One more Ponniyin Selvan project announced - Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja onboard!
As we all know, ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam is in the process of making Ponniyin Selvan as a film and the shooting for the film is underway. Mani Ratnam’s version of Ponniyin Selvan is going to be made as a two-part film and it features an ensemble star cast. Meanwhile, a new web series based on the epic novel of Ponniyin Selvan has been officially announced and this series is titled Chiranjeevi Ponniyin Selvan. The series is written and directed by Ajay Pratheeb who will also crank the camera for the mega project. Eternitee Motion Krafte Pvt. Ltd and Eternity Star will bankroll this web series which will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.
Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja will be composing music for this web series and if everything goes as planned, this will mark the legendary composer’s debut in the digital space. The series will stream on a popular OTT platform from April 14, 2022, and we are more than a year away from its release. Segregated into 9 seasons, there would be a 45 day interval between each season. Ajay Pratheeb, the director of this series is known for directing several ad films in the past and he is a product of the Film Institute. Ajay’s mother Omana, was paired with MGR in the bilingual Jenova. She was the heroine of the film in its Malayalam version.
Talking about this web series, writer and director Ajay Pratheeb says, "The meticulous efforts we put forth in the past 6 years to make MGR's dream come true is noteworthy. When we met Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja with the complete script, drawings, and the entire plan, he was convinced and agreed to be on board". When MGR planned to produce Ponniyin Selvan with a leading artist under the direction of a renowned director, Ilaiyaraaja was roped in for music composition, but the project did not take off as planned. This project 'Chiranjeevi Ponniyin Selvan' was officially launched with a special pooja, last year on October 26.
The series has some of the big names in the technical team - Sabu Cyril for art direction, Anthony for editing, Viswanathan Ananth (Baahubali fame) for visual effects, and Maniyan Selvam for costume design. The cast and crew of the project will be officially announced on April 14, this year. The music composition will begin on Ilaiyaraaja’s birthday. The shooting is expected to begin from August 18. The first episode will go on air on April 14, 2022 and the series will have 9 seasons.
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