(This article is authored by Alar)
After Rajinikanth and Shankar's "2.0," Manirathnam's Ponniyin Selvan 1 has amassed 500 crores at the global box office, making it the second Tamil movie to accomplish this feat. After its September 30th release, the movie has been feted as Kollywood's crown jewel.
Shankar's 2.0 had made about 800 crores worldwide, retaining its position as the eighth-highest-grossing Indian film overall and the sixth-highest-grossing Indian film in India. Ponniyin Selvan-1 tells the story of the early life of Arulmozhivarman (Ponniyin Selvan), who later became the Chola emperor Rajaraja I (947–1014). With the rising trend of Pan-Indian movies, this film won the hearts of all ages and all over the corner.
According to sources, Ponniyin Selvan 1 reportedly garnered of total 501.85 Crores, with the Tamil Nadu collection said to be 230 Crores while the collection from the rest of India stands at 31 crores and the overseas collection is said to be 166 crores.
With a budget of 500 crores in making two parts of this epic periodic drama, the second part of 'Ponniyin Selvan' is expected to hit the big screens in the early half of 2023, and it's going to be a bigger release than the first part as the expectations are high among the fans. The story of the film is established from the novel of five chapters written by Kalki Krishnamoorthy, titled 'Ponniyin Selvan' in 1955.
Ponniyin Selvan 1 was written by Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan, while iconic director Mani Ratnam helmed this dream project. Under Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, Mani Ratnam and Subaskaran Allirajah produced the film.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Rahman, and R. Parthiban, are among the ensemble cast members of the film series. A. R. Rahman composed the music, while Ravi Varman shot the movie, A. Sreekar Prasad edited it, and Thota Tharani handled the production design.