Ponniyin Selvan 2 Trailer: The Electrifying encounter teases as the Cholas are Back with a Bang once again!

(The article is authored by Alar)

The Cholas are back and they are ready to rule the screen with their epic saga of love, war and glory. Ponniyin Selvan 2, the second part of Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus, is a visual spectacle that transports you to the golden era of Tamil history. The trailer, which was released on 29th March, wednesday, gives us a glimpse of the stunning performances, breathtaking cinematography, and grand production design that make this film a must-watch.

The three and half minute trailer picks up from where the first part left off, the trailer of Ponniyin Selvan 2 opens with the dramatic turn of events as Arulmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi) and Vandhiyathevan (Karthi) find themselves stranded in the vast ocean, leaving the kingdom in turmoil. However, as the story unfolds, it is revealed that the prince has been safely hidden away in the accommodation of a Buddhist monk, providing a moment of relief for the kingdom and allowing the plot to thicken.

The trailer also features hooks from the first part of the film, leaving you craving for more, also shows us the complex relationships between the characters, such as Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the scheming wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar (Sarath Kumar), who has a secret past with Aditya.

However the absence of Poonguzhali (Aishwarya Lekshmi), a fearless boatwoman, who helps Arulmozhi escape from his enemies in the first part seems quite dissatisfying. Despite that, the opulence of the setting, the intricate detailing of the costumes and sets, and the majestic music all come together to create an atmosphere that is both awe-inspiring and intimidating. The trailer also promises some thrilling action sequences, as we see Vandhiyathevan and Arulmozhi leading their armies into battle, wielding swords and spears.

The one breathtaking moment from the trailer, which culminates with an awe-inspiring and defining moment from the novel - the long-awaited encounter between Nandhini and Adhitya Karigalan.  As Nandhini stands poised with a sword in hand and holds it against him, the tension is palpable as fans eagerly anticipate the electrifying clash between these two characters on the big screen. This moment is undoubtedly one of the most epic and anticipated scenes in the movie, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats and yearning for more.

The cast is an ensemble of some of the most talented actors from Sarathkumar and Parthiban as Pazhuvetttarayar brothers in the business, each bringing their unique brand of charisma and gravitas to their respective roles. The entire cast's performances are powerful and nuanced, making to feel every emotion and every motivation that drives them forward. But it's not just the cast that makes this film so highly anticipated. With music by AR Rahman, the score is haunting and evocative, elevating every scene to new heights. 

Ponniyin Selvan 2 is based on the novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, which narrates the story of Arulmozhi Varman, who later became Rajaraja Chola I, one of the greatest rulers of India.  The film also boasts of an ensemble cast that includes Karthi, Vikram Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Jayaram and Rahman. The music is composed by AR Rahman, who has collaborated with Mani Ratnam for 16th time. The cinematography is done by Ravi Varman who never missed to showcase the grandeur of the era with stunning visuals and breathtaking cinematography.

The editing done by Sreekar Prasad, and art direction by Thota Tharrani, the technical team behind Ponniyin Selvan 2 is as impressive as its cast. From the sweeping landscapes to the intricate costume design, every aspect of the film promises to transport audiences to a bygone era. By keeping the fact about the first film's success - the sequel expected to break box office records, Ponniyin Selvan 2 which is coming to silver screens on April 28th 2023,  has a lot to live up to. But if the trailer is anything to go by, Maniratnam has once again outdone himself.