Ponniyin Selvan I is an upcoming Tamil historic action film written by Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan and directed by Mani Ratnam. It is the first of two films based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan.
The movie starts with Vandiyathevan, a charming, brave and brilliant young man who sets out across the Chola land to deliver a message from the Crown Prince Adithya Karikalan to the King and the Princes. There are attempts by Kundavai to bring back Arulmozhivarman to establish political peace and to deal with unrest and civil war plotted by vassals and petty chieftains.
The producers are Mani Ratnam and Allirajah Subaskaran under Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The lead roles in the movie are played by Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan while Mandakini Devi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, R. Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, Ashwin Kakumanu and Aswin Rao play important and pivotal roles. The movie’s music is composed by A. R. Rahman while Ravi Varman does the cinematography. The movie is edited by A. Sreekar Prasad. Ponniyin Selvan I is scheduled to be released on 30th September and distributed by Red Giant Movies and Sri Venkateswara Creations.