BIG NEWS: Mani Ratnam officially reveals the first lyricist of Ponniyin Selvan!
Mani Ratnam is currently in the process of making his dream project come alive. Yes! We are talking about Ponniyin Selvan which will be Mani Ratnam’s next directorial venture. This historical epic features a stellar cast that includes Chiyaan Vikram (Aditya Karikalan), Jayam Ravi (Arul Mozhi Varman/Ponniyin Selvan), Karthi (Vandiyathevan), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha (Kundhavai), Aishwarya Lekshmi, Vikram Prabhu, Ashwin Kakamanu, Jayaram, Sarath Kumar, Rahman, Mohan Raman, ‘Aadukalam’ Kishore, Balaji Sakthivel, Nizhalgal Ravi, Riyaz Khan, Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Chidambaram and others.
This film will be produced by Madras Talkies in association with Lyca Productions on a huge budget. Ponniyin Selvan is being made as a two-part film and it will have music scored by A.R.Rahman. Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman usually collaborate with lyricist Vairamuthu for their songs and the trio have a fantastic success ratio. However, due to the MeToo controversy and the allegations that were made against Vairamuthu, it was said that Mani Ratnam decided to go with a different plan for the songs of Ponniyin Selvan. It was reported that Ponniyin Selvan could have songs penned by different lyricists, but there was no official word from the team regarding that.
Following a long wait, Mani Ratnam has now officially revealed the first lyricist of the movie. Yes! Debutant Venba Geethayan has penned the lyrics for one of the songs in Ponniyin Selvan. Talking about it in a recent live interaction hosted by writer Jeyamohan’s team, Mani Ratnam said, “First of all, I want to say that Venba has written a song for me in this film,”. Venba Geethayan was part of the live interaction and hence Mani Ratnam shared this good news with everyone who were a part of the session. Venba is a part of Jeyamohan’s team and bagging a mega opportunity at the beginning of the career must definitely be a great motivating factor for the talent.
Details regarding the other lyricists are yet to be known and we will have to wait for a few more months to get a better clarity on that. The cinematography of Ponniyin Selvan is handled by Ravi Varman while the editing is taken care of by Sreekar Prasad. Based on the historical novel of the same name penned by Kalki Krishnamurthy, the film's screenplay is penned by Mani Ratnam, Siva Ananth and Elango Kumaravel. Jeyamohan has penned the dialogues for this film. For now, check out Mani Ratnam's confirmation video below:
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