Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan: 1 is less than a week away from its grand worldwide theatrical release on September 30 and the excitement for the film as expected is massive. Produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of legendary Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy's celebrated book of the same name features music by Academy Award-winning composer A. R. Rahman, who revealed during the film's pre-release event at Hyderabad that he has stopped watching Netflix and Amazon Prime after watching Ponniyin Selvan.
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Extending his gratitude to everyone present at the Ponniyin Selvan pre-release event, A. R. Rahman said, "It's been 38 years since I started working in the Telugu film industry. From Ramesh Naidu garu, to Chakravarthy garu, to Raj–Koti garu, and Satyam garu, this is like the foundation for the music of Telugu cinema. It is one of my foundations. The language, the poetry, and the respect, I want to thank everyone for supporting my music. I want to thank Mani Ratnam, of course, and the whole team. After seeing this movie, I've stopped watching any foreign series on Netflix, and Amazon Prime, because this is our culture, our blood, and our face. Again, thanks to the Telugu audiences who came to my US tour and supported me in making it a sell-out. God bless and enjoy Ponniyin Selvan." A. R. Rahman’s special praise has no doubt heightened the expectations surrounding the film and will add to the excitement among fans.
Coming out as a pan-Indian venture in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada languages, Ponniyin Selvan: 1 stars 'Chiyaan' Vikram as Adita Karikalan, Jayam Ravi as Arunmozhi Varman, Karthi as Vallavaraiyan Vanthiyadevan, Trisha as Ilaiya Piratti Kundavai, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Nandini forming the core cast, while Aishwarya Lekshmi will be seen as Poonguzhali, followed by R. Sarathkumar as Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, Jayaram as Azhwarkadiyan Nambi, and Parthiban as Chinna Pazhuvettaraiyar. The upcoming epic historical magnum opus also has Sobhita Dhulipala playing the role of Vaanathi, Prabhu as Periya Vellar Boothi Vikramakesari, Vikram Prabhu as Parthibendra Pallavan, Prakash Raj as Sundara Chola, Rahman as Madurantaka Uttama Chola, Ashwin Kakumanu as Senthan Amudhan, Nizhalgal Ravi as Kadmabur Sambuvaraiyar, Lal as Tirukoilur Malaiyaman, Vijaykumar as Vijayalaya Chola, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan as Vasuki, Vidya Subramanian as Vanavan Mahadevi, Jayachitra as Sembiyan Mahadevi, Nassar as Veerapandiyan, Kishore as Ravi Dasan, Riyaz Khan as Soman Sambhavan, Mohan Raman as Kudanthai Jothidar, Vinay Kumar as Parameswaran, Nimmy Raphel as Rakkamaal, among others.
Watch A. R. Rahman's speech at the Ponniyin Selvan: 1 pre-release event at Hyderabad in the video below: