Ever since Mani Ratnam has roped in Mohan Babu for his new ambitious lavish production, speculations are rife that the senior actor might be paired up with the most beautiful actress Aishwarya Rai. Netizens have also sniggered at this combination on social media despite there was no confirmation from Mani Ratnam’s camp.
However, reliable sources have informed, Aishwarya Rai indeed is playing Mohan Babu’s wife in the film. He is playing one of the Chola kings and she is his queen but there will not be any romantic songs or scenes between them. Aishwarya Rai’s characterization will be intense and fierce. Her character will be another Sivagami of ‘Baahubali’.
Mani Ratnam is all set to commence the regular shoot from November. Ponniyin Selvan is the movie and it is a dream project of Mani Ratnam. The director also approached Ram Charan and Vijay Deverakonda to play lead roles in this period drama but they have politely turned down.
Mohan Babu, on the other hand, is gearing up to essay his role with a lot of enthusiasm. This is his first movie in the direction of Mani Ratnam.
What is Ponniyan Selvan?
Touted to be the “Baahubali” of Kollywood, the period drama will be made with a whopping Rs 150 Cr budget. It is based on a novel written by Tamil writer Kalki and that narrates the story of great South Indian Chola kings. There will be huge war sequences. Mani Ratnam will recreate the bygone era with sets. He is less focusing on graphics.
Thota Tharani will create the sets. Thota Tharani is the art director who recreated Madhura Meenakshi Temple for Gunasekhar and Mahesh Babu’s “Arjun”.
The film has Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vijay Sethupati, Jayam Ravi, Mohan Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari as the lead cast members. AR Rehman is composing the songs.