Why chose to make 'Ponniyin Selvan' a movie instead of a web series? Hear from the maverick filmmaker...

(This article is authored by Alar)

The sequel promotions for "Ponniyin Selvan" are generating a lot of buzz among fans, and it's no surprise, as compared to the first part of the movie, the promotion of the epic's sequel is proving to be much more appealing. The makers are addressing many of the questions and doubts that have been plaguing fans for a long time including  queries such as why the film team  is not visiting Thanjavur this year, portraying Raja Raja Chola is  as a Hindu king, and how the film will be received by fans in North India. 

In a recent promotional interview, the film's director, Mani Ratnam, answered some of the most burning questions that have been on the minds of fans. The director was asked why he chose to make the film adaptation instead of a web series, and his answer shed light on the constraints that he faced while making the movie.

Mani Ratnam explained that while a web series would have allowed him more time to delve deeper into the story, the availability of actors was a significant factor in his decision to make a film adaptation instead. The director was not sure if the actors would be available for a long period of time, and so he opted for a condensed version of the story.

The director's words also revealed his deep connection to the source material. Mani Ratnam is a huge fan of the novel "Ponniyin Selvan" by Kalki Krishnamurthy, and the story has had a profound impact on him. The director also said that he wanted to ensure that his interpretation of the story was true to the original's essence, and he made it clear that the film was his own presentation of the story through his unique understanding.

While some fans had questioned the director's decision to condense a five-book novel into a two-part film, Mani Ratnam admitted that he wasn't sure if he had done justice to the story. Nevertheless, he expressed his satisfaction for the outcome of the movie version. The magnum opus of Maniratnam is slated to hit theatres by April 28th 2023.

The film is produced by Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies and will be released simultaneously in multiple languages.  The epic film has been shot by cinematographer Ravi Varman, edited by Sreekar Prasad, and composed by legendary composer AR Rahman.