. The film tells the story of the early days of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the renowned Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I (947 CE – 1014 CE).