Mani Ratnam on why he didn’t make Ponniyin Selvan as internet sequence: ‘Even when I wished to, who would’ve given me the dates?’

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam is gearing up for the discharge of the second a part of Ponniyin Selvan franchise subsequent week. He lately spoke about why he didn’t try and make Ponniyin Selvan as an internet sequence with a number of seasons, as an alternative of compressing 5 volumes of the novel right into a two-part film. Additionally learn: Mani Ratnam talks about glorification of violence in movies forward of Ponniyin Selvan 2 launch

Jayam Ravi, Vikram, AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha and Karthi pose for a bunch {photograph} at a press convention forward of Ponniyin Selvan: I in Mumbai. (PTI File Photograph)

The primary a part of Ponniyin Selvan launched final yr and grossed over 500 crore globally. In a media interplay, Mani Ratnam was requested why he didn’t think about making Ponniyin Selvan into an internet sequence, which might’ve given him the liberty to say what he wished to say in a extra detailed manner. “Even if I wanted to, who would’ve given me the dates? Will you get the dates of these actors?” Mani Ratnam mentioned.

Speaking extra in regards to the adaptation course of, he mentioned Ponniyin Selvan will likely be each a trustworthy illustration in addition to interpretation of Kalki’s novel. “I’m also a fan of the book and it has deeply impacted me. This is my interpretation and presentation of the story in the way it has impacted me,” he mentioned.

Final yr, in a pre-release occasion, Mani Ratnam had mentioned he’s glad he might make the movie into two elements and launch it now as audiences are prepared to observe a movie in a number of elements. In 1994 and 2011, Mani Ratnam tried to make Ponniyin Selvan, however each instances the challenge didn’t take off as deliberate.

“The long wait has been some sort of liberation. Ponniyin Selvan is a five-part book and it’s impossible to compress it in a single film. Not sure if we could’ve done justice had we done the film back then. Today, audiences are open to the idea of watching a film in parts or as a series. Honestly, it was easier to make Ponniyin Selvan now. I’m glad Ponniyin Selvan didn’t happen all these years because this is the right time,” he had mentioned.

Ponniyin Selvan 2 is gearing up for launch on April 28. The primary half informed the story of the early lifetime of Arulmozhivarman (Ponniyin Selvan), who would turn out to be the Chola emperor Rajaraja I (947–1014). The movie featured Jayam Ravi within the function of Arulmozhivarman whereas Vikram, Karthi, Trisha and Aishwarya Rai have been seen in different key roles.


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